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As amazing as Twitter has been, there is a downside. While I’ve successfully used the social networking site to meet other writers, interact with readers, and just amass a virtual circle of cool people, others have used its anonymity to harass others.

Recently, Sherri Shepherd found herself on the wrong end of some disturbing tweets, but instead of merely brushing them off, she decided to do something about it.

Shepherd’s tweet beef apparently stemmed from a series of nasty messages form a user by the name of @DaCloneKiller who was upset about comments The View host made about Lil’ Kim. After harassing her, one tweet threatening rape got Shepard’s attention.

@DaCloneKiller tweeted, “Somebody should drag u in a back alley and rape you”

Shepherd wasn’t having that, and responded to the harasser, telling him she was calling the cops.

“@DaCloneKiller You think I should be raped in a back alley?” she tweeted. “Let’s see if the police agree w you & I took a pic of your tweet…I’M FILING A POLICE REPORT. SO TELL ME NOW WHAT SHOULD BE DONE W ME.”

Shepherd filed a police report and continued to speak up, saying she wasn’t going to allow herself to be bullied.

“I’m tired of folk thinking they can hide behind a celeb Avi & type anything they want to you w/o consequences b/c they can’t be seen COWARDS,” she added. I’m not a little 19 year olds… I’m a grown @%$ woman… seriously you want to threaten me? I’m on my way to the police @DaCloneKiller.”

Apparently @DaCloneKiller didn’t get the hint. He (or she?) continued to tweet threats to Shepherd, calling her a snitch and warning, “#DeadBitchesDontTalk.”

@DaCloneKiller also had a word of thanks for his/her fans: “I just wanna say thank you to all my followers that are supportin me wit this @SherriEShepherd fiasco. FAT BITCH AINT GOT NO MANNERS.”

While she’s handed this mess over to the authorities, Shepherd says she decided to take a stand to put an end to this type of harassment and even challenged Twitter to step in.

“I will not sit back and ignore these COWARDS,” Shepherd added. “This type of online bullying goes on unchecked @Twitter what are you doing about it?”

Cyberbullying is a serious and growing problem, but can we really police the comments of anonymous posters?

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  • pb

    Why do people always say that these online comments are anonymous as if the authorities can’t track someone down making serious threats? They track down people on pedo sites all the time. For those of you who don’t realize it, if you have a modem in your house that is like a link to your address. Authorities can take the ip address from twitter, find out the internet provider and subpoena them for the little jerks info. Of course they are not supposed to give out this info unless it is for a qualified reason, but bottomline people who post threatening comments all day everyday on twitter are not anonymous.

  • Will

    How can you stop that this? Just get off twitter or put your account to private. Unfortunately there are many bullies out here and they do hide like cowards. Twitter isn’t a necessity to life and we can live without it.

  • Will

    How can you stop that? Just get off twitter or put your account to private. Unfortunately there are many bullies out here and they do hide like cowards. Twitter isn’t a necessity to life and we can live without it.