A response to accusations of online abuse

It has been a while since I have blogged. I felt it was necessary that younger and newer voices coming through the criminal justice system were heard, given I have written blogs for what feels like an eternity.

That said, I have repeatedly come across accounts on twitter that have experienced both online abuse and accusations of online abuse via that bastion of all mediums known as twitter. I am not known for being a wall violet. Working class, have all but ended up in the slammer for acts that I blame nobody other than myself for carrying out. Within a project I set up, I have made monumental fucks ups and out of every ten business decisions I have made, I can openly admit, 80% of them have been terrible and sleep-depriving decisions. One of my biggest and largest tasks I have undertaken was one of research and that has cost me, at times, my sanity, sapped my energy as I battled supervision and learned how to manage tracked changes as my supervisor came back time after time, informing me; “You cannot write this” “How can you back this up?” “IS THIS CORRECT?” “How can you write this?”

I coped with this massive task I opted in to. It was hard, I will never make the academic in the world of criminal justice. However, I know my onions on what doesn’t work and I have seen over the last decade, people come and certainly, people that go.

In ten years on Twitter, I have never had a tweet breach twitter’s rules or conditions. I have been involved in some brawls, but there has been few that decided to take one, one tweet where I disagreed with someone on her claims of being a whistleblower.  I am not the gatekeeper of such a term, however, this person, since 2016, has repeatedly claimed she is one. As a member of the public, I dispute this claim with rigour. But this is not what brings me to blog. What does, is an appalling misery piece regarding online abuse. Where I was not named, but quite recognisable given my bio was copied word for word onto this blog.

The blog is here: https://faithspear.wordpress.com/2019/03/15/now-its-my-turn-to-ask-whats-acceptable-online/

In this blog, Mrs Spear claims she received death threats from and I quote: “To put things in context, I myself have received a fair amount of online abuse over the last few years but last summer it reached a new level because the online abuse included a death threat from an individual who I had never met, but who was going through a very unstable time. This was totally unacceptable, so I reported it to Twitter. Twitter said they had broken Twitter rules and consequently Twitter suspended the account they were using”

But you did not report it to the Police – Mrs Spear. You decided to blog about it and claim a victimhood that reaches new heights. Because this “individual” was a vulnerable woman with who you were quite involved with and offered her “support” Speaking of which, this very vulnerable woman, has attempted to request via the comment section of your blog, evidence of which you accuse her of, publicly, to thousands of your followers on twitter and subsequently, to your 4,000 plus followers on your blog, this death threat you claim you received.  A woman that had a public breakdown on twitter last summer. I find that quite abhorrent. A woman of your standing, given you are a trustee of a charity that purports to support “ex offenders” into employment, that you would blog this sorry and saddening incident. For the record, there was not a death threat against you – therefore I dispute in its entirety your version of events.

I now come to me. You have had me blocked and your husband, Joe Spear, claimed, that I was obsessed with you. I am stating now, that you and your husband absolutely over estimate my interest in you. You have a presence in the media, which is subject to scrutiny by any member of the public. The very essence of being in the media is that we, the reading public, are able to comment and offer opinions on comments in the mainstream media. That is not an obsession, that is called being a member of the public. Translating my scrutiny of your comments to ”

“The stories they invent are worth a Bafta.

Why am I constantly seeing tweets by those who want me to confirm or deny certain issues, that I allegedly did or said or even thought? And why am I accused of being the bully and generating a climate of fear and frightening people into silence? Utter nonsense”

is somewhat stretching the truth…

The problem with blogging without naming people, yet dropping in tweets from blocked accounts is this, Mrs Spear:

It always comes back and bites you on the royal behind. I do not have time for certain types of self appointed victimhood. Particularly when it contains my tweets, that were about you and not to you. That you used to report to an organisation that sponsored me in my research. However, if you felt distressed at my tweet, all you had to do was contact me, and I would have happily removed it. Instead, you took the option to report me, blog about me to thousands of people, many of whom recognised me and then make a series of confusing edits that made little sense to any reader.

“If it’s covered in sugar it’ll ruin your teeth. If covered in salt, it’ll affect your blood pressure. Spear is a withering insipid excuse for a woman. And I’ve little time for bullshit and her version of victim hood”

You took it upon yourself to post the above tweet written by me, and use it incorrectly to ensure your followers bought into your theme. You cleverly didn’t reference names, but you missold your position. You blocked every effort from those recognised in your blog from asking questions and away you went sending it out. Repeatedly.

You were asked to take down my background on the 19th March 2019. You were in breach of GDPR. You decided to sabotage my research in reporting me to the only organisation associated with me.

Here is the nub. You have not been bullied by me. You have not received death threats from the person you claim to have. In a decade on twitter, I have been critical of CJS commentators, but never once have I been accused of online abuse. You have accused me of that and sent that out to thousands of people. People have read this, people I have known for years.

And when we make mistakes, when we blog to many people with untruths, we make it right. We hold our hands up and admit we got it wrong. You got it wrong, Mrs Spear, so very wrong. All of those referenced in your blog did not deserve that public shaming. I can stick up for myself. The woman you accused of a terrible crime, cannot. You have been repeatedly approached by people to provide evidence of death threats yet you have blocked them.

Do the right thing. Take the blog down, with an apology in full, because that is what I would do. You don’t owe me anything, but you certainly owe the women you have accused in your blog, the women you blocked in your comments section, an apology.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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