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Williams' Daughter Quits Social Media After Trolling

Zelda Williams Quits Social Media After Vile Internet Troll Attacks

The US actor and world loved comic, Robin Williams died earlier this week and while the overwhelming majority of people globally took to social media to celebrate his life and send to their condolences, it seems there were a very small, narrow minded and disrespectful proportion that chose to poke fun and cause further pain- and worst of all, to direct it at the one person who would be suffering the most- his daughter.

It's not even been a week since his tragic passing, however vicious troll attacks on social media have driven Robin Williams' grief stricken daughter Zelda to quit social media altogether.

In her last tweet, she announced that she will be quitting social media for "a good long time, maybe forever." Understandable since she has suffered a huge personal loss and due to some irresponsible and small minded people who like to throw abuse and their opinions out regardless of it's timing or subject matter.

With the amount of new apps and social networking sites seemingly ballooning by the day with billions worldwide logging on, 'quitting' social media can seem like a less viable option and one that can be seen as a step into the dark. However, Zelda isn't the first celeb to quit social media.

While some may announce that they quit as an attention seeking tool which turns out to be an action they never see through, there are others that have chosen to quit or not get involved in the whole fiasco altogether. Whether it's for more sensitive personal issues such as Zelda's tragic loss, or just to keep themselves to themselves there are some quite high profile stars that have shunned social media.

Actor George Clooney has come out as firmly against the concept of using social media, especially as a high profile celebrity, "I don't understand why any famous person would ever be on Twitter" he goes on to explain "because first of all, the worst thing you can do is make yourself available right? You're going to be available to everybody."

He then goes on to highlight the fickle nature of using sites like Twitter when famous. He hints that the fame and social media combo could be potentially fatal to your whole career. "You wake up in the morning and your career is over..or you're an a*****e" He even makes a reference to fellow Hollywood star, Brad Pitt, saying that the secret to his success is that he is elusive, "he's still a giant star because you can't get to him."

Other social media shunners include Harry Potter star, Daniel Radcliffe and actress Scarlett Johansson. Daniel says that not engaging in social media is one of the golden rules of coping in the spotlight. "I don't have Twitter and I don't have Facebook and I think that makes things a lot easier." While Scarlett has claimed ignorance to the concept of social media saying "I can't think of anything I'd rather do less than have to continuously share details of my everyday life."

So it seems that social media, while it does have certain utilities, it can also be very harmful in terms of the effect it can have on others' personal and professional life. So whether Zelda logs back on in the future or decides to completely log off altogether it goes to show that social media can and is a choice.


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