Williams’ daughter taunted with fake pictures of body 

Robin Williams’ daughter has abandoned her online social-media accounts in disgust following what she called “cruel and unnecessary” messages following her father’s death, a move that has prompted Twitter to explore how it handles such situations.

Zelda Williams, 25, wrote that she was stepping away from her Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram accounts “for a good long time, maybe forever.”

The move came after at least two users upset the grieving actress by sending disturbing images and verbal attacks. In one of her last tweets Tuesday night, Williams asked fellow users to report her alleged tormentors to Twitter managers.

“I’m shaking,” she wrote. One of the images was a Photoshopped image of Robin Williams purporting to be his corpse.

The accounts of both alleged bullies were suspended by Wednesday. Facebook, which also owns Instagram, said the fake photo violated its policy and was “being actively flagged and removed across both platforms as it pops up.”

Twitter went further. “We will not tolerate abuse of this nature on Twitter,” Del Harvey, who heads Twitter’s Trust and Safety Team, said in a statement Wednesday afternoon.

“We have suspended a number of accounts related to this issue for violating our rules and we are in the process of evaluating how we can further improve our policies,” he said. “This includes expanding our policies regarding self-harm and private information, and improving support for family members of deceased users.”

Zelda Williams also alluded on Instagram to users being hateful following her father’s suicide: “Mining our accounts for photos of dad, or judging me on the number of them is cruel and unnecessary.”

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Actress Mila Kunis (“Black Swan”) is 31. … Actress Halle Berry (“Extant”) is 48. … Basketball Hall of Famer Magic Johnson is 55. … “Far Side” cartoonist Gary Larson is 64. … Author and San Francisco resident Danielle Steel is 67. ... Comedian Steve Martin (“Bowfinger”) is 69. ... Rock singer David Crosby is 73.

Got scoops or Bay Area celebrity gossip? Email scoop@sfexaminer.com. — Staff, wire report

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Giselle Velazquez was born and raised in the shadow of San Francisco's Diamond Heights and now lives in the shadow of South San Francisco's Sign Hill. She has written for publications such as The S.F. Examiner, Ventura County Star, and the S.F. Bay Guardian.
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