HEALTH Twitter trolls cause epileptic seizures on twitter
Foundation says Twitter trolls have bombarded its Twitter feed with seizure-inducing content to harm epilepsy victims.
Epilepsy Foundation files criminal complaint over seizure-inducing videos posted on Twitter Foundation says Twitter trolls have bombarded its Twitter feed with seizure-inducing content to harm epilepsy victims.
The foundation says unidentified users posted flashing or strobing lights as responses to its tweets, and using popular epilepsy-related hashtags, hoping to cause seizures for people who have photosensitive epilepsy and were viewing their posts.
The attacks were carried out last month during the National Epilepsy Awareness Month “when the greatest number of people with epilepsy and seizures were likely to be following the feed,” the foundation said. Over 30 different Twitter accounts participated, it said.
“These attacks are no different than a person carrying a strobe light into a convention of people with epilepsy and seizures, with the intention of inducing seizures and thereby causing significant harm to the participants,” said Allison Nichol, Esq., director of legal advocacy for the Epilepsy Foundation.