When Twitter finally starts to respond to the flood of sexual assault reports, they’re not doing it right
A growing number of men are reporting harassment on Twitter, and some have found themselves in the crosshairs of the social media giant’s internal culture.
In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, former Twitter employee Ryan Fenton shared what it was like to work with the company and what it’s like to be one of the men who’s been harassed online.
In the article, he said that the harassment came at the hands of a former colleague who he says had repeatedly harassed him.
The former employee, whom he identifies only as @nathan, was an early Twitter employee who would tweet about how much he enjoyed being a woman on Twitter.
He said he was told that the women in his circle were just jealous of the attention they got.
They were doing so much for the company.
But as time went on, @nathaniel began to tweet about women who were not like him.
He would sometimes say things like, “This chick is so hot,” or “It’s really cool to be in a group of women that are actually just like you.”
@nakamoto, who says he was also a former Twitter engineer, also tweeted about how he felt underrepresented in the company, because the company didn’t have a women-only culture.
“They said they had a culture of women, but no women had to leave and there was no diversity,” he said.
@nana_jane, who works at @twitter, told the Times that she was told to keep quiet about her harassment and that she felt like she was being bullied and harassed.
@fenton shared a story from a former employee who said he had to change his profile photo after being harassed on Twitter by @nattie_g.
He wrote in the piece that he thought that his account was safe after @navid_c.
The man told the story of how @nita_g, a former engineer, made an online profile photo of him.
“She said that she had worked with me on the same team and that I was the only person in my team who was like me,” he wrote.
“The only other person in the group was another engineer.
When I started working with the new team, I had to get my picture taken with them and put it on my profile.”
Fenton says that the experience left him feeling extremely uncomfortable and left him with a “deep sense of shame.”
“I’ve always felt like if you work with people, you are an equal.
And that’s not true,” he told the Los Vegas Review Journal.
He says that he has tried to speak out against the harassment in the past, but that it has been a “disconcerting experience.”
He told the paper that he had told other people in the tech industry, but he didn’t feel they believed him.
In a statement to the LA Times, Twitter said that “our community is safe and inclusive, and we work hard to keep it that way.
But we need to do better.”
Twitter declined to comment on whether the company had any internal mechanisms in place to deal with sexual harassment, including a “safe spaces” process for men who’ve been sexually harassed.
“This was a workplace where people who were working in ways that were inconsistent with our values would find themselves exposed,” Twitter wrote in a statement.
“Our team is dedicated to supporting people who are survivors of workplace harassment and all forms of sexual harassment and abuse, and is committed to ensuring all of our teams are free of bias, sexism, and harassment.”