After spending a significant portion of my time interacting with the dudebros of the hockey world, mostly to ask them whey they feel the need to bother my friends, has been eye opening. The chief issue seems to be that said dudebros don’t understand what is and what isn’t harassment. Luckily, I’m here to help.
Things that are NOT Harassment:
Pointing out problematic speech is NOT harassment. It is also not reverse racism, reverse sexism, reverse homophobia, Just As Bad, or The Real Problem.
Opining on the actions of a public figure is NOT harassment.
Tweeting at someone a lot is NOT harassment.
Someone blocking you or taking other steps to avoid you because they don’t want to hear your shit is NOT Harassment.
Warning other people about someone else’s shitty behavior is NOT Harassment. It also isn’t doxxing.
Things that ARE Harassment:
Attempting to contact, interact, or photograph someone who has made it explicitly clear that said things are not wanted IS Harassment whether it occurs in person, or on the internet.
Attempting to contact, interact, or photograph someone who has made it explicitly clear that said things are not wanted IS Harassment even though Twitter is a public forum.
Attempting to contact, interact, or photograph someone who has made it explicitly clear that said things are not wanted IS Harassment even if you’re pissed off at the person in question.
Using a significant follower count to send a hate mob at people IS Harassment and yes you are responsible for the conduct of other people if you bring 70,000 of them to someone’s house to settle an argument.
Badgering someone for an explanation when they are under no obligation to, and in fact do not want to give you one IS Harassment.
This is not the first time I’ve had this fucking conversation either. There seems to be an entire legion of male sports fans that don’t understand that when someone tells them to shut the fuck up and go away, they need to do it. Unfortunately the impersonal nature of the internet obfuscates the issue (you know, if you’re an idiot) because most people recognize that following someone to their car and continuing to talk at them is super creepy.
But that’s the in-person equivalent of circumventing a block or other “safety” measures on social media and there are a lot of people that don’t seem to find it problematic, especially MadChad412 here who has continued to harass twitter users who have blocked him by screencapping them and broadcasting their tweets to his followers.