Robin Williams, was found dead Monday, August 11 after a suicide, and daughter Zelda, also an actress, had so far been heavy users of Twitter , Instagram, and other social networks . They were promoting their projects, conversed with their fans , were posting pictures of their public and private life, joked .
The day of the death of Robin Williams, fans of the actor immediately expressed their condolences and sadness on these online spaces, commenting, for example, the last picture posted on his Instagram account – which appear Wednesday August 13 27 000 reactions.
This momentum recalled, to some extent, the very large number of messages that followed the accidental death of actor Paul Walker . The side effects, however, are much more brutal for the family of Robin Williams. Zelda Williams, aged 25, was first posted on the same day several messages to express his sentence: one of the most visible was taken and posted on the Twitter citing The Little Prince by Saint-Exupery.
During the day, several accounts Twitter (since suspended) responded to these messages with pictures, described as extremely violent and inappropriate, starring Robin Williams’s body through image editing software.
Zelda Williams, who initially reported comments “negative” in a message on Tumblr , then posted on Chaturbate, a call for the aid to its subscribers: “I tremble. If you please, report these accounts. ”
Despite the rapid response teams of the network office to disable the accounts in question, Zelda then said it was withdrawing its application for smartphones and tablets, “for a while, or maybe forever.”
Zelda then proceeded to focus on his Instagram account , announcing that it would also stop the supply , explaining why she had posted there many pictures of her and her father faced criticism on the subject “Me judged on it’s cruel and unnecessary. (…) My favorite family photos are framed in my house, not on social networks. ”
In the case of a celebrity like Robin Williams, part exceeds that of the private sphere. “On Twitter , grief is collective, “describes The New York Times , Listing the impressive figures of the number of messages related to Robin Williams on August 11 (63,000 tweets per minute after the announcement of his death) and the emotion it has caused all his fans who did not expect to death (explaining why he is the World infomation. fr most shared on Facebook since the site).
“Many celebrities have died unexpectedly or tragically in recent years to the point where we have become accustomed to this new ritual,” according to the New York Times. But the paper also discusses an effect “a little strange” to see this event become the number one topic of conversation – paving the way for all types of aberrations, potentially shocking in the case of Zelda Williams or sometimes lighter ( people who for example merged on Twitter Robin Williams with singer Robbie Williams).
In response to the turmoil of recent days, Slate is allowed give a series of instructions to avoid potentially problematic messages. “If you have nothing interesting to say about the death of someone, it is perfectly acceptable to say nothing, “advises the site.
For Robin Williams, the question was indeed asked after a tribute posted by the Academy Awards (“Genie, you’re free,” referring to a replica of the Walt Disney character that the actor had doubled ). American Association for Suicide Prevention regretted this formulation, shared more than 300,000 times, and could leave to think that action to end his life is liberation.