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How Twitter Is Enabling the Online Abuse of People With Down Syndrome

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Dear Twitter, I write as the mother of a little girl with Down syndrome. My name is Rachel, my daughter is Betsy. I am going to be blunt.

Twitter is not doing enough to curtail the use of abusive language around Down syndrome on their platform. Condoning use of jokes about the condition, comments about the worthiness or right to life of people with the condition and even allowing accounts that mock the condition is unacceptable.

It is discriminatory, prejudiced, irresponsible and dangerous. The onslaught of offensive material has become more prevalent during COVID-19 as people “joke” about having “Lock Down Syndrome” and are using it as an insult and a derogatory slur on people with Down syndrome.

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