Dec 18, 2019

People with epilepsy targeted in Twitter attack

Trolls targeted people with epilepsy on Twitter with seizure-inducing videos, according to the Epilepsy Foundation. The Epilepsy Foundation's own Twitter handle and hashtag had been used in order to target people with epilepsy, it said. "Legal advocacy director Allison Nichol 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. About 3% of people with epilepsy have photosensitive epilepsy, which makes them susceptible to flashing lights at certain intensities or certain visual patterns. The UK's Epilepsy Society said in April that the government should require social-media companies to display similar warnings as a growing number of people were having seizures triggered by flashing images on platforms such as Twitter and Facebook.

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