The Twitterverse is abuzz over Ellen De Generes’ “We Are The World” tweet that ignited controversy and has the platform’s executives, journalists, and advertisers all on edge.
On Thursday, the actress, who is best known for her role as Ellen in HBO’s “Girls,” wrote an Instagram post that drew widespread attention and criticism after she posted an image that appeared to show a woman with a bloody face in the form of a captioned photo.
“What a nightmare,” the captioned image read, in the most literal of terms.
“A woman is holding her baby on her head.
It’s a baby, not a corpse.”
The post was shared more than 2.4 million times and earned her millions of likes, but it also sparked backlash and condemnation from others.
“Ellen DeGenere is not a saint,” Twitter said in a statement at the time.
“We know it can be difficult for some to accept, and sometimes it can feel like they are doing her a disservice.
However, it’s important to note that we are all human beings.
There is no one ‘right way’ to speak or act.”
DeGenerent defended herself on Twitter on Friday, saying she was “disappointed” by the negative reaction to her post and that she felt “lonely and alone.”
“If this photo wasn’t taken by me and this post wasn’t shared by me, I wouldn’t be standing here today,” she wrote.
“I am a child, a parent, a human being.
Twitter also announced Friday that it was suspending accounts that posted images or other content related to DeGenerez, including @EllenDeGeneres, which posted a photo of DeGeners’ body with the caption “A child is dead. “
The backlash to the post also included a hashtag #wearetheworld, a reference to the term coined by the late comedian Robin Williams to describe a group of people who believe the world is a cruel place.
Twitter also announced Friday that it was suspending accounts that posted images or other content related to DeGenerez, including @EllenDeGeneres, which posted a photo of DeGeners’ body with the caption “A child is dead.
That’s all that matters.
“The company also deleted accounts that shared the post.
Twitter is not alone in this debate.
Earlier this month, the social media platform said it was reviewing how it handles images that have been removed from its platform and removing “trigger warnings” for people who are uncomfortable with images of sexual violence.
“As a result of our review, we will be removing the following accounts for violating our guidelines on content, including triggering warnings.” “
In the wake of Ellen DeGenres tweet, we are looking to take action to improve our handling of inappropriate content, especially those that have gone viral,” Twitter spokesperson Ben Dillard said in an email to BuzzFeed News.
“As a result of our review, we will be removing the following accounts for violating our guidelines on content, including triggering warnings.”
Twitter said that “we are also removing all accounts that post content that promotes or promotes violence or hate speech.”
DeGenrez, who had been in a relationship with DeGenerero since 2010, has a large following on social media, including with her own brand, DeGenerio.
DeGeneros Twitter account has more than 11 million followers and has been retweeted more than 1.5 million times, according to Buzzfeed.
She has received positive reviews from fans, including from former President Bill Clinton, who wrote on Twitter: “So, @EllensDeGenere has finally broken her silence about a terrible tweet that was made about her.
The world is not the same without you.
Rest assured we love you.”
The actress has also been criticized for being “disgusting” and “dangerous” on Twitter.
In a recent tweet, DeGenrea criticized President Donald Trump and the president’s supporters for “using violence” to advance their agenda.
“The reason violence is not acceptable is because the violence is the way that we create a safe space for all, and I think you can see that in the way you feel when you feel a stranger being able to walk up to you in a public space and feel like, ‘This is what it’s like to be me,'” DeGenerer said.
DeGenreres also criticized President Bill and Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party in general.
“When I think of the Democratic and Republican parties, it is like a toxic environment that only leads to hate and hatred,” she said in the latest tweet.
De Genereres has not commented on her controversial tweet, and the social network did not immediately respond to BuzzFeed’s request for comment.