Apparently, telling a journalist to learn a new skill is a form of harassment now.
Ben Popken, a senior business reporter for NBC, says he was told to “learn to code” by a “sketchy” account recently on Twitter.
Coding, of course, is the process of building a website by using very specific language such as HTML or CSS, which when interpreted by a program, produces the data seen on websites. But for one journalist, this suggestion was one step too far and he decided he needed to take action.
"Learn to code" was tweeted at me by a sketchy account. I reported it as abusive behavior as part of targeted harassment. Twitter suspended the account within 20 minutes.
Journalists if they tweet "learn to code" at you don't stay silent, take a moment to report it. https://t.co/RXgqqV2ptw
— Ben Popken (@bpopken) February 1, 2019
The guy actually said the message was “abusive” and then implored his fellow journalists to “don’t stay silent, take a moment to report it.”
The guy’s response is over the top and ridiculous and the fact that he tries to act as if he’s so brave, makes it that much better.
Twitter then responded with hilarious scorn and sarcasm.
omg thoughts and prayers
— MJ (@morganisawizard) February 5, 2019
Wapo was right. American journalists are sooo brave…
— Tristan Belano (@prnirvana) February 5, 2019
— Patrick (@ArgentineTea) February 5, 2019
Imagine being this sensitive but also wanting to be taken seriously.
— Jake (@The_Captain2213) February 5, 2019
Thoughts and prayers during this challenging time
— Beau (@INukeYou) February 5, 2019
Now I understand the WaPo commmercial, this is bravery, you guys are the heroes. You showed incredible strength in reporting that account
— Ben (@thethriftygene) February 5, 2019
OMG! Hope you're ok? And they say the military with PTSD have it rough…
— Anthony Brown (@Propaneman1968) February 5, 2019
You delicate soul – would you like an ice pack to ease the bruises?
— Tomo (@NotMyNestle) February 5, 2019