Erin Andrews had a tragic flashback to her peephole incident on Tuesday night when the ESPN sports reporter chose to speak about digital privacy issues at the Common Sense Media gathering, sponsored by Marie Claire magazine. Andrews, the victim of horrific online videos published by a peephole stalker in 2009, kicked off the forum and revealed more on the dangers surrounding her stalker who posted the peephole videos on the Web.
ANDREWS: PEEPHOLE VIDEO WORSE ON “WOMAN IN HER 30’s”
“We need to start paying attention to what is happening on the Internet,” AdWeek reports ‘an emotional Andrews’ telling the audience. She added, as reported by HuffingtonPost.com, “So when does it get better? I’m confused. It’s still cyberbullying,” she said of being violated by the peephole incident and massive online exposure, adding that the stress of the situation was heightened because she was a “woman in her 30’s.”
“Somebody needs to step in. As a family we’re always asking, what is it going to take?”
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The talk also included insight from Facebook Marketing Direcgtor Randi Zuckerberg, asserting that online anonymity “has to go away,” and former presidential daughter and political advocate, Chelsea Clinton. While Zuckerberg believes cyberbullying will diminish if users are disallowed from maintaining an anonymous identity online, Clinton shared her tactics for surviving online bulleying. Her trick? Ignore it.
ERIN ANDREWS CAN’T IGNORE BEING EXPOSED…WHEN IT’S STILL THERE
But that option hasn’t been viable for Andrews. The former Dancing with the Stars contestant and sports guru explained deep frustrations during her time in getting the peephole video removed from major search engines and while she specifically cited Google as a source of troubled pain, she also praised the online search engine’s “remarkable” efforts behind the anti-bullying campaign, “It Gets Better.” Did she mean it? Maybe not.
ANDREWS: GOOGLE IS SENDING MIXED MESSAGES ON CYBER BULLYING
While Andrews sang Google praises for helping to drown out social media bullying, she made a point that makes forgetting her peephole tragedy one that’s hard to forget. Despite Erin Andrews’ peephole video being hard to find, she pointed out to the Common Sense Media crowd that the video is still present on certain search engines, “like Google.”
PEEPHOLE VIDEO, HORRIFIC EFFECTS CAN’T BE “DELETED”
Andrews, still claims to this day the video destroyed her reputation as a credible sports reporter in a male-dominated field and wishes she’d had a “delete button” to remove the video from cyberspace. Unlucky for Andrews, no such thing exists and while the case against her peephole video stalker is closed, the effects of being exposed are far from deleted.
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