I follow the Twitter hashtag for Migraine — #Migraine — so I can keep up with news about Migraine disease, read interesting articles and blog posts, and offer my support to people that Tweet when they have a Migraine. Unfortunately, those of us who follow that hashtag are seeing more and more spam Tweets. The most annoying are those that Tweet links for a Migraine "cure."
Some of these spammers only Tweet to try to sell us on their "cure." Others think they're being clever. They'll Tweet a few times to share facts about Migraine, then Tweet their "cure" Tweet.
Let's be very clear here. Migraine is a genetic neurological disease for which, at this time, there is NO CURE. Spammers and charlatans are Tweeting to get us to pay for eBooks, supplements, instructions for breathing exercises, and more. And here's a truly sad point — Some people are so very desperate for relief that they'll pay to try these so-called "cures." If these spammers weren't profiting from their Tweets, they'd stop.
Even if these spammers were willing to spend the money to advertise, laws about truth in advertising would block their way. But, they can continue with their misleading and predatory Tweets because Twitter doesn't stop them. There's one particular Migraine cure spammer on Twitter whose Tweets I have reported hundreds of times, to no avail.
I'm infuriated that these spammers continue to prey on my extended Migraine and Headache family, so I've decided to take action. I've set up a petition on Change.org addressed to Jack Dorsey (@jack), the CEO of Twitter, and Anthony Noto (@anthonynoto), the COO of Twitter.
Today, I'm asking everyone who reads this two do two things, each of which takes just a few seconds of your time:
- Please sign the petition. There's a box below to do that.
- Please share the link to this post or the link to the petition with everyone you can think of.
I hope you'll join me. It's going to take many, many signatures on the petition to get the attention of Twitter executives, and I can't get them by myself. Please, please, join me?
because a migraine is NOT "just a headache"