Megan Phelps-Roper related her story about leaving life-long extremism as a member of the Westboro Baptist Church that is worth watching and listening to.

She credits Twitter for exposing her to very different perspectives on the extremist positions she championed since childhood as a member of this church and her ultimate decision to make a break with these ideologies.

You may also want to read a 2015 article in the New Yorker about her too. I have saved it to read later and only just glanced at it. It should be a very interesting read.

Twitter has been under fire for some time now as an enabler for trolls and its failure to protect people targeted by those trolls. This story touches on Twitter’s positive influences and while Twitter has a lot of work to do, we shouldn’t lose sight of the fact that so many of its users have benefited positively from the service.

Published by Paul

Enthusiast, writer, Happiness Engineer at Automattic. I take photos too. Passionate about my wife, Gina and #proudDad.

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