Sadistic jerks delivered strobing images to the Epilepsy Foundation's Twitter followers

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Anti-social Media strikes again.


It’s a shame there’s no such thing as photosensitive edgelordism


I have family members who are epileptic. They aren’t triggered by strobing, but oddly, I am. I don’t get fits, I just hate it. When I was a computer programmer I had so many arguments with my bosses about the use of blinking text and blinking cursors. Maybe I should have “had a fit”… :thinking:


Snowcrash in real life.


these jerks, ring camera hackers that creep out kids for fun, oh and so many other wonderful individuals… how nice that technology has given these scumbags such a big playroom! it is so gratifying to hear that people are using their clever skills to benefit mankind. i am in favor of unplugging the whole fucking thing.


These are the kind of things I point to when my kids ask me why I hate people so much. I mean, I love kids, but adults generally suck as a rule.


And technology just gives them a leverage to more power.


Twitter should turn over the perpetrator’s email account and logged IP address to LE (might be a proxy, but lots of criminals make mistakes, so worth a try). If legal systems were remotely caught up to tech, this would be attempted mass murder, but as it stands they should be able to charge the piece(s) of shit with whatever they could charge someone with putting poison in a water supply.

They tried to injure and potentially kill a group of people seeking help for a disability. Whoever they are, they’re garbage people.



Narrator: It didn’t.


I’d hope that for affected patients something like this could be blocked on the graphics driver level. Surely there must be a way to detect abrupt light/dark transitions.

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Like the flickering gif attached to this? (Not your fault, @stephen_schenck, I know!)

I’m no coder, but I’ve tried everything I can think of to kill flashing, flickering, strobing gifs all across my internet experience. The best thing I’ve found in Chrome is a browser extension called “Animation Policy”, which you can set to allow animated images to cycle once, then stop playing. That way I can still see cat gifs doing cute cat things, but only once, and it does minimize strobing effects. Now to kill swiping-carousel visual effects…


Thank you, Neovison.vison. Thank you.

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I go into Control Panel and turn off all unnecessary animations. Seems to do the trick.

For something that isn’t a strobe, that’s remarkably close to a strobe.


Yep, it’s the only reasonable, proportional response to this: track every one of these fuckers down and put them in jail. If we can’t manage that, we’re broken as a society.


Cruelty is the only goal…

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Same. Mom was epileptic, but not strobe triggered that she was ever aware of. Also, she’d just pass out rather than have anything that anybody would recognize as a typical seizure.

I, however, am not epileptic, yet blinkenlights just feel crappy in my head. Not sure of frequency and duty cycle needed to gross out my optic nerve, but much like pornography, I know it when I see it. In fact, blinkies on bikes (despite any and all common sense) is one of my three reasons for not ever doing group rides, even during the day. But a TV in an otherwise dark room, bringing the entire world up and down, from full dark to bright white, at inherently random intervals? Fuck that noise with absolutely no lube at all.


Well, perhaps not in a naturally occurring variant…

That GIF bugged my pretty bad, too. Thing is, I really really like it in every other way, and prefer to see it, and most other GIFs, looping continuously, the way that Ceiling Cat intended. But I happen to think that the coin spinning very slowly would look even cooler, whilst avoiding the potential neuroaggression.