Taylor Fritz gets attacked on social media for all the wrong reasons

The top-ranked American men's player accidentally hit "like."

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We have done it, right? We are scrolling through social media and mindlessly hit "like" on something we did not mean to. Then after a bit we might realize our mistake and go back and unclick "like" and the world is right again. But if you happen to be a famous person, such as Taylor Fritz, there are trolls who will immediately notice what you have done, take screenshots, and then feel free to judge you.

This is the world of social media, especially X (the mess formerly known as Twitter that WTA No. 1 Iga Swiatek has also complained about) where a toxic environment seems to be encouraged by its current owner. People attack others oftentimes they do not know and will never know and seemingly have nothing else to do other than hide in the shroud of the internet. This happened to Fritz recently when he "liked" something he did not mean to and trolls went after him.

Fritz could have ignored the immediate reactions to his mistake. Instead, he posted a fairly long tweet about how he did not mean to do it and certainly did not endorse what the original conversation was about. His statement about what he did only inflamed the situation. This is what happens on social media: A person makes a meaningless mistake that trolls find meaning to spew hate, and the person then owns their mistake which causes only more hate to be spewed. What a sad world something.

Taylor Fritz tries to correct his mistake in a setting designed to attack him

The situation for Fritz was this. Fritz "liked" a post that was bigoted and ignorant. Maybe the tennis player only saw a response to the original post and "liked" that and did not read the original post. If so, that would have been Fritz's mistake, but only one made on social media so who, ultimately, should really care? Those with nothing to do clearly did.

But after being sent a screenshot of what he had done, Fritz posted a tweet that said in part, "I DEFINITELY didn’t purposefully like this, I was looking at Stricklands profile a couple days ago...I had to of accidentally liked that while scrolling the replies but wow just want to make it clear for anyone that doesn’t know me i absolutely don’t stand for any of this and if u we’re to look at my likes it’s either all gaming/tennis things I would NEVER do that on purpose."

Were there grammatical errors in Fritz's post? Yes. Should that matter? No. But part of the negativity directed at Fritz critiqued his grammar as well. Ridiculous. But here is a sample.

It's too easy - and lazy - to poke fun at one's grammatical mistakes on social media when social media is full of bad grammar. Heck, if I see a mistake I have made, I also am in a panic and want to get the word out to disavow what I have done. My grammar on X might go by the wayside due to the panic.

Speaking of bad grammar. Also, Taylor Fritz is not female. "Mug Disaster Era" is likely a drone, or would be better off being a drone.

Um, what judge? What a stupid response. Thankfully, there were quite a few like the below.

Exactly. Taylor Fritz probably should have just ignored any social media filth. He tried to correct the issue and that is the right move. That is unless one is trying to correct oneself in front of a bunch of trolls.

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