Twitter boss troll apology

The head of Twitter UK, Tony Wang, has offered a personal apology to the women who have experienced abuse. Police are investigating bomb and other threats made on Twitter against a number of female journalists.

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Twitter boss makes personal apology to troll victims

The head of Twitter UK, Tony Wang, has made a personal apology to the women who have experienced abuse and sexual threats on the social media platform.

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I personally apologize to the women who have experienced abuse on Twitter and for what they have gone through.

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The abuse they've received is simply not acceptable. It's not acceptable in the real world, and it's not acceptable on Twitter.

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There is more we can and will be doing to protect our users against abuse. That is our commitment.

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Troll victim 'pleased' Twitter taking abuse seriously

Caroline Criado-Perez, who came under sustained attack on Twitter after running a successful campaign to have a woman's picture placed on a new bank note, has welcomed Twitter's pledge to do more to tackle trolling and abuse on the platform, but said they could have acted quicker.

While I'm pleased they're listening, it's taken Twitter a week to come up with this.

Twitter's 'report abuse' button on the iPhone application goes through to the old reporting form - what we're looking for is an overhaul of the system which sits behind the button.

The current process is lengthy, complicated and impossible to use if you're under sustained attack like I have been.

Right now, all the emphasis is on the victim, often under intense pressure, to report rather than for Twitter to track down the perpetrator and stop them.

I am, of course, pleased that they are taking on new staff. The hard facts are that this will take time, investment and properly trained and paid staff - but it's crucial they get this right.

Read: New Twitter abuse arrest

More: Equality campaigner Criado-Perez targeted on Twitter

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Female journalists receive Twitter bomb threat

Several female journalists have received a threatening tweet telling them that a bomb has been placed outside their homes.

The Metropolitan Police have confirmed that they have received a complaint relating to threats made on Twitter and that enquiries are continuing but have not yet made any arrests.

The Guardian claims the journalists targeted include Hadley Freeman from the paper, Grace Dent, a columnist for the Independent and Catherine Mayer, Europe editor of Time magazine.

According to the Guardian the tweet read: "A BOMB HAS BEEN PLACED OUTSIDE YOUR HOME. IT WILL GO OFF AT EXACTLY 10:47PM ON A TIMER AND TRIGGER DESTROYING EVERYTHING"