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Walthamstow MP Stella Creasy has welcomed an apology from Twitter's UK boss after she was subjected to abuse on the social networking site. Tony Wang insists the company is doing all it can to stop offensive messages. Nick Thatcher has the story.
Police have revealed they are investigating allegations by eight people over abuse received on social networking site Twitter.
The Met said its e-crime unit was looking into the claims, three of which are incidents outside of London.
The force said: "Whilst outside PCeU's cyber operational remit, the MPS has taken the decision to centralise the individual investigations, including three that are outside London, to make the most effective use of resources avoid duplication by separate."
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.
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.
Twitter has issued a new set of commitments after a spate of high-profile allegations of threats and abuse because, it says, "people deserve to feel safe" using the network.
In a blog post written by Del Harvey, Twitter's San Francisco-based head of safety and Tony Wang, Twitter UK's general manager, the service committed to:
- Update its rules to be clearer on abuse and threats
- Add an 'in-Tweet report button' to the Android application and Twitter.com (it has already been introduced on mobile web Twitter and on the iPhone app)
- Work with the UK Safer Internet Centre and include its campaigns in promoted trends
- Add more staff to its teams that handle abuse reports
The pledges come in response to a series of threats and abuse allegations in recent weeks:
Social networking site Twitter has clarified its rules on abusive behaviour amid an increasing backlash over so-called "trolls".
The company has updated its rules to make it clear that abuse will not be tolerated, and has put extra staff in place to handle reports of abuse, it said today.
Stella Creasy was targeted after giving public support to a feminist campaigner who had herself received such abuse on Twitter