Twitter has launched a "report tweet" feature aimed at helping people who receive abusive messages.
A number of womern were recently targeted on the site, including Walthamstow MP Stella Creasy. Over one hundred thousand people signed a petition to get the site to improve its procedures for dealing with abuse.
A man who was arrested after Walthamstow MP Stella Creasy was threatened on Twitter, has been released on bail. She was sent violent messages after supporting a campaign for a woman's face to appear on 10 pound banknotes.
The man was taken to a Bristol police station and later bailed to attend a central London police station in late September.
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.
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
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.
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.
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:
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."
Labour's MP for Walthamstow has become the latest victim of abuse on Twitter.
Stella Creasy was targeted after after defending feminist campaigner Caroline Criado Perez and her campaign to have a woman's picture placed on a new bank note.
Stella Creasy fought back on the site by retweeting the threatening messages. She has also called in the police.