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Police accused of insensitivity and incompetence

Caroline Criado-Perez said:

It's just appalling. I got an email saying 'why don't you go through what you've had' from three users with certain handles. It just shows such insensitivity to someone who's been through so much, I can't believe it. I've spent the afternoon crying just from the sheer awfulness of it.

They wanted me to go through all the Tweets again because of their incompetence. Every time I have to go through it it's reliving it all over again.

Police 'lost evidence' of Twitter abuse

Caroline Criado-Perez (far right) was involved in a campaign to have Jane Austen's portrait printed on a new bank note. Credit: REUTERS/Chris Ratcliffe

A feminist campaigner who was sent a barrage of abusive messages on Twitter, has claimed that police lost evidence that she handed to them.

Caroline Criado-Perez, from north London, was one of a number of women who received deaths threats - and threats of sexual abuse - on the social networking site, after campaigning to have a woman's picture printed on a new banknote.

She says that the police appear to have lost supporting evidence that she had emailed to them.


Twitter abuse petition creator 'thrilled' by report move

Kim Graham, who started the petition for Twitter to do more to protect its users, has welcomed the site's move to add a "report tweet" option for users who are sent abusive messages.

I'm thrilled that Twitter has started making progress on this.

Online bullying and harassment has been too common for too long, and this is a very welcome first step toward online safety for women.

There are always improvements that can be made, but this proves that if we speak up together we can really have an impact.

Twitter 'report' option hailed as 'first step' taken

Caroline Criado Perez said it was "great" that Twitter had taken a "first step" in dealing with harassment on the social media site, but said more needed to be done.

Ms Criado Perez, from north London, was one of a number of women who were subjected to a torrent of abuse by Twitter users last month.

Caroline Criado-Perez said it was "great" that Twitter had taken a "first step". Credit: Chris Ratcliffe/PA Wire

Ms Criado Perez said: "It's great that Twitter has listened.

"There are still issues: users have to agree for the report to be potentially shared with the harasser, and there are some boxes that could be auto-populated that aren't. But overall, this is a fantastic first step."


Stella Creasy welcomes new Twitter feature

Stella Creasy Credit: ITV News

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.

Real-time Jack the Ripper tweets show what life was like 125 years ago

Life in Victorian London during Jack the Ripper's 'Autumn of Terror' is brought to life on Twitter.

Ripper on Twitter: Tweets reveal what life was like

Jack the Ripper Cover of the Police News - 17th November 1888. Credit: PA / PA/Tophams/Topham Picturepoint/Press Association Images

Jack the Ripper historians are pooling their knowledge into a Twitter feed which launched today.

They hope to show what Twitter might have looked like if it was around when the notorious killer stalked the streets of Whitechapel, 125 years ago.

It will include tweets from imagined detectives, reporters and local workers.

The project can be followed @WChapelRealTime

The signature on a letter dated 29 October 1888 written by a person claiming to be Jack the Ripper. Credit: Fiona Hanson/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Arrest over stream of violent abuse on Twitter

A 33-year-old man has been arrested in Bristol in connection with a stream of violent abuse directed at Walthamstow MP Stella Creasy and campaigner Caroline Criado-Perez on Twitter.

Labour MP Stella Creasy Credit: Press Association

In a statement the Met Police said:

"Detectives from the MPS have this morning arrested a 33 year-old-man, on suspicion of committing an offence under the Protection of Harassment Act, 1997.

"He was arrested at an address in Bristol by officers from the MPS Police Central eCrime Unit as part of an ongoing investigation into allegations relating to threats made on Twitter. The man will be taken to a Bristol police station.

"He has been arrested in connection with allegations made to police by two women, who made reports to police on 25 and 29 July."

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