Twitter abuse suspect bailed

A 21-year-old man arrested in Manchester on suspicion of harassment offences after feminist campaigner Caroline Criado Perez received abusive threats on Twitter has been bailed.

Bank note campaigner gains support from celebrities

Caroline Criado-Perez, who was subjected to a series of threats on Twitter, has received support from a number of well-known faces.

Actress Rebecca Front tweeted her support to Times columnist Caitlin Moran:

MP Diane Abbott expressed her disgust at the abuse:

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I understand @tonyw is general manager of UK Twitter. So why is he not doing anything about horrific abuse tweeted at @ccriadoperez ?

Comedian Dara O'Briain:

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If the ladies leave twitter because of all the dumb, rapey 14 year old boys, then I'm outta here people. Like most grown-up men too, I'd say

Twitter defends ability to deal with online abuse threats

Twitter has defended its user settings and ability to deal with abuse threats on the social networking website.

A new petition, which has gathered thousands of signatures, has called on Twitter to introduce a button to allow speedy reporting of abuse after equality campaigner Criado-Perez was targeted on the platform.

In response to the abuse threats, Twitter issued a statement:

The ability to report individual tweets for abuse is currently available on Twitter for iPhone and we plan to bring this functionality to other platforms, including Android and the web.

We don't comment on individual accounts.

However, we have rules which people agree to abide by when they sign up to Twitter.

We will suspend accounts that, once reported to us, are found to be in breech of our rules.

– Twitter

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Bank note campaigner on 'aggressive' Twitter abuse

A feminist campaigner who successfully pushed for campaigned for a woman's picture to be put on a new bank note, has become a target of abuse on Twitter.

Caroline Criado Perez has faced a deluge of hostile tweets over the course of more than a day, including threats to rape and kill her.

Caroline Criado-Perez, co-founder of the Women's Room Credit: Picture date: Wednesday July 24, 2013. See PA story MONEY Notes. Photo credit should read: Chris Ratcliffe/PA Wire

Ms Criado Perez said: "It's sadly not unusual to get this kind of abuse but I've never seen it get as intense or aggressive as this.

"It's infuriating that that the price you pay for standing up for women is 24 hours of rape threats

"We are showing that by standing together we can make a real difference. We made the Bank of England change its mind, we can do the same with Twitter", she added.

Read: New faces and new policies at the Bank of England

Twitter UK: 'We take online abuse seriously'

Tony Wang, the general manager of Twitter UK, has said that the company takes online abuse seriously amid calls for the microblogging site to take stronger action.

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We take online abuse seriously and provide advice and guidance to our users here: https://t.co/4SMKjeGTAG

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We encourage users to report an account for violation of the Twitter rules by using one of our report form: https://t.co/mTEKNxddYz

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Also, we're testing ways to simplify reporting, e.g. within a Tweet by using the "Report Tweet" button in our iPhone app and on mobile web.

It follows a series of abusive tweets to Caroline Criado Perez including threats to rape and kill her, after she successfully campaigned for a woman's picture to be put on a new bank note.

Petition calls for 'zero tolerance' of abuse tweets

Over 12,000 people have signed a petition calling for Twitter to have a "zero tolerance policy on abuse" and "to recognise its current reporting system is below required standards".

The petition was set up after feminist campaigner Caroline Criado-Perez was allegedly targeted with violent abuse and rape threats.

The petition is calling on Twitter to take more action to tackle abusive tweets Credit: www.change.org

Criado-Perez successfully drove the campaign for women other than the Queen to feature on English banknotes.

Read: New faces and new policies at the Bank of England

Equality campaigner Criado-Perez targeted on Twitter

Caroline Criado-Perez, the campaigner who successfully pushed for women other than the Queen to feature on English banknotes, has been subjected to a series of threats on Twitter.

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Again, if you want to help, please screenshot any rape threats /violent abuse you see & send it to me. We're compiling a case. #shoutingback

She has received support from Stella Creasy, the MP for Walthamstow, and Times columnist Caitlin Moran among many others.

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I am beyond livid at treatment of @ccriadoperez. NO ONE is getting away with behaving like that #mponwarpath #westandtogether #obruk2014

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Brilliant to see a swarm of good men and women supporting @ccriadoperez. You are not alone love xxx

Read - New faces and new policies at the Bank of England

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