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.

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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:

Comedian Dara O'Briain:

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


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.

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.

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 is calling on Twitter to take more action to tackle abusive tweets Credit:

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

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.

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


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