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Man to be questioned over 'hostile tweets'

A man will be questioned today over a barrage of hostile tweets to a feminist campaigner, including threats to rape and kill her.

Caroline Criado-Perez, co-founder of the Women's Room (R) with Bank of England governor Mark Carney. Credit: Chris Ratcliffe/PA Wire

Caroline Criado Perez faced a deluge of threats on Twitter over the course of more than a day after she successfully campaigned for a woman's picture to be put on a new bank note.

Scotland Yard said a 21-year-old was arrested yesterday in Manchester on suspicion of harassment offences after officers in Camden, London, received a complaint of malicious communications on Thursday.

Campaigner: 'There are many more threats to report'

After a man was arrested in connection with abusive tweets sent to feminist campaigner Caroline Criado Perez, she tweeted:


Arrest over abusive tweets to campaigner on Twitter

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

Scotland Yard confirmed the arrest is in connection with an allegation of malicious communications received by officers in London on Thursday.

Caroline Criado-Perez Credit: Chris Ratcliffe/PA Wire

Ms Criado Perez, who successfully campaigned for a woman's picture to be put on a new bank note, has received a deluge of threats from various sources on the microblogging site.

Twitter has faced calls to take faster and stronger action against online abuse in the wake of the incident.

Cooper calls on Twitter to act over abusive tweets

Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper has written to Twitter UK criticising its response to "appalling and unacceptable" comments made about a feminist campaigner on the site.

Addressing the threats made against Caroline Criado Perez, she said: "The response by Twitter has clearly been inadequate and fails not only Caroline, but many more women and girls who have faced similar abuse on your social network."

Yvette Cooper has urged Twitter to carry out a full review of its abuse policies Credit: Press Association

Cooper added: "More than 20,000 people have already signed an online petition asking Twitter to allow users to report abuse directly with one click.

"I urge you to go further and ensure that Twitter carries out a full review of all its policies on abusive behaviour, threats and crimes".

#TakebackTwitter hashtag calls on site to take action

Supporters of bank note campaigner Caroline Criado-Perez have helped launch a hashtag campaign under #takebackTwitter, over claims the social media network is failing to deal with threats of sexual abuse made on its site.

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.

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