MPs call for Twitter abuse action

MPs have told Twitter that it needs to make it easier for users to report abusive messages as part of its online safety inquiry.

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MPs call for easier Twitter abuse reporting function

MPs have told Twitter that it needs to make it easier for users to report abusive messages as the social media site faced questions from the Culture, Media and Sport Committee over 'trolling' on the site.

Conservative MP Conor Burns said none of his colleagues on the Committee were aware of the reporting system.

Labour former culture secretary Ben Bradshaw questioned whether the site's procedures for dealing with abuse were rapid enough:

"How can we have confidence, when they are very unhappy with the speed with which you responded to the abuse they suffered, that ordinary people who don't have that level of profile and voice are having their reports taken seriously and dealt with quickly enough?".

Twitter's public policy director, Sinead McSweeney, insisted improvements had been made to the reporting function since Labour MP Stella Creasy and campaigner Caroline Criado-Perez were subjected to abuse in July.

Parents 'failing to check children's phones'

Parents are failing to check their children's phones in the fear of being too intrusive, a new report has found.

Are Parents In The Picture?, commissioned by Virtual College’s Safeguarding Children e-Academy and Pace, questioned 750 parents and 945 professionals including police, teachers and social workers.

Some professionals have called for national debate into how much privacy are given Credit: PA Wire

Many of the parents interviewed said that despite being aware of the potential dangers, they failed to monitor their children's phones in the fear of appearing too intrusive.

The research, by YouGov, found only 46 per cent filtered their child’s internet access, while just 24 per cent admitted checking text messages and 18 per cent checking phone contact lists.

More than 60 per cent of police officers and social workers feel that parents do not understand exploitation, with many calling for a national debate over how much privacy children are given.


Mounting pressure over social media safety

Facebook and Twitter executives will be grilled by MPs today amid mounting pressure on the companies to do more to tackle online bullying and abuse.

Facebook and Twitter to answer MPs' safety questions

Facebook and Twitter are two of the world's most popular - and valuable - social networks. Credit: PA

Senior executives from Facebook and Twitter are due to give evidence to the Culture, Media and Sport Committee today.

Simon Milner, Facebook's policy director UK and Ireland and Sinead McSweeney, Twitter's director of public policy, will answer questions as part of the committee's online safety enquiry.

MPs due to attend include Home Office Minister Damian Green, Culture Minister Ed Vaizey and Claire Perry, the PM's adviser on preventing the commercialisation and sexualisation of childhood.

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