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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 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.
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.
Ms Criado-Perez, who successfully campaigned for the Bath author Jane Austen'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.
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 Caroline Criado-Perez as targeted on the platform.
In response to the abuse threats, Twitter issued this statement:
A feminist campaigner who successfully pushed for a campaign for the Bath author Jane Austen 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.
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.
The Bank of England was persuaded by an online petition started by a freelance journalist on the campaign site change.org, after it announced Elizabeth Fry would be replaced by Winston Churchill on £5 notes. Journalist Caroline Criado-Perez, who started the petition, said:
"Without this campaign, without the 35,000 people who signed our Change.org petition, the Bank of England would have unthinkingly airbrushed women out of history."
One of the world's most popular female authors, Jane Austen, will soon be immortalised on our bank notes, the Bank of England confirmed.
Announcing the decision, new Bank of England Governor Mark Carney said:
The new £10 note, which will be issued by 2017, will feature the following:
- A portrait of Austen, commissioned by James Edward Austen Leigh in 1870, adapted from an original sketch of Austen by her sister Cassandra
- An illustration of Miss Elizabeth Bennet undertaking "The examination of all the letters which Jane had written to her”– from a drawing by Isabel Bishop
- The image of Godmersham Park, home of Austen's brother and believed to be an inspiration for many of her novels
- An image of Jane Austen's writing table and quills
- The following quote:
Campaigners have hailed the Bank of England decision to have author Jane Austen appear on the new £10 note as "a brilliant day for women and a fantastic one for people power."
A 35,000-name petition was presented to the Bank in the wake of the decision to put Sir Winston Churchill on £5 notes in place of prison reformer Elizabeth Fry - one of only two female selections since historical figures were introduced in 1970.
Caroline Criado-Perez, who set up the petition on campaign site Change.org, said:
Author Jane Austen will feature on £10 notes from 2017, the Bank of England has announced.
Author Jane Austen will appear on £10 notes from 2017, the Bank of England said today.