Action urged on abusive Tweets

Twitter is facing calls to take faster and stronger action against online abuse after a feminist campaigner was subjected to a sustained barrage of threats.

Caroline Criado Perez faced a deluge of hostile tweets over the course of more than a day, including threats to rape and kill her, after she successfully campaigned for a woman’s picture to be put on a new bank note.

A campaign in her support, calling on Twitter to introduce a button to allow speedy reporting of abuse, has already received more than 12,500 signatures and she has received support from British MPs. There are also attempts being made to organise a boycott of the free social media platform on August 4.

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 the price you pay for standing up for women is 24 hours of rape threats. We are showing 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.”

More than 35,500 people signed a petition after the Bank of England decided to replace Elizabeth Fry with Winston Churchill on new £5 notes.

Her campaign was a success, with an announcement by the Bank last week that the author Jane Austen will feature on the new £10.

- A 21-year-old man has been arrested in Manchester in connection with the hostile tweets to Criado Perez, including threats to rape and kill her, Scotland Yard said.

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