Manchester man arrested after tweeting rape threats
July 28, 2013 10:24 PM Subscribe
A 21 year old man was arrested for tweeting rape threats.
The target of the tweets, Caroline Criado-Perez
, had successfully campaigned to have a woman (Jane Austen
) shown on the UK's new 10 pound note, and has been subsequently receiving incessant rape and death threats via twitter, a violation of UK law. Twitter's Terms of Service
are being repeatedly and flagrantly violated in this episode, and the company appears to be having issues responding to a backlog of reports; it responded to Criado-Perez only that she take the matter to the police. This resulted in shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper asking Twitter to review
its policies for handling abuse complaints.
The massive gathering of signatures for petitions to twitter for an improved abuse reporting function has been facilitated in part by use of the #shoutingback hash tag
, popularized by UK journalist and activist Laura Bates, another woman fighting sexism online and off with her Everyday Sexism Project
is an eight-minute documentary about the project
, which I was torn between including here or making its own post.