In the recent days there have been a number of articles in the UK about the issue of abuse on Twitter.
Twitter announced that it will be introducing a button for reporting abusive comments. The Telegraph reports:
The social networking site’s move came as a female MP called in police over rape threats she received via Twitter and detectives continued to investigate similar highly offensive messages sent to a feminist campaigner.
Caroline Criado-Perez, a writer, faced a deluge of online vitriol, including warnings that she would be killed, after she successfully lobbied for a woman to appear on a British banknote.
There was a online campaign which currently has 50,000 signatures that helped bring about the change – the petition commentary notes:
Abuse on Twitter is common; sadly too common. And it frequently goes ignored. We need Twitter to recognise that it’s current reporting system is below required standards. It currently requires users to search for details on how to report someone for abuse; a feature that should be available on each user’s page.
Tony Wang General Manager of Twitter UK posted on his Twitter account on 27 July 2013:
We’re testing ways to simplify reporting, e.g. within a Tweet by using the “Report Tweet” button in our iPhone app and on mobile web.
You can see a screen shot of his comments here:
Twitter must do more to combat abuse after a feminist campaigner received threats of rape, a senior police officer has told the BBC.
Chief Constable Trotter told BBC Radio 4’s The World At One on Monday: “I was talking to Twitter only this morning about this and, while we do work with them on some matters, I think there is a lot more to be done.
“They need to take responsibility, as do the other platforms, to deal with this at source and make sure these things do not carry on.
“They need to make it easier for victims to report these matters and, from a police perspective, they need to know that they can report these things to us.”
Other articles on the topic of abuse on Twitter can be found at Wired, The Next Web, The Irish Independent, The Mail Online and The Independent. In addition, The Telegraph comment on their ideas for how to stop trolls online.
Yesterday Tony Wang commented on Twitter:
We continue to listen to feedback and are working hard to bring the report button currently in iOS and mobile web to other major platforms.
Last night he linked to an article on the Twitter UK blog titled ‘We hear you‘.
But I am left wondering what more we can do to ensure that people know that online bullying is not acceptable – and doesn’t that start with how we behave ourselves and how we educate our children as I wrote about earlier this year?
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