Twitter to review process for reporting abuse
Twitter bosses respond to abuse concerns
Twitter is addressing the issue of reporting abuse and harassment following a petition.
Bosses of the networking site have spoken out about tightening up the current system for reporting abusive content, stating that a ‘Report Tweet’ button will soon appear on apps for Android and iPhones to simplify the process.
The call for change has been sparked after equal rights campaigner, Caroline Criado-Perez received abusive Tweets including threats of rape when she successfully fought for more women’s faces to be portrayed on bank notes.
Ms Criado-Perez, who has appeared frequently in the media in her efforts for female recognition, said she “stumbled into a nest of men who co-ordinate attacks on women”, and had reported the tweets to the police when she received “about 50 abusive tweets an hour for about 12 hours”.
A 21-year-old man has been detained in the Manchester area over suspected harassment offences.
A change is coming
The online petition on Change.org, set up in response to Ms Criado-Perez’s ordeal has since had over 11,000 signatures in support, and prompted a response from the head of Twitter’s business in the UK:
Also, 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.
— Tony Wang (@TonyW) July 27, 2013
On Sunday Labour said they had written to the social networking site proclaiming their actions in the matter to be weak.
Yvette Cooper, Shadow Home Secretary, wrote: “Of course it is right to report such abuse to the police, But social media platforms also have a responsibility for the platform they give users.”
Twitter boss Wang has remained firm that the corporation are unable to discuss the specifics of the incident as they do not “comment on individual accounts.”
Natalie Booth, head of search at theEword said: “This reaction from the public shows how reprehensible the majority of people find trolling. The tightening up of the reporting system on Twitter can only be good thing for the protection of its users as there is no cause for anyone to be abused on any social network.”