Twitter abuse: Man arrested in Bristol

Police in Bristol arrested a 32-year-ols man with the charge of making threats on Twitter.

They think he is responsible for the two offences against women reported on 25 and 29 July.

The reporters of BBC found out that the name of the arrested man is being related to the threats made against Labour MP Stella Creasy and feminist campaigner Caroline Criado-Perez.

This is not the first arrest of the kind. Only for the last two weeks after the allegations a third person is being arrested.

The detained one is held under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 and the Metropolitan Police announced he is about to be taken to a Bristol police station.by the way, don`t forget to download our Anti Bullying and Harassment Policy

Many shared their view that Twitter had to do more in order to prevent such anonymous users from sending messages to well-known women. The threats included bomb and rape attacks.

Among the targeted victims were female journalists, columnists and the historian Mary Beard.

Users boycotted the site with the aim to protest against the practice of insulting or intimidating others.

The attention was turned to Twitter, after the threats against campaigner Ms Criado-Perez because of her success for a woman’s face to be pictured once more on UK banknotes.

After Ms Criado-Perez reported the abuse, the 21-year-old-man was arrested in Manchester on 28 July.

Extra staff was appointed in Twitter in order to deal with the high levels of abuse.

The affected women got an apology from Twitter according to which the incident was

“unacceptable”.

 

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