After the feminist campaigner Caroline Criado-Perez received abuse and rape threats via Twitter, the man who sent them was arrested.
As it was announced that the image of Elizabeth Fry on the £5 note would be replaced by that of Winston Churchill, Ms Criado-Perez began a petition claiming that the Bank of England had to add the image of a woman to a UK banknote.
Right after the changes considering the face of Churchill were introduced, it became evident that the author of Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen, would replace Charles Darwin on the £10 note.
These are good news for all women but Ms Criado-Perez received a torrent of sexist abuse on Twitter. By the way, please make yourself aware of our Computer-E-mail-Internet Usage Policy template
In her words the abusive tweets were about 50 for just 12 hours. In some of the messages she read threats of raping and killing her. It seems that some of the men who threatened her have created accounts on Twitter with the only aim to harass her.
Yesterday, a man was arrested in Manchester in relation to an allegation of malicious communications made in Camden on Thursday.
Twitter faced harsh criticism on the way they answered to Ms Criado-Perez to call for the social network to introduce a “Report Abuse” button.
“It’s sadly not unusual to get this kind of abuse but I’ve never seen it get as intense or aggressive as this,” she said. “It’s infuriating that the price you pay for standing up for women is 24 hours of rape threats.”
She supported her words by the fact that the Bank of England had changed its mind so Twitter could do the same.