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July 29, 2013

Twitter plans to introduce report abuse button

Over 40,000 people sign petition for Twitter to improve response to abuse reports after journalist threatened with rape.

By CBR Staff Writer

Twitter is planning to introduce a button to report abuse following a petition urging it to improve its procedures to protect users after a journalist was threatened with rape.

The petition was signed by over 40,000 people to support Caroline Criado-Perez, who was threatened with rape tweets following her campaign to keep women on British banknotes.

Kim Graham, who filed the petition on Change.org, said "Abuse on Twitter is common. Sadly too common. And it frequently goes ignored.

"We need Twitter to recognise that its current reporting system is below required standards. It currently requires users to search for details on how to report someone for abuse. [This is] a feature that should be available on each user’s page," Graham said.

"The report abuse button needs to be accompanied by Twitter reviewing the T&C on abusive behaviour to reflect an awareness of the complexity of violence against women, and the multiple oppressions women face."

Reuters reported that Twitter general manager for the UK Tony Wang promised to suspend all accounts found to be in breach of its rules.

Wang said all reports of abuse was taken seriously and that the company was testing ways to simplify reporting of abuse.

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A 21-year-old man from Manchester has been arrested on suspicion of harassment offences in connection with the absue of Criado-Perez.

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