Add A Report Abuse Button To Tweets
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Add A Report Abuse Button To Tweets

    1. Kim Graham
    2. Petition by

      Kim Graham

      Norfolk, United Kingdom

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September 2013

Victory

Twitter is rolling out a new "report abuse button" as well as changes to the form so it is easier for people to report online bullying. I set up the petition after Caroline Criado-Perez, who campaigned to keep women on banknotes, was repeatedly threatened. Caroline tweeted: "Thank you everyone for signing it! You see, if we stand together and say NO when things aren't right, change does happen." Of course, there are still improvements that can be made, but this proves that if we speak up together we can really have an impact. I'm thrilled Twitter have listened and have made real changes to improve safety.

For over three days, Caroline Criado-Perez, who campaigned to keep women on banknotes, has been targeted repeatedly with rape threats on Twitter. Caroline attempted to stir a response from Mark S. Luckie, Manager of Journalism and News on Twitter. His response was to lock down his account.

But 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.

It is time Twitter took a zero tolerance policy on abuse, and learns to tell the difference between abuse and defence. Women standing up to abuse should not fear having their accounts cancelled because Twitter fail to see the issue at hand.

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


It's time Twitter started protecting its users.

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    • louise cullen WORTHING, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 9 months ago

      Rape is a criminal offence. Threats to rape are a criminal offence so why are these threats treated any differently just because they are not face to face. If this happened in a street in front of police they would be arrested

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    • Karen von Haam MASHPEE, MA
      • 10 months ago

      I'm a feminist.

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    • Danielle O'Hara BLACKBURN, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 10 months ago

      Just because nasty, violent threats are typed instead of spoken does not mean the shouldn't be taken just as seriously as they would in the offline world. I've lost count of the times that I've seen sickening threats and images on Twitter, and have looked for a 'report abuse' button only to find that there isn't one...

      EVERY SOCIAL NETWORKING WEBSITE SHOULD HAVE A REPORT ABUSE BUTTON. We need to take action NOW. Or must we wait until the death of another vulnerable person?

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    • Dean Jones GLOUCESTER, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 10 months ago

      These vile men would not get away with threatening rape 'in real life', so why should they get away with it online? Abuse in all forms is unacceptable. Zero tolerance.

      www.deanjosephjones.com

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    • Sarah Rogers LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 10 months ago

      internet facilities need to be responsible and to protect their users from abuse where ever they can

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