.@TwitterAU: It’s time for a zero-tolerance to rape threats policy
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.@TwitterAU: It’s time for a zero-tolerance to rape threats policy

    1. Talitha Stone
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      Talitha Stone

      Sydney, Australia

September 2013


After public pressure from all around the world, including this petition in Australia, in August 2013, Twitter executives finally and committed to make changes to abuse reporting processes. In September, they rolled out the changes. The report abuse button is now in place, and it’s easier to quickly file complaints when you’re under attack. Twitter have carried through on their promise to put more resources into tackling abuse. This is real change, that wouldn’t have happened without our campaigning, so I wanted to thank you for joining me in this fight.

*TRIGGER WARNING* Graphic descriptions of rape and violence against women:


When I was sent a message saying: “fucking waste of flesh worthless female. its girls like u who make guys want to #rape a helpless pussy like u” - Twitter’s “Trust and Safety” unit told me it wasn’t in violation of the rules!  

Twitter's threat and abuse reporting system doesn’t work. It’s time Twitter had a zero-tolerance policy to tweeted threats and abuse. This behaviour would have people banned from other public spaces - it’s barely acknowledged as being wrong on twitter. 

In June this year, I was subjected to a horrific torrent of abusive tweets, like:  "just shut the fuck up cuz if I see u on the streets I'm gonna snatch u in a alley and force this dick in u". Many included direct threats of rape, and at one point, twitter users tried to publish my address. I was told by police there was no way to stop it other than deleting my account (letting the abusers win), and twitter refused to do anything about it.

I have been motivated to start this in Australia because I saw a UK petition by Caroline Criado-Perez. The momentum from her campaign is beginning to put pressure on Twitter, and I hope an international outcry will get them to act. Twitter have just set up an office in Australia - and they have said publicly they want to grow quickly here.  Let's make sure they know that as they do this they must show a zero tolerance to threats and abuse. 

So many women suffer these attacks when they speak out about issues - and this has to stop.

Twitter is saying they will eventually add a Report Abuse Button to tweets on all platforms - but they need to get rid of their unwieldy forms that are a huge barrier to reporting and when abuse is reported they need to actually ACT and not ignore it.

Please sign my petition to ask Twitter to adopt a zero-tolerance to threats and abuse policy.

I'm asking Twitter's new Australian team to meet with me to talk about this issue and what they can do to fix it.  You can help by tweeting them here: https://twitter.com/TwitterAU (@TwitterAU) and asking them to #meettalitha and end #twitterabuse.

Or contact their new Australian team:

https://twitter.com/iamcindyburke (@iamcindyburke)

https://twitter.com/sallen81 (@sallen81)

https://twitter.com/ollywilton (@ollywilton)

https://twitter.com/amymills01 (@amymills01)

https://twitter.com/mariesornin (@mariesornin)

https://twitter.com/jonnosimpson (@jonnosimpson)


It’s time Twitter had a zero-tolerance to threats policy.

The report abuse button needs to be accompanied by Twitter reviewing the Terms & Conditions on abusive behaviour. Please meet with @littleredfox17 to discuss this problem.

It's time Twitter started protecting its users.

[Your name]

Recent signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Hannah Dickinson VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA
      • 10 months ago

      This hateful abuse against women must not be tolerated. Discretion is an appalling solution to suggest.

    • Isabella Fuller AUSTRALIA
      • 10 months ago

      Because such messages from complete strangers are absolutely disgusting, and degrades and makes women feel unsafe

    • Emily Gray AUSTRALIA
      • 10 months ago

      Turning rape into a notion of pop culture is willingly ignorant of human suffering. it is disgusting. A woman's democracy should not be oppressed on social media by those under the belief that, because rape is glorified in a rap, it is tolerable let alone "deserved" to inflicted upon anyone. This ignorance needs to be addressed and education to dimwits who abused Talitha Stone need a very heavy-handed education on basic human rights. Condoning this abuse condones the breaching of human rights such as democracy and a person's right to their body, man OR woman.

    • Tracy K AUSTRALIA
      • 10 months ago

      We need more organisations to uphold some moral boundaries which seem to have disappeared with the advent of the internet. Please don't confuse boundaries with the right to speech.

    • john clarke AUSTRALIA
      • 10 months ago

      Appropriate behaviour required from our corporate citizens


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