Twitter: No More Rape or Bomb Threat Tweets
Updates rules, adds 'report abuse' button, promises more staff to address threats
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 3, 2013 5:35 PM CDT
An iPhone displaying a Twitter account.   (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

(Newser) – Twitter is finally cracking down on abuse after a number of incidents in the UK where high-profile women were threatened via tweet. Both a feminist activist and a politician were threatened with rape last month, while several female journalists were tweeted bomb threats, reports USA Today. After an online petition garnered 125,000 signatures calling for Twitter to take "a zero tolerance policy on abuse," and criticism from British journalists and politicians, the social media service has announced it will change its rules and add a "report abuse" button for tweets, the Guardian reports.

The new rules state that users "may not engage in targeted abuse or harassment," especially if "the reported behavior is one-sided or includes threats," CNET reports. In a blog post by Twitter UK, the service says it will also add extra staff members to handle abuse complaints, and will work with the UK Safer Internet Centre "to expand our user resources on digital citizenship and staying safe online."

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Aug 4, 2013 9:15 AM CDT
OMG! OMG! Feminist Activists ware threatened!!! First up congratulations to Hugo Misandry Schwyzer on his retirement from hate spewing. Asswipe is complaining of 'hostile environment' like all fisting-plus hypocrites. Second if you delicate sensibilities are offended by a joke or some adolescent, real world will not give you a chance in hell princess. Of course they are not offended. This is an opportunity to raise some stink, flex some muscle and further own pseudo-victim agenda. and last, we all know that feminists are unrapable (yes, for humorless, PC numbtwats, that's a joke)
kevinoz
Aug 4, 2013 7:55 AM CDT
But if you abuse those behind say Facebook, Youtube and Twitter look how fast The Police are called, your comments are deleted and you are banned.
kevinoz
Aug 4, 2013 7:54 AM CDT
Like Facebook and Youtube reporting abuse system which the companies think they are doing something about abuses, but in reality the "report abuse" for tweets well be ignored by Twitter or looked at by a Bot.