Man Arrested After Triggering Mass Twitter "Rape" Threat Furore

By Gary Cutlack on at

A 21-year-old man was arrested over the weekend, after most of Twitter went absolutely bonkers in response to the relentless harassment of feminist campaigner Caroline Criado-Perez.

Criado-Perez was briefly internet famous last week, after her campaign to get more ladies on our money resulted in Jane Austen winning the battle to star on our tenner from around 2017 onwards. This brief bit of fame soon turned sour, after Twitter users began to bombard her with sexist hate messages, including at least one threat of rape.

Some high-profile female Twitter users quickly came up with a couple of responses, including the idea of a day-long boycott of the site and a petition to demand a report abuse button be added alongside all tweets, with Criado-Perez herself turning to the police to report receiving "50 abusive tweets an hour" through the site.

Twitter's UK general manager Tony Wang appeared to respond to the furore in a series of tweets about the issue of safety on the site, claiming the network is "testing ways to simplify reporting" and saying that it does already have a working, if slightly cumbersome to actually use, abuse reporting feature. [BBC]