Twitter to introduce 'report abuse' button after petition

LONDON: Twitter is set to roll out a "report abuse" button, after tens of thousands of users petitioned the social network following attacks on the woman who campaigned for Jane Austen to become the face of the £10 note.

LONDON: Twitter is set to roll out a "report abuse" button, after tens of thousands of users petitioned the social network following attacks on the woman who campaigned for Jane Austen to become the face of the £10 note.

Caroline Criado-Perez had appeared in the media as part of her campaign to ensure that women are featured on UK banknotes, but was subsequently bombarded with messages of abuse from Twitter “trolls.”

Criado-Perez criticized Twitter over its response to the abuse.

“It's infuriating that the price you pay for standing up for women is 24 hours of rape threats,” she said. “We are showing that by standing together, we can make a real difference. We made the Bank of England change its mind; we can do the same with Twitter.”

Over a 48-hour period, more than 50,000 people signed a petition asking Twitter to simplify its method for reporting abuse with a “report abuse button.”

Over the weekend, Tony Wang, Twitter UK general manager, tweeted: “We take online abuse seriously and provide advice and guidance to our users.”

“We're testing ways to simplify reporting, e.g. within a Tweet by using the ‘Report Tweet' button in our iPhone app and on mobile web,” he said. “We will suspend accounts that, once reported to us, are found to be in breach of our rules.”

“The ability to report individual Tweets for abuse is currently available on Twitter for iPhone, and we plan to bring this functionality to other platforms, including Android and the Web,” added a Twitter spokesperson.

This story originally appeared on the website of Marketing.

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