Twitter have taken a welcome step to protect their users from targeted abuse and harrassment by banning users that tweet such content. Violent threats, doxxing, revenge porn and other targeted abuse or harrassment is prohibited. Factors that will determine whether content is targeted include:
if a primary purpose of the reported account is to send abusive messages to others;
if the reported behavior is one-sided or includes threats;
if the reported user is inciting others to harass another user; and
if the reported user is sending harassing messages to a user from multiple accounts.
The policy states that offensive content in itself will not result in a ban.
An interview with Ellen Pao, who faced what she calls “one of the largest trolling attacks in history” – death and rape threats, racist abuse, libel, her home address publicised online – from Reddit users unhappy with Pao’s efforts to crack down on hate speech and revenge porn.
Holly Brockwell spoke to the BBC about her decision not to have children- and faced so much online abuse for this, she had to deactivated her twitter account- but bravely went back after 36 hours because she didn't want them to win.
"I am used to trolling as I run a women's tech website but even I was affected this time because it was so vitriolic, so personal and nasty, and so specific about me and my professional life - not even about the issue of having children which I had been writing about."
Take a selfie to show your support to young people experiencing gender-based bullying! November 16th-20th is National Anti-Bullying week in the UK, and Gendered Intelligence has launched the Stop Our Silence campaign to raise awareness of gender-based bullying, to raise funds to run youth groups, and to show solidarity with all young people who are being silenced because of who they are.
Jess Phillips received a barrage of disparaging tweets and messages threatening to rape her after she appeared in a backbench business committee where the Conservative MP Philip Davies called for a House of Commons debate on International Men’s Day.