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.
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."
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.
Interesting potted history on cyberbullying from Know your Meme, and details of many tragic deaths caused by cyberbullying. If you're feeling down about online bullying, help is out there- please get in touch with an organisation on the Resources page. Together we can stop this!
The growing use of the internet to perpetrate sexual abuse and new ways of involving victims of sex offences in the criminal justice process are among issues being debated at an international conference in Dublin this week.
More than 300 professionals from Ireland and the UK who work with sexually aggressive adults and adolescents are attending the National Organisation for the Treatment of Abusers (Nota) annual conference, which runs until Friday.
Lauren Mayberry, 27, faced a stream of online abuse after the release of the band's latest music video. The singer told Channel 4 News: “If you don’t like it, that’s fine, but there is a difference between criticism and hatred. For me, it is sadly predictable, you fall back on the base argument.If you don’t like what a woman is wearing, you don’t like her opinion, you don’t like what it is she represents, then you fall back on the basic caveman arguments of threatening with physical and sexual violence because it is your trump card. Because that’s the way you get somebody to shut up. And I just think that is a very sad state of affairs.”