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.
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.
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.”
Opinion piece by Katherine Clarke: "Online harassment and abuse of women has a real cost. This cost comes in the form of income lost to missed opportunities when women do not pursue jobs to avoid the crosshairs of men who think they do not belong. Some have spent a small fortune on services that protect their identities from abuse and harassment. As the targets of the Gamergate intimidation campaign can attest, the cost of doing business online as a woman can mean specific rape and death threats so severe that they've had to leave their homes and find temporary housing."