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Threats spark Twitter debate and new security measures

By Kirstin Stokes Smith     Aug 5, 2013 in World
London - A series of abusive and threatening messages to high-profile women on Twitter have prompted the company to implement new conduct rules effective immediately. News of Twitter's latest protocols were broadcast on their blog Saturday, August 3.
One way Twitter plans to control harassment on all platforms, including desktop, is through the addition of a one-click abuse button. This button facilitates the report process so that users who wish to report abuse no longer need to complete an abuse form from Twitter's help center.
Twitter also plans to add staff to assist in implementing the updated processes. On Twitter's blog they say they "are adding additional staff to the teams that handle abuse reports and are exploring new ways of using technology to improve" the atmosphere of Twitter.
These changes come in the wake of recent threatening messages received by British Parliament MP Stella Creasy and feminist campaigner Caroline Criado-Perez who received abusive and threatening tweets after their campaign to have Jane Austen on the new £10 note.
Creasy told the BBC she views Twitter's action as "recognition that they didn't get things right" and that the new rules, as well as the abuse button, "are not the end of the matter."
She says Twitter needs to work with the police and users, including people who have experienced abuse online to work toward a solution. Creasy told the BBC that a "panic" button should be added to the options for users who wish to report harassment on Twitter.
Criado-Perez told the BBC that she wants change through the entire abuse reporting process, "Right now, all the emphasis is on the victim, often under intense pressure, to report rather than for Twitter to track down the perpetrator and stop them, " she said.
Police have arrested two people in relation to rape threats against Creasy and Criado-Perez. As well, police are investigating eight allegations of bomb and rape threats against women, reports The Washington Post.
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