title: 'New abuse rules Twitter' published: true publish_date: '31-08-2016 14:56' taxonomy: category:

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    Twitter on Saturday reported it is tightening up its efforts to deal with abusive messages. The move comes in response to protests including a petition with over 100,000 signatures after several women in the public eye, including feminist campaigner Caroline Criado-Perez, were subjected to violently abusive tweets. The most notable innovation is that users can report abuse directly from a tweet, rather than filing a complaint via the Help page. Twitter's general manager Tony Wang issued also an apology on Saturday to women who have received abusive tweets, saying: "The abuse they've received is simply not acceptable. It's not acceptable in the real world, and it's not acceptable on Twitter. In an interview with, Criado-Perez admitted she has felt scared for her life after receiving tweets such as: "i'm going to pistol whip you over and over until you lose consciousness [...] and then burn ur flesh." "The things that are being sent to me are illegal. It's not legal to send people death threats and rape threats," said Criado-Perez, who has been in the public eye recently for her successful campaign to ensure the face of a non-royal woman on future UK banknotes. Legal redress Two men have been arrested in connection with some of the abusive tweets. "I'm hoping that if enough arrests are made," Criado-Perez said, "and if the justice system deals with this properly, then hopefully that's going to start sending out a really strong message that the laws of the land will be applied." Twitter acts In its statement on Saturday, Twitter said: "Over the past week, we've been listening to your feedback on how we can improve our service. You told us that we need to make our rules clearer, simplify our abuse reporting process, and promote the responsible use of Twitter." "Rather than going to our Help Centre to file an abuse report, users can report abusive behaviour directly from a Tweet." The popular social media tool which is also widely used to break news, said it wants"to clarify that we do not tolerate abusive behaviour. We want people to feel safe on Twitter, and we want the Twitter Rules to send a clear message to anyone who thought that such behaviour was, or could ever be, acceptable." VoR debate on Page Three girls, with guests including Caroline Perez-Criado (Voice of Russia)

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