Twitter to include ‘Report Abuse’ button
After being around for seven years and countless cases being hightlighted of harassment and hostile messages, Twitter has finally decided to include a ‘report abuse’ button to accompany all tweets, for iPhone and other devices soon to follow. It is strange to think the website never hailed one of these features in the first place considering many of its competitors – mainly Facebook – has this level of reporting as standard practice.
A petition of more than 70,000 people has already been signed, in an attempt to push Twitter into seriously upgrading its policy and speed on how seriously they deal with ‘trolls’. The most recent shake up has had MP’s critisising the social media sight after Caroline Criado receive multiple tweets regarding rape and death threats.
Police have since arrested and bailed a 21-year-old man in connection with the threats, but serious questions have been raised into what the severity of punishment should be. So far there is no set in stone penalty for which people found guilty receive.
The abuse started when Ms Criado managed to secrue 35,500 signitures for a petition, which saw Jane Austin become the new face of the British £10 note, which is set to be released in 2017.
Twitter is a popular social networking site, most famed for its large user base of controversial figures, including politicians, sports members and other ‘celebrities’. The great thing about Twitter is it allows the public to gain close access to there idols. With that said and with Twitter being such an opinionated site, it is extremely important that they monitor abuse and cut it out immediately, as unfortunately like we can see with this case, people who are not a fan of certain members, can voice them with ease, regardless of what they have to say.