After Caroline Criado-Perez helped get novelist Jane Austen‘s face on the £10 note in the UK, she was swamped with abusive comments on Twitter.
Since then, more than 90,000 people have signed an online petition urging Twitter to add a “report abuse” button on everyone’s Twitter profile. Here’s more from the petition:
For over three days, Caroline Criado-Perez, who campaigned to keep women on banknotes, has been targeted repeatedly with rape threats on Twitter … But abuse on Twitter is common; sadly too common. And it frequently goes ignored. We need Twitter to recognise that it’s current reporting system is below required standards. It currently requires users to search for details on how to report someone for abuse; a feature that should be available on each user’s page.
SocialTimes editor Devon Glenn talked about the controversy on the Morning Media Menu today. Press play below to listen on SoundCloud. Click here to receive Mediabistro’s Daily Newsfeed via email. Music by Kevin MacLeod.