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Twitter abuse case leads to arrest

23:28 Jul 29 2013 Manchester, UK

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A feminist activist faced abuse after successfully campaigning for a woman's face to appear on UK banknotes. The abusive tweets began the day it was announced that author Jane Austen would appear on the newly designed £10 note.

The activist reported the twitter threats to the police after receiving "about 50 abusive tweets an hour for about 12 hours" and said she had "stumbled into a nest of men who co-ordinate attacks on women". Via her Twitter page on Sunday evening she said she was at a police station making a statement and that there were "many more threats to report".

The Metropolitan Police said an allegation of "malicious communications" had been made to officers in Camden, north London, on Thursday.

An online petition set-up in response to the abuse called on Twitter to take "a zero tolerance policy" by introducing a report button and reviewing its terms and conditions on abusive behaviour "to reflect an awareness of the complexity of violence against women, and the multiple oppressions women face".

Scotland Yard has confirmed that a 21-year-old man has been arrested in the Manchester area on suspicion of these harassment offences.
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