NOT GONNA TAKE IT
A spate of threats against British writers and politicians prompts Twitter to take action—but is it enough?
“Don’t feed the trolls” is common Internet rationale. But after a barrage of recent threats on Twitter, female leaders in the U.K. decided they weren’t going to take the abuse quietly.
After a week in which at least seven female politicians and journalists in the U.K. received rape, death, and bombs threats via social media, and after British police made two arrests in connection with the case, Twitter has promised to to start enforcing a “Report Tweet” button on its site. The harassment was apparently spurred by—of all things—a push to put iconic British author Jane Austen on a bank bill.