Online Abuse

What You Missed This Week

Carla Buzasi | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK
Carla Buzasi

While the rich and famous debated all that's important for the future of the planet in Davos this week, on UK soil there were some startling reports showing we still have a lot to solve in the present, too. Fifteen years ago, the landmark Macpherson report was set up to look at the Metropolitan Police's investigation into the racist murder of Stephen Lawrence back in 1993. To mark the anniversary, a new study was published this week, which showed there have been nearly 100 people killed in race-related attacks in this country since the original report.

Man Charged With Sending Threatening Messages To MP Stella Creasy Charged

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

A man accused of sending threatening messages to MP Stella Creasy has been charged, according to prosecutors. Peter Nunn, a 33-year-old from Bristol, ...

'A Vile Hypocrite' - Jonsson Claims Collymore Threatened To Kill Her

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Sport

Stan Collymore's former girlfriend, Ulrika Jonsson, has branded the former footballer a "vile hypocrite" who threatened to "f*****g kill" her during t...

Stan Collymore And Piers Morgan Targeted By Twitter Trolls, Staffordshire Police Investigating

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

Stan Collymore has lambasted Twitter for not tackling the problem of abusive tweets on its platform after the former England footballer once again bec...

Let's Turn Beth Tweddle Twitter Q&A Abuse Into Something Positive

The Huffington Post UK | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle

The legacy of London 2012 was well and truly shat on this fine Tuesday morning, as a bunch of nasty trolls abused Olympic gymnast Beth Tweddle during ...

The Ask.fm Disaster

Danielle Lowe | Posted 18.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Danielle Lowe

I now no longer feel comfortable using ask.fm after I received threats and abuse that lead me to want to end my own life. I don't know whether they were doing it as some sick joke, they knew me personally or just hurl abuse at 'the twitter left'.

A Twitter Solution to a Twitter Problem

Finbarr Goode Begley | Posted 07.10.2013 | UK Tech
Finbarr Goode Begley

You can effectively weed out fake accounts by requiring a minimum member date and number of Tweets and have these moderators evaluated by a member of the team at Twitter in the first instance. After the initial backlog of applications this becomes a system that is easier for Twitter to manage and maintain than one where the company takes all the burden upon itself.

Police Probe MP Rape Threats

PA | Posted 30.07.2013 | UK Politics

Police are investigating a series of sexually explicit and violent tweets sent to an MP after she spoke out in support of a feminist campaigner who re...

Tory MP And Online Advisor To David Cameron Reveals Twitter Abuse

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.09.2013 | UK Politics

Tory MP Claire Perry, who has been advising David Cameron on measures to tackle the spread of extreme pornography and child abuse on the internet, has...

Netizens Come Together Against Online Harassment of women

Marcela Kunova | Posted 27.09.2013 | UK Tech
Marcela Kunova

Virtually every woman who publicly contributes to a political debate is subjected to virulent and largely anonymous online invective, or "trolling". But it is far more than simply readers' feedback. Trolling is intended to make women shut up - and to remind them their primary purpose is to be there for male sexual pleasure. Or not to be in public life at all.

Not Forgetting Online Abuse

Paul Lambert | Posted 19.03.2013 | UK Tech
Paul Lambert

Clearly we as society, policymakers and website service providers need to consider how we can do more to ensure less people become victims of online abuse, commit suicide, have "bad internet experiences," are forced to move from school to school, home to home, and are even afraid to use the internet.

Does Social Media Make Us Nasty?

Jamie Bartlett | Posted 03.02.2013 | UK Tech
Jamie Bartlett

Technology can and frequently does change our relationship with the each other and society. It can disrupt and unsettle quite finely balanced moral decisions that we make, and not always for the better. It is neither good nor bad, but it is not exactly neutral, either.

Online Abuse

Paul Lambert | Posted 20.11.2012 | UK Tech
Paul Lambert

We are now beginning to realise that, on occasion, social networking and other websites can not only be unhelpful but positively obstructive. They can also, on occasion, be positively aggressive and combative to victims of abuse.

An Eye for an Eye, a Tweet for a Tweet: Is This the Way to Battle Trolling?

Hanna Flint | Posted 30.09.2012 | UK
Hanna Flint

Who knew the archaic "eye for an eye" mantra could be substituted for "a tweet for a tweet"? Well I say it can't and it mustn't or we risk sinking to the troll level from the precious moral high ground.