Online Abuse

Twitter Is Finally Testing A Troll Filter

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 24.03.2015 | UK Tech

Twitter is making some big changes to the way it tackles online abuse from trolls. The service has just launched a prototype 'quality filter' for ...

Twitter Trolls Gonna Troll, Troll, Troll

Sarah Moyes | Posted 15.03.2015 | UK Tech
Sarah Moyes

I lost count of the number I got from people who were calling me everything from a slut to someone who should die because she was so ugly. Just like Lena, I found it really hard to push these sort of comments aside, even though I didn't know the people who were saying it.

Twitter CEO: 'We Suck At Dealing With Abuse'

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 05.02.2015 | UK Tech

Twitter CEO Dick Costolo has taken personal responsibility for the social platform's slow response to nline abuse. In an internal memo, Costello m...

Does the UK Really Need a Right to Anonymity?

Felicity Gerry | Posted 12.03.2015 | UK
Felicity Gerry

We have a right to fair and balanced policing. We have a right to know who is being investigated and prosecuted. We have a right to a fair trial. We have a right to open justice. Does the UK really need a right to anonymity?

Google Reaches Settlement In Online Abuse Case

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 24.11.2014 | UK Tech

A UK businessman has a reached a settlement with Google after going to court to have numerous malicious references to him removed. A Google spokesp...

The Unchecked White Guy

Brendon Burns | Posted 11.01.2015 | UK Comedy
Brendon Burns

Offended people repeating the very sentences that have offended them will always been intrinsically funny to me. It is a fart in church and I am 12. Frankie Boyle has never made me laugh harder than when his act is regurgitated by an outraged lawyer. I take a great deal of glee in the very specific type of self-unawareness involved...

April Jones' Parents Join Forces With Kate And Gerry McCann...

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 09.10.2014 | UK

The parents of murdered five-year-old April Jones have revealed they were subject to vile abuse from online bullies as they joined with the parents of...

Inquest Into Death Of 'McCann Troll' Brenda Leyland

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 07.10.2014 | UK

An inquest will open today on a woman found dead after being accused of directing online abuse at Madeleine McCann's parents. The body of Brenda Leyla...

McCann Trolls Could Get Their Comeuppance

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 02.10.2014 | UK

A dossier of appalling online abuse directed at the parents of Madeleine McCann is being examined by police. Members of the public have handed a fi...

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 Disaster

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

I now no longer feel comfortable using 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.