UPDATED: UK Misogyny On Twitter Met With US Silence, Then Promise
11.15 pm 1:30 pm Sunday Pacific]
Late Saturday on the west coast, Alex Howard reported that Twitter had emailed GigaOm and the BBC, promising it would be “extending the ability to report tweets [to] all of its hundreds of millions of active users around the world.”
That ability had been rolled out for Twitter iPhone users without fanfare.
Earlier this week, Twitter took one on the chin for falsifying tweets — attributing fake tweets to real people who use the service.
This weekend, Twitter is being criticized in the UK for failure to curtail hate speech directed towards a feminist who helped persuade the Bank of London to feature prominent British women on bank notes. Yep, you read that right. Women’s faces on bank notes is so controversial that men — or people operating on Twitter with male identities — have been threatening CarolineCriado-Perez and those who support her. Since Thursday.
Friday night, Twitter’s manager of journalism and news locked down his account after a dozen or so* people sent him tweets asking for Twitter’s intervention.
A petition at Change.org calling for a one-click method of reporting abusive tweets has about 16,000 signatures as of this writing.
Links and details in the Storify.
* Based on a search of Twitter.com – see Storify for details