Bomb threat shock for journalist from Carlisle
Published at 09:04, Thursday, 01 August 2013
Journalist Grace Dent was among a number of women who received bomb threats on Twitter.
The columnist with The Independent newspaper, who grew up in Currock, Carlisle, took a screen grab of the tweet and posted it for her followers on the social media site to see, describing it as a “new low”.
It was from an anonymous user – an account later suspended - and said: “A BOMB HAS BEEN PLACED OUTSIDE YOUR HOME. IT WILL GO OFF AT EXACTLY 10.47PM ON A TIMER AND TRIGGER DESTROYING EVERYTHING”.
well, this is a new low. t.co/dpxvSb1Bfe— Grace Dent (@gracedent) July 31, 2013
Police are investigating following the threat, which was also sent to Guardian columnist Hadley Freeman and Europe editor of Time magazine Catherine Mayer.
A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said: “We can confirm that the MPS has received allegations relating to bomb threats sent to a number of females on Twitter.”
The spokesman said inquiries were continuing and so far there had been no arrests and that no bombs actually went off.
The bomb threats follow threats of rape made on Twitter against Walthamstow MP Stella Creasy and feminist campaigner Caroline Criado Perez.
Ms Criado Perez, from north London, found herself at the centre of a public furore after she launched a campaign to have a woman’s picture printed on a new banknote.
This led to the announcement that Jane Austen would feature on the new £10 note from 2017 but also drew her depraved messages from social networkers.
Ms Creasy was sent similarly vicious tweets when she spoke out in support of the campaigner.
More than 100,000 people have signed a petition calling on Twitter to beef up its procedures for dealing with abuse following the recent activity.
Twitter has announced plans to include a button for reporting abuse within every tweet, something which is already available on its iPhone app.
But critics argue this does not go far enough and only directs users to the existing reporting form which, they claim, is too long and impractical.
Del Harvey, Twitter’s director for trust and safety, admitted it was not the company’s policy to automatically report threatening or abusive messages to police.
The website does not hold information to reveal the location a message has been sent from and therefore cannot identify the correct local police force, Ms Harvey said.
Published by http://www.newsandstar.co.uk
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Ach I'd love tae see these wee spineless people say it to someones face. Keyboard warriors
Me..I agree but also agree with Anon. These are just spineless bullies hiding behind a name.
They wouldn't dare say half of the things they "tweet" to a person's face.
I don't like social media much and think there should be more stricter rules regarding the posters being punished when tweeting threats like this.
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