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Shields man arrested over Twitter abuse

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A SOUTH Shields man has been arrested on suspicion of harassment after Twitter abuse was aimed at feminist campaigner Caroline Criado Perez and Walthamstow MP Stella Creasy.

The 25-year-old was arrested by Northumbria Police on behalf of colleagues in London.

Both women have complained about being sent vicious tweets on the site in the past week.

A Scotland Yard spokesman said: “Today, 30 July, Northumbria Police arrested a 25-year-old man on suspicion of harassment.

“This arrest will form part of two ongoing MPS investigations relating to allegations made to police by two separate victims, who made reports of malicious communication to police on 25 and 29 July.”

Ms Criado Perez, 29, has said Twitter needs to “get a grip” on security, as it emerged bosses were likely to face a grilling from MPs.

She said the social network was ill-equipped to handle episodes of sustained abuse and needed to work more closely with police to deal with internet trolls.

Ms Criado Perez met Twitter directors last night along with Ms Creasy, who received a similar torrent of abusive messages after she offered support to the freelance journalist.

“This will have been a wake-up call for Twitter,” Ms Criado Perez said.

“It will hopefully have led them to realise that they are not equipped to deal with this kind of thing properly.

“They need to get a grip and figure it out.”

 
 
 

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