There’s been a great deal of hullabaloo on the net this week about Twitter trolls who target women. The controversy began when a British woman by the name of Caroline Criado-Perez successfully campaigned to put Jane Austen on the ten pound note. This is the first time a woman has been pictured on a British note EVER. Subsequently both Criado-Perez and Stella Creasey, the Labour Party politician who gave the nod to this move, were bombarded with explicit and disgusting Tweets which caused outrage around the world.
Today Twitter in the UK finally responded to the criticism. Management tweeted an apology to the two women and others who have received rape and death threats just because they are prominent women. Moreover, an in-tweet ‘report abuse’ button has been made available in the latest version of Twitter for Apple smartphones and from next month will also be available on twitter.com as well as android phones.
This is a great example of the Judgement card: Passing judgement. People power. Taking action. Being compassionate.
Have you been trolled on the net because you’re a woman?