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Andy Trotter, a communications adviser for the British police, announced that it was Twitter’s responsibility to crack down on the messages.Though Britain criminalizes a broader category of offensive speech than the U. does, the sheer volume of threats would be too difficult for “a hard-pressed police service” to investigate, Trotter said.Her supporters joined in urging British police and Twitter executives to respond.Under the glare of international criticism, the police and the company spent the next few weeks passing the buck back and forth.I’ve spent countless hours over the past four years logging the online activity of one particularly committed cyberstalker, just in case.And as the Internet becomes increasingly central to the human experience, the ability of women to live and work freely online will be shaped, and too often limited, by the technology companies that host these threats, the constellation of local and federal law enforcement officers who investigate them, and the popular commentators who dismiss them—all arenas that remain dominated by men, many of whom have little personal understanding of what women face online every day."Ignore the barrage of violent threats and harassing messages that confront you online every day." That's what women are told.
As more and more people heard the story, Criado-Perez’s follower count skyrocketed to near 25,000.
According to a 2005 report by the Pew Research Center, which has been tracking the online lives of Americans for more than a decade, women and men have been logging on in equal numbers since 2000, but the vilest communications are still disproportionately lobbed at women.
We are more likely to report being stalked and harassed on the Internet—of the 3,787 people who reported harassing incidents from 2000 to 2012 to the volunteer organization Working to Halt Online Abuse, 72.5 percent were female.
In 2006, researchers from the University of Maryland set up a bunch of fake online accounts and then dispatched them into chat rooms.
Accounts with feminine usernames incurred an average of 100 sexually explicit or threatening messages a day. There are three federal laws that apply to cyberstalking cases; the first was passed in 1934 to address harassment through the mail, via telegram, and over the telephone, six decades after Alexander Graham Bell’s invention.
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