Threats to kill or rape someone is something that should never be taken lightly, and it seems that recently in the UK, a 21-year old man from Manchester has been arrested after posting rapes threats on Twitter. The threats were directed at a certain Caroline Criado-Perez who led the charge to get more female faces on England’s bank notes, and recently was successful in getting Pride and Prejudice author, Jane Austen, on a new £10 note that would enter circulation in 2017. Personally we don’t see what the big deal was, but apparently there were many who weren’t too thrilled about it, leading to many tweeting death and rape threats on her Twitter account.
In fact it seems it got so bad to the point where Criado-Perez received about 50 rape threats in an hour! The arrest was confirmed by a Scotland Yard spokesperson who was quoted as saying, “A 21-year-old man has today been arrested in the Manchester area on suspicion of harassment offences. […] The arrest is in connection with an allegation of malicious communications received by officers in Camden on Thursday, July 25.” In light of this recent verbal abuse, Criado-Perez’s followers have set up a petition in which they ask Twitter to create a “report abuse” button for the web version of their service, in which Twitter claims will be rolled out “soon”.