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The rise of the Internet police

For decades, the Internet has been like the Wild West, with anonymous users creating racist or hate-filled posts. Now the world's largest social networks are doing something about it.

By May 13, 2015


Twitter expands threats ban, may lock accounts in aim to limit abuse

Social network says previous policy on violent threats was "unduly narrow." Also, it will suspend accounts or force users to delete tweets if they engage in abusive behavior.

By April 21, 2015


UK government brands trolls 'baying cowards' ahead of stiff, new prison sentences

Planned new laws could put British Internet abusers behind bars for up to two years.

By October 20, 2014


Twitter drops changes to Block function following backlash

Twitter has reverted to its old blocking policy due to a public backlash, just a day after making the original change.

By December 14, 2013


Twitter UK expands access to abuse-reporting function

After threatening tweets toward activist Caroline Criado-Perez went unchecked for days, Twitter makes it easier to crack down on hate.

By July 29, 2013


Twitter 'report abuse' button now live on all platforms

The social network makes reporting abusive tweets far easier after a UK activist was harassed and threatened with rape by angry users.

By August 28, 2013


Twitter boycott begins in response to continuing threats

A 24-hour Twitter boycott is in action, with plenty of people taking a day off to raise awareness of online abuse.

By August 4, 2013


Twitter updates its rules for users after uproar over rape, bomb threats

The company modifies its rules and says it will add more staff to vet flagged tweets, after an outcry in Britain over tweeted rape and bomb threats to female journalists and a member of Parliament.

By August 3, 2013


Twitter on abuse: "People deserve to feel safe on Twitter"

The microblogging network has outlined how it's combatting abuse, in light of a few recent cases.

By August 3, 2013


Twitter to simplify the reporting of abusive tweets, after outcry over rape threats

Following outrage in the U.K. over tweets containing threats of rape, the company says a feature designed to make it easier to report abusive tweets when using Twitter on the iPhone will be coming to other platforms.

By July 27, 2013