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Twitter 'must do more to stop abuse'

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Caroline Criado-Perez with Mark Carney and two female MPsCaroline Criado-Perez (right) says the abuse started after her successful bank-note campaign

A senior police officer has told the BBC that Twitter must do more to combat abuse after a feminist campaigner received threats of rape.

Andy Trotter, head of the Association of Chief Police Officers communications advisory group, said Twitter must make it easier for users to report problems.

Caroline Criado-Perez faced abuse after successfully campaigning for a woman's face to appear on UK bank-notes.

A 21-year-old man from the Manchester area is being questioned by police.

He was detained on suspicion of harassment offences.

Ms Criado-Perez, who had appeared in the media to campaign for women to feature on bank-notes, said the abusive tweets began the day it was announced that author Jane Austen would appear on the newly-designed £10 note.

She reported the matter to police after receiving "about 50 abusive tweets an hour for about 12 hours" and said she had "stumbled into a nest of men who co-ordinate attacks on women".

The Metropolitan Police said an allegation of "malicious communications" had been made to officers in Camden, north London, on Thursday.

Chief Constable Trotter told BBC Radio 4's The World At One on Monday: "I was talking to Twitter only this morning about this and, while we do work with them on some matters, I think there is a lot more to be done.

"They need to take responsibility, as do the other platforms, to deal with this at source and make sure these things do not carry on.

"They need to make it easier for victims to report these matters and, from a police perspective, they need to know that they can report these things to us."

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