UK arrests 2 for violent Twitter threats against lawmaker

Caroline Criado-Perez, right, and Stella Creasy, second from right, at the announcement of the new Jane Austen 10-pound note on July 24, 2013.

British lawmaker received rape, murder threats on Twitter for support of feminist activist, who was also threatened.

LONDON — British police on Tuesday arrested a second man in connection with an investigation into violent threats made against a lawmaker and a feminist campaigner on Twitter.

Labour Party legislator Stella Creasy was targeted with threats of rape and murder after she tweeted in support of feminist campaigner Caroline Criado-Perez, who received a torrent of abuse after she campaigned, successfully, for the image of famed author Jane Austen to appear on a British bank note.

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The Metropolitan Police confirmed Tuesday it is investigating reports of "malicious communications" on Twitter in relation to the two separate victims. The arrest of a 25-year-old man came as part of those investigations, police added.

Earlier this week, police questioned and released on bail a 21-year-old man in connection with messages sent to Criado-Perez.

The incidents have led to calls for Twitter to take action against abusive commenters, known as trolls.

Twitter said it took the issue seriously and planned to expand a "report abuse" button, already available on its iPhone app, to other platforms.

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