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Trolls and Bullies

Shortly after the death of Batley and Spen’s MP, Jo Cox, I wrote an article noting female colleagues in the Houses of Parliament are suffering online threats, many of which are deeply offensive with sexual undertones. I observed there is a particular kind of person that hates women in authority; this prejudice is not confined to men.

Misogynistic online bullying is not, of course, confined to Members of Parliament. Many women in the public eye, from historian Mary Beard to Caroline Criado Perez, who campaigned for Jane Austen to be on a banknote, to school children have been affected. Bullying of any kind, whether online or offline, is absolutely unacceptable and I completely agree with the Minister for Women and Equalities that there is absolutely no place for misogyny or trolling in our society.

I welcome therefore that the Government has set up the Stop Online Abuse website that offers practical advice, with a focus on LGB&T people, including on social media. This excellent new resource also gives information on how to complain about sexism and bullying on websites, social media sites and in the press and advertising.

It is also important to educate young people against this sort of bullying in the first place, to ensure they are robust and resilient if they come across unwanted images or cyberbullying. A range of websites help children and their parents discuss these issues, and the Government has invested £3.85 million in a second phase of the ‘This is Abuse’ campaign called Disrespect Nobody, which challenges young people to rethink their views on abuse and consent in relationships.

What is illegal offline is illegal online. I welcome recent developments, such as a Twitter director saying he thought the company was doing better on dealing with trolls, but I was glad that the site also recognises more must be done.

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Eric Pickles is a British Conservative Party politician and Member of Parliament for Brentwood and Ongar.

Lily Allen

Lily Allen. Lily Rose Beatrice Cooper (née Allen; born 2 May 1985), known professionally as Lily Allen, is an English singer, songwriter, musician, actress and television presenter. She is the daughter of Keith Allen and film producer Alison Owen. Lily Allen left school when she was 15 and concentrated on improving her performing and compositional skills. In 2005, she made some of her recordings public on MySpace and the publicity resulted in airplay on BBC Radio 1 and a contract with Regal Recordings.

In August 2012, Lily Allen was accused of racism after writing “I hate it when black cab drivers spend the entire journey on the phone. I WANTED A CHAT !”. Allen responded that in Britain and Europe taxicabs are called “black cabs” because they are painted black. Her November 2013 video for “Hard Out Here” was accused of being racist for its use of mostly black dancers in an allegedly “disapproving” manner. Lily Allen responded that ethnicity was not a factor in hiring the dancers, and the video was a light-hearted satirical look at objectification of women in modern pop music.

In May 2014, Lilly release the hit single URL Badman  as part of her Sheezus album in an attempt to mock Internet trolling. In July 2014, URL Badman hit the number 1 spot in the Billboard Twitter Trending 140 chart following releasing the video on YouTube.

Miriam Weeks (AKA Belle Knox)

Weeks, Miriam. Miriam Weeks, known professionally as Belle Knox, is a student at Duke University in the United States who works in the sex industry as a porn star in order to subsidise her tuition fees.

Prior to her porn career, Miriam Weeks as an A student at Gonzaga Prep, a private school that charges $11,000 a year for tuition. The tuition fees at Duke University are over $50,000 per annum.

Miriam Weeks took part in the CastingCouch-X online sex video website, which has been linked to the deaths of teenagers who were bullied after appearing on it.

Petula Myers

Myers, Petula. Petula Myers was 44 when she appeared at Kirklees Magistrates’ Court for trolling Michelle James.

Petula Myers pleaded guilty to harassment under Section 2 of the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 and under Section 127 of the Communications Act 2003 for persistently making use of an public communications network to cause annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety to others.

Deborah Armstrong

Armstrong, Deborah. Deborah Armstrong, who was 37 at the time of her trolling offence, was fined £110 by Manchester Magistrates’ Court for naming the identity of the person who accused Michael Le Vell of a sexual offence.

Michael Le Vell was acquitted, but Deborah Armstrong wrote on her Twitter account: “I hope Michael Le Vell’s victim…now goes public”

Michelle Chapman

Chapman, Michelle. Michelle Chapman, from Cornwall, was found by forensics investigators to have sent messages to herself on Facebook in her parents name from a computer at her own address in order to frame them for trolling.

Crown Prosecutor Philip Lee said that Chapman “wanted to make their life hell” and sought “revenge on her father for matters in the past“.

Tonia Zimmerman

Tonia Zimmerman has been found to have trolled a prominent secular activist.

Tonia Zimmerman has been found to have trolled a prominent secular activist.

Zimmerman, Tonia. Tonia Zimmerman is a notorious Canadian troll, who has been found to have cyber-stalked a prominent secularism activist in Saskatoon because she doesn’t like two civil rights cases that he launched to fight for the separation of religion and state.

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Emma Way

Way, Emma. Emma Way, was 22 at the time she was convicted for a driving offence.

Emma Way, tweeted about “bloody cyclists” after what has been described as a hit-and-run accident,

Emma Way was caught when snooping police officers saw her posts, which included one saying about the accident that it was “the biggest regret of my (her) life”.

Caroline Criado-Perez

Criado-Perez, Caroline. Caroline Criado-Perez campaigned for women to feature on banknotes on the BBC World News Panel Discussion programme, as can be seen in the video below.

Following this broadcast Caroline Criado-Perez was subject to about 50 abusive tweets an hour for about 12 hours in a row from what are technically called ‘Rape-callout chatroom bobs‘. Caroline Criado-Perez reported the abuse on Twitter to the police, many comments of which made rape threats. She made a statement on Twitter saying she had “many more threats to report.” A 21-year-old man from Manchester was arrested.

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