Berger says Twitter was too slow to act over hate
BRITAIN’S YOUNGEST Jewish MP has described how Twitter’s response to an orchestrated campaign of antisemitism against her on its site was “frustratingly slow”.
Speaking in depth publicly for the first time about the abuse she suffered on social media a year ago, Luciana Berger revealed she was still receiving antisemitic tweets.
At the height of last year’s campaign, police calculated that Labour’s Liverpool Wavertree MP was subjected to 2,500 abusive messages in three days. Ms Berger said the tweets were “incredibly abusive, they were threatening, they were di s t r e s s i ng. They included images of my f a c e s u p e r - i mposed o n concentration camp victims.”
The police response had been hampered by an initial reluctance to co-operate from social media sites, she said.
The online payment site PayPal did stop people sending donations to the neo-Nazi website based in the United States that was orchestrating the hate campaign. Ms Berger said: “It did feel that progress was frustratingly slow. Twitter asked me to report any abusive tweets using what was then quite an onerous online system which took a few minutes to report every tweet.”
A l t h o u g h T w i t t e r h a d taken steps in recent months t o i mpr o v e its reporting mechanisms, it wasstillunable to block racist images and was selective about the context of offensive words, the 3 4 - y e a r - o l d said.
S h e w a s speaking in Parliament on Tuesday.