Twitter updates rules in clampdown on abuse

Social networking site Twitter has issued new rules to help clamp down on abusive behaviour.

The company has updated its rules to make it clear that abuse will not be tolerated, and has put extra staff in place to handle reports of abuse, it said today.

The move comes as police revealed they are investigating allegations by eight people of abuse on the microblogging site.

Scotland Yard said its e-crime unit is looking into the claims, three of which involve incidents outside London.

Twitter found itself in the spotlight after three female journalists said they had been the subject of bomb threats on the site and two received threats of rape.

The revelations sparked a backlash online, with an online petition calling for Twitter to add a "report abuse" button to tweets attracting more than 120,000 signatures.

By Josie Ensor
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