Female councillor latest to suffer tirade of abuse on Twitter

A female councillor has revealed how she was subjected to a tirade of abuse on microblogging site Twitter with trolls targeting her as a result of her views on a range of subjects.

Nikki Bond, 30, a Labour councillor on Sheffield city council was abused on the site for a number of reasons. Bond made it known that the worst abuse came as a result of her answer to a question posed by the Local Government Association [LGA] about the experiences of young councillors.

“The abuse I got as a result was horrible: I was told I was incapable because of my age, lacked experience and was even called stupid,” Bond wrote in her column for The Guardian.

It all started when Bond conversed with what she thought was a “normal” Twitter user after she had tweeted about a licensing issue. The two spoke about rubbish collections and street trading before the conversation then turned to the “No More Page 3” campaign. Bond stated that although their views weren’t the same she remained “happy to debate with him”. It was after this she received the abuse.

Bond’s latest experience of trolling came after she retweeted BBC Sheffield to discuss the Co-op’s decision to cover up 'lad mags'. Her views were again met with responses, one user stating: "Oh god I pity you, really I do. Off you trot jog on".

Bond’s name adds to a list of a large number of female journalists and prominent figures that have been targeted on the microblogging site in recent weeks. The situation has escalated and ultimately seen anonymous Twitter users send bomb threats to three female journalists.

The week before this, Twitter user Caroline Criado-Perez was the subject of repeated rape threats and a 21-year-old man from Manchester was eventually arrested in connection with the case.

It has led to calls from members of the general public for Twitter to get tougher on abuse with 136,000 signing an online petition to call for the site to implement a ‘Report Abuse’ button.

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