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Former footballer attacks Twitter over lack of action on vile abuse

Former Premier League footballer Stan Collymore has criticised Twitter for not taking enough action to tackle abusive messages being sent through the site after he was bombarded with messages from Internet trolls.

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The talkSPORT broadcaster was subjected to a torrent of abuse following comments he made about Liverpool striker Luis Suarez diving during Saturday’s game with Aston Villa and retweeted various messages he received before urging Twitter to do more.

"In the last 24 hours I've been threatened with murder several times, demeaned on my race, and many of these accounts are still active. Why?" Collymore tweeted, before adding: "I accuse Twitter directly of not doing enough to combat racist/homophobic/sexist hate messages, all of which are illegal in the UK."

Staffordshire Police are already investigating the abuse as well as other forces and Twitter admitted it had taken action against the abuse, something that didn’t go far enough according to the former player.

"Several Police forces have been fantastic. Twitter haven't. Dismayed,” Collymore added in a later Tweet.

The criticism relates to the fact that Twitter is reportedly not “furnishing” police forces with the information that is needed in order to properly investigate abusive users and means police forces are now “banging their heads against a brick wall” as a result, Collymore told the BBC.

It’s not the first time that Collymore has reported abuse suffered on Twitter to the police after two law students were charged with abusing the former player on the site with one sentenced to two years community service and the other was sent down.

Last year there were a glut Twitter abuse cases, the most high profile of which involved feminist campaigner Caroline Criado-Perez being constantly abused after successfully campaigning for Jane Austen to be included on future UK banknotes.

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Eventually two people were charged over the abuse and thousands have signed petitions that urge Twitter to change the way that abuse is reported through the site.