Newspaper review: Online abuse action discussed


There are differing opinions from columnists in the Times, the Guardian and the Independent as to what action to take to combat internet trolls on Twitter.

This follows threats of rape and murder posted on the account of feminist Caroline Criado-Perez, who successfully campaigned to get a female historical figure on British banknotes.

Libby Purves, in the Times, says Twitter will have to clean up its act by providing an instant report button and telling the police about anyone who poses a threat.

Owen Jones in the Independent agrees. He writes that it is unacceptable to have expected Ms Criado-Perez to block her tormentors, so she could no longer receive what he calls their terrorising "rants".

The Guardian's Tanya Gold commends the campaigner for fighting back and not ignoring the trolls.

But she cautions that we cannot ask social networking sites to police free speech - and do nothing else - because the internet has given the vicious a voice and it can do the same for those they torment.

Parking deal

The Financial Times is reporting that what it describes as the "cash-strapped" Serious Fraud Office will receive £2m from the Treasury to support a criminal investigation into Barclays.

The FT says the probe concerns emergency funding raised for the bank in 2008. The SFO has neither confirmed nor denied the story and Barclays has declined to comment.

According to the Daily Telegraph, the Conservatives are ready to strike a deal with the Lib Dems so Tory Communities Secretary Eric Pickles can bring in his plan for 15 minutes of free parking on double yellow lines.

In return, there would be fines of up to £130 for dangerous parking outside London. The Telegraph says it is hoped that the "grace period" for motorists who want to shop locally would help revive struggling High Streets.

Invasion myth

The Times and the Independent report on a study that says a quarter of parents with older primary school children are hiring private tutors over the long holiday to stop what's known as the "summer slide" in their learning.

The research was carried out by The Maths Factor, a maths course set up by learning company Pearson.

The Times says parents with children at private schools are more likely to hire a tutor, which can cost up to £40 an hour.

Finally, the Daily Telegraph says Britons have long considered their fortress island secure since 1066.

But it reports that these shores have seen more than 70 military invasions since then, ranging from large-scale operations to small coastal raids.

The list has been compiled by author Ian Hernon after he started to look into some of the more well-known invasion threats over the centuries, such as the Spanish Armada, for a book.

"I started by researching the major ones, but through the course of my research, I picked up so many. There is this sort of myth that the British coast since 1066 has been inviolate," he tells the Telegraph.

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