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Caroline Criado-Perez tweeters plead guilty to online abuse

A man and a woman have admitted in court to sending “menacing” tweets to Caroline Criado-Perez in July last year.

Targeted: Caroline Criado-Perez

Isabella Sorley, 23, from Newcastle and 25-year-old John Nimmo from South Shields pleaded guilty at Wesminster Magistrates Court and will be sentenced on 24 January. Sorley was remanded in custody while Nimmo was bailed.

The pair were charged under Section 127(1) (A) of the Communications Act 2003 with sending by means of a public electronic communications network messages which were menacing in character.

Nimmo used six different Twitter accounts to abuse Craido-Perez while Sorley told the court she’s been under the influence of drink and drugs when she sent the messages.

The incidents happened amid a string of abusive and threatening tweets directed at Criado-Perez, a feminist campaigner, last year. Among the messages she received were threats from various accounts regarding rape.

Her campaign against Twitter trolling and threats piled pressure on the social network to take stronger action to protect users.

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