A LABOUR MP has revealed she received 600 rape threats in a single night as she demands that trolls must reveal their identities to social media firms.
The outspoken MP Jess Phillips told the Cheltenham Science festival she was targeted simply because she talks about women’s issues and she doesn’t agree with Jeremy Corbyn.
PA Labour MP Jess Phillips said she received 600 rape threats in a single night
And in the wake of her comments at the weekend she revealed this morning her constituency office had been vandalised – adding it was not the first time it had happened.
Mrs Phillips said she the police had issued harassment orders against two individuals for “constantly emailing me with bile and abuse”.
She said: “I take it as water off a duck’s back and I don’t ever think anyone is going to physically hurt me, even though I have received emails, Twitter comments and Facebook diatribes.
“In one night I received 600 rape threats. It was probably more, but I stopped counting.”
Twitter And she revealed today that her office had been vandalised for the second time
The Birmingham Yardley MP added: “I have suffered all of those things and I have to say I don’t feel I am physically in any danger and I don’t think my children are in any danger.
“However, where it does worry me, and I think we have to do something about, is when it affects our democracy.
“I personally have come to the viewpoint that I don’t think people should be allowed to be completely anonymous online anymore.
“I don’t mind if people appear anonymous online for all sorts of really reasonable reasons.”
Getty Mrs Phillips said she the police had issued harassment orders against two individuals for ‘constantly emailing me with bile and abuse’
She explained why she felt she was so frequently targeted, telling the audience in Cheltenham: “In my own experience, the violence and aggression I am threatened with every single day has its peaks and troughs depending on what I’m talking about.
“If you speak from a feminist perspective, which I very frequently do, you will suffer from a huge amount of internet trolling, largely from what seems to be the Alt Right.
“The other sort of trolling MPs suffer is issue-based or ideologically-based, whether you agree with Jeremy Corbyn or not, which is a classic reason to be trolled mercilessly.”
The 36-year-old said she wanted to see changes which would mean that account holders would have to disclose their real identity to Facebook and Twitter, although they could still post messages anonymously.