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Number of online threats against women increases dramatically

Patrick Corrigan has called on Twitter to enforce their own rules on harassment.

The number of online crimes against women reported to the PSNI has increased dramatically in the last four years, with 433 crimes, including death threats reported in the last year alone.

An Amnesty International investigation revealed that police have received a shocking number of reports of online violence against women - including harassment, stalking and death threats.

In Northern Ireland, 1,220 online crimes where the victim were was female have been logged by the PSNI in the last four years.

Last year alone, thirty of the cases reported to the PSNI involved death threats against women, with another 394 cases constituting harassment, according to police figures.

The number of online threats and harassment cases against woman has increased dramatically with 265 reported crimes in 2014 increasing to 433 this year.

Amnesty say the figures support previous claims that social media companies are failing to protect women online.

Patrick Corrigan, Northern Ireland programme director of Amnesty International, said the police figures show that social media "has become a toxic space for too many women, where they face misogynistic abuse and threats of violence".

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