Police are investigating threats made by terrorist group ‘LookatMeMeMe’ on social networking site Twitter against several gullible and attention seeking female journalists and politicians.
Guardian columnist Hadley Freeman, Independent columnist Grace Dent and Time magazine's Catherine Mayer all said they had been threatened with 'lookatmememe’ bombs
Anonymous account holders on the social networking site tweeted that bombs had been placed outside the journalists' homes, primed to explode at 22:47 BST, during the best bit of Big Brother and Newsnight.
Doctoral student Kate Maltby also said she had jumped on the feminist bandwagon and received an identical threat to the three journalists. "Looks like a campaign, and I'm included" she wrote excitedly.
Sara Lang, a social media manager for US-based campaign group AARP, said she too had received a bomb threat, but police in Washington DC have since confirmed that her house is safe, commenting
“Don’t worry love, these lads never leave their bedrooms. Remember, it’s not all about you. Take down those mirrors lady.”
Freeman, who had earlier published a column entitled "how to use the internet without being a total wanker", reported the threats to the Metropolitan police.
Police advised Freeman not to stay at home overnight,as the threat of an unexploded non-existent devise could seriously damage her credibility.
Freeman said: "Threatening to bomb and rape people with a non-existent bomb or a flacid bedridden penis is illegal. We need to apply the law in the same way in the non-real imaginary publicity seeking world as we do in the real world. There should be a button to counteract this abuse more easily.”
A spokesman for Twitter commented
“We're piloting a revolutionary solution, it's called the 'Off' button”