By Laura Cohn
June 23, 2016

I thought talk about the ugly anti-immigrant political rhetoric surrounding today’s Brexit vote by politicians and business leaders would silence the hate-spewers on Twitter. Sadly, I was wrong.

Yvette Cooper, a Labour member of Parliament who backs Britain staying in the EU, received a tweet threatening to kill her children and grandchildren from someone who said he or she had received her campaign emails. Cooper retweeted the threat, and said on Twitter, “This has to stop.” Both the police and the social network are on the case, she said, repeating, “Time to stop the hatred.”

Ironically, Cooper, who had increased her security after the recent heartbreaking killing of fellow MP Jo Cox, is part of a group of MPs who launched a campaign earlier this year to fight online abuse against women. Here’s to hoping that effort pays off. Soon.

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