Labour MP hits out at ‘completely fake’ viral article in support of Shamima Begum
Labour MP Jess Phillips has hit out at a "completely fake" image of a so-called headline that went viral on Twitter suggesting her support for jihadi bride Shamima Begum.
The image, shared on Twitter, included an apparent headline that read: "Whilst some around her were losing their heads, Shamima Begum kept hers - she would make a fine Labour MP", with Phillips' name and picture underneath.
Sharing the image herself on Twitter, Phillips branded it "completely fake" but said it had gone viral, putting her and her family and staff at risk of violence.
Sorry somehow lost the first bit of thread there let's start again. 1.Yesterday I was alerted to a completely fake headline that was being put on @Twitter about me, that puts me my family and staff at risk of violence. It is completely fake pic.twitter.com/Q37hVNB0Sm— Jess Phillips MP (@jessphillips) July 23, 2020
https://t.co/SLi1HlLvSD had been shared 280 times by the time I saw it and reported it to @TwitterSupport reaching a possible audience of millions. I have no recourse to take further action as this was an anonymous account.— Jess Phillips MP (@jessphillips) July 23, 2020
https://t.co/zadfb4GucL is designed only to incite hatred and I find that this often happens when I speak up against the powerful. People share in good faith without realising the sinister motives/organise efforts that struck the initial match.— Jess Phillips MP (@jessphillips) July 23, 2020
4. Had it been in any publication I could act but as it is I am left just to deal with the fallout and aggression. This has got to change.— Jess Phillips MP (@jessphillips) July 23, 2020
Phillips has previously spoken out about the abuse she has received on social media, calling for Parliament to act against anonymous trolls and revealing that she had contacted police about threats of rape she had received.
Speaking at the Cheltenham Science Festival in 2018, Phillips said that she was subjected to "bile and abuse" on a daily basis by anonymous trolls and received 600 rape threats in just one night.
She said: "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."
- This article first appeared on Yahoo