A DUP MLA has referred to as for extra controls on social media after receiving “very private” abuse on Twitter.
Carla Lockhart mentioned the feedback have been geared toward her and get together chief Arlene Foster.
Ms Lockhart was at a DUP occasion on Friday the place she had a photograph taken with Mrs Foster.
The Higher Bann MLA mentioned feminine politicians in different events have additionally been focused and the abuse must cease.
She mentioned: “We have to get our police and our social media retailers working collectively to deal with this and to carry folks to job for what they’re doing,” she mentioned.
“That is bullying. It is harassment of girls in political life.
“I’m greater than open to folks debating about political views and coverage however these have been very private. All of us have options that we might possibly change.
“All of us have a look at ourselves within the mirror within the morning and possibly suppose if we seemed barely totally different, it will be fantastic, nevertheless it does not give anybody the suitable to go touch upon them.”
The tweet which prompted the net abuse on the weekend was an image posted of Ms Lockhart and Arlene Foster at a DUP occasion in Fermanagh on Friday night time.
“On the dinner, Arlene posted an image of the 2 of us,” mentioned Ms Lockhart.
“There have been a number of very optimistic responses to the tweet however there have been additionally various very abusive messages.”
She added “Platforms like Twitter should do extra to deal with the issue, there is not any doubt of that.
“There’s rather more could be executed to confirm accounts.”