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Twitter taking steps to deal with online harassment

By Azizul Rahman Ismail - on 7 Nov 2014, 10:41am

Twitter taking steps to deal with online harassment

Image source: ReadWrite

Nonprofit organisation Women, Action, and the Media (WAM) and Twitter have announced a collaboration with the aim to cut down on the harassment of women on the popular social media platform.

According to WAM, a recent study from Pew research found that 25 percent of young women have been sexually harassed online and 26 percent have experienced stalking. It also found that women overall are disproportionately targeted by the most severe forms of online abuse.

The new partnership sets up a pilot project to support all Twitter users experiencing gendered harassment and abuse on the platform, including abuse that intersects with racial, sexual and other kinds of oppression on Twitter.

WAM will verify and forward reported gender harassment to Twitter, and will then track Twitter's responses. At the end of the project, WAM will analyze that data to help Twitter better respond to the hate and vitriol so often flung at women online.

Users need to only use this simple form to report it to WAM.

Source: ReadWrite