New research exhibits the size of Twitter's misogyny drawback
When then-CEO Dick Costolo admitted final yr that Twitter “suck[s] at coping with abuse and we have sucked at it for years,” he was addressing the elephant within the room and a frustratingly widespread drawback for ladies on the platform. Though the corporate has taken steps to fight abuse and report actual-world threats, the overwhelmingly adverse angle in the direction of ladies on Twitter persists. And a brand new research from the UK has the info to again it up.
To quantify the lady-hating on Twitter, UK thinktank Demos seemed for the phrases “slut” or “whore” in 1.5 million tweets despatched by UK customers throughout a 3-week interval from mid-April to Might 2016. Utilizing an in-home algorithm, the analysis staff filtered out conversational or self-figuring out tweets to focus solely on these with clearly aggressive language aimed toward one other consumer. Throughout that brief timeframe, the research discovered “10,000 explicitly aggressive and misogynistic tweets” directed at 6,500 customers within the UK alone, TechCrunch stories. Internationally, there have been greater than 200,000 tweets utilizing the identical phrases directed at eighty,000 customers. The research additionally claims about 50 % of these abusive tweets have been despatched by ladies.
For its half, Twitter’s head of belief & security outreach for Europe, the Center East and Asia advised TechCrunch, “Our ambition, in tandem with addressing abusive behaviour, is to succeed in a place the place we will leverage Twitter’s unimaginable capabilities to empower constructive voices, to problem prejudice and to deal with the deeper root causes of intolerance in society.”
And Demos is fast to notice that Twitter shouldn’t be the one social media platform with a misogyny drawback — simply the supply of the info for this specific research. “It is essential to notice that misogyny is prevalent throughout all social media, and we should be sure that the opposite huge tech corporations are additionally concerned in discussions round schooling and creating options,” Demos researcher Alex Krasodomski-Jones wrote in a press release. “That is much less about policing the web than it’s a stark reminder that we’re incessantly not nearly as good residents on-line as we’re offline.”