San Francisco: On an average, women receive an abusive or problematic tweet every 30 seconds, reveals an Amnesty International study on Tuesday that buttresses Twitter’s reputation as a “toxic” platform for women, especially for politicians and journalists. Women of colour (Black, Asian, Latinx and mixed-race women) were 34 per cent more likely to be mentioned in abusive or problematic tweets than White women, showed the findings.
Amnesty International said that one in 10 tweets mentioning Black women politicians and journalists in a sample analysed by the organisation was abusive or problematic. “We found that, although abuse is targeted at women across the political spectrum, women of colour were much more likely to be impacted, and black women are disproportionately targeted,” Milena Marin, Senior Advisor for Tactical Research at Amnesty International said in a statement.
“Twitter’s failure to crack down on this problem means it is contributing to the silencing of already marginalised voices,” Marin said. Problematic content was defined as content that is hurtful or hostile, especially if repeated to an individual on multiple or cumulative occasions, but not as intense as an abusive tweet. (IANS)
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