Study Finds That Women Are Not Treated Well on Twitter

A new report released by Amnesty International found that abuse of women is rampant on the social network Twitter. The researchers analyzed millions of tweets directed at 778 journalists and politicians in 2017.

The results showed that more than 7 percent of tweets directed at women were deemed problematic by analysts. This amounted to 1.1 million tweets over the year, or one every 30 seconds.

The study also found that Black women were 84 percent more likely than White women to receive offensive tweets.

The study found 2.8 million individual Twitter accounts had tweeted offensive or abusive comments concerning women.

The report concludes that “online abuse against women on this scale should not and does not have to exist on social media platforms. Companies like Twitter have a responsibility to respect human rights, which means ensuring that women using the platform are able to express themselves freely and without fear.”

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