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Women will resume safer online with the big step taken by Twitter

  • By Shalini Gupta |
  • Friday, November 7th, 2014 |
  • 1 Comments
 

One of the largest social media companies has taken a big step to safeguard female users with its new partner WAM. Full form of it is Women, Action & Media. This is a non-profit organization aimed for dedicated, durable movement for gender justice throughout the world with the power of media communications.

Usually women face various types of harassment in their online presence. One example among this type of fiasco is known as #GameGate hashtag. Another was celebrity photo leak, which was mainly targeted on women. Amanda Hess composed a touching essay maintaining frequency, and with this aftermath women faced bitter criticism, anger, even threatening for killing by the online criminals. Amanda Hess had already tagged the issue as the next civil rights issue.

Twitter has proclaimed its intention to stop the abuse that women face while they are online, particularly from male users. Twitter with its partner WAM created a new online form for women, so that they can report their abuse and harassment. WAM will first analyze the situation in detail from both the ends (source and affected one) and within 24 hours, it will pass the confirmed cases to the Twitter. WAM will use their collected data to proceed a solution to combat this situation. Jacklyn Friedman, the executive director of WAM, told that the project was mainly targeted to women who mainly suffer from online abuse.

It was observed in the MTV News where Jacklyn Friedman said, “The disproportionate targeting of women online results in them removing their voices from the public conversation. We’re so glad that Twitter recognizes that the best way to ensure equally free speech for all users on their platform is to ensure that all users are equally free to speak without being targeted by harassment, abuse and threats.”

It is really significant that giant social media company like Twitter has taken initiative to safeguard women from harassment and abuse and to gift them comfortable online zone. Aspirations are there for the other companies to follow the same trend in future.

Shalini Gupta
Shalini Gupta is a teacher at New Delhi with multifarious talents. She has passion for reading, writing, drawing, sketching etc. simultaneously with her teaching job. presently she is writing for Bigumbrella.

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