Online abuse

New study says half of all misogynistic tweets come from women

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A new study by think tank Demos suggests that about 50 percent of  “misogynistic” posts on Twitter actually come from women. Monitoring Twitter over a three week period, the researchers looked at the prevalence of the words “whore” and “slut” as indicators of misogyny, and found — in the U.K. alone — some 10,000 abusive tweets targeting 6,500 unique users. With the use of algorithms, the researchers were able to distinguish between tweets that were meant to be aggressive and those that were more “conversational.”

When looking at international tweets, they found more than 200,000 aggressive tweets targeting 80,000 people. “This study provides a bird’s-eye snapshot of what is ultimately a very personal and often traumatic experience for women,” said researcher Alex Krasodomski-Jones. “While we have focused on Twitter, who are considerably more generous in sharing their data with researchers like us, it’s important to note that misogyny is prevalent across all social media, and we must make sure that the other big tech companies are also involved in discussions around education and developing solutions.”

Read the full story at the BBC.

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