Twitter Inc. (NYSE:TWTR) has affirmed its commitment in the fight against female harassment after teaming up with a women’s advocacy group. Women Action & the Media (WAM) had earlier persuaded Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) to change its policy on the posting of cruel and insensitive content. Under the agreed partnership, the two parties will try to unravel how they can better track sexual harassment on the platform.
The women’s advocacy group has already created a form that users can report cases of gender-based harassment on Twitter Inc. (NYSE:TWTR) and other social platforms. Once claims are validated, they will be forwarded to twitter for necessary action to be taken against the offenders. WAM plans to analyze all the data collected and use it to better how Twitter responds to such claims.
Women Harassment Debate
The partnership between Twitter Inc. (NYSE:TWTR) and WAM comes in the wake online harassment becoming a hot topic across the various social platforms. Twitter has reportedly been working on its policies in the wake of many people reporting claims of harassment on the platform. In July of 2013, the giant social network was forced to simplify its reporting process after an outcry over rape cases.
Twitter Inc. (NYSE:TWTR) was forced to update its rules after a United Kingdom journalist was issued with death threats, the network even went on to add more staff for vetting flagged tweets. It is not the first time that WAM is running a campaign against women harassment on social platforms.
Discussions over women protection on social platforms have been fueled by the ‘GamerGate’ controversy where people vocal against women harassment on mainstream video games have reportedly received death threats.
Last year, WAM, Everyday Sexism Project and Soraya Chemaly ran FBrape campaign against sexist images on Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ:FB). The campaign was a success as it persuaded a total of 15-brands to pull their advertising on the platform until Facebook made a firm stance against the vice. Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) was forced to issue a statement requiring all users posting insensitive material to use their real names
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