The Women’s Equality Party is spearheading a new campaign to protect women’s rights online. The ‘e-Quality’ campaign, which launches officially tomorrow, will seek to protect women on the internet, and calls for cross-party co-operation in creating new legislation to specifically address harmful digital communications.
Twitter has partnered with a number of specialist charities to create a global expert safety council that will work to establish a slate of anti-harassment features and help protect users from online abuse and threats.
The council, which is made up of 40 organisations and experts from 13 regions around the world, comes in response to years of criticism directed at Twitter for failing to provide adequate protection for users who have been subjected to extreme abuse or threats.
One in four teenagers suffered hate incidents online last year, a figure described by experts as a “wake-up call” on the impact of internet trolling.
The survey of 13- to 18-year-olds found that 24% had been targeted due to their gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, disability or transgender identity. One in 25 said they were singled out for abuse all or most of the time.
Akeela Ahmed has worked for many years in the community sector and currently also sits on the Cross Government Advisory Group to tackle Anti-Muslim hatred. She tweeted details of an islamphobic incident to Tell Mama, and faced a torrent of online abuse.