Business leaders from some of the most popular internet and social media companies have unveiled a new initiative to tackle harassment of women online.
In collaboration with the World Wide Web Foundation (WWWF), companies such as Facebook, TikTok, Twitter and Google all pledged to improve user safety on their platforms at the United Nations Generation Equality Forum in Paris.
Some of the commitments made by every company are to offer more privacy control settings to determine who can see their posts and activities, using user-friendly language to navigate website or app features and s proactively attacking the different types of reported abuse.
“For too long, women have been routinely harassed, attacked and subsequently silenced in online spaces. This is a huge threat to progress on gender equality, ”said Azmina Dhrodia, policy officer at the Web Foundation. “With their resources and reach, these four companies have the power to tackle this abuse and improve the online experiences of hundreds of millions of women and girls. Now they have had the chance to work with leading experts from different industries to co-create solutions that can lead to real change.
The framework within which corporate commitments were made was developed during WWWF policy workshops that addressed issues identified by various stakeholders. All conferences took place between March 2020 and February 2021.
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The two primary goals of the revamped security features are retention and reporting. Curation is all about giving users better settings to navigate an app and control who interacts with them online.
The reports focus on improving pipelines for women to file complaints with companies. Improved reporting features will aim to provide users with a better ability to track their reported complaints, provide clearer policy and reporting guidelines, and provide users with more help and support while reporting incidents. abusive.
Earlier data released in January highlighted the widespread increase in online abuse among women and men.
Women were found to be more likely to report being sexually harassed or harassed online, with 33% of women under 35 stating that virtual sexual harassment had occurred while using a social network or an Internet platform.
Women who identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual were more likely to have experienced sexual harassment or abuse online.
“While we cannot quickly eliminate the sexism that leads to abuse, we can rethink our digital spaces and change the online environments that allow this misogyny to flourish, ”Dhrodia added in The report.
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