UK charity, Glitch, Stands Up To Hate with anti-hate charities

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Today, Glitch, the UK’s leading digital citizenship charity, is launching a campaign with Twitter and ten other charities. This is the first time Twitter is actively using auto-replies to encourage positive behaviour on the social media platform, and the first time that Twitter UK has launched a campaign focused on digital citizenship in collaboration with charities. 

Glitch, the UK’s leading charity digital citizenship charity, is partnering with ten other charities and Twitter to encourage people to play their parts as digital citizens as part of a #StandUpToHate campaign launched today. This campaign comes at a critical time for the country, with further local lockdown measures announced yesterday. 

The campaign #StandUpToHate uses an auto-reply format that will provide Twitter users with guidance to practice digital citizenship when they ‘like’ the promoted tweet. Users are also prompted to share #StandUpToHate tweets to keep the important conversation going.

Glitch Founder and Executive Director, Seyi Akiwowo, said:

“We are proud to take part in the #StandUpToHate campaign as a critical friend to Twitter and whilst we continue to work with Twitter to make its platform safer for all users. As we continue to push for systemic change from the government, social media companies and employers, it’s important that we continue to raise awareness of the individual actions that people can take to support those experiencing online abuse. 

“Black women are 84% more likely to receive abusive tweets. Without action, this will get worse as we spend more time online. Our latest report The Ripple Effect: Covid-19 and the Epidemic of Online Abuse showed that March’s lockdown led to an increase in online abuse. With further local lockdown measures announced yesterday and the possibility of more regions being restricted with physical socialisation in the coming weeks and months, we can’t allow this trajectory of Black and minoritised women suffering disproportionate levels of online abuse to continue. During Hate Crime Awareness week, Black History Month and beyond, we must continue working towards making the online space safe for all.” 

Glitch’s Covid-19 report, The Ripple Effect: Covid-19 and the Epidemic of Online Abuse, shows that there has been an increase in online abuse, especially for Black and minoritised women, since the UK’s national lockdown in March. 

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Notes for editors 

  • For more information, please contact Lauren Pemberton-Nelson at lauren@fixtheglitch.org or on 07950899316
  • Glitch is a UK based charity (1187714)  recognised internationally for working to make the online space safe for all by raising awareness of online abuse and its impact through an intersectional lens. Glitch campaigns for long term and systematic change from tech companies and governments and champions digital citizenship through the delivery of a range of resources and workshops on digital citizenship, digital self care and safety of which over 4000 people have participated in. Glitch is a charity working towards ending online abuse, increasing digital citizenship and aiming to “fix the glitch” in our digital space. We run workshops across the country on digital citizenship, digital resilience and digital self care, of which over 3,500 young people, and 100 individuals in public life have participated in. Last year GlitchWe also have presented to the 28th UN Human Rights Council on Online Violence Against Women.
  • Glitch will be redirecting people to the A Little Means A Lot page, which has four steps that people can take to support those experiencing online abuse, which can be found here

Key findings from Glitch’s Covid-19 report include: 

  • Almost 1 in 2 (46%) women and non binary people reported experiencing online abuse since the beginning of COVID-19’s lockdown.
  • 1 in 3 (29%) of those who had experienced online abuse prior to the pandemic reported it being worse during COVID-19.
  • 84% of respondents experienced online abuse from strangers – accounts that they did not know prior to the incident(s).
  • Most of the abuse took place on mainstream social media platforms (Twitter 65%, Facebook 29%, Instagram 18%) despite tech companies’ commitments to making their platforms safe and addressing gender-based and intersectional abuse. Gender was the most often cited reason for online abuse, with 48% of respondents reported suffering from gender-based online violence.

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