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Digital Self Care + Self Defence Workshop on July 23rd

For women and girls, the odds of facing harassment while using social media are significant, statistics show that women are 27 times more likely to be harassed online than men. Women and girls of colour face an even bigger threat: they are 34% more likely to be mentioned in abusive or problematic tweets than white […]

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Our response: Mark Zuckerberg asks governments to help control internet content

On Saturday 30th March, Facebook’s Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg admitted in an open letter that the company needs governments’ help to control content on their platform. This includes stronger regulation around harmful content, election integrity, privacy and data portability. Glitch strongly believes these social media platforms cannot be used as a tool to spread […]

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#FixTheGlitch TweetChat: How Can We End Online Gender-Based Violence?

On 13th February we launched the first edition of our Fix The Glitch Toolkit, a resource designed to support individuals who want to help end online abuse. In 2017 The Law Commission reported 28% of UK internet users were on the receiving end of trolling, harassment or cyberbullying and, unfortunately but unsurprisingly, online abuse disproportionately […]

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Glitch’s response to Ch4 adverts featuring online abuse

Tonight, during a commercial break on GoggleBox, Channel 4 will broadcast adverts overlaid with abuse that has been directed at the people who feature in them via social media platforms. The online abuse, including all manner of terrible things including death threats, received by those featured in these ads is shameful and we massively empathise […]

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Council of Europe Notes Online Abuse in it’s Gender Equality Strategy 2018-2023

We welcome Council of Europe​’s points on online abuse and social media in it’s Gender Equality Strategy 2018-2023. “Media and social media play an important role in our lives, particularly when used to share information and expand awareness of a wide range of issues. However, evidence also shows that social media in particular are subject to […]

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Glitch!UK at UN IGF 2017: Combating Online Violence Against Politically Active Women

A few months ago I was invited to be on the National Democratic Institute’s panel at the United Nations Internet Governance Forum (shout out to Soraya for recommending me!) Online violence against politically active women is an increasing threat to democracy particularly as we move political participation online, it deters young women aspiring to have […]

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Collaborating with Feminist Internet at Somerset House Studios

One of Glitch!UK’s fundamental principles and ways of working is partnership. We believe working in partnership with great organisations, activists and survivors is key to amplifying our collective voice, increasing our impact and to avoid duplicating work. Shout out to Slay in Your Lane for recommending Glitch!UK to Dr Charlotte Webb Chief Leopard of the […]

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Misogynoir: How social media abuse exposes longstanding prejudices against black women- Newstatesman Article

Written by Journalist Maya Goodfellow in The Newstateman “Which STD will end your miserable life?” “This is why monkeys don’t belong here.” “I hope you get lynched”. These are just some of the many messages Seyi Akiwowo, a Labour councillor in Newham, told me she has been sent over the past three weeks. Akiwowo has […]

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Human Rights Day: Freedom of Expression is not a pass to be an online troll

It is possible have a robust debate, and sometimes it is necessary to in order to get to the core of the main points, challenge held beliefs and draw similarities and conclusion. It is important to go through this process in order for society to grow in tolerance and understanding, to evolve and recommit to core beliefs.

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