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Sexism in Cyberspace: Men Receive More Twitter Abuse than Women

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Sexism in Cyberspace: Men Receive More Twitter Abuse than Women

Just this morning i found a lovely article by  on ibtimes titled “Sexism in Cyberspace: Men Receive More Twitter Abuse than Women”, so i decided to share it with you…….

Study shows that men get more offensive messages than women on Twitter

Sexism in Cyberspace: Men Receive More Twitter Abuse than Women

8.7% of tweets sent to Piers Morgan were found to be offensive(Telegraph.co.uk)

Men receive more online abuse than women, but they are also the main culprits when it comes to trolling, according to a new study by thinktank Demos. Men send around 75% of all abusive tweets – but women are more likely to abuse other women than they are to abuse men.

Demos analysed two million messages received by 65 individuals with large Twitter followings, including Piers Morgan, Ricky Gervais and Susanna Reid. The findings of the study are published on yesterday Sunday Times.

According to the analysis, 0.95% of tweets received by the women studied were deemed to be offensive in nature; for men the figure rose to 2.54%, almost three times as many. However, there is a large disparity both amongst the men and amongst the women.

Sexism in Cyberspace: Men Receive More Twitter Abuse than Women

Prof Mary Beard has received violent and sexually abusive threats on Twitter(Blackwell Classics)

The study found that 8.7% of tweets received by Piers Morgan were offensive, compared to just 2.6% of tweets to Ricky Gervais.The abusive tweets sent to One Direction’s Niall Horan were so numerous they had to be excluded from the study.The only woman who received more abuse than the average for her male counterparts was ITV’s Susannah Reid (5.22%), many of these commenting on her appearance.

Labour MP for Walthamstow Stella Creasy, who received rape threats when she supported proposals by campaigner Caroline Criado-Perez to put Jane Austin’s image on the new £10 bank note, successfully campaigned for an ‘abuse button’ to be introduced for people who are being targeted on Twitter. However, as abuse received by the daughter of Robin Williams showed, the issue of trolling remains serious.

Historian Mary Beard was the subject of bomb threats on Twitter which she reported to police.

She also named and shamed a young troll who abused her, telling The Telegraph: “Politically and in terms of feminism, I feel very strongly about this. Some of this stuff is so outrageous you have to take it very, very seriously. It is part of our culture that male bloke-ish silliness has a strong misogynist slant.”

Although women in the study don’t appear to receive more online abuse, the abuse they receive does seem to focus more on their being women than on anything they have said or done.

Much of the worst abuse women receive came from Twitter accounts with female identities: 24.4% of abuse received by men was from apparently from women; while this figure rose to 29.3% for women’s accounts.

WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THIS STUDY?.

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  1. Sunday

    August 27, 2014 at 7:35 am

    Well, this goes to show that trolling still has a long way to go. Threats and victimization via Twitter and other social media platforms should be controlled.
    The figure or data as to whether men or women doesn’t really matter – for me! The Internet should be made to be safe for everyone. No one should feel exploited or threatened for using the Internet!

    A law and enforcement should be put in place to safeguard online users that applied best practices!

    This post was found in kingged where it was shared and upvoted.

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