In a new study on misogynistic tweets that are posted on twitter, researchers have stumbled upon the startling revelation that half of all misogynistic tweets that are rife on Twitter come from women themselves.
Misogyny is the term used to define the hatred or dislike of women or girls. It can be manifested in a number of ways, including sexual discrimination, hostile behaviour or language, belittling of women, physical violence against women, and sexual objectification of women.
In a study that was conducted over a three-week period, think tank Demos counted the number of times two particular words, ‘slut’ and ‘whore’ were used as indicators of misogyny on the social platform.
Demos found evidence of large-scale misogyny on the social platform. The study revealed that 6,500 unique users were targeted by 10,000 abusive tweets in the UK alone.
Twitter boss Jack Dorsey has said that tackling abuse on Twitter is a priority for the firm.
“I don’t think the negativity and the abuse and harassment is unique to Twitter,” Dorsey said
“I think it’s an industry-wide, internet-wide issue that we all need to solve. And we did make it a priority for the company.”
He also went on to outline the company’s tools that would be put in place for blocking and reporting abusive users.
Misogyny On Social Media
The research comes at a time when five UK MPs, Yvette Cooper, Maria Miller, Stella Creasy, Jo Swinson and Jess Phillips, have launched their Reclaim the Internet campaign, in order to counter the growing public resentment about the impact of hate speech and abuse on social media.
The campaign has opened an online forum to discuss ways in which the Internet can be made less aggressive, sexist, racist and homophobic.
The Demos study also analyzed the international tweets. It found that more than 200,000 aggressive tweets using the words, “slut” and “whore”, were sent to 80,000 people over the same three weeks.
Traumatic Experience For Women
For the study, Demos used algorithms to differentiate between tweets that were being used in direct and explicitly aggressive ways and those that were more conversational in tone.
Researcher Alex Krasodomski-Jones said,
“This study provides a birds-eye snapshot of what is ultimately a very personal and often traumatic experience for women.
“While we have focused on Twitter, who are considerably more generous in sharing their data with researchers like us, it’s important to note that misogyny is prevalent across all social media, and we must make sure that the other big tech companies are also involved in discussions around education and developing solutions.”
She added that it was not about “policing the internet” but was more,
“a stark reminder that we are frequently not as good citizens online as we are offline”.