UPDATE 11/26/14: We’ve come to the end of the reporting phase of our Twitter project. We’ve received almost 700 reports in 3 weeks, which has given us plenty of data to analyze, and we’ve managed to help over 100 people get action from Twitter along the way. We’ve also driven widespread media attention to the issue of gendered harassment on social media. Now we’re going to focus on analyzing the data, with an eye to producing a report early next year, and then using it to press Twitter for changes.
Thanks to everyone who has reported to us, everyone supported us, and everyone who has helped spread the word. We’d also especially like to thank the dedicated volunteers who helped evaluate and escalate all of your reports, and the professional developer who created our reporting system pro-bono.
Our work has just begun, and we won’t stop until we get results. We’ll keep you posted, so watch this space, follow us on social media, or join our email list using the box on the top right of this page.
We are so excited to announce our latest project: an unprecedented collaboration with Twitter to address the online harassment of women.
The vicious targeting of women who speak up online has reached crisis levels. Examples of the impact these attacks are having on women’s lives are everywhere. Women of color, queer women, trans women, fat women, and other oppressed groups of women are especially targeted and abused. A recent Pew research study found that fully 25 percent of young women online have been sexually harassed online and 26 percent have experienced stalking. What’s more, Pew found that women overall are disproportionately targeted by the most severe forms of online abuse.
That’s why, starting today, WAM! is running a pilot project to support all Twitter users experiencing gendered harassment and abuse on the platform, including abuse that intersects with racial, lgbt and other kinds of oppression users face on Twitter. Just use this simple form to report it to WAM!.
WAM! will escalate validated reports to Twitter and track Twitter’s responses to different kinds of gendered harassment. At the end of the pilot test period, WAM! will analyze the data collected and use it to work with Twitter to better understand how gendered harassment intersects with other types of harassment, how those attacks function on their platform, and to improve Twitter’s responses to it.
We’re thrilled to be working with Twitter to make their platform safer for women. The disproportionate targeting of women online results in them removing their voices from the public conversation. We’re so glad that Twitter recognizes that the best way to ensure equally free speech for all users on their platform is to ensure that all users are equally free to speak without being targeted by harassment, abuse and threats.