The group behind the FBrape campaign has now joined Twitter to help social media battle the online harassment faced by women. The Women, Action and the Media, a group which has been very significant in its field for the protection of women and their rights, will now help Twitter use the anti-harassment tool. The group which is commonly known as WAM has announced of creating a form to be filled online. Through this, the users of the online community can give details of any sort of ‘gendered’ harassment caused online, and details of the culprit would be tracked and analyzed. They are now carrying out experiments to check how a microblogging site can help fight the dragon of sexual harassment.
The WAM sent out a press release to media firms, due to the online harassment being a topic which has sprung up again, the release stated that, “WAM will escalate validated reports to Twitter and track Twitter’s response 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 functions on their platform, and to improve their responses to it.”
A Pew study that showed 26 of women aged between 18 and 24 have been stalked online, 25% out of which have been cases of online sexual harassment. Twitter has also taken up the cause as it has had many complaints in the past from women users, and it was time to take on the policies. It has also updated some rules last year for the same. “We’re always trying to improve the way we handle abuse issues, and WAM is one of many organizations we work with around the world on best practices for user safety,” Twitter said. Twitter has started a service where the webpage will have lists of groups, which will help fight content which is posted online, and is offensive or is gendered heinous. WAM Twitter harassment Reporting Tool can be found here.