Stella Dimoko Amnesty International Says Twitter Is Toxic For Women...


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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Amnesty International Says Twitter Is Toxic For Women...

Twitter is a social media platform used by hundreds of millions of people around the world to debate, network and share information with each other. 

From high-level female politicians to journalists, activists, writers and bloggers, to women who simply want to know what’s happening around them - Twitter can be a powerful tool for women to make connections and express themselves. In fact, the company has touted itself as a place where " every voice has the power to impact the world".

But for many women, Twitter is a platform where violence and abuse against them flourishes, often with little accountability. As a company, Twitter is failing in its responsibility to respect women’s rights online by inadequately investigating and responding to reports of violence and abuse in a transparent manner.

The violence and abuse many women experience on Twitter has a detrimental effect on their right to express themselves equally, freely and without fear. Instead of strengthening women’s voices, the violence and abuse many women experience on the platform leads women to self-censor what they post, limit their interactions, and even drives women off Twitter completely.

At a watershed moment when women around the world are using their collective power to speak out and amplify their voices through social media platforms, Twitter’s failure to adequately respect human rights and effectively tackle violence and abuse on the platform means that instead of women using their voices ‘to impact the world’, many women are instead being pushed backwards to a culture of silence.

Over the last 16 months, Amnesty International has conducted research about women’s experiences on social media platforms including the scale, nature and impact of violence and abuse directed towards women on Twitter, with a particular focus on the United Kingdom (UK) and the United States of America (USA). Such abuse includes direct or indirect threats of physical or s#xual violence, discriminatory abuse targeting one or more aspects of a woman’s identity, targeted harassment, and privacy violations such as doxing or sharing s#xual or intimate images of a woman without her consent.


  1. Twitter is toxic for everyone.

    Many Pseudo intellectuals forming geniuses.

    The struggle to be savage.

    I ported to Quora in 2016, I believe in comparative advantage ie I would take medical advice from a qualified doctor.Go figure

    1. You are so right. Everyone's forming savage. They all wanna trend. You can't even give opinions on issues for fear of being cussed out.

  2. Did they lie?

    I have since deactivated my account there. No space for toxicity in my own side of town.

  3. Msheww. Twitter is a savage place for any and everybody. It's a jungle in there just like life and have you seen us porting to the afterlife because of that? Not for Naija women on Twitter anyways... They can hold their own and roast anybody. Very vocal and fearsome. Same Twitter where they do "no bra day" Etc abi another one?


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