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    Social media abuse drives girls off Facebook, Instagram, Twitter: poll

    LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Online abuse is driving girls to quit social media platforms including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, with nearly 60% experiencing harassment, a global study showed on Sunday.


    One in five girls and young women has abandoned or cut down on using a social media platform after being targeted, with some saying harassment started when they were as young as eight, the survey by girls’ rights group Plan International showed.


    “Girls are being silenced by a toxic level of harassment,” said the organisation’s chief executive, Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen.


    Attacks were most common on Facebook, where 39% of girls polled said they had been harassed, followed by Instagram (23%), WhatsApp (14%), Snapchat (10%), Twitter (9%) and TikTok (6%).


    The charity, which will share the report with social media companies and lawmakers around the world, said the abuse was suppressing girls’ voices at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic was increasing the importance of communicating online.


    It called on social media companies to take urgent action to address the issue and urged governments to pass laws to deal with online harassment.

    The study found reporting tools were ineffective in stopping the abuse, which included explicit messages, pornographic photos and cyberstalking.


    Nearly half of girls targeted had been threatened with physical or sexual violence, according to the poll. Many said the abuse took a mental toll, and a quarter felt physically unsafe.


    “It is time for this to stop. Girls should not have to put up with behaviour online which would be criminal on the streets,” the report said.


    Facebook and Instagram said they used artificial intelligence to look for bullying content, constantly monitored users’ reports of abuse and always removed rape threats.


    Twitter said it also used technology to catch abusive content and has launched tools to improve users’ control over their conversations.


    The survey polled 14,000 girls and young women aged 15 to 25 in 22 countries including Brazil, India, Nigeria, Spain, Thailand and the United States.

    Albrectsen said activists, including those campaigning for gender equality and on LGBT+ issues, were often targeted particularly viciously, and their lives and families threatened.


    “Driving girls out of online spaces is hugely disempowering in an increasingly digital world, and damages their ability to be seen, heard and become leaders,” she added.


    In an open letter to Facebook, Instagram, TikTok and Twitter, girls from around the world called on social media companies to create more effective ways to report abuse.


    “We use (your platforms) not just to connect with friends, but to lead and create change. But they are not safe for us. We get harassed and abused on them. Every. Single. Day,” they wrote.


    “As this global pandemic moves our lives online, we are more at risk than ever.”


    Plan International also urged the companies to do more to hold to account those behind such abuse, and to collect data on the scale of the problem.


    Social media abuse drives girls off Facebook, Instagram, Twitter: poll | Reuters

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    Attacks were most common on Facebook, where 39% of girls polled said they had been harassed, f
    What person under 30 actually has a Facebook account these days, let alone girl of 8 or 10?

    I'm calling on this 'report'.

    Not that I necessarily disagree with the findings, just that I think a company that generates 800 Million a year in revenue ought to be more accurate and honest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    girls to quit social media platforms including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter
    good - everyone should quit these platforms and stop making their lives public

    many ways to share thoughts and photos amongst family and friends without resorting to public publishing

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    "Please show bobs and vagene".

    Banning India from these platforms would be a good start.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheRealKW View Post
    What person under 30 actually has a Facebook account these days, let alone girl of 8 or 10?

    I'm calling on this 'report'.

    Not that I necessarily disagree with the findings, just that I think a company that generates 800 Million a year in revenue ought to be more accurate and honest.
    surprisingly many. Weve been doing some research into it. they dont use it likr older people do. seems the youth avoiding it may not be entirely accurate in thailand at least, IG is the main thing but ive still no idea what that is all about

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    Quote Originally Posted by baldrick View Post
    good - everyone should quit these platforms and stop making their lives public

    many ways to share thoughts and photos amongst family and friends without resorting to public publishing
    Quitting Teakdoor are you?

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    ...all social media platforms have block functions...I wonder why the girls don't use it. Surely not every female is as challenged by the ignore tab as PB...

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    It isn't commonly known, but farmers became warriors when they got tired of the constant bitching and oneupwomanship at home.
    Some bright lad thought 'Hey, if we go over the hill to the other mob's valley and pinch all their sheilas' shoes and handbags and give them to ours, then we'll have at least a few minutes of peace while they're critiquing them. And those other blokes will get some peace too because their sheilas will be distracted - a win-win for all'.
    Great idea but obviously didn't work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by docmartin View Post
    Great idea but obviously didn't work.
    ...neither did your story...

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    Well whadda you got big fella ?

    Are you gunna snipe cattily from the sidelines or dazzle with brilliant wit and repartee ?


    Thought so. Pussy.

    See ya round folks.
    I'm outa here.
    Last edited by docmartin; 06-10-2020 at 06:54 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by armstrong View Post
    Quitting Teakdoor are you?
    logically , no

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    This is what we've become......

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheRealKW View Post
    What person under 30 actually has a Facebook account these days, let alone girl of 8 or 10?
    Ya total bullshit. Facebook has become a place for old boomers to post chain letters and pro trump propaganda. The kids are all on Instagram, TikTok, YouTube and Twitch.

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