Half of The misogynistic Tweets posted on Twitter Are from women

Half of all misogynistic tweets posted on Twitter come from women, a study suggests.

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Twitter boss Jack Dorsey has pledged to tackle abuse on the platform

Half of all misogynistic tweets posted on Twitter come from women, a study suggests.

Over a three-week period, think tank Demos counted the number of uses of two particular words as indicators of misogyny.

It found evidence of large-scale misogyny, with 6,500 unique users targeted by 10,000 abusive tweets in the UK alone.

Twitter boss Jack Dorsey has said that tackling abuse is a priority.

The research comes as UK MPs – Yvette Cooper, Maria Miller, Stella Creasy, Jess Philips – alongside former Liberal Democrat minister Jo Swinson, launch their Reclaim the Internet campaign, in response to growing public concern about the impact of hate speech and abuse on social media.


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The campaign has opened an online forum to discuss ways to make the internet less aggressive, sexist, racist and homophobic.

Launching the campaign, Ms Cooper told the BBC: “The truth is nobody knows what the best answers are. There is more when there is criminal abuse, for example rape threats, that the police should be doing but what is the responsibility of everyone else? What more should social media platforms be doing?”

She said that the campaign was an opportunity for the public to “put forward their proposals and demands for the changes we want to see”.

In response to the survey, Twitter’s head of trust and safety Kira O’Connor told the BBC: “Hateful conduct has no place on the Twitter platform and is a violation of our terms of service.

“In addition to our policies and user controls, such as block, mute and our new multiple tweet reporting functionality, we work with civil society leaders and academic experts to understand the challenge that exists.”

The Demos study also looked at international tweets and found more than 200,000 aggressive tweets using the words, “slut” and “whore”, were sent to 80,000 people over the same three weeks.

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WHY IS ABUSE SO PREVALENT ONLINE?

The commonsense approach to posting comments on social networks would be to never say anything online that you wouldn’t say to someone’s face but that simple rule seems to be regularly ignored.

Being able to post anonymously helps and, in many ways, social networks have become the modern day equivalent of a natter over the garden fence or a gathering on the village green – but on a global scale.

And just as in the old gossip circles of old, there will be people whose comments are meaner or more aggressive than the rest, so that is amplified online. And now the voices of the trolls can be heard and they can pick victims – generally people they don’t know – pretty much at random.

Abuse on social networks is not new and neither is the revelation that women contribute to the problem.

A 2014 study from cosmetics firm Dove found that over five million negative tweets were posted about beauty and body image. Four out of five were sent by women.

The bigger question is what can be done about it?

We have seen in recent years the police take the issue much more seriously and trolls have faced lengthy prison sentences. Some have made public apologies to their victims.

Education will be key. Teaching youngsters who haven’t yet joined social media platforms that politeness is not a dying art and that if you say hurtful things online, they could genuinely cause distress, may give the next generation pause for thought before they start typing.


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Demos used algorithms to distinguish between tweets being used in 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”.

Thousands have responded to the hashtag #ReclaimtheInternet, with many congratulating the female MPs for starting the campaign.

Others though questioned how effective the campaign would be, with some questioning whether it would damage free speech.

Demos research reveals women and girls as well as men responsible for using misogynistic words in abusive manner online

Looking at this data set of thousands of pieces of misogynistic abuse, and looking at the people the perpetrators of this abuse were following, gave us a good indication of who they were,

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Annual report shows the finacial costs of clergy sex abuse

The Catholic church paid $153 million in the United States last year to settle lawsuits, and fielded hundreds of new accusations, as fallout continued from the clergy sex abuse scandal exposed in the early 2000s, a new report from church leaders says.

The annual report from the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, which covers July 2014 to June 2015, said 384 victims came forward with allegations the church deemed credible.

“One instance of abuse is one too many,” Deacon Bernie Nojadera, executive director of the conference’s Secretariat of Child and Youth Protection, wrote in the report.

“May our Lord continue to heal all who have been victimized by this crime and may our efforts toward healing, reconciliation, and peace be blessed,” he added.

Between 1950 and June 2015, more than 17,600 people made clergy abuse allegations that US Catholic officials have deemed credible.

Activists have questioned if the church’s count of clergy sex abuse victims is lower than the actual total.

David Clohessy, exective director of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, was sharply critical of the bishops’ annual reports, calling them “flawed” and “deceptive.”

“Bishops’ policies, procedures, protocols and panels sound good. But they are meaningless because there’s no independent monitoring or enforcement,” Clohessy wrote in an e-mail. “It’s as if bishops design the game, hire the umpires and declare themselves winners.”


At least 271 clergy — a mix of permanent and visiting priests, pastors, chaplains, deacons, religious order clerics, and nuns — have been publicly accused of child sex abuse in the Boston archdiocese, according to a Globe review.


The vast majority of allegations have been made by adults who have said they were abused when they were children, the church officials said. But claims have continued to come in of more recent abuse of children.

Victims who came forward during the most recent reporting year included 26 minors, the bishops’ group said. The group’s definition of “minors” included people under age 18 or anyone who “habitually lacks the use of reason.”

Seven of the 26 cases have been substantiated, while 10 remain under investigation, the church said. The church considered the nine other case unsubstantiated or unable to be proven.

In addition to reviews and sanctions by church officials, allegations of sex abuse have led to criminal charges and lawsuits. Priests have been convicted and sentenced to jail. In other cases, they’ve been cleared.

More than 6,500 clerics were accused of abuse nationwide between 1950 and June 2015, church data show.

Many of the cases deemed credible by the church were alleged to have occurred from the 1960s to the 1980s. Clergy preyed upon boys in the vast majority of cases. The alleged abuse most often began when victims were between 10 and 14.

Between 1950 and the end of June 2015, about $3.5 billion was spent on settlement-related costs by US church officials, according to the church’s accounting. Most of that money went to cover payouts to victims, while other sizable sums were paid for attorneys’ fees and therapy for victims and offenders.

In addition, church officials have reported spending $300 million since 2004 on child protection efforts, including background checks and victim assistance programs.

The church was first rocked by the sex abuse crisis in 2002. The scandal has since spread around the world. The Boston Globe won a Pulitzer Prize for its investigative team’s role in exposing the abuse. The coverage was also the subject of the recent Oscar-winning movie “Spotlight.”

The annual reports the church leaders have released on the abuse crisis since 2004 have been partly authored by the Georgetown University’s Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate.

Mary Gautier, a senior research associate there who worked on this year’s report, said the number of abuse allegations has generally declined each year as spending has increased on programs designed to protect youth in the church.

“It shows the proactive attitude of the dioceses, that they’re taking this seriously,” she said.

For the most recent report, all 196 dioceses nationwide submitted data, as did 182 of 236 religious institutes. Gautier said the holdouts were primarily small, isolated institutes, not major ones.

“We’ve been very, very encouraged by the cooperation overall,” said Gautier. “I think they want to demonstrate that they’re being transparent and proactive.”

But Terence McKiernan founder of Bishop Accountability, an organization that tracks the abuse crisis, said holes still remain in the church’s annual reports, including one introduced when the report last year began using a different reporting period for some data.

“The numbers are so important to really understand what’s happening here,” said Mc’Kiernan. “It’s a shame that this gap has been created in the data. You look at it and you wonder how serious they are about accountability and transparency.”


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Donald Rumsfeld took to Twitter on Tax Day to express his despair over the fact that at 83-years-old he may never live to see a flat tax enacted.

The former Secretary of Defense sent out a series of three tweets, doing what many Americans are doing today — complaining about taxes. Seems harmless, right? Not when you are globally hated war criminal.

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“There are other photos — many other photos — that depict incidents of physical violence towards prisoners, acts that can only be described as blatantly sadistic, cruel and inhuman,” Rumsfeld told the Senate Armed Services Committee. “And I am advised there also are videos of these actions.”

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