Yvette Cooper leads campaign to reclaim the internet from sexist trolls

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In this age where so many of us are using social media, reading and feeding into blog posts and receiving responses to what we post, many of us have also experienced abuse. As Labour supporters many of us are used to people disagreeing with our viewpoints. However, responses can be abusive about us personally or offensive because the comments are racist or homophobic or sexist. This type of experience can be very upsetting and debilitating. 

Pink News reported on Wednesday 26 May that Labour’s Yvette Cooper is leading a cross-party campaign to tackle online misogyny.

The former Labour leadership candidate  today launched a campaign to ‘Reclaim the Internet’, fighting back against the online abuse that women face every day online. Cooper launched the campaign alongside the Tory equalities Select Committee chair Maria Miller, former Lib Dem equalities minister Jo Swinson and Labour’s Jess Phillips. Read more

Earlier in the year on Tuesday 12 April, The Guardian published an article called The dark side of Guardian Comments, which is useful inasmuch as it provides framework for making decisions about blocking abusive comments.

 

The dark side of Guardian comments

Comments allow readers to respond to an article instantly, asking questions, pointing out errors, giving new leads. At their best, comment threads are thoughtful, enlightening, funny: online communities where readers interact with journalists and others in ways that enrich the Guardian's journalism. But at their worst, they are something else entirely.

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