Harassment Manager: This Google application for examining attacks on social networks. See the details

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As large numbers of people, especially women, experience harassment online, Google and Twitter Inc. have teamed up to offer public figures a new tool to mitigate the scourge of sexist online attacks, according to Bloomberg report.

The software, called Harassment Manager, is provided to select female journalists and activists, and will help them document, hide and block malicious and vulgar tweets they receive, according to Jigsaw, which is Google-owned Alphabet Inc.’s Harassment Manager, years of preparation, was unveiled on Tuesday on the occasion of International Women’s Day, the Bloomberg says the report.

Software developer GitHub shared, “Online abuse and harassment silences important voices in the conversation, forcing already marginalized people to go offline. Harassment Manager is a web-based application that aims to empower users to document and take action against the abuse they experience on online platforms. It is designed for anyone experiencing significant online harassment, which may be episodic or ongoing. The tool was built and tested using a community-based research and design process with active Twitter users who experience significant and/or frequent harassment.”

From now on, the tool will be available on Twitter for journalists working with the Thomson Reuters Foundation. Google’s Jigsaw unit has also made Harassment Manager an open source project, meaning any software developer can adopt it for free to expand access. People using the software with their Twitter accounts can compile harassment reports to share with their employers, law enforcement, or others, and can hide comments and block users.

Some 70% of female journalists have received threats or harassment online, and 40% have stopped reporting as a result, Jigsaw said in a statement, citing research she and various other groups have conducted. Amnesty International released a Twitter Scorecard in December, finding that women make up around a third of Twitter’s user base in the United States. More than 20% of women who responded to Amnesty’s survey said they had experienced harassment or abuse on the platform, but women who used Twitter several times a week said they no longer ask the company to intervene because it was “not worth it”. effort.”

Harassment Manager “is the first step and we’re hoping to see a ripple effect,” Lucy Vasserman, engineering manager at Jigsaw, said in an interview. “We want this to have an immediate impact on people who are experiencing serious harassment. It is not a magic wand that removes the problem entirely, which is not possible at the moment.”

Twitter has added a number of features to try to be a more welcoming and less toxic online destination, such as asking people to reconsider their tone when writing angry tweets, but content issues remain. “We want to make sure everyone on Twitter has the tools they need to take control of their experience on our service,” said Arielle Schwartz, director of business development for Twitter’s development platform, in the press release.

(With agency contributions)

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