Being harassed on Twitter is never fun. And it can happen to you whether you’re already a decently well-known figure with that blue check mark of authenticity, an up-and-comer in the world of online witticisms, or if you came up with a single tweet that blew up beyond your wildest expectations. Or, of course, if you’re a woman.
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Social media is great for connecting people, sharing news and information, and giving your grandmother the opportunity to air her political opinions unfettered. Unfortunately, its anonymity and widespread reach makes it an easy way for people to spread hate, and since Donald Trump’s election in 2016, social media users have noticed a worrisome increase in online hate speech.
Everyone knows that Twitter is horrible at fighting harassment, but The Daily Beast recently explained why, quoting anonymous former employees who blame understaffed support teams, inadequate training, and a catch-all response flowchart that doesn't allow for common sense or individual judgement. They also revealed that reports from verified users get moved to a second, shorter work queue.
If you have a public Instagram account, then anyone else with an Instagram account can currently comment on your photos. That's great sometimes, but as we all know, the internet is can be a pretty dismal place, and letting anyone comment on your pics can occasionally (or not so occasionally) mean that you get a bunch of abusive or offensive comments on your pictures from a bunch of strangers.