It may come as a surprise to learn that half of misogynistic tweets posted on Twitter come from women, a study suggests.
A think tank looked at the use of two particular words, “slut” and “whore” over a three week period and counted the number of times that they were used.
In the UK alone, 6,500 unique users were targeted by 10,000 abusive tweets.
Twitter boss Jack Dorsey has said that tackling trolling and abuse on the micro blogging site is a priority.
A group of UK MP’s including Yvette Cooper have launched a campaign called “Reclaim the Internet” and have opened an online forum to discuss ways to make the internet less aggressive, sexist, racist and homophobic.
On 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 went to add that the campaign was on opportunity for the public to “put forward their proposals and demands for the changes we want to see”.
Twitter’s head of trust and safety Kira O’Conner responded by saying “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.”
It appears that commonsense, general rules as to what should and shouldn’t be said online is on the whole overlooked with both male and female “keyboard warriors” still choosing to abuse people in manner that they perhaps wouldn’t to their face.
All parties agreed that more needed to be done to address the problem.