Plan International Day of the Girl emoji hits Twitter

To mark International Day of the Girl, Plan International Canada is collaborating with Twitter and the United Nations to launch a special #DayOfTheGirl emoji – representing the global movement for girls’ rights and equality. To create the emoji, Plan International Canada consulted with its Youth Advisory Council to select the final design, which symbolizes the power, resilience, and potential of girls worldwide.  The emoji was unlocked from 8-12 October, 2018 when people use #DayOfTheGirl. The emoji will also be available globally with alongside the #DayOfTheGirl hashtag in several different languages, including French,…

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‘Toxic’ Twitter is failing women by letting online violence thrive – new research

Twitter is failing to keep women safe from violence and abuse, Amnesty International said on 21 March, as it releases new evidence proving how ‘toxic’ the platform has become for women. In a new report, #ToxicTwitter – the result of interviews with more than 80 women, including politicians, journalists, and regular users across the UK and USA – Amnesty exposes how Twitter is failing to respect women’s rights, and warns the social media company that it must take concrete steps to improve how it identifies, addresses and prevents violence and…

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Ten months after promised review, disabled Twitter users still don’t have the right tools to flag disability hate speech says UK Charity

Muscular Dystrophy UK is calling for Twitter to make it easier for disabled people to report hateful comments against them, ten months after the platform first said it would review the process. While abusive tweets based on someone’s race, religion, gender or orientation are readily reportable in a dropdown menu on Twitter, disability is not listed as an option. The only indication that hateful comments based on someone’s disability are unacceptable on Twitter involve clicking through several extra screens to locate the site’s 2,000-word rules, which include a single mention…

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Possible Aims to Slow the spread of hate. One tweet at a time. #WeCounterHate

WeCounterHate is a new campaign by POSSIBLE that seeks to reduce hate speech on Twitter by turning retweets of these hateful messages into donations for a good cause. What topic gathers more tweets and retweets than the MLB, the Grammys and the Super Bowl? Hate. Racist messaging is unfortunately one of the more popular topics on Twitter. Recognizing this, the WeCounterHate campaign was created. Using machine learning, it first identifies hateful speech on the platform. A human moderator then selects the most offensive and most dangerous tweets and attaches an…

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