Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Social Media at Fault; Web Is Fuelling a Rise in Gender-Based Violence, Says Creator

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Social Media at Fault; Web Is Fuelling a Rise in Gender-Based Violence, Says Creator

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Byline: Martyn Landi

SIR Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web, has called on social networks to do more to tackle gender inequality online.

Speaking at the launch of a report looking into the social impact of the web, Sir Tim said the promotion of controversial ideas was fuelling a rise in gender-based violence.

"When you look at Twitter, people tend to retweet things which are more extreme," he said.

"You don't see people retweeting things that are a really balanced opinion. Twitter is an environment that is emotionally charged."

He also called on more accountability be put in place for those who express such views.

Equal rights campaigners have been threatened on Twitter with violence and sexual assault in the past, while Olympic gold medal-winner Jessica Ennis-Hill received rape threats after suggesting she would end her association with Sheffield United if the football club re-signed convicted rapist Ched Evans. …

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