Join our #TrollPatrol
You may have seen recent press coverage when Amnesty called out twitter for it’s approach on reporting and recording instances of abuse and violence against women online. The First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, leader of the Scottish Conservatives, Ruth Davidson and former Labour leader, Kezia Dugdale, all agree that #ToxicTwitter is silencing women’s voices online.
Everyone should be able to express themselves online without fear, and we want social media companies to do more to protect women from the abuse that’s silencing them.
That’s why we have a new, digital activism human rights project that we need your help with – #TrollPatrol.
How it works
Help Amnesty researchers analyse 500,000 tweets sent to women politicians and journalists in 2017. Use your computer or phone and dedicate as little as 30 seconds to detect rampant online abuse. We will give you a quick training on the site. Your research will then be verified and pieced together with thousands of other people’s work.
The #TrollPatrol Collective
Amnesty in Scotland, together with the Empower Project, are holding a day-long drop-in event to bring together women who want to take part in Troll Patrol. We have decided that it would be better for health and wellbeing, as well as more fun to take a collective and collaborative approach to the #TrollPatrol project.
If you are interested in joining our #TrollPatrol collective, sign up now to register.
Of course, you can still participate without joining our event. Join #TrollPatrol now. Or, you can hold your own event - you can download our basic event guide on this page.
Join our army of digital volunteers exposing sexist, racist and other abuse against women on #ToxicTwitter
Decoders is people power at its best. In our most recent project our digital activists took on oil giants Shell and Eni and exposed the scale of oil pollution in the Niger Delta. As a direct result of their work, Amnesty International published a compelling report and is now asking the Nigerian government to re-open investigations into 89 oil spills.
***PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A WOMEN ONLY EVENT. IF YOU WISH TO HOST A MIXED EVENT, PLEASE GET IN TOUCH FOR A GUIDE TO HOSTING AN EVENT***
Trigger warning: This assignment may expose you to tweets that include explicit sexist, racist and homophobic language which you may find distressing. Please consider this before participating.
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