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Twitter "failing in its responsibility to respect women's rights online", Amnesty report finds

Social networking service, Twitter is "failing in its responsibility to respect women’s rights online by inadequately investigating and responding to reports of violence and abuse", a new report by Amnesty International has found
Marie Louise McConville

SOCIAL network service Twitter is "failing in its responsibility to respect women’s rights online by inadequately investigating and responding to reports of violence and abuse", a new report by Amnesty International has found.

The human rights organisation said that for many women Twitter is "a platform where violence and abuse against them flourishes, often with little accountability".

Amnesty said the social networking service's "failure to adequately respect human rights and effectively tackle violence and abuse on the platform" means that many women are being "pushed backwards to a culture of silence".

After interviewing 86 women, including politicians, bloggers, activists and journalists - including Irish News Security Correspondent Allison Morris - over a 16-month period, the organisation concluded that Twitter is a place where abuse against women is "widespread and where inadequate remedies exist for those who experience such abuse".

Acknowledging that Twitter had recently taken steps to improve the experience of women on the platform, it was Amnesty's assessment that "these are not yet sufficient to adequately tackle the scale and nature of violence and abuse against women on Twitter".

Amnesty made a number of recommendations to the service, including improving its reporting mechanisms to ensure consistent application and better response to complaints and providing more clarity about how it interprets and identifies violence and abuse on the platform and how it handles reports of such abuse.

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