Research for the Reclaim the Internet campaign gauged misogynistic tweets as those containing the words “slut” or “whore”.
More than half of all misogynistic abuse posted on Twitter come from women, according to a study published on Thursday.
The Centre for the Analysis of Social Media at the Demos think tank carried out a three-week project looking into online abuse, using two terms – “slut” and “whore” – as indicators of misogyny.
Researchers found that 6,500 different individuals were targeted by 10,000 abusive tweets in the UK, while overall internationally 200,000 tweets were sent to 80,000 people in the same period.
Alex Krasodomski-Jones, a researcher who worked on the project, admitted that the study did not paint an exhaustive picture as it only used two terms, but rather “a bird’s-eye snapshot of what is ultimately a very personal and often traumatic experience for women.” Read more.