Glitch, the UK’s leading charity digital citizenship charity, is partnering with ten other charities and Twitter to encourage people to play their parts as digital citizens as part of a #StandUpToHate campaign launched today. This campaign comes at a critical time for the country, with further local lockdown measures announced.
The campaign #StandUpToHate uses an auto-reply format that will provide Twitter users with guidance to practice digital citizenship when they ‘like’ the promoted tweet. Users are also prompted to share #StandUpToHate tweets to keep the important conversation going.
Glitch Founder and Executive Director, Seyi Akiwowo, said:
“We are proud to take part in the #StandUpToHate campaign as a critical friend to Twitter and whilst we continue to work with Twitter to make its platform safer for all users. As we continue to push for systemic change from the government, social media companies and employers, it’s important that we continue to raise awareness of the individual actions that people can take to support those experiencing online abuse.
“Black women are 84% more likely to receive abusive tweets. Without action, this will get worse as we spend more time online. Our latest report The Ripple Effect: Covid-19 and the Epidemic of Online Abuse showed that March’s lockdown led to an increase in online abuse. With further local lockdown measures announced yesterday and the possibility of more regions being restricted with physical socialisation in the coming weeks and months, we can’t allow this trajectory of Black and minoritised women suffering disproportionate levels of online abuse to continue. During Hate Crime Awareness week, Black History Month and beyond, we must continue working towards making the online space safe for all.”
Glitch’s Covid-19 report, The Ripple Effect: Covid-19 and the Epidemic of Online Abuse, shows that there has been an increase in online abuse, especially for Black and minoritised women, since the UK’s national lockdown in March.