Online bullying and abuse is a major concern, and there are countless examples of the pain and suffering caused by such behaviors. As such, Twitter’s taken another step towards tackling such behaviors on their platform, re-vamping the official ‘Twitter Rules’ to clarify what’s considered to be abusive behavior and hateful conduct.
In an attempt to help parents get a better perspective on the impacts of social media, social insights company Qualtrics surveyed more than 1,000 parents of at least one child aged between 8 and 17 to find out
Former White House-intern and activist Monica Lewinsky was given a standing ovation after her speech on the dangers of cyberbullying and public shaming at the Cannes Lions festival last week. In the talk, which was sponsored by Ogilvy & Mather, she called out advertisers and marketers, who she believes are “fueling a blood sport of public shaming” online and off.
Both Twitter and Reddit have made moves to crack down on bullying and anti-social behaviour on their sites this week, a positive move forward for all social media generally. And when you consider the stakes involved, there can be no more pressing issue that needs to be addressed among online communities.
Let’s reach for the stars as Social Supermen. Let’s choose to achieve the “ultimate peak of perfect development” defined for humans by the race of Supermen from Krypton; Let’s not chose the depths of destruction defined by the Supervillians…or the Social Superbullies.