The Debate

Abuse gone viral: How to stop online violence against women?

THE DEBATE
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On this show we've often flagged the toxic culture of online speech. Now comes Covid-19. Just how much has all that extra screen time these past months amplified and enabled toxic behaviour? When people feel alienated or threatened, one reaction is to pick on others, to bully, and the number one targets are women. From cyberbullying classmates to abusive partners and total strangers who feel they can just let loose, how much of a toll has this pandemic taken on women? We ask our panel what can be done to stop online violence.