White House launches online harassment task force

Topline

Vice President Kamala Harris will launch a national task force on Thursday focused on preventing online harassment, particularly towards women and members of the LGBTQ community, following recent mass shootings in which the suspected killers delivered to abusive behavior on social networks.

Highlights

Co-chaired by the Gender Policy Council and the National Security Council, the task force is expected to provide recommendations to state governments, the online platform and schools, among other entities, within six months of its launch, a senior official told reporters during a call on Wednesday.

Online harassment “disproportionately affects[s] women, girls, people of color and LGBTQI+ people,” the task force fact sheet reads.

Task force aims to fulfill President Joe Biden’s mission campaign promises to combat sexual harassment, bullying and non-consensual pornography.

Key Context

Months before the massacre in Buffalo, New York, the suspected shooter had been Planning its attack on the Discord chat app and online forum 4chan. Uvalde, Texas school bully shoots frequently harassed women and girls on the social network and streaming app, Yubo, and even posted his violent intentions on Facebook shortly before the shooting.

Tangent

According to Pew Research Center, 33% of women under 35 say they have been sexually harassed online, while 11% of men report the same. Research also suggests that seven out of ten lesbian, gay or bisexual adults have experienced online harassment.

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The task force “will address technology-facilitated gender-based violence, including focusing on the link between online misogyny and radicalization leading to violence,” according to the task force. fact sheet.

Further reading

The White House will launch a task force to combat online abuse (The Washington Post)

Vice President to Launch New National Working Group on Online Harassment and Abuse Prevention (CNN)

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