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Support HT’s #AntiTrollingDay: Sign this petition, change your DP

Here is what you can do to curb trolling and abuse on social media.

india Updated: Apr 26, 2017 15:59 IST
HT Correspondent
Download this image and use it as your display picture on social media to support HT’s #AntiTrollingDay.
Download this image and use it as your display picture on social media to support HT’s #AntiTrollingDay.

Since last week, Hindustan Times, has been running Let’s Talk About Trolls, a sustained campaign against online abuse and threats. The campaign, which featured women in the public eye writing about their brush with vicious trolling, received support and response from our readers.

But it is not enough to merely talk about trolls. We need to reclaim the democratic space of social media from the army of organised trolls that have taken over. And this is why we are marking April 26 as #AntiTrollingDay.

Here is what you can do to curb abusive trolling:

REPORT YOUR TROLL

Abusive trolls often hide behind a cloak of anonymity. But Twitter and Facebook have mechanisms in place to block, report and mute a person who is engaging in targeted harassment.

This is how you can report a troll:

troll

Also check out this Twitter Safety guide by SheSays India, an initiative to end gender-based discrimination.

SIGN THIS CHANGE.ORG PETITION

“You need to be raped …”

“I’ll throw acid on your face”

“I’ll make sure you never sing again”.

These are just some of the threats that have been hurled at playback singer Chinmayi on Twitter. She has faced extreme online abuse but has refused to take it lying down. She was one of the first women who stood up to online abuse, reported it to the police and got three of her trolls arrested. That was in 2012. But that did not stop the abuse. It continues till today.

Singer Chinmayi Sripada. She was one of the first women who stood up to online abuse, reported it to the police and got three of her trolls arrested.

Chinmayi started a petition on Change.org asking Twitter to shut down all Twitter handles that tweet rape threats at women for simply voicing their opinion. She is attempting to build a movement of men and women who will say No to online abuse.

Chinmayi says, “The situation today is getting more vicious for women. I have continued to get rape threats if people disagree with my views. I am deeply disturbed by the unrelenting use of terms such as rape or gang rape or acid attack on Twitter, to intimidate women for holding a contrarian view. I started this petition on Change.org to get Twitter users to stand up against this abuse and say #RapeThreatsNotOk”.

Sign the petition here: change.org/RapeThreatsNotOk

CHANGE YOUR DISPLAY PICTURE

To support our #AntiTrollingDay campaign, change your display picture on social media to send out a strong message.

Right-click and save the picture below: