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Stop online abuse of women

The Internet can be a hostile place for women.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren knows it — she was relentlessly trolled by supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders during her presidential run. So does Laura Bassett, the journalist who accused ex-Hardball host Chris Matthews of making sexist comments and was inundated with online threats after she went public. Last month, one of TikTok’s biggest female stars revealed she gets hundreds of thousands of hate comments a week. 

The creator of the World Wide Web says it’s time to confront this dangerous trend.

“The web is not working for women and girls,” Tim Berners-Lee says.

Berners-Lee’s World Wide Web Foundation, along with the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, released new research on the web’s 31st birthday Thursday that reveals more than half of young women and girls around the world have experienced online abuse, which includes threatening messages, sexual harassment and sharing of private images without consent. The research found 84% of young people surveyed think the problem is getting worse.

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