This Site Helps Women Fight Online Harassment!
With social media at an all-time high and opinions being so loud, online harassment, specifically towards women, is getting out of control.
The non-profit organization, Hollaback, which is most known for their 2014 viral video about street harassment, is offering a safe space for women to report any incidents of harassment on the Internet.
Heartmob is the name of the new site, whose goal is to provide a safe space for women who experience online harassment by allowing them to document incidents and get support.
According to BuzzFeed, the goal of Heartmob is to “provide real time-support to individuals experiencing online harassment and empowers bystanders to act.”
How it works is users log the incident of harassment they experience and choose whether or not to make the report public. If the user wants to, they can ask for help when they make the report public, ask bystanders to intervene, support them or take action. Users have control over the narrative, but the Heartmob site is not specifically clear on how action against online harassment can and will be taken.
If you’re active on Twitter enough, you know topics such as feminism and race can lead to women having strangers in their mentions threatening rape or other harm. Also, the app doesn’t really deal with online abuse that well, aside from having someone’s account deleted.
For those women who have large social media followings and are repeatedly the victims of online harassment, it can be good to know you have a support group around you who’s dealing with the same things.