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When social media is sexist: A call to action against online gender-based violence

The Internet is not an equal space. The past few years have seen a rise in concerns about the disproportionate levels of abuse experienced by women in social media platforms. From the United Nations to local non-profit organizations, entities across different geographies have actively acknowledged the pervasiveness of online gender-based violence. Yet, major gaps remain, in research as well as in implementation of interventions to minimize its prevalence. This article provides a broad summary of the current status of the discourse around online gender-based violence, with the aim of drawing attention to the severity of the issue.

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