Is Trolling Women on Social Media A New Trend?
27-04-2017 2:57am | by Ferry Bhatia
Is Trolling Women on Social Media A New Trend ?
Internet is one of the global communication networks. It is a means for getting, sharing and distribution of information all around the world. With this everyone shares information whether it be child or be an adult.
It has also become means for setting trends all over the world such as trends for doing e-marketing ,e-discussions on say social media, setting newsgroups, going live, making videos on various subjects, a trend for getting more of likes and comments, using # tags and many more.
As Internet sets trends day by day so it has also set the latest “trend for trolling women on social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook , YouTube, Instagram and many more”.
According to Wikipedia :
A trolling is a process by which a person sows discord on the Internet by starting arguments or upsetting people, by posting inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community (such as a newsgroups , forums, chatroom, or blogs) with the intent of provoking readers into an emotional response .
This so called new trend has enrolled many women into his hands. This trend leaves no mark for embarrassing women on social media platforms. This trend on social media has also questioned the survival of women. It takes not only common women into his hands but also Hollywood celebrities such as Gabourey Sidibe, Miley Cyrus, Gigi Hadid’s, Kelly Clarkson, and Katy Perry.
Not only this there are also bollywood stars who were trolled on twitter such as Sonakshi Sinha, Sonam Kapoor, Parineeti chopra, Alia Bhatt , lisa haydon, Mira Rajput (wife of Shahid Kapoor) etc. Indian comedy stars Bharti Singh who worked in comedy nights bachao, Upasna Singh famous for her role in Comedy nights with Kapil Sharma are still being trolled on various social media platforms.
Journalist plays an important role in the society. They shape the thinking of the society. They are responsible to report each and every issue. But what are we doing for them (women journalists)? The answer is simple “making trends for trolling them on social media platforms”.
Is it worth? We are creating the trend for treating women journalists with the words like:- there are some words that we can’t mention here but when used its dangerous. Not only women journalists every woman goes through unbearable words.
There are various surveys that were conducted by different bodies on this issue such as :-
1. According to The Sydney Morning Herald, “The survey of women in the media revealed that many in-house journalists are experiencing this, amongst which 41 per cent are being trolled, while freelancers (that are self –employed )working are mostly cyber-stalked, at 18 per cent.
This survey was urbanized by the National Steering Committee of Women in Media, a mentoring, networking, advocacy group supported by the Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance. It composed data from 1054 Australian journalists late last year with 91.8 per cent of the respondents were women and also stressed on the various issues of discrimination in the industry and participants.
2. According to www.salon.com, “Forty percent of 2849 web users surveyed reported they are being threatened with online harassment, categorized as name calling, purposeful embarrassment, stalking, sexual harassment, physical threats and sustained harassment. When surveyed the factors responsible for this they said, “Age and gender were the most crucial factors responsible for this and people of age18-29 are mostly harassed. The survey also opened various differences between men’s and women’s descriptions of “harassment”.
It provided insight into the frustrations regularly articulated by women and reports higher rates abuses. According to research, “Young women,” “experiences stern forms of online harassment.” They report experiencing much higher rates of sexual harassment, stalking and sustained abuse.
3. According to Women surveyed by Pew, reports that when women compared with men, 40 percent of women experiences with extremely and very upsetting online harassment’s and because of these harassment’s their reputation was mostly affected.
The time has come to take a stand. We need to stop the trend that is being created on various social media platforms. The cyber laws needs to be strict.
It should prohibit these habits on these platforms. They should check the activities that are being conducted because of which reputation; self-esteem and confidence of innocent women suffer and are forced to commit illegal activities “Just to Get Rid from This”.
Moreover, every country should make laws that strictly punish people who troll women. Cyber officials should coordinate with other law officials to make situation better.
Last but not the least every woman needs to be stronger to fight against this. They should take their stand themselves and should take the help of lawmakers wherever possible.
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