Effectively flagging abusive content on social media is hard, but journalists can share their insights — and their data — to improve computational tools.

By Susan E. McGregor

On April 9, 2021, women Twitter users from a range of professions — including law, journalism, academia and advertising, to name a few — participated in a one day boycott to bring attention to the abuse that women regularly experience on the platform. According to a 2018 Amnesty International report highlighted by participant and startup lawyer Moe Odele, in fact, a woman is abused on Twitter every 30 seconds.

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