Sunday, 29 July 2018

Online trolls may be barred from being MP or councillor per BBC News

Two nuggets in this BBC report run counter to the BBC usual narrative that women receive the majority of abusive tweets and that it's nasty alt-right types that are making the majority of the abuse. 

'A joint analysis of tweets in the run-up to the election in 2017, by the University of Sheffield and BuzzFeed News. found that male Conservative candidates received the highest percentage of abuse on Twitter.

Amnesty International had carried out a separate analysis of the accounts of 177 female MPs in the six months leading up to the election and found that Labour's Diane Abbott received almost half (45.1%) of all abusive tweets that were sent to female MPs. '

Don't expect this to stick in the BBC collective memory, the narrative will survive. 

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