A parenting columnist says she’s been told she “should be raped” and sent photos of dead babies – and other women with an online presence say harassment has become a scary norm.
A new study led by security company Norton, in which 500 women took part, has found 72 percent of New Zealand women under 30 experience online harassment.
One in four women said they had received threats relating to death, rape and sexual assaults.
I got a death threat myself just yesterday, my moderator-of-comments tells me. It may have included a threat of sexual assault as well, although it’s hard to know:
This, sadly, is the kind of fetid garbage that pollutes the comments sections of most online fora, and why most of those comments sections are now either moderated or non-existent -- RNZ and Spinoff being just two who’ve turned off comments recently.
But we should all be aware that Norton here are just talking their book. Keyboard warriors writing this unhinged slime are not active activists, they’re just sad and pathetic. A threat only to themselves, not anything for Norton to get any new business over.
But you can understand why comments evverywhere are heading for the high jump.