“I’m a slut for beautiful sunsets”) or in a jovial manner when directed towards others (e.g. The tweets that were not considered aggressive or self-identifying were classified as ‘Other’, usually focussing on slut walks, slut-shaming or discussing the use and connotations of these words.
In total, we found 213,000 tweets containing aggressive uses of the words ‘slut’ or ‘whore’.
10,500 aggressive tweets, targeted at 6,500 unique users, could be algorithmically located in the UK; this means that there are at least 450 tweets posted containing aggressively misogynistic language in the UK every day.
To do this, we collected just under 1.5m tweets from around the world over a period of 23 days.In 2015, Yvette Cooper announced the Reclaim the Internet campaign.This was in response to the abuse, often misogynistic in tone, faced by high-profile women online.Of these, over half (54%) were advertising pornography, a startling figure considering Twitter’s minimum age requirement, like many social media sites, stands at 13.This may conflict with the UK government’s proposed Digital Economy Bill, announced in the Queen’s Speech, requiring websites with pornographic content to verify that their users are over 18.