Despite strong suggestions of how Twitter could combat bad behavior on its platform, the platform has failed to adequately address the harassment that occurs on a daily basis. This includes widespread and targeted mobbing campaigns, lewd comments and messages, and death threats.
In 2017, Pew Research found that around 41% of Americans have experienced online harassment, including the following: offensive name-calling, purposeful embarrassment, physical threats, sustained harassment, stalking, and sexual harassment.*
All of this occurs on Twitter.
- Industry competitors may join in on harassment and work to diminish your professional reputation.
- Your professional work or views can come under attack.
- Harassment unrelated to your work can lead to people contacting or tagging your employer.
- DMs are a common place where sexual harassment can occur—often under the guise of professional engagement.