Keyword: online abuse

Exposed: the French media 'boys' club' that hounded women online

A group of around 30 men from French media organisations founded an informal club called the League of LOL which for years regularly harassed feminists, people of colour, and gay men with vividly pornographic, racist and sexist abuse online, and who were exposed this week by the daily Libération after it discovered that some of its staff were among them.  

Abusers of women online are 'getting away with it' in France

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An official body in charge of overseeing sexual equality in France has criticised the way that many people are harassing women online “with impunity”. This is despite the many laws that are available to combat such harassment. The Haut Conseil à l’Égalité entre les Femmes et les Hommes (HCE) points to a trial it carried out in 2017 in which less than 8% of sexist content flagged to Twitter, Facebook and YouTube was taken down. Louise Fessard reports.