Algorithmic Bias in Digital Space: Twitter’s Complicity in Gender-Based Violence

Cat Morgan, Sarah Hewitt*

*Corresponding author for this work

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On Twitter, when a woman is attacked for expressing a view or opinion,other people are often ‘called in’ or ‘called over’ from other virtual spaces to engage in a ‘pile- on’ (an orchestrated attempt to silence others by getting as many people as possible to criticize, question and threaten). Her voice is lost, and the effort of fighting to be heard no doubt becomes too much for some. In this chapter we examine how Twitter can be used to promote violence against women (VAW) to silence them. We do this by exploring computer-mediated communication briefly before drawing on more contemporary research to highlight the ongoing issue.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGeographies of Gender-Based Violence
Subtitle of host publicationA Multi-Disciplinary Perspective
EditorsHannah Bows, Bianca Fileborn
Place of PublicationBristol
PublisherBristol University Press
ISBN (Electronic)978-1529214512
ISBN (Print)978-1529214505, 978-1529214499
Publication statusPublished - 30 Sept 2022


  • Gender
  • Social media
  • gender-based violence
  • Twitter
  • digital space
  • trolling


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