Women Journalists Receive Twice as Many Attacks as Men on Twitter, Study Finds

Professionals had credibility questioned by appearance, age, race and relationships

The offenses received by female journalists on Twitter are more than double those aimed at male professionals.

Communist, journazi, ridiculous, scoundrel and blackie are some of the terms most used against them on the social network, in an attempt by aggressors to delegitimize journalistic work.

The conclusion comes from a study of 200 profiles of Brazilian journalists on the social network that seeks to understand the patterns of attacks on them in digital environments, with a focus on gender and race issues.

The analysis work was carried out by Revista AzMina and InternetLab, together with Volt Data Lab, INCT.DD, Instituto Vero and DFR Lab, and with the support of the International Center for Journalists.

7,100 tweets with offensive content were identified in 133 profiles of female journalists and 67 of male journalists, based on a sample of more than 8,000 posts published from May 1st to September 27th this year.

Physical characteristics, as well as age, family relationships and the professionals' history are mentioned by the assailants, who also question the professionals' ability to analyze.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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