Social media experts said that 58 percent of women are exposed to digital violence at most, and 1 out of 10 women leave the digital world.
According to researches, 7 hours and 54 minutes a day are spent on the internet. While hate speech on social media has increased, digital violence has increased as well as physical violence between people. People now have a term called ‘cyberbullying’. As a result, digital violence has also increased. Just as there is sexual and economic violence, at the same time this violence is non-physical; but there is a violence from the digital world that can have the same effect. This is growing exponentially every day. Social media experts warned that the use of digital media has increased with the pandemic.
1 IN EVERY 10 WOMEN LEAVE THE DIGITAL WORLD
Expressing that women are particularly affected by digital violence, experts said: “The research conducted on 14 thousand people globally shows that women are exposed to digital violence at the highest rate of 58 percent, and 1 out of every 10 women leaves this digital world or no longer uses it. This causes women to withdraw from the digital world. Today Even when we look at a woman’s profile, when a woman’s profile is opened, even minor harassment can begin from different accounts such as ‘let’s meet’, ‘hello’, ‘how are you’ etc. Apart from this, constant follow-up, monitoring, blocking, harassment messages, following her family, threats such as ‘I will find you’, etc. or by anyone they do not know, especially women. While this was generally seen from close relatives or close friends, it has now started to be seen from foreigners as well.”
“SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS ARE LIKE REAL LIFE”
Experts pointed out that this is a global problem, “When we look at it, there is violence against women all over the world, especially in digital media. If you say, ‘Why is this happening,’ people act this way by disguising themselves as anonymity on the back of the keyboard, as if they do not commit these acts in real life, but everything done in the digital world is also a crime in real life. That’s why, although they continue their social lives by hiding behind those identities, it seems as if they are not doing this action, but they are or have to be present because the action in the digital world is real.” said.
Experts stated that states and social networks are important in preventing digital violence. “When we look at social networks, there are blocking, complaining practices and systems. We see that especially when female users complain over the system, they do not get much response. According to a study conducted at Istanbul University on this subject, in survey studies, women also reported their complaints on social media, but they did not get any response from the applications. There is also a test study on the subject. Here, the most basic way to protect ourselves, especially in our social accounts where we share our photos, is to let only our close circles in. Our social media accounts are like our real life. Just as you do not share everything with everyone in your real life, you can share your very private photos and videos on the same social media accounts. “We should not share it with people we do not know on networks. We should not communicate with messages from people we do not know.” he said.