Instagram & Plan International Team Up With Girl Activists To Address Online Harassment

Instagram & Plan International Team Up With Girl Activists To Address Online Harassment

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, Oct. 11, 2020

After landmark survey by Plan International points to unchecked online harassment, social media platform will work with girls’ rights organization to kick off a series of listening sessions with girl activists around the world, which will inform work across Facebook properties.

NEW YORK, Oct. 11, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Instagram will hear from a global panel of girl activists on how the platform can address online harassment, in collaboration with Plan International.

(PRNewsfoto/Plan International USA)
(PRNewsfoto/Plan International USA)

Insights will also be shared with Facebook and WhatsApp as part of this initiative.

Plan’s Listening Sessions, which are being announced on International Day of the Girl [October 11, 2020], will feature a diverse group of 15 youth activists.

The Listening Sessions will give policy and product teams from Instagram — as well

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Zimbabwe: Access to Health Services for Survivors of Sexual Harassment

The classic definition for sexual harassment is unwanted conduct of a sexual nature which happens at a place of employment or in the exercise of work. Sexual harassment can manifest itself physically, psychologically, and various mediums can be manipulated to create a hostile and uncomfortable work environment, for example via use of technology and social media.

If the form of harassment is physical, leading to rape, indecent assault, and aggravated indecent assault in accordance with the Criminal Code, access to medical assistance is critical. It is encouraged that survivors of all forms of sexual violence seek medical attention as there is a lifespan within which the medication is effective.

If a person seeks medical attention within 72 hours, they are highly likely to prevent the spread of HIV and other forms of sexually transmitted infections through the post exposure prophylaxis. Additionally, women are administered the emergency contraceptive pill to prevent

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Alphabet Settles Its Historic Harassment Suit

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A yearlong lawsuit against Alphabet’s board of directors over allegations of shielding the sexual harassment has, at long last, come to a close. It’s a decision that, as one attorney on the plaintiff’s side said, will “fundamentally alter” the way Google’s parent company operates—and hopefully the way some of its senior staffers operate, too.

To give a quick recap: back in 2018, the New York Times published a pretty grisly exposé detailing the lengths Google’s board went in order to keep a select few high ranking employees comfortable, even after they were credibly accused of sexual harassment. Notoriously, former Android senior VP Andy Rubin allegedly cheated on his then-wife with Googlers that were—in at least one case—not only a direct employees, but direct employees that he pressured into sex. That decision (among others) would eventually lead to his quiet termination, but

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Alphabet has reached a settlement over sexual harassment cases

  • Google parent Alphabet has settled a shareholder lawsuit that accused the company of mishandling sexual harassment claims.
  • The settlement eliminates forced arbitration for employees, and limit the use of non-disclosure agreements.
  • It’s also agreed to spend $310 million on corporate diversity programs over the next decade.
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Alphabet has settled a shareholder lawsuit that accused the company’s board of mishandling sexual harassment claims.

As per details shared by one of the plaintiffs’ attorneys, the settlement eliminates the forcing of employees involved in discrimination or harassment disputes to settle with private arbitration, and limits Google’s use of non-disclosure agreements.

It was also agreed that employees who depart the company while under investigation for claims of sexual misconduct will not receive any severance or compensation.

Google also agreed to spend $310 million on corporate diversity programs over 10 years as part of the settlement. Those efforts

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Former eBay Workers to Plead Guilty in Bizarre Harassment Case

Four former employees of eBay are expected to plead guilty for their role in a bizarre harassment campaign in 2019 in which they allegedly sent live spiders, cockroaches, a funeral wreath, and a bloody pig-head Halloween mask to a Boston couple who criticized the online marketplace.

The victims drew attention from the alleged perpetrators after they chastised eBay in an online newsletter that focused on e-commerce companies.

The four defendants, all former members of eBay’s global security team, are Brian Gilbert, 51; Stephanie Popp, 32; Stephanie Stockwell, 26; and Veronica Zea, 26, all from California. The charges include conspiracy to commit cyberstalking and conspiracy to tamper with a witness, with such crimes carrying a sentence of up to five years in prison, three years of supervised release, a fine of up to $250,000, and restitution.

The cases against three others — David Harville, 48, eBay’s former Director of Global Resiliency;

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