Ignoring Online Abuse is Bad for Business. Let’s Build Safer Spaces.

“I get messages several times a week on my various social media channels requesting sex or with dick pics attached. It’s frustrating but I’ve mostly numbed myself to it because it’s so common.” — Ashley Manta, pleasure educator

Especially for women, gender-diverse folks, and people of color, abuse and harassment are the price of admission for having a voice online. And the worst part is, few people find it surprising anymore.

One interpretation of why we’ve collectively failed to act: companies may believe that letting trolls do their thing is good for business.

The tech community needs to build safer spaces online for pretty much anything women, people of color, and queer people want. It’s good politics, and it’s good business — because almost no one is doing it.

Where can you talk on the Internet and not be abused? Who, today, is making a significant effort to create safe(r) spaces online?

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founder/ceo at O.school. previously: venture partner @500startups. co-founder @inDinero. she/they. QWOC.

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Andrea Barrica

Andrea Barrica

founder/ceo at O.school. previously: venture partner @500startups. co-founder @inDinero. she/they. QWOC.

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