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Hollabot: Can a robot teach people to be less abusive to women online?

The app, which seeks to educate users who are abusive on social media, is just one initiative being developed by the nonprofit Feminist Internet collective

By Tola Onanuga  

What would an internet designed by women look like? Feminist Internet has some ideas. Photo: Prospect composite

From social media trolls spewing vile rape threats to comment-board discussions that turn toxic at the mere mention of gender equality, the abuse of women online has become depressingly commonplace. Figures show that more than one in five women in the UK have experienced abuse online, usually related to physical or sexual violence.

If the internet was built around feminist and equality-led principles, would such abusive behaviour be eradicated? Feminist Internet, a boundary-pushing nonprofit, aims…

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