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What the evidence tells us about the sources of hateful online abuse

Coordinated misogynistic campaigns are prevalent across Europe. The solution lies in better regulation and cultural change

By Cécile Guerin  

“@Anna_Soubry your gonna get the shock of your real unpleasant life when @brexitparty_uk smash u in the European elections!! You should be hung for treason.” “Piss off, you lying traitor!!!” These are only two examples of hundreds of tweets received by Change UK candidate Anna Soubry earlier this year.

Over three months in the lead up to the European elections, the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD) monitored hateful speech on social media and in groups online. Our research showed far-right-led, concerted harassment campaigns against female politicians across Europe, including in the UK, where pro-Remain figures were…

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