Instagram ‘systemically fails’ to protect high-profile women from abuse,

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Instagram “systemically fails” to protect high-profile women from the “epidemic” of misogynistic abuse through direct messages, a study published Wednesday suggests.

The Center for Countering Digital Hate, or CCDH, a nonprofit organization that combats online harassment and misinformation,found that Instagram which is owned by Meta,the parent company of Facebook.

The CCDH,which analyzed more than 8700 message from five highprofile women on the app,said the research shows Instagram systematically fail to enforce apropriate sanctions & remove who break its rule

"Digital spaces provide increasingly important ways to maintain relationships, communicate and build personal brands," CCDH CEO Imran Ahmed said in a statement.

 "For women, however, the cost of admission to social media is misogynistic abuse and threats sent by abusers with impunity."Study participants included actor Amber Heard, British broadcaster

Rachel Riley, activist Jamie Klingler, journalist Bryony Gordon and the founder of Burnt Roti magazine, Sharan Dhaliwal, who have a total of 4.8 million followers on the platform.

Riley described online abuse as“inevitable” for women.“For women in the public eye, receiving a constant stream of rude, inappropriate & even abusive messages to your DMs is unfortunately inevitable

And the fact that this happens away from the public view makes it all the more intrusive,she said.With access to the participants'direct messages,CCDH reported 253account that sent abusive message.

An audit revealed that at least 227 of the accounts remained active at least a month after the researchers reported them, which means Instagram failed to act"on almost 90 % of reports of abuse.

Nine out of 10 Instagram users who sent violent threats to the participants were allowed to remain on the platform, even after they were reported using Instagram's tools. 

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