Interview 25th January 2021
CEO and Founder of Glitch
"Why is it that every other corporate, private company has some form of regulation... but Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Whatsapp — platforms that are driving and deciding democracy around the world — have no regulation. It doesn’t make sense to me."
A Studio of Our Own meets Seyi AkiwowoA Studio of Our Own
After the UK went into lockdown in March 2020, internet use more than doubled. With this increased internet use has come a horrifying increase in online abuse, particularly aimed at women, non-binary people, and those from Black and minoritised backgrounds.
Perhaps even more shockingly, the majority of this abuse happened on mainstream social media platforms, but very few of the victims feel that Twitter, Facebook or Instagram are doing anything to address their complaints*.
Glitch is a UK based charity working to make the online space safe for all by raising awareness of online abuse and its impact through an intersectional lens.
They advocate for systematic change from both tech companies and governments as well as delivering a range of educational programmes on digital citizenship, digital self-care and safety.
In this — our first podcast — we spoke to Seyi Akiwowo, founder and CEO of Glitch about how tech platforms are failing to take responsibility for the endemic abuse taking place online, how regulation is needed to educate people about their rights and how we can better achieve online safety by considering the needs of all users in the design process.
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