The Los Angeles Times put together an interesting profile of how women politicians like Vice President Kamala Harris and others are targets for online abuse. A Wilson Center study, Malignant Creativity: How Gender, Gender, and Lies Are Armed against Women on the Internet, found that Harris was the overwhelming target for much of this abuse, and criticized the platforms in their response.
This comes because The Hill reported on online harassment that is ugly and routine for women in journalism.
Unfortunately this is nothing new. As the host of Cyber Law & Business Report, I’ve had numerous shows dealing with abuse of women on social media, most notably my 2018 interview with Azmina Dhrodia of Amnesty International about her report, ToxicTwitter: Violence and Abuse Against Women Online, ”which accused Twitter of failing to protect women on its platform is a human rights violation.
(See detailed summary – Amnesty International Report: Twitter’s Failure to Protect Women From Online Abuse Breaches Human Rights Law.)
There have also been numerous articles on the subject, including
Amanda Hess, Why Women Are Not Welcome on the Internet, Pacific Standard (updated June 14, 2017)
Catherine Buni and Soraya Chemaly, The Unsafety Net: How Social Media Turned Against Women, The Atlantic (October 9, 2014)
Conor Friedersdorf, When Misogynist Trolls Make Journalism Miserable for Women, The Atlantic (January 7, 2014)