Forum on Misogyny and Hate Speech on Social Media

Thu, 6 August, 2020 9:00am

On Thursday, August 6 at 9 a.m. EDT IDDP will be hosting a panel of women including U.S. and international lawmakers and other public figures will discuss their experiences with hateful and misogynistic content on social media and will examine the consequences of digital platforms’ approaches to date.

The online event, the third and final in a series hosted by the George Washington University’s Institute for Data, Democracy, and Politics (IDDP), will highlight how social media platforms allow hate to spread, especially against women, who are frequently subjected to misogynistic, crude, degrading and threatening harassment campaigns. The event will also examine how social media platforms fail to enforce their own rules to protect women.

The GW event series is held in cooperation with the members of the International Grand Committee on Disinformation (IGC), a consortium of legislators working to protect consumers from social media disinformation.

The first event in the series, a June 16 panel on the harms of COVID-19-related disinformation, included senior lawmakers from the U.S., U.K. and Canada. The second event, a June 29 panel on disinformation and election interference, featured government leaders from the U.S. and abroad, as well as journalists and activists affected by such efforts.

Panelists include:

Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis.

Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif.

Christine Todd Whitman, president, The Whitman Strategy Group; former governor, New Jersey; former administrator, Environmental Protection Agency

Renate Künast, member of the German Bundestag

Seyi Akiwowo, eounder and executive director, Glitch, former East London city councilor

Arisha Hatch, vice president, Color of Change

A live video stream of the event will be broadcast for the general public at

Media RSVP:
Media interested in attending must register online at

Members of the media will receive Zoom login information on or after Aug. 4; it will allow them to submit questions for panelists during the event. For any questions about the event, please contact Jason Shevrin at [email protected] or 202-994-5631.

Sarah Crisci
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