Monday, 20 September 2010
EP says it treats sexism as 'general abuse'. That's OK,then.
Following today's story in the EP with them backtracking on the Hooters issue (I refuse to post a link and further their web traffic - but if you want to see it, I'm sure you know how to find it), I emailed their website moderators (firstname.lastname@example.org) complaining about how many sexist and abusive comments were appearing, and why there was no drop-down box to brand them 'sexist' under 'report abuse' - yet there are boxes to brand comments as spam or impersonation etc.
This was the reply I got:
"We take all reports of abuse very seriously and will remove any that breach our house rules.
We do not have a category for all different types of abuse as many can be classified as 'general abuse' with user notes to tell us more details.
The lack of a sexism category is not down to us not taking it seriously, it's down to us trying to keep the list concise so it's not too much for users to wade through."
So, just so we're clear, sexist comments and those endorsing violence against women (which appeared and were removed this morning), are merely 'general abuse' in the eyes of the EP, who can't see them for the infinitely more damaging comments from damaged minds that they are.