A string of LGBT organisations and personalities are calling for a Thunderclap campaign #no2LGBTHate on 1st February 2017 at 4pm GMT amid concern about Twitter’s ‘ineffectual response and inadequate action in tackling online homophobic abuse and hate speech’.
The campaign comes after Steve Rotheram MP and Linda Riley, co-owner and publisher of iconic lesbian magazine DIVA, and creator of events including the British LGBT Awards, the Australian LGBTI Awards, the Diversity Careers Show, the European Diversity Awards and many other initiatives, highlighted a surge in online abuse aimed at the LGBT community.
A group of leading organisations and individuals, including UK Black Pride, The Peter Tatchell Foundation, British LGBT Awards, Diversity Role Models, Lord Michael Cashman, The Women’s Equality Party and Paralympian Claire Harvey are also backing the initiative.
Steve Rotheram MP commented:
“I am pleased to be backing the campaign calling for action t0 be taken against homophobic trolls. It is an issue that is on the rise and something needs to be done about it especially when young people are being targeted with online bullying. I was one of the first in Parliament to raise the issue of trolling to ensure we get tough on those who choose to peddle hate on the web. Other social media channels have safeguards for victims of online abuse in place, Twitter now needs to do the same.”