EDITORIAL | Social media must face up to being accountable

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EDITORIAL | Social media must face up to being accountable

Awareness and responsibility are paramount if we are to end the scourge of gender-based violence

Editorial

On Tuesday, a 13-year-old girl has to turn to the courts to force Facebook to reveal the identify of a user who threatened to rape and kill her.

The US-based company, which also owns Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram, had to be forced to do this.

The abuse involves someone who created five anonymous Instagram accounts, with variations of the word killer, and sent a series of threats to the Johannesburg teenager. He tormented her with graphic and sordid details of plans to rape her, with the assistance of other boys, then dispose of her body in a dam. The anonymous user referenced school friends and where she lived in the toxic missives...

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