Black women are 84% more likely to be abused on social media
than white women, according to a 2018 Amnesty International study. By 2020, further research by Glitch
, a UK charity committed to ending the abuse of women
and marginalised people online, found that online abuse against women, disproportionately impacts Black women, non-binary people and women from minoritised communities, all of whom were more likely to feel like their complaints to social media companies were not adequately addressed. Black women in the public eye bear the brunt of online trolling. This was witnessed back in 2017, when Amnesty found of the thousands of horrendous abuse (including rape and death threats) directed to female MPs on Twitter
, over half were aimed at Britain’s first Black woman MP, Labour politician, Diane Abbott.