Instagram & Plan International Team Up With Girl Activists To Address Online Harassment
NEW YORK, Oct. 11, 2020
After landmark survey by Plan International points to unchecked online harassment, social media platform will work with girls’ rights organization to kick off a series of listening sessions with girl activists around the world, which will inform work across Facebook properties.
NEW YORK, Oct. 11, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Instagram will hear from a global panel of girl activists on how the platform can address online harassment, in collaboration with Plan International.
Insights will also be shared with Facebook and WhatsApp as part of this initiative.
Plan’s Listening Sessions, which are being announced on International Day of the Girl [October 11, 2020], will feature a diverse group of 15 youth activists.
The Listening Sessions will give policy and product teams from Instagram — as well
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