Social Media: Toxic or Tameable?

Discussion and debate on why social media has become so hostile and what, if anything, can be done to make it a safer and more civil place.

Social media has become an increasingly hostile place for women with opinions. Many journalists have experienced ‘pile-ons’, with misogynistic abuse and personal attacks sadly a near-daily burden for prominent female voices.

As more and more people turn away from the once-heralded open platforms of Twitter and Facebook, can they be salvaged with good practice and more support?

Woman in Journalism Scotland is teaming up with the Edinburgh International Magazine Festival to explore this issue and hear how some of Scotland’s leading cultural commentators navigate the perils of social media.

In a panel discussion chaired by Women in Journalism Scotland Co-Chair, Libby Brooks, of The Guardian, we’ll hear about the experiences of our panellists and ask what can be done to support women under attack.

Panellists include:

Talat Yaqoob, equalities campaigner and Director of Equate Scotland.

Laura Waddell, publisher, acclaimed writer and The Scotsman columnist.

Dr Jennifer Jones, award-winning journalist and academic specialising in citizen journalism.

There will be an opportunity to ask questions at the end.