Bumble’s “Safety Guide” for Women: An Overview of Six Common Types of Online Harassment
The online dating app Bumble has announced the launch of its new “Stand for Safety” initiative in partnership with Safe City, the Red Dot Foundation’s public safety platform. The first dating app for women, Bumble has posted a safety guide on their website to educate women on how to identify and tackle online abuse on any platform.
Bumble India also shared some statistics from its national survey. They reported that 83 percent of women in India have experienced online harassment in one way or another and one in three of these women has had to experience it every week. Cyberbullying incidents have not abated since containment due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Instead, 70 percent of women surveyed believe these incidents have increased during this period. Bumble also said 59% of women surveyed did not feel safe.
The app’s security guide mentions six common types of digital abuse and harassment: cyberstalking, doxxing, online identity theft, trolling, buckling, going out or running away. personal videos. The guide focuses on reporting the incident and registering a formal complaint on the national cybercrime reporting portal or with the police.
In the case of cyber harassment the guide advises women to document all incidents, immediately end contact and report, block the person on the platform. This too applies to Doxxing when the bully reveals personal information without the user’s consent, including full name, home or office address, phone number or other identifying details.
If someone faces identity theft online, she can start by notifying all her contacts of the fake profile and reporting it on the platform. The guide also asks users do not tolerate trolling which, in simple terms, means that the stalker may appear concerned about the person but only use it to criticize. The most common example of concern for trolling can be fat shaming.
Flaming is one of the most common online abuse women face in the form of disrespectful comments, inappropriate language, superficial lies, character assassination and the like. Again, it is advisable to report and file a complaint against these cyber stalkers immediately on the platform.
The last is release or leak of personal videos which can include intimate moments. Bumble encourages users to take legal action against these actions as it is a serious and punishable offense. Bumble also says users can visit the app’s Safety & Wellness Center for more resources.