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World Women's groups vow to fight sexist attacks against Kamala Harris

23:06  12 august  2020
23:06  12 august  2020 Source:   aljazeera.com

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In the weeks before Joe Biden named Sen Kamala Harris his running mate, women ' s groups were readying a campaign of their own: shutting down sexist coverage and disinformation about a vice presidential nominee they say is headed for months of false smears and “brutal” attacks from internet

Kamala Harris looking at the camera: Groups defending United States Senator Kamala Harris say women are often unfairly criticised as overly emotional, weak or unqualified, or for their appearance or demeanor in a way that men are not [File: Matt Rourke/The Associated Press] © [File: Matt Rourke/The Associated Press] Groups defending United States Senator Kamala Harris say women are often unfairly criticised as overly emotional, weak or unqualified, or for their appearance or demeanor in a way that men are not [File: Matt Rourke/The Associated Press]

In the weeks before Joe Biden named Senator Kamala Harris his running mate in the United States election, women's groups were readying a campaign of their own: shutting down sexist coverage and disinformation about a vice presidential nominee they say is headed for months of false smears and "brutal" attacks from internet haters.

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The groups put the media on notice in recent days that they will call out bias - one campaign is dubbed "We Have Her Back" - and established a "war room" to refute sexist or false attacks as they happen.

They did not have to wait long. Within minutes of the presumptive Democratic nominee's announcement Tuesday, false information was circulating on social media, claiming that Harris had called Biden a "racist" and that she is not eligible to be president.

The women's groups say their efforts are informed by the sexism former candidate Hillary Clinton faced from President Donald Trump, some of his supporters and the media during the 2016 campaign.

"This time we understand the patterns, and this time we have the organisational infrastructure to push back," said Shaunna Thomas, executive director of the women's advocacy group UltraViolet, which released a 32-page guide for media along with a coalition of groups including Color of Change PAC, Planned Parenthood Votes and Women's March.

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Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) after a Democratic presidential debate in Houston in September. (Win McNamee/Getty Images). So the Biden campaign and allied organizations are strategizing on how to counteract sexist attacks against her, whoever she turns out to be.

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While the groups have primarily been led by Democrats, their efforts are backed by nonpartisan groups and some Republicans.

The war room will call out bias and disinformation against women in both parties up and down the ballot, said Tina Tchen, CEO of Time's Up Now, which fights sexual harassment in the workplace.

Unfair criticism

The groups say intense scrutiny of a vice presidential nominee is to be expected, but women are often unfairly criticised as overly emotional, weak or unqualified, or for their appearance or demeanor in a way that men are not. The attacks, which include false smears and threats of violence online, not only hurt campaigns but also dissuade women from seeking office.

Christine Todd Whitman, a former New Jersey governor and Republican, said Biden's running mate will be at the centre of an "ugly" social media campaign from online bullies.

"This is going to be brutal because these platforms allow people to do things anonymously, saying things anonymously," Whitman said.

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If elected, Harris would be the country's first Black vice president. Her mother is from India and her father is from Jamaica. That has invited not only sexist but also racist commentary and misinformation around her candidacy.

Harris, who was born in Oakland, California, has been the victim of online falsehoods for more than a year that say she is not eligible to become president because her parents were not born in the US. More recently, Facebook users added a new twist to the misinformation: that since Harris is not eligible to be president, if Biden did not finish his term, the presidency would automatically default to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat.

There is no truth to that - Harris is a natural-born US citizen who’s eligible to be president - yet the misinformation has been shared by thousands of Facebook users. Facebook has labelled the posts as false but has not removed them from its platform.

The misinformation calls to mind the conspiracy theories in 2008 around Democrat Barack Obama, the first Black US president, that claimed he was born in Kenya, not the US. Those claims were amplified by Trump, then a reality TV star, and gained so much traction during the campaign that Obama produced a birth certificate showing he was born in Honolulu.

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Hate amplified by algorithms

The latest attacks on Harris's citizenship were highlighted in a letter from more than 100 female lawmakers from across the world that was sent to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg. It called on them to remove misinformation, as well as posts or accounts that threaten women.

"Much of the most hateful content directed at women on Facebook is amplified by your algorithms which reward extreme and dangerous points of view with greater reach and visibility," said the letter, which was spearheaded by Democratic Representative Jackie Speier of California.

Cindy Southworth, Facebook’s head of women's safety, said the company will work with the lawmakers to "surface new solutions".

"Abuse of women on the internet is a serious problem, one we tackle in a variety of ways: through technology that identifies and removes potentially abusive content before it happens, by enforcing strict policies, and by talking with experts to ensure we stay ahead of new tactics," she said.

But mere minutes after Harris was announced as Biden's running mate, pro-Trump social media personalities and conservative news outlets claimed Harris called Biden a racist during a televised Democratic debate last year. In reality, she said, "I do not believe you're a racist," before criticising his past opposition to policies around school desegregation.

The road to becoming Biden's running mate had been littered with misleading online attacks on women under consideration.

Former National Security Adviser Susan Rice was accused of committing crimes in office, and Democratic Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, who authorised strict stay-at-home orders in her state this year, was pelted with memes and images likening her to Adolf Hitler or an "evil queen."

Harris is likely prepared for the onslaught ahead after watching how 2016 unfolded on social media, said Sarah Oates, a political communications professor at the University of Maryland.

"She is going to be vilified, no matter who she is," Oates said. "In 2020, people are much more attuned and aware of it. That doesn’t mean it’s going to make it better, but at least you can be more aware of the toxicity."

Kamala Harris ineligible? This contested theory peddled by Trump .
© Provided by Le Point Kamala Harris The race for the American presidential election is on. Joe Biden, rival Donald Trump , appointed Kamala Harris running mate, the Democratic candidate believing that the latter could help him "rebuild" the United States . President Donald Trump, candidate for re-election, said Thursday, August 13, to take seriously a contested theory circulating on social networks and ensuring that Senator Kamala Harris would not be eligible.

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