A free tool to combat online homophobia and hate speech will be launched by award-winning innovation studio Connector today, Monday, 19th June
The #LoveWins tool will help filter homophobic and transphobic content online.
To coincide with the launch of the tool, Connector will highlight statistics on the level of online bullying and harassment experienced by members of the LGBT+ community.
Commenting in advance of tomorrow’s launch, Ivan Adriel, Connector’s Head of Digital, said: “Connector is a proud supporter of the LGBT community and, this Pride, we wanted to do something to help make the internet a better place for us all. So we created the tool we wished had existed when we were teenagers searching for our identity online.”
“One in five LGBT people have had hurtful things written about their sexual identity on social media, with that figure rising to one in three for transgender and intersex people.
“Internationally, statistics from the US organisation GLSEN show 42 per cent of LGBT youth have experienced cyber bullying; 58 per cent have experienced negative online comments because of their sexuality; and over a third have received online threats.
“The high levels of online bullying and harassment can have a very negative impact on the mental health of LGBT people. Our #LoveWins filter is aimed at making the internet a more loving and tolerant place this Pride season, and protecting LGBT people from the unnecessary negativity and abuse that they are often subjected to online.
“The tool is designed to search web-pages for LGBT+ slurs, and, when found, make them disappear by replacing them with positive adjectives celebrating what people in the community are: proud, courageous, fearless, friendly. The tool also decorates the replacement words with the Pride colours
.“Connector is a proud supporter of the LGBT community and, this Pride, we wanted to do something to help make the internet a better place for us all. So we created the tool we wished had existed when we were teenagers searching for our identity online.”
Also you can Download the #LoveWins extension for free on the Google Chrome store – www.connector.ie/pride
To see a sample video of the tool in action, go to:https://www.facebook.com/connector/videos/10154907715401026/.