Online bullying has gained increasing awareness in recent years, but bullying is yet to be a thing of the past as can be seen in incidences such as Gamergate last year.
Zoe Quinn, video game developer, found herself at the center of online bullying and harassment at the hands of her ex-boyfriend. Gamergate quickly exploded and Quinn found herself on the receiving end of rape and death threats, and her personal details were posted on the Internet for all to see – which only fueled and increased the harassment against here.
Quinn is turning that around by launching Crash Override, a support network for targets of online bullying and harassment. Teaming up with Alex Lifschitz, a fellow video game producer, Quinn has staffed the Crash Override Network with anonymous online abuse survivors to provide support in the form of legal advice, counselling, threat monitoring, law enforcement and more. Crash Override focuses on working preventatively and reactively against abusers.
We focus on safety, security, and recovery from incidents of online harassment, using well-established, humane, and transparent channels to disempower abuse and reduce the ability abusers have to perpetuate it. We do not fight harassment with more harassment. We work with law enforcement, media, and social infrastructure to respond to threats, and encourage informed changes in policy and systems to proactively reduce future abuse.
While online bullying and harassment should be a thing of the past, it’s great to see people like Quinn and Lifschitz stepping up to help others facing similar issues that she has in the past.
More information about the Crash Override Network can be found at their website in the link below.