Email By Tahlia Roy and Niki Burnside Updated January 28, 2019 12:34:19 Photo: Vanessa Holmes had to stop working due to the level of online abuse she was receiving. (ABC News: Greg Nelson) Map: Australia At one stage in her career as a video gamer, a typical work day for Vanessa Holmes included violent and terrifying threats against her life. Key points:The cost of online abuse and harassment is valued at $3.7 billion annuallyIn a survey about online abuse, 39 per cent of respondents had been harassedThe eSafety Commission wants technology platforms to start prioritising online safety Threats of rape and murder were the most common form of abuse, sent via messages to accompany her live-stream on the popular gaming site Twitch.”The kind of abuse I’d get, it was daily,” Ms Holmes said.”In many different ways. Emails, through live chat, through private messages.”Ms Holmes’s site was designed to be a community for video-game enthusiasts all over the world, but instead, her platform was plagued by horrific abuse.”They would call me every other name under the sun,” she said. Photo: Threats of physical and sexual abuse are common for women online. (Supplied) The abuse became so constant, so vitriolic, that the… Read full this story
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