New free tool to protect journalists online

Thomson Reuters Foundation (TRF) launched an online harassment manager for journalists and media practitioners – TRFilter


Developed in partnership with Google’s Jigsaw, TRFilter is a free web application that syncs with the user’s Twitter account, automatically recognising and flagging harmful comments. The tool limits journalists’ exposure to abuse – allowing them to mute or block accounts at scale – without reviewing the content. It also allows users to create reports to download and share with third parties, should they decide to take action against perpetrators. 


Further information about how TRFilter works can be found in the FAQ section on the website. 


To start using TRFilter, all you have to do is register and then log in through your chosen Twitter account. Once you have registered, you can watch this step-by-step video which guides you through how the tool works.


TRFilter wants to empower journalists to take back control of their social media feeds and protect themselves. With nearly 75% of female journalists reporting experiencing online violence, it is vital that organizations work together to provide journalists with practical solutions to combat this type of harassment. 


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