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Thompson Reuters Foundation introduces TRFilter, a new app for journalists that recognizes and flags harmful comments

09.06.2022, 12:00
Photo: website screenshot
Photo: website screenshot

Thompson Reuters Foundation offers journalists to try their free web application TRFilter, which helps to protect oneself from online harrassment and abuse.

TRFilter is the first tool that allows users to document and manage online harrassment and abuse, so they can take control of their social media feeds and focus on their professional activities. 

The application syncs with the user's Twitter account, automatically recognising and flagging harmful comments. The tool limits journalists' exposure to abusive content, allowing them to block, mute or save comments at scale. It also allows users to create reports to store or share with third parties as needed.

Thompson Reuters Foundation notes that journalists are facing a surge in online violence. In particular, nearly 75% of women journalists have experienced online harrassment; threats include physical and sexual violence, and even death threats. This leads to psychological or physical harm and self-censorship.

To get the application, create an account here.

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