Twitter’s Battle With Gender
Twitter is one of the world’s most popular social media website. It is a place where people can come and interact with their family, celebrities, or in recent developments, receive their news. Twitter is a mecca for what is going on right now in all parts of the world. However, when researching statistics for Twitter, I found that they only have two genders listed when signing up. popular sites like Facebook and Instagram have given their users more gender options, why hasn’t Twitter pushed yet?
As we can see from the info graphs, the demographic has changed quite a bit after ten years. Male presence on Twitter increased by 51%, while females decreased by 25.5%. Males took over as the gender that uses Twitter the most, but the question is why?
When signing up for twitter, it does not require you to state your gender, you then have the opportunity to choose either male or female when you personalize your profile. Politics have a major play into the amount of men who have joined Twitter and other social media platforms due to the 2016 elections. The past President Donald Trump used Twitter as a way to connect and talk directly to his fans. A survey done by Pew Research reveals that the democratic presence on Twitter is the youth and females. Of the 22% of active users on Twitter, only 10% tweet, and of that ten, 36% of those tweets are about politics. Unfortunately these tweets can be very harmful and can count as cyber bullying or even harassment.
The large political presence on Twitter persuades the app to not get involved with those political opinions. Although the app has made changes for fact checking and reporting users, however they will not take one side or the other when it comes to accommodating the LGBTQ+ community. Through the presidency, the liberal leaning teens and young adults were constantly finding a way to try and get Trump off social media. It wasn’t until January 8th, 2021, shy of two weeks before President Joe Biden’s inauguration that Donald Trump was banned from Twitter. This was a huge push forward for the democratic movement on social media. However, the fight still continues daily when conspiracies are spread and Trump manages to still make most of the political headlines. Twitter, the site itself, knows not to make any more drastic changes to keep the political bias under control.
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