‘The dark side of Guardian comments’: Out of its 10 most abused writers, 8 are women and 2 are black men

The Guardian is revamping its comment section, and taking a look at the global phenomenon of online harassment. The Guardian commissioned research into the 70 million comments left on its website since 2006, finding that out of the 10 writers who experience the highest levels of abuse, eight were women and two were black men. Out of the eight women, four were white, two were gay, one was Muslim and one was Jewish. On the other side of the spectrum, all 10 of the writers who received the lowest levels of abuse were men.