We've seen a significant rise in legal but harmful material online. It can appear in many different forms and often takes us by surprise. It can be upsetting, disrespectful and even downright disgusting. There’s racism, hate speech, explicit pornography, suicide content, the list just goes on and on. But what may surprise us even more, is how often people find it.
Have you ever seen something online and thought ‘How can they get away with that? Surely that’s illegal?’ Online sites, sometimes the most familiar websites we’re accustomed to are consistently keeping harmful material on their servers because it is technically classified as legal. Despite this, even if content is legal, that doesn't mean it isn't offensive. Despite this, people should not be victim to harmful material online! That's where Report Harmful Content comes in.
The report harmful content button is a new and ground-breaking process of helping users report legal but harmful content wherever they go online. Any organisation including schools and universities who want to help stop the spread of harmful online content can install the report button on their website for free!
Report Harmful Content has a team of dedicated practitioners who not only review content but actively communicate with victims, ensuring they are listened to whilst offering guidance and mediatory support where needed. Due to the close relationships that the service has with industry, they are fully versed in legislation and online safety, ensuring that decisions towards harmful content are precise and fully justified.
This close relationship with industry can help escalate content that has already been reported to online sites directly. If a piece of content has remained online after a report to the platform, Report Harmful Content canreview the outcomes against community standards, help escalate it towards removal or justify further why it is allowed to remain online and offer further advice and support.