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Prof Clare McGlynn Addresses Facebook’s Global Safety Roundtable

(30 August 2018)


As part of its commitment to ending the distribution of non-consensual sexual images, Facebook hosted a Global Roundtable at their San Francisco HQ last week and invited Durham Law School’s Professor Clare McGlynn to present research on image-based sexual abuse. Speaking together with Sociology’s Dr Kelly Johnson, Prof McGlynn shared preliminary findings from her current research project investigating the impact on survivors of sharing intimate images without consent with Facebook’s Global Safety and Product Development Teams.


The aim of the roundtable was to share evidence-based practice and research to inform Facebook about the prevalence, nature and harms of non-consensual sharing of intimate images, and to work together to identify and brainstorm evidence-based tools and strategies that Facebook can implement to deter, prevent and respond to image-based sexual abuse on their platforms.


The meeting included 20 experts from around the globe who are either researching or working in the area and members of the Facebook Global Safety and Product Development Teams. This included representatives from the United States, Canada, Australia, the UK, Africa, Palestine, Brazil, Pakistan, South Africa and Taiwan.


Prof McGlynn’s current research project involves researchers from across New Zealand, Australia and the UK and is funded by the Australian Research Council.