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A New App Which Helps Women Who Face Online Harassment

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A new app was launched on Wednesday and the aim of this app is to help women groups who face online harassment. The title of the app is Muavin and the application is available on Android devices and pursues to discover community-based solutions to online harassment, including provocation to violence, sexual harassment, and hate speech.

This application permits users to make the group of partners based on their Facebook and Twitter networks, who can be informed in case of harassment or abuse on the Internet.

Muavin was established by a local NGOs Media Matters for Democracy (MMFD) and code for Pakistan.

The developers of this app claimed at the launch that the application pursues to discourse a main problem within the digital community: occurrences of online abuse and harassment, pursuing communities that have faced similar hate and discernment offline.

The beta version of this app is present on the Google Play Store, which is an online spreading platform for smartphone applications.

The developers of this app also said that partners created using Muavin could add their voices in support for the cause against online harassment. This app also provides discussion forums and these forums can be used as community spaces to share and discuss familiarities, especially in the perspective of online abuse and harassment.

MMFD Programs Director Sadaf Khan said that the version which was launched on Wednesday is the closed version and it has a few users. And the users are the members of Muavin and the discussion can be seen by the group members. She gives further information about that the encryption standards for discussions are the same as Facebook’s.

One of the app developers from Code of Pakistan Mr. Omar Khan said: “Muavin essentially aims to create a community that is well aware of the issue of online harassment and is able to band to challenge online trolls and abusers.”

The small gatherings of the social activists are present at the launch and the information is given to them is that online harassment if the global issue.

One of the representatives from a local NGO said: “This is hopefully going to change because users will be able to document incidents of violence and report it to their online community.”

This is the great step and it will help to save many women from online abuse and harassment.

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