While social networks form a considerable portion of our modern life, and a source of income of some, they still come with more drawbacks than one. Hate comments and cyber harassment are some of the prominent ones.
25 and 21-year-old Moroccan bloggers Afaf and Marwa, respectively, decided to launch the #ThinkTwiceBeforeYouType campaign to incite netizens’ reflection about the impact of negative comments left on the internet. « We guess it is our responsibility to address this topic so that maybe it can change some people’s behavior on social media, » they captioned their video.
Tired of seeing so many insults and hateful messages, sometimes, on the internet, the two sisters chose to denounce the underlying violence of some comments while calling fellow women to support one another, « Don’t let negative comments drag you down, support your peers, spread good vibes, and please #ThinkTwiceBeforeYouType ❤️. »
True examples of hurtful comments are featured in the bloggers’ video (below):
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This is not a fashion video, it’s much more than that. We went back and forth on it so many times, we hesitated a lot before posting it.. but we guess it is our responsibility to adress this topic so that maybe it can change some people’s behavior on social media. We, and many other girls on Social Media (We don’t only talk about bloggers) get a lot of hate comments and really mean ones every time we post something, wether it’s a smirk, a hurtful emoji, or a full long sentence that hits you so hard that you lose your self-confidence. And what hurts the most, is getting these comments from other girls, other women who should normally support you and empower you and not make you feel like you are in a competition with anyone. This video is a call to all the women out there : Don’t let negative comments drag you down, support your peers, spread good vibes, and please #ThinkTwiceBeforeYouType ❤️. We would love you to share your experiences with us using this hashtag or just by commenting on this video, let the Girl Power win. 🤗 DISCLAIMER : The comments on the video are real. We have already received them (many times). . . #empoweredwomenempowerwomen #empowerment #girlpower #spreadlove #standforeachother
Afaf and Marwa have launched their blog 7 years ago. At the time, malicious comments were not a concern. It seems to have only amplified as their community grew, according to their statement to The Huffpost Maroc.
The duo prepares a more elaborate version of the campaign. « This is a small video that we both did. Now we are working on a more successful version by contacting sponsors who would give more impetus to the campaign, « Afaf told the same outlet. Stay tuned ..