Bouman Attacked Online After Achievement

The Guardian contributor Jill Filipovic calls our attention to the online harassment and abuse Dr Katie Bouman has experience since her monumental achievement photographing a black hole.

Filipovic recounts, “Trolls created fake social media accounts impersonating Bouman. They questioned her contribution to the project. When she said that she was part of a team who all worked hard to make the photo happen, they dug in deeper, suggesting she was only getting public attention because she was a woman, when men did all the real work.”

How do social platforms keep up when bad actors create fake accounts to attack people?