Sherry Hakimi

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Instagram needs a better way to address death threats

Friday, Oct. 14, was an eventful day for me. It started with a meeting with Secretary of State Antony Blinken, and it ended with death threats.

I was one of a small group of Iranian American women invited to meet with top State Department officials to discuss the female-led protest movement that is gathering strength in Iran. Beforehand, the secretary’s office asked for our consent to have news organizations present while the secretary made a statement. Not anticipating any harm, I said yes.

Unfortunately, I was mistaken. Over the following week, I learned firsthand how the policy and design decisions of social media platforms, such as Instagram, directly affect users’ personal safety.…  Seguir leyendo »