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Strange Case of Internet TROLL Chalisa Azevedo & Unmasking Racial Biases on Instagram: A Black American's Perspective

In the digital landscape of Instagram, where pictures tell stories and voices echo through captions, there's a troubling reality that many Black Americans grapple with—the prevalence of negative comments that seem to target us more than others. From the vibrant neighborhoods of Harlem to the soulful streets of New Orleans, the app has become a stage where racial biases take the spotlight, leaving us to question the platform's commitment to inclusivity.

It's impossible to ignore the disparity in the comments section, where negativity towards Black individuals often outweighs the comments directed at other racial or ethnic groups. This raises a crucial question: why does Instagram allow such a disproportionate flow of negativity towards the Black community?

Insert the case of professional internet troll & Georgia Tech Alumi Chalisa Azevedo

Self proclaimed "Brazilian"(which is a nationalityand not a race) and "non Black American Blackee" as she states. @chalisaexplainsitall

Instagram, like other social media platforms, claims to be committed to eradicating hate speech and discrimination. However, the lived experiences of Black users, especially in the Southern states, paint a different picture. The algorithms governing content visibility and user engagement inadvertently amplify negative sentiments, perpetuating stereotypes and contributing to bias.

Chalisa herself who claims to be black, but also not black proving there are levels to insanity. Her disdain for so-calledAfrican Americans while clearly subcribing to their beauty esthetics is mind-boggling. We just pray she doesn't work in any fields where she actually encounters Black Americans as this disdain can't be content in a professional environment and could be dangerous for Black Americans.

She spent hours over the course of weeks harassing not only of page but random commenter with her hate.

Meanwhile Instagram didn't so much as hide a single comment.

The problem is complex, rooted in historical and systemic issues that extend beyond the boundaries of the digital world. The Southern United States, with its deep-seated history of racial tensions, becomes a microcosm where these biases are accentuated.

Behind the scenes, the lack of diverse representation within Instagram's development teams becomes evident. The algorithms, designed with the best intentions, can still harbor unintentional biases. For Instagram to truly foster an inclusive environment, it must prioritize diversity in its workforce to ensure that the technology powering the platform reflects the diversity of its user base.

In the South, where the echoes of the past reverberate in the present, biased comments on Instagram have real-world consequences. They permeate communities, affecting self-esteem, mental health, and the overall well-being of individuals. It is high time for Instagram to acknowledge these systemic issues and take decisive action to rectify them.

As an Indigenous Black users, we must also play an active role in demanding change. Advocacy for inclusivity, raising awareness about the detrimental effects of biased comments, and fostering a culture of respect are crucial steps toward reshaping Instagram into a platform that champions diversity and equality.

In conclusion, Instagram, with its vast influence on how we connect and communicate, must confront the racial biases within its digital walls. The Black American experience is diverse, rich, and resilient, and it deserves a platform that reflects and celebrates these qualities, free from the shackles of bias and negativity.


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