Lady Gaga believes the internet would be “safer” if bullies were monitored.
The 27-year-old Applause singer often speaks out against harassment and she established the Born This Way Foundation partly to protect children from tormentors.
Gaga is very active on social media and she is shocked by the cruelty that takes place in cyberspace.
“You go on the internet and especially Twitter and the things I see really shock me,” she revealed to Scott Mills on BBC Radio 1.
“If we were to monitor it better, it would be safer.
“This is the age we live in – this faceless cyber-bullying.”
While Gaga respects that people have strong opinions, sometimes the comments go too far.
“There’s no accountability, there’s no recourse,” she pointed out. “Freedom of speech is freedom of speech but there’s a line that needs to be drawn when the language becomes abusive.”
Gaga claims she was often “teased for being ugly, having a big nose [and] being annoying” in her youth.
She feels sympathy for young people who get humiliated by bullies online and calls for digital bosses to step up and protect them.
“Twitter and other social media platforms need to monitor more closely what’s happening on the internet,” Gaga asserted.
“They should spend more on making sure they take down any abusive language and suspending accounts.
“It’s not something we can control. The only people who can control it are the companies that run these sites, and they’re putting money into the promotion of the site and the platform – not into monitoring.”
Lady Gaga just released her latest single Applause from her new album ARTPOP, which comes out in November.
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