AS MANY use the age of online shopping to sell as well as buy their clothes, large amounts of women have complained of “creepy” and inappropriate messages bombarding their profiles.
Platforms like DePop are becoming increasingly popular with those wanting to sell their own clothes, offering users the chance to dispatch their unwanted garments across the globe for cash. However, a number of female sellers have spoken out about their experience of “creepy” messages and a harassment problem that runs through these platforms.
“During lockdown, the messages have gotten really creepy,” Sara Faye, who has sold her clothes on Depop for years, told the BBC.
“They always want to know how many times it has been worn and if it is dirty.”
Ms Faye used to post images of herself modelling the clothes on the platforms but has now felt compelled to stop because of the messages.
“We get so many creepy messages and comments it’s too time-consuming to report them all,” said another regular Depop seller. “A few times I have felt concerned for safety.
Sellers are reportedly sometimes offered additional money by anonymous for used garments or explicit images, which many find an uncomfortable request when all they want to do is flip their old clothes.
“I think there are a lot of users out there, just trying their luck,” Jennifer Savin, a journalist who has investigated the phenomenon, told the BBC. “Who knows if they’d even pay up if they were to be sent the explicit content in the first place?”
In response the widespread reports of harassment and inappropriate messages on its popular platform, Depop stated that it aims to respond to 95% of reports of inappropriate behaviour within three hours, during business hours.
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