British childrens author behind social network used to share rape jokes
A social network that offers a space for men to share rape jokes and tips to pick up women for sex has been accused of normalising misogyny and sexual violence against women.
Dating site Game Global, founded by the children's author Kieren Brown, has been criticised in a report by the Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH).
Members on the site were seen to be posting "field reports" about "gaming" women into sex.
Researchers identified more than 26,000 members across Game Global's social media sites and found posts where members shared sexual images taken without consent and referred to acts of violent sexual assault.
The site's intention claimed to 'help men better themselves' and their dating lives.
Kieren Brown, 39, who goes by the alias Ciaran Callam, set up Game Global with his business partners Joe Elvinm 33, and Alex 'Ice' White in 2018.
Game Global's branches can be found spread across the UK, including in London, Manchester, Liverpool, and Bristol and shares advice with men about relationships and confidence building.
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Underneath the surface, however, researchers uncovered posts where members called women "b*****s" and "w****s" and shared tips on how to "discipline women" and have sex with virgins.
The Times saw one post where a member is seen joking about his experience with a woman and writes: "She had no idea what I was doing hahaha. Virgins are super flighty I've noticed. Unless they're drunk hahaha."
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Another post read: "Plz someone help. Got a girl's number from a friend, meet her for a date then gone to her home. We try sex but she was crying like hell. I don't know what I can do. She was stopping me."
CEO of the CCDH Imran Ahmed said: "By failing to act, social media companies are in effect aiding and abetting violent misogyny."
Brown is also the co-founder of The Web of Chaos Movement which aims to "help girls and ethnic minorities build real confidence".
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On his children's books, he wrote: "It's been massively rewarding and I've changed thousands of lives, but I started to ask myself why I was only helping men."
Game Global said it is against rape and bans any members of the group who post messages about sexual violence
On Game Global's website, Mr Brown is described as specialising in helping men who are "lacking confidence and don't know how to meet women".
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In a statement to The Times, Game Global said: "We teach men how to approach women in a manner which makes them happy and comfortable. That's clear from all of our blog posts, podcasts, and YouTube videos. It's the guys with no 'game' who are most likely to creep women out.
"There are 26,000+ people in our network. Of course, you'll find a few hateful comments if you go looking for them. We do a good job of removing people who make these comments, but perhaps there is room for improvement."
Google has now removed the maps used by the network, the CCDH said.
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