Following what seems to be months of increased cyber-attacks against women, VProud is launching as a new “video social network” focused on providing smart and supportive content “by and for” women.
The site is the brainchild of Karen Cahn, a former AOL and Google/YouTube executive. Cahn left her post as GM of AOL On Originals in April to pursue the next “chapter” in her career in digital video.
That is VProud, which offers an array of original and curated video content as well as social features that let members interact with each other, publicly or privately, in a safe manner and away from the grasps of misogynistic internet trolls. To do the latter, VProud points to a mix of proprietary technology and “community involvement” that allows the site to filter out hateful comments.
“With countless examples of events and trends that contribute to an overall feeling of danger for women online, including online harassment, cyber-sexism, and comment trolling, I wanted to create a protected space for women to connect,” Cahn said in a statement. “It’s a digital safe space where no topic is off the table, and it’s never been needed more.”
Topics explored in VProud videos include LGTBQ issues, addiction, mental health, body image, pregnancy, relationships, sex, healthcare, education, and more. One example of this content is a videotaped speech by Monica Lewinksy, tagged as “modern feminism,” about her experience getting cyberbullied on an unimaginably large scale. Watching Lewinsky’s talk should remind you why Karen created a social video network like VProud.
Across the first month of its beta, VProud said it accumulated more than 250,000 users.