“We ‘said her name’ and got zucked”: Black Women Calling-out the Carceral Logics of Digital Platforms

Kishonna L. Gray, Krysten Stein

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Scholars have grown concerned around the increasing carceral logics embedded in social media practices. In this essay, we explore the process of getting “zucked” as a trend within digital platforms that disproportionately punishes minoritized digital users. Specifically, Black women report that with the advent of increased safety measures and policies to secure users on digital platforms, they become subject to harms of the institutional practices. By extending the conversation on carcerality beyond the confines of prisons, jails, and other forms of criminal justice supervision, we argue that structures and institutions expand the lines of surveillance and that those traditionally subject to such harm continue to be affected. Although the concept of getting “zucked” might seem like an innocent response to individuals who violate terms of service, Black women suggest that this practice disparately targets them for speaking about racist and sexist incidents on- and offline. Such surveillance is misogynoir in public spaces, as Black women are punished for organizing on social media.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)538-545
Number of pages8
JournalGender and Society
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 2021

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  • Black women
  • Facebook jail
  • carceral logics
  • digital platforms
  • getting zucked

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science


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