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Facebook continues to face heat over its censorship practices

<i>(Reuters)</i> – After Facebook’s removal of an iconic Vietnam war photo stirred an international uproar last month, the social network’s executives quickly backtracked and cleared its publication.<p>But the image – showing a naked Vietnamese girl burned by napalm – had previously been used in training …

Internet

Sex, honour, shame and blackmail in an online world

A BBC investigation has found that thousands of young women in conservative societies across North Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia are being …

Social Media

If Twitter doesn’t address its abuse problem, it will go the way of Vine

<i>Alexandra Erin is a freelance writer based in Hagerstown, Md.</i><p>When I heard that Vine was closing, I just couldn't fathom it. <i>Vine closing?</i> That's like saying gif is closing, or meme is closing or emoji is closing. Vine isn't just a platform, but a growing part of the landscape of social media. A …

Social Media

Why Haters Hate: Kierkegaard Explains the Psychology of Bullying and Online Trolling in 1847

Celebrated as the first true existentialist philosopher, Danish writer and thinker <b>Søren Kierkegaard</b> (May 5, 1813–November 11, 1855) may have only lived a short life, but it was a deep one and its impact radiated widely outward, far across the centuries and disciplines and schools of thought. He was …

Internet trolls beware – these rules will separate the haters from the hapless

The usual anxiety about freedom of speech and social media runs like this: someone naive to the permanence and potential cruelty of a tweet or Facebook update posts an offensive message intended for a narrow audience of their friends or acquaintances. That message, maybe racist or misogynist or …

Internet

The gendered nature of trolling

Last Friday, Michelle Smith published an essay reviewing Clementine Ford’s Fight Like a Girl and discussing feminist memoirs in general. In it, …

​Children's eSafety Commissioner reports 75 percent increase in cyberbullying complaints

During July, August, and September, the Office of the Children's eSafety Commissioner investigated 70 serious Australia-wide cyberbullying claims, up …

Internet trolls replace racist slurs with codewords to avoid censorship

Abusive social media users have established a code to allow them to bypass censorship tools put in place to prevent online abuse.<p>The code swaps commonly blocked or monitored words with supposedly harmless ones. For example "gay (men)" is replaced with "butterfly" and "liberals" with "car …

Internet Trolls Who Set Up Fake Profiles To Humiliate People Could Face Criminal Charges, CPS Says

Trolls who set up fake profiles using their victims' details or to attacking others anonymously could now face criminal charges, as prosecutors raise …

US bill would train law enforcement to fight online harassment

People weren't just talking about how to deal with online harassment at SXSW -- they were also taking steps to put anti-harassment laws on the books. Representative Katherine Clark has unveiled a federal bill, the Cybercrime Enforcement Training Assistance Act, that would provide $20 million per …

We’re looking at cyberbullying the wrong way

Matt Klein Contributor<p>Matt Klein studies the effects of the internet on mind, behavior, culture and business while working with brands at M&C Saatchi Mobile.<p>It has been declared that Twitter has an abuse problem. Whether it was the Milo and Leslie Jones fiasco, the scathing BuzzFeed article or the …

First self-driving cars will be unmarked so that other drivers don’t try to bully them

The first self-driving cars to be operated by ordinary British drivers will be left deliberately unmarked so that other drivers will not be tempted to “take them on”, a senior car industry executive has revealed.<p>One of the biggest fears of an ambitious project to lease the first autonomous vehicles …

Autos