Online Civility

By Amy Vernon | We need to do more than just talk about how civility is lacking online. We need to start talking about solutions.

After 'Facebook killing,' social media confronts its dark side

A Facebook-shared murder video this week is resurfacing hard questions about civility on the internet and whether tech companies do enough to curtail …

Facebook

What to Do? Where to Go? Infographic

<b>What is happening right now?</b> Our flowchart will guide you to resources. Click the image to open in a new browser window. Use our Tip to take you to …

This is why people turn into online trolls, according to science

Trolling is a very modern phenomenon that has no signs of abating any time soon.<p>Many news sites have resorted to removing their comments sections …

Collection of 13,500 Nastygrams Could Advance War on Trolls

The nonprofit behind Wikipedia is teaming up with Google to work on algorithmic discussion monitors.<p>Misogyny, racism, profanity— collection of more …

How The Internet Fueled The Rise In Hate Crimes In California

A former NYPD cop is leading the campaign to tone down the rhetoric and prevent the state from “breaking in two.”<p><i>Capital & Main is an award-winning publication that reports from California on economic, political, and social issues.</i><p>In late February of 2016, the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux …

Racism

The secret Swedish troll factory

They trick themselves to interviews under false identities. The purpose: spreading xenophobia and hatred towards politicians, opinion makers, …

Journalism

Lily Allen's stillbirth abuse highlights Twitter's troll problem, as fellow celebrities call for action

So many trolls. So few brain cells.<p>Lily Allen's Twitter timeline has been a pretty nasty place to be this weekend, as the star was hounded by …

We need a Leveson-style inquiry into racist and sexist online abuse

Few politicians attract the level of abuse – personal and political – that Diane Abbott routinely suffers. She has the especially unusual and …

Racism

I fought racism and misogyny to become an MP. The fight is getting harder

In 30 years I’ve never complained about abuse. I’m speaking out now because I fear the politics of personal destruction is silencing minorities<p>The Nobel prize-winning author Toni Morrison once said, “If there is a book you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” And …

Labour Party

Brianna Wu appalled at FBI’s #GamerGate investigative report

The Federal Bureau of Investigation revealed a heavily redacted report on its investigation into the #GamerGate controversy, where female game developers and critics received multiple death threats for being outspoken about diversity issues.<p>The FBI released the 173-page report under a Freedom of …

Trolls keep outsmarting anti-harassment tools. Will Twitter's new system actually work?

Brianna Wu had expected some blowback when she announced she was running for Congress. For the last three years, the game developer has been a …

Troll The Trolls: How To Manipulate Your Abusers

<b>“If you buy someone’s opinion, you buy their lifestyle.”</b><p>It’s not uncommon to receive advice from people who shouldn’t be giving it. Add a keyboard …

Reddit shuts down 3 major alt-right forums due to harassment

The bans reflect growing opposition to the alt-right movement.<p>Reddit has banned a handful of controversial subreddits whose members are part of the white nationalist alt-right, because users repeatedly violated the site’s terms of service regarding doxing and harassment.<p>The most prominent of those …

Racism

How online abuse of women has spiraled out of control | Ashley Judd

Enough with online hate speech, sexual harassment and threats of violence against women and marginalized groups. It's time to take the global crisis …

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Sexism

Civil rights groups urge Facebook to fix 'racially biased' moderation system

A coalition of more than 70 social and racial justice organizations urged Facebook to adopt reforms that would better target abusive content and harassment<p>Facebook allows white supremacists to spread violent threats while censoring Black Lives Matter posts and activists of color, according to civil …

Racism

Two cases of Twitter abuse highlight the obscure nature of suspensions

Two women recently reported their abuse on Twitter. The difference in how the company responded raises questions about the way it protects its users<p>Over the weekend “pharma bro” Martin Shkreli was suspended from Twitter following his interactions with Teen Vogue journalist Lauren Duca. Today, the …

Social Media

I’ve left Twitter. It is unusable for anyone but trolls, robots and dictators

For half a decade on the platform, I have been micromanaged by strangers and neo-Nazis have mined my personal life for vulnerabilities to exploit<p>I deactivated my Twitter account today. It was more of a spontaneous impulse than a New Year resolution, although it does feel like a juice cleanse, a …

Propaganda

Wendy’s Put a Troll on Ice With 2017’s Best Tweet So Far

The year is young, but Wendy's is getting an early start on being one of 2017's hottest brands on Twitter. So hot, in fact, you might get a wicked …

The Ugly Truth Behind Internet Trolls

He told me I was, “fat and ugly LOL”. Hilarious since my Twitter photo was a Powerpuff girl.Continue reading on Femsplain »

Teen girl's anti-bullying message: Words can hurt (and heal)

Texas teen Lauren Bush may be young, but this compassionate and creative 14-year-old is wise beyond her years in showing other kids that words mean a lot when it comes to bullying.<p>Lauren shot and edited a video called "Word Play" that dramatizes the impact of negative words. In the video, a young …

10 Realities About Bullying at School and Online

In spite of national campaigns against bullying, including legislation in some states that punishes offenders and imposes strict reporting standards …

U.S. Dept. of Education

9 resources for teaching digital citizenship

How can we teach kids to use technology responsibly when the technology is changing faster than we can keep up? How do we foster the values of good …

Donald Trump

Uber employees 'spied on ex-partners, politicians and Beyoncé'

Cab startup’s former forensic investigator Samuel Ward Spangenberg claims he was fired from the company after blowing whistle on lack of security<p>Uber employees regularly abused the company’s “God view” to spy on the movements of “high-profile politicians, celebrities and even personal acquaintances …

Uber

Twitter U-turns over banning white nationalist

Richard B Spencer’s account reinstated weeks after being suspended as part of wider crackdown on hateful conduct from ‘alt-right’ members<p>Twitter has reinstated the account of Richard B Spencer, a self-styled white nationalist leader who was suspended from the service in the wake of a much …

Republican Party

Twitter, Surveillance, and the Challenges of Selling Social Data

Twitter had a rough ride this year as its share price slumped and would-be suitors like Salesforce (crm) and Disney (dis) walked away. Now the social …

A husband and wife each published an article. It became a case study in online harassment.

Online harassment is a universal problem, but it definitely falls harder on some people than others. In a recent Guardian study of abusive comments on its own articles, eight of its top 10 most abused writers were women, and two were men of color.<p>Almost everyone experiences some online abuse, but …

Feminism

Facebook, Twitter, and Google are still failing to curb hate speech, EU says

Tech companies may face new legislation after struggling to comply with voluntary code of conduct<p>The European Commission this week called on Facebook, Twitter, and other major tech companies to more aggressively police online hate speech or else face new legislation that would force them to do so. …

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