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.

Rumors spread on WhatsApp lead to mob violence and death in India

Mobs in the Indian state of Jharkhand killed seven people in two violent attacks, apparently spurred into action by rumors circulating on WhatsApp.<p>A rumor that spread last week via the popular messaging app said strangers were abducting children. Mobs of over 500 people descended on innocent men …

South Asia

Study: Prejudiced People Use the “Free Speech” Argument to Mask Their Racism

A new study says that some people who claim to be for “free speech” when defending racist language do not really care about all speech, just the …

Psychology

No Girls Allowed: The Lasting Rules of GamerGate and Toxic Misogyny: The Fragility of Gaming Culture

Every issue of <i>Bitch</i> magazine features intersectional feminist perspectives on a specific theme. For 21 years, we've taken deep dives into everything …

Feminism

French candidate Macron claims massive hack as emails leaked

FRANKFURT/PARIS (Reuters) - Leading French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron's campaign said on Friday it had been the target of a "massive" computer hack that dumped its campaign emails online 1-1/2 days before voters choose between the centrist and his far-right rival, Marine Le Pen.<p>Macron, …

Elections

France starts probing ‘massive’ hack of emails and documents reported by Macron campaign

PARIS — The French campaign watchdog on Saturday began investigating the “massive and coordinated piracy action” that presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron reported just minutes before the official end of campaigning in the most heated election for the presidency that France has seen in …

Emmanuel Macron

How Cloudflare Helps Serve Up Hate on the Web

Since its launch in 2013, the neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer has quickly become the go-to spot for racists on the internet. Women are whores, …

Censorship

The First Amendment doesn't guarantee you the rights you think it does

That's it. That's the entirety of our Constitution's First Amendment, the central animus of our American way of life that gets dragged out every time someone's banned from Twitter.<p>There's a lot going on in those few sentences, and it's important to know when and how it applies to common situations …

Constitutional Law

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 …

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

Misogyny, racism, profanity—a collection of more than 13,500 online personal attacks has it all.<p>The nastygrams came from the discussion pages of …

Wikimedia

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, …

Sweden

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 …

Labour Party

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 …

Feminism

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 …

Feminism

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 …

Social Media

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 …

Feminism

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 …

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 …

Women's News

To Trolls, With Love

Teen Vogue writer Lauren Duca has a message for the online harassers out there.<p>'Teen Vogue' writer Lauren Duca has a message for the online harassers out there.<p>*In this essay,* Teen Vogue *writer Lauren Duca shares what it's like to be the target of online harassment, and the unique challenges that …

Feminism

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Parenting

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 …

Parenting