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Twitter Has a New Hub for Helping People Deal with Abuse and Harassment

Twitter Has a New Hub for Helping People Deal with Abuse and Harassment

Twitter continues to work to deal with the rampant abuse and harassment on the site – and it’s an uphill battle. This sort of behavior has always existed on Twitter, but for the past year or so, a brighter spotlight has been shone than ever before. Twitter admitted that it sucks a dealing with this, and has pledged over and …

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Twitter Makes It Easier to Block a Bunch of Users at the Same Time

Twitter has just made another move in its uphill battle to curb abuse on the site. The social network is now making it easier to block a whole swath of users in a single blow. Blocking users is one of the main ways people deal with abuse and harassment on Twitter – and though it’s not always effective (users create …

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Can Twitter Curb Abuse or Is It Just Too Easy to Be a Troll?

Though many social networks, forums, and websites struggle with how to deal with abuse and harassment, Twitter is usually the first one mentioned when the issue is discussed. Twitter is more public than, let’s say, Facebook (where you choose your friends) – so the instances of harassment are much greater. Twitter is also more high-profile than many other social media …

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Reddit Unveils New Anti-Harassment Policy, But What Does It Actually Do?

Reddit, a site that’s basically run by volunteer moderators with minimal tinkering from the higher-ups, says it’s going to get more serious about dealing with harassment. “We have been looking closely at the conversations on reddit and at personal safety. We’ve always encouraged freedom of expression by having a mostly hands-off approach to content shared on our site. Volunteer moderators …

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Twitter Deploys New Algorithm to Fight Abuse

Twitter has a known and admitted problem with abusive content – one that truly embodies the phrase “no silver bullet.” How do you stop people from harassing others? How do you prevent people from tweeting abusive content? You can’t ban everyone. You surely can’t stop people from creating multiple accounts. You can’t prevent people from hurling verbal garbage at others. …

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Instagram Takes Harder Line on Nudity, Abuse

Instagram has always asked users to be nice and respectful of each other, but now the social network is taking a harder line on a handful of issues. And it’s updated its community guidelines to reflect this. “In the old guidelines, we would say ‘don’t be mean’,” Nicky Jackson Colaco, director of public policy for Instagram, told the Wall Street …

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Debby Ryan Talks About Her Psycho Friend

Disney star Debby Ryan has a story that most people have a hard time accepting. “There are people in my life that couldn’t believe this story,” says Ryan. “They were like, ‘I didn’t know it was this bad.’ No one did. It felt like a secret.” What was Debby Ryan’s big secret? She was in a relationship — she describes …

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Twitter Finally Takes a Proactive Step to Fight Abuse – but It’s Limited in Scope for Now

Twitter is taking the first real proactive step to combat abusive content on the site. Anil Dash noticed a new feature when he logged into Twitter on Monday called “quality filtering.” It looks like Twitter is finally attempting to filter out tweets containing threatening language. “Quality filtering aims to remove all Tweets from your notifications timeline that contain threats, offensive …

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Twitter Makes Reporting Threats to Police a Little Easier

It’s not a giant new feature or anything, but Twitter has taken yet another in a long line of recent steps to deal with abuse and harassment on the site. Starting now, if you report a threatening tweet, Twitter will give you the option to email yourself a copy of said report. The packaging of the report will contain the …

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Twitter Takes on Revenge Porn and Other Content Posted without Consent

Twitter has taken another step in protecting its users from harassment, this time targeting explicit content posted without consent or so-called “revenge porn.” Twitter made a couple of important changes to its terms of service. First, the Twitter Rules section of Private Information now reads like this (new parts italicized): You may not publish or post other people’s private and …

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Twitter Says It’s Tripled the Team Handling Abuse Reports

Twitter has a big problem with abuse. Everyone knows this. The company’s CEO knows this. The management team at Twitter knows something has to be done about it. But what is Twitter going to do about all the abuse and harassment that takes place on the site? Incremental changes, for now. Twitter has just provided an update on safety features …

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Iggy Azalea Quits Twitter for a Bit, Says “The Internet Is the Ugliest Reflection of Mankind”

It seems like a celebrity quits Twitter every day, and today it’s rapper Iggy Azalea’s turn. Thanks to some Twitter trolls and a few paparazzi shots, Azalea is taking some time away from social media, as it’s become “too negative and draining.” Just got back from a great vacation, came online and saw apparently it's shocking and unheard of to …

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