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Twitter Looks to Make It Easier to Report Abusive Behavior in Wake of Controversy Twitter Looks to Make It Easier to Report Abusive Behavior in Wake of Controversy

Last month, we all got to see just how brutal online abuse can be when a feminist activist was subjected to some pretty serious threats due to her outspoken position on women on English currency (or the lack thereof). Of …

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Rolling Stone Issue Does Gangbusters Sales. Because Controversy Sells. Duh. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Rolling Stone Issue Does Gangbusters Sales. Because Controversy Sells. Duh.

Any press is good press, right? Especially when the press is talking about the press itself. Two weeks ago, Rolling Stone magazine decided to put a giant image of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on the cover. Not a …

Activist’s Twitter Rape Threats Lead to Arrest, May Result in New Abuse Reporting Mechanism Activist’s Twitter Rape Threats Lead to Arrest, May Result in New Abuse Reporting Mechanism
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Late last week, The Bank of England announced that the face of author Jane Austen would adorn the country’s new 10-pound notes – some time in 2017. Austen will replace Charles Darwin, who has been the face of the bill. …

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Rolling Stone Cover Leads Stores To Boycott Issue, Mayor To Write Angry Letter Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Rolling Stone Cover Leads Stores To Boycott Issue, Mayor To Write Angry Letter
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The upcoming Rolling Stone features suspected Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on the cover, and has generated a storm of controversy with stores refusing to sell the issue. The headline for the cover story is simply “The Bomber,” and the …

‘Angry Trayvon’ Game Reportedly Yanked, Still Up in Google Play ‘Angry Trayvon’ Game Reportedly Yanked, Still Up in Google Play

In “yeah, that was probably the best idea for all involved” news, a game depicting Trayvon Martin as a ruthless revenge killer has been yanked from the Android Market – at least according to the game’s developers. But wait, it’s …

Walmart Drops Paula Deen: Embattled Chef Loses Another Brand Walmart Drops Paula Deen: Embattled Chef Loses Another Brand
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Embattled TV chef Paula Deen has lost yet another corporate deal in the wake of revelations regarding her use of racial slurs. The retail giant announced today that it would not be ordering any more of Deen’s branded merchandise beyond …

Diabetes Drug Maker Novo Nordisk ‘Suspends Activities’ with Paula Deen Diabetes Drug Maker Novo Nordisk ‘Suspends Activities’ with Paula Deen
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Things have trending downward for celebrity chef Paula Deen in the past week – a lost Food Network contract plus quite a few lost sponsorship deals. I guess that’s putting it mildly. Now, let’s add another to the list – …

Paula Deen Loses Smithfield Endorsement Paula Deen Loses Smithfield Endorsement

Paula Deen has lost her endorsement deal with Smithfield Foods, well-known makers of Smithfield Hams. The trouble started when Deen was named a defendant in a lawsuit brought by Lisa Jackson, a former employee who alleged that employment at Deen’s …

Twitter Loses French Appeal, Told to Give Up Anti-Semitic Users Twitter Loses French Appeal, Told to Give Up Anti-Semitic Users
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Twitter has lost its latest appeal in a racist tweet controversy that’s persisted for nearly 8 months. According to a French court, following French law is not optional for U.S.-based Twitter, and they will be compelled to turn over the …

NYC Ghetto Tours Stopped Due to Public Backlash NYC Ghetto Tours Stopped Due to Public Backlash
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Earlier this month, the New York Post published a story on a New York City tour company called Real Bronx Tours. One of the tours offered by the company took tourists on a trip through the poorer areas of the …

Islamophobic Facebook Post Lands County Commish in Hot Water Islamophobic Facebook Post Lands County Commish in Hot Water

Over the weekend, Coffee County, Tennessee Commissioner Barry West posted a photo on his public Facebook profile that has many in the area and across the country up in arms (no pun intended). The image, which is being called a …

Accidental Racist: Twitter And YouTube React To Brad Paisley, LL Cool J Song Accidental Racist: Twitter And YouTube React To Brad Paisley, LL Cool J Song
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Brad Paisley, as you probably know by now, has a new song called “Accidental Racist,” which features LL Cool J. It’s getting a lot of media attention, and generating a lot of discussion in social media. Good luck trying to …

Twitter Sued for $50M in France for Withholding the Identities of Anti-Semitic Users Twitter Sued for $50M in France for Withholding the Identities of Anti-Semitic Users
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Twitter is being sued in France for failing to disclose the identities of users wrapped up in an anti-Semitic hashtag controversy that has spanned five months. Here’s my attempt to make a long story short: Back in October of 2012, …

John McCain Jokes About Ahmadinejad, Monkeys, and Iran’s Space Program on Twitter, Tells Everyone to Lighten Up John McCain Jokes About Ahmadinejad, Monkeys, and Iran’s Space Program on Twitter, Tells Everyone to Lighten Up
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Arizona Senator and former Republican candidate for President John McCain thinks Twitter needs to lighten up and take a joke. After reports emerged that Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is prepared to be the first human sent into space by Iranian …

Twitter Must Give Up Anti-Semitic Users, Says French Court Twitter Must Give Up Anti-Semitic Users, Says French Court
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Twitter is once again going to be forced to make a decision on how far they will go to protect the privacy rights of its users, thanks to a ruling made today by a French court. The court ruled that …

Gay Marriage Photo Yanked (then Restored) in Another Instance of Facebook’s Flawed Content Removal System at Work Gay Marriage Photo Yanked (then Restored) in Another Instance of Facebook’s Flawed Content Removal System at Work

Facebook is (once again) in the middle of a content removal drama – except this time is doesn’t have anything to do with breastfeeding, racy cartoons, art, exposed nipples, or racially charged posts. This time, the drama centers around a …

Facebook Must Remove Page Outing Sex Offenders, Says UK Judge Facebook Must Remove Page Outing Sex Offenders, Says UK Judge
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According to a UK High Court, Facebook is not allowed to host a page that publicly outs convicted sex offenders. A Judge has given Facebook 72 hours to remove a page called Keeping our kids safe from predators, which routinely …

#Unbonjuif: French Group Wants Twitter to Give Up Identities of Anti-Semitic Users #Unbonjuif: French Group Wants Twitter to Give Up Identities of Anti-Semitic Users
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A French anti-discrimination group is holding Twitter’s feet to the fire, demanding that the social media site reveal the identities of a handful of users who posted anti-Semitic tweets during the lifespan of a racial-charged trending hashtag back in October. …

This Photo of an Elbow Is Too Hot for Facebook This Photo of an Elbow Is Too Hot for Facebook

In the past, we’ve been pretty critical of Facebook’s breast phobia (and its policies relating to nudity and content removal in general). As you may know, Facebook mostly outsources its policing of content. This, coupled with the sheer volume of …

Internet Deemed a Human Right in Another Sex Offender/Internet Ban Case Internet Deemed a Human Right in Another Sex Offender/Internet Ban Case
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There are those out there who believe that banning a criminal, no matter how serious the crime, from access to the internet is unconstitutional and borderline inhumane. That’s because they feel that the internet and reasonable access to it is …

Judge Rules Teen Molester Has a Right to Social Media, Do You Agree? Judge Rules Teen Molester Has a Right to Social Media, Do You Agree?
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Think about how often you use the internet. Seriously, just think about it for a second. I’m willing to bet that the vast majority of people would severely underestimate their dependence. Sure, maybe you don’t really get on Facebook or …