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All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Harassment’

Shoshana Roberts Files $500,000 Lawsuit Against Producers Of Viral Cat-Calling Video

Shoshana Roberts, star of 10 Hours of Walking in NYC as a Woman, says she was paid $200 to be filmed walking through the streets of Manhattan for 10 hours. The video caused her to be catcalled more than 100 times and she encountered multiple rape threats directed at her. Shoshana Roberts, Subject of Viral Cat-Calling Video, Turns Her ‘Frustrations’ Into a …

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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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Cop Filmed Abusing Uber Driver Loses Badge and Gun

An NYPD detective has been temporarily stripped of his badge and gun after a video of him berating an Uber driver went viral. According to the NY Post, detective Patrick Cherry is currently on desk duty while he awaits a transfer from the joint terrorism task force to which he’s currently assigned. In a statement, Commissioner Bill Bratton called his …

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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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Twitter Must Make It Harder to Be an Abuser, Says CEO

Twitter is aware that it has a problem with trolls and abusive content on the site. Twitter has taken and is currently taken steps to combat the seemingly endless amounts of abuse that some suffer on the network – but it’s clearly not enough. CEO Dick Costolo says that he takes full responsibility for this, and that Twitter must shift …

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Twitter Says It’ll Work on Its Anti-Abuse Policies

In the aftermath of Robin Williams’ death, his daughter Zelda was pretty much driven off Twitter by a handful of horrible people. Merely hours after her father had hung himself, assholes on Twitter began sending her cruel messages and photoshopped images of her dead father. It was a generally uninspiring moment for humanity. Now, in the wake of that, Twitter …

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