The Metaverse’s Dark Side: Here Come Harassment and Assaults

As Meta and other companies bet big on an immersive digital world, questions about its harms are rising.

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Some U.S. Schools Close After Shooting Rumors on Social Media

Security was heightened after vague warnings of threats circulated on TikTok and other social media platforms, police and school officials said.

#cyberharassment, #education-k-12, #school-shootings-and-armed-attacks, #snap-inc, #social-media, #threats-and-threatening-messages, #tiktok-bytedance

Maryland Mayor Is Charged in ‘Revenge Porn’ Case

Andrew Bradshaw, the mayor of Cambridge, on the state’s Eastern Shore, posted nude photos of a former partner on Reddit, along with degrading comments and racial slurs, prosecutors said.

#bradshaw-andrew, #computers-and-the-internet, #cyberharassment, #maryland, #pornography, #reddit-inc, #sex-crimes, #sexual-harassment

Can a Nobel Peace Prize Protect Maria Ressa From Rodrigo Duterte?

The journalist, whose reporting has taken on the president of the Philippines and the C.E.O. of Facebook, discusses the “atom bomb” that social media set off in our information ecosystem.

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Philippines’ Nobel Prize Newsroom Is Overjoyed but Under Siege

Rappler, the news site co-founded by the new Nobel laureate Maria Ressa, dares to criticize the Philippine president, Rodrigo Duterte. He may yet see it shut down.

#cyberharassment, #duterte-rodrigo, #freedom-of-the-press, #news-and-news-media, #nobel-prizes, #philippines, #rappler, #ressa-maria

An Experiment to Stop Online Abuse Falls Short in Germany

Despite having one of the world’s toughest laws against online hate speech and harassment, Germany has struggled to contain toxic content ahead of its Sept. 26 election.

#computers-and-the-internet, #cyberharassment, #elections, #facebook-inc, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #germany, #hate-speech, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #politics-and-government, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #twitter, #youtube-com

A Hate Group Targeted My Kid Online

How caregivers can protect children from vicious trolls who infiltrate virtual games and chats..

#child-abuse-and-neglect, #children-and-childhood, #computers-and-the-internet, #content-type-service, #cyberharassment

Mural of Marcus Rashford Defaced by Racist Graffiti Is Fixed With Messages of Love

A mural of the English star Marcus Rashford, marred by racist slurs after England lost the European soccer championship to Italy, was soon covered in messages of support from fans.

#black-people, #cyberharassment, #discrimination, #england, #murals, #rashford-marcus-1997, #soccer

University Leaders Must Condemn Anti-Semitism on Campus

Colleges seem reluctant to condemn anti-Semitic speech and assaults.

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If You Ignore Pornography, You Aren’t Teaching Sex Ed

Refusing to discuss sexually explicit media won’t make it go away.

#children-and-childhood, #computers-and-the-internet, #cyberharassment, #dating-and-relationships, #education-k-12, #men-and-boys, #parenting, #pornography, #sexual-harassment, #women-and-girls

Google Seeks to Break Vicious Cycle of Online Slander

In response to Times articles, the search giant is changing its algorithm, part of a major shift in how Google polices harmful content.

#computers-and-the-internet, #cyberharassment, #google-inc, #libel-and-slander, #privacy, #search-engines

As Dictators Target Citizens Abroad, Few Safe Spaces Remain

For émigrés and exiles, pressure on families back home, social media intimidation, even kidnapping, have become a regular part of life.

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Subpoena to Twitter Is Said to Concern a Purported Threat to McConnell, not Nunes

Details are trickling out about the Justice Department’s use of a grand jury to attempt to identify the user behind a parody account mocking Representative Devin Nunes.

#cyberharassment, #justice-department, #mcconnell-mitch, #nunes-devin-g, #social-media, #trump-donald-j, #twitter, #united-states-capitol-police, #united-states-politics-and-government

Colorado Makes Doxxing Public Health Workers Illegal

The pandemic made health care workers a new target for having their personal information shared online, often with real-world consequences.

#colorado, #computers-and-the-internet, #cyberharassment, #law-and-legislation, #privacy

English Soccer Announces Social Media Boycott to Protest Online Abuse

The boycott, set to begin on Friday, is the most direct effort yet by a sport to pressure social media companies like Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to take action against abuse.

#black-people, #boycotts, #cyberharassment, #discrimination, #england, #english-premier-league, #soccer, #social-media

When Is Online Nastiness Illegal?

Deciphering between political rhetoric and dangerous threats online isn’t always easy.

#cyberharassment, #law-and-legislation, #social-media, #threats-and-threatening-messages

A Different Way of Thinking About Cancel Culture

Social media companies and other organizations are looking out for themselves.

#computers-and-the-internet, #corporations, #cyberharassment, #facebook-inc, #news-and-news-media, #social-media, #twitter, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

Texas High Schoolers Set Prices for Classmates in ‘Slave Trade’ Chat

A school district in Aledo, Texas, said it had meted out “disciplinary consequences” after ninth graders assigned dollar values to students of color in private Snapchat messages.

#bullies, #cyberharassment, #discrimination, #school-discipline-students, #texas

Ex-Northeastern Coach Solicited Nude Photos From Students, U.S. Says

Steve Waithe, 28, was charged with cyberstalking and fraud in a scheme to get female track-and-field athletes at Northeastern University to send him nude or seminude photos, federal prosecutors said.

#college-athletics, #cyberharassment, #frauds-and-swindling, #northeastern-university, #waithe-steve

India’s News Upstarts Challenged Modi. New Rules Could Tame Them.

Online portals have practiced aggressive journalism in a mostly compliant media landscape. But trolls and the government could now be empowered to stop them.

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Pennsylvania Woman Accused of Using Deepfake Technology to Harass Cheerleaders

Three teenagers in a Bucks County cheerleading program were subjected to a campaign of harassment using altered videos and spoof phone numbers, police officials said.

#artificial-intelligence, #bucks-county-pa, #bullies, #cellular-telephones, #cyberharassment, #rumors-and-misinformation, #teenagers-and-adolescence, #text-messaging, #wireless-communications

Kelly Marie Tran: ‘I’m Not Afraid Anymore’

The actress has left the “Star Wars” bullies behind to star as Disney’s first Southeast Asian princess in “Raya and the Last Dragon.” She says, “I’m finally asking for the things I want.”

#actors-and-actresses, #asian-americans, #content-type-personal-profile, #cyberharassment, #discrimination, #disney-plus, #movies, #race-and-ethnicity, #raya-and-the-last-dragon-movie, #social-media, #star-wars-movie, #star-wars-the-last-jedi-movie, #tran-kelly-marie, #vietnamese-americans, #walt-disney-company, #women-and-girls

Soccer Isn’t Blameless in Its Culture of Abuse

Leagues and teams have urged Twitter and Facebook to address the unfiltered hatred spewed on their platforms. But the game indulges, and sometimes even directs, that same outrage.

#cyberharassment, #dean-mike-1968, #english-premier-league, #fernandes-bruno-1994, #manchester-united-soccer-team, #martial-anthony-1995, #soccer

Lincoln Project Co-Founder Steve Schmidt Resigns

Steve Schmidt said he was stepping down from the board but remaining with the organization, and eight former workers said they wanted to share information about the handling of harassment allegations against another co-founder.

#cyberharassment, #lincoln-project, #schmidt-steve, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

Lincoln Project Co-Founder Resigns From Board Amid a Deepening Crisis

Steve Schmidt announced his resignation at the end of a day in which at least eight former staff members said they want to share information about the handling of harassment allegations against another co-founder.

#cyberharassment, #lincoln-project, #schmidt-steve, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

Canadian Woman Cited in Online Attacks Is Arrested in Toronto

Nadire Atas trashed the reputations of dozens of people. On Tuesday, she was charged by the Toronto police with harassment and other offenses.

#atas-nadire, #babcock-guy, #computers-and-the-internet, #cyberharassment, #libel-and-slander, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #toronto-ontario

Twitter Removes Accounts in India Under Pressure From Modi

The platform’s problems in the country offer a stark example of the difficulty of adhering to its free-speech principles amid government worries over its influence.

#agriculture-and-farming, #censorship, #computers-and-the-internet, #cyberharassment, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #india, #modi-narendra, #politics-and-government, #social-media, #twitter

He Threatened Pelosi. Agents Didn’t Wait to See if He Really Meant It.

After a “9/11 moment,” federal authorities have begun arresting people for domestic threats they might have just monitored in the past.

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A Vast Web of Vengeance

Outrageous lies destroyed Guy Babcock’s online reputation. When he went hunting for their source, what he discovered was worse than he could have imagined.

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Mets Owner Steven Cohen Deletes Twitter Account After Threats

The Mets owner said his family had been targeted on the social media service. The move comes after he was pulled into the stock-market tug of war over GameStop.

#barstool-sports-inc, #baseball, #cohen-steven-a, #cyberharassment, #new-york-times, #portnoy-dave-1977

How to Keep Internet Trolls Out of Remote Workplaces

When companies move all employee communications online, they face the same problems as the rest of the internet. But they don’t have to let bad behavior seep in.

#computers-and-the-internet, #cyberharassment, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #slack-technologies-inc, #social-media, #workplace-environment

Inside Twitter’s Decision to Cut Off Trump

Jack Dorsey, the chief executive, had reservations about locking the president’s account. But the calls for violence that his tweets provoked were too overwhelming.

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Jobless, Selling Nudes Online and Still Struggling

OnlyFans, a social media platform that allows people to sell explicit photos of themselves, has boomed during the pandemic. But competition on the site means many won’t earn much.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cyberharassment, #income, #labor-and-jobs, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #onlyfans, #sex-work, #social-media, #unemployment

Twitter Removes Over 70,000 QAnon Accounts

The actions followed the barring of President Trump from the service last week, as Twitter has moved to distance itself from violent content.

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Have Trump’s Lies Wrecked Free Speech?

A debate has broken out over whether the once-sacrosanct constitutional protection of the First Amendment has become a threat to democracy.

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A Cheerleader’s Vulgar Message Prompts a First Amendment Showdown

A Pennsylvania school district has asked the Supreme Court to rule on whether students may be disciplined for what they say on social media.

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Twitch Cracks Down on Hate Speech and Harassment

The livestreaming site announced new guidelines after contending with claims that its streamers were too easily abused.

#metoo-movement, #clemens-sara, #computer-and-video-games, #computers-and-the-internet, #corporate-social-responsibility, #cyberharassment, #hate-speech, #rumors-and-misinformation, #sexual-harassment, #social-media, #twitch-interactive-inc, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

The Long and Tortured History of Cancel Culture

The public shaming of those deemed moral transgressors has been around for ages. As practiced today, though, is the custom a radical form of citizen justice or merely a handmaiden to capitalism?

#metoo-movement, #black-lives-matter-movement, #computers-and-the-internet, #cyberharassment, #news-and-news-media, #race-and-ethnicity, #social-media

Dutch Police Urge Public to Stop ‘Pedo-Hunting’ After Vigilante Violence

A man’s death in the Netherlands last month after an attack by a group of teenagers has prompted the authorities to clamp down on vigilantism.

#cyberharassment, #netherlands, #sex-crimes, #vigilantes

Man Arrested Over Threat to Schumer and Vow to ‘Blow Up’ F.B.I.

Federal prosecutors said the Staten Island man cited the reactionary anti-government novel “The Turner Diaries.”

#cyberharassment, #presidential-election-of-2020, #schumer-charles-e, #social-media, #terrorism, #trump-donald-j

Kansas Democrat Who Admitted to Revenge Porn Wins State House Seat

Now, state party leaders are looking to replace the representative-elect, Aaron Coleman.

#coleman-aaron, #cyberharassment, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #kansas, #politics-and-government, #state-legislatures, #united-states-politics-and-government

Tanya Zuckerbrot Files Lawsuit Over F-Factor Diet Criticism on Instagram

F-Factor, the high-fiber diet beloved by the wealthy and by influencers, has sustained damage from a relentless assault, the lawsuit claims.

#coaches-and-managers, #cyberharassment, #social-media, #your-feed-selfcare, #zuckerbrot-tanya

The Campaign to Silence Bollywood

India’s ruling Hindu nationalists are scapegoating the Hindi film industry to distract the country from Narendra Modi’s failure to control the pandemic.

#actors-and-actresses, #chakraborty-rhea, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cyberharassment, #india, #modi-narendra, #nationalism-theory-and-philosophy, #padukone-deepika, #rajput-sushant-singh

Inside eBay’s Cockroach Cult: The Ghastly Story of a Stalking Scandal

“People are basically good” was eBay’s founding principle. But in the deranged summer of 2019, prosecutors say, a campaign to terrorize a blogger crawled out of a dark place in the corporate soul.

#cyberharassment, #ebay-inc, #movies, #science-and-technology, #silicon-valley-calif, #stalking-crime, #wenig-devin-n

In South Korea, Covid-19 Comes With Another Risk: Online Bullies

The country’s extensive response has been praised around the world but has led to harassment and slander, raising questions about privacy protections.

#busan-south-korea, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cyberharassment, #south-korea

Kansas Democrat, 19, Who Admitted to Revenge Porn, Ekes Out Primary Win

Aaron Coleman defeated a seven-term incumbent for a state House seat by 14 votes, alarming Democrats who worry he will hurt other candidates in the general election.

#cyberharassment, #democratic-party, #kansas, #primaries-and-caucuses, #social-media, #state-legislatures, #united-states-politics-and-government, #women-and-girls, #wyandotte-county-kan

What Is QAnon, the Viral Pro-Trump Conspiracy Theory?

Explaining the “big tent conspiracy theory” that falsely claims that President Trump is facing down a shadowy cabal of Democratic pedophiles.

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Coronavirus Doctors Battle Another Scourge: Misinformation

Physicians say they regularly treat people more inclined to believe what they read on Facebook than what a medical professional tells them.

#computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cyberharassment, #emergency-medical-treatment, #facebook-inc, #hydroxychloroquine-drug, #medicine-and-health, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #twitter, #youtube-com

Facebook Must Better Police Online Hate, State Attorneys General Say

The call from 20 state officials adds to the rising pressure facing Mark Zuckerberg and his company.

#attorneys-general, #computers-and-the-internet, #cyberharassment, #facebook-inc, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #grewal-gurbir-s, #hate-speech, #new-jersey, #rumors-and-misinformation, #sandberg-sheryl-k, #social-media, #states-us, #zuckerberg-mark-e

Israeli Court Rebukes Prime Minister’s Son Over Harassing Protest Leaders

Yair Netanyahu tweeted the addresses and phone numbers of three men who led protests against his father’s administration. All three said they later received death threats.

#blue-and-white-israeli-political-party, #cyberharassment, #gantz-benny, #israel, #likud-party-israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #netanyahu-yair, #politics-and-government, #social-media