The Google One-Star Review Scam Targeting Restaurants

Emails sent to dozens of restaurants, including those with Michelin stars, threaten a barrage of one-star reviews unless owners pay.

#cyberharassment, #e-mail, #google-inc, #restaurants

Social Media Shooting Threats Against Elite Schools Sow Fear

A tactic using social media sites to direct threats at individual students unsettles schools in New York City and around the country.

#beacon-school-manhattan-ny, #berkeley-carroll-school, #brooklyn-nyc, #brooklyn-friends-school, #cyberharassment, #hoaxes-and-pranks, #laguardia-fiorello-h-high-school-of-music-and-performing-arts, #manhattan-nyc, #mass-shootings, #new-utrecht-high-school-brooklyn-ny, #new-york-city, #omegle-com, #police-department-nyc, #school-shootings-and-armed-attacks, #social-media, #threats-and-threatening-messages, #uvalde-tex-shooting-may-24-2022

No creas todo lo que lees sobre el hombre de esta foto

Su nombre es Jordie Jordan, es aficionado a los videojuegos y un retrato suyo se ha asociado a una identidad e información falsos. “Solo toman una foto que subí a internet y me ponen en todo”, dijo.

#computers-and-the-internet, #conspiracy-theories, #cyberharassment, #hoaxes-and-pranks, #jordan-jordie, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #uvalde-tex-shooting-may-24-2022

How a Crisis Actor Conspiracy Theory Rises in Times of Tragedy

A picture of Jordie Jordan, an online gamer, has been attached to a fake name and numerous bogus reports of his death, including from the mass shootings in Uvalde, Texas.

#computers-and-the-internet, #conspiracy-theories, #cyberharassment, #hoaxes-and-pranks, #jordan-jordie, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #uvalde-tex-shooting-may-24-2022

Johnny Depp’s Win in Court Could Embolden Others, Lawyers Say

The actor’s victory against his ex-wife Amber Heard in one of the highest profile defamation cases to go to trial could inspire others to try their luck with juries.

#metoo-movement, #cyberharassment, #depp-johnny, #domestic-violence, #heard-amber, #libel-and-slander, #movies, #sex-crimes, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #women-and-girls

TikTok’s Amber Heard Hate Machine

Television turned the celebrity trial into a 24-hour tabloid spectacle. Social media made it into a sport.

#celebrities, #computers-and-the-internet, #cyberharassment, #depp-johnny, #domestic-violence, #heard-amber, #instagram-inc, #libel-and-slander, #movies, #social-media, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #tiktok-bytedance, #women-and-girls

China’s Internet Censors Try a New Trick: Revealing Users’ Locations

The rapidly expanding practice, which authorities say helps combat disinformation from abroad, has fueled a whole new type of online battle.

#china, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cyberharassment, #politics-and-government, #propaganda

My Twitter Pullback Is About More Than Elon Musk

Social media is full of hate speech, bots, vitriol, attack armies, screamers and people who live for the opportunity to be angry.

#black-people, #computers-and-the-internet, #cyberharassment, #hate-speech, #musk-elon, #social-media, #twitter

Inside Twitter, Fears That Musk’s Views Will Revisit Past Troubles

Content moderators warn that Elon Musk doesn’t appear to understand the issues that he and the company will face if he drops its guardrails around speech.

#agrawal-parag, #computers-and-the-internet, #cyberharassment, #gadde-vijaya, #musk-elon, #new-york-post, #social-media, #twitter

If Elon Musk Dismantles Twitter’s Terms of Service, He Might Regret It

Free speech absolutism might backfire when it comes to ining the company’s user base and profits.

#advertising-and-marketing, #censorship, #computers-and-the-internet, #cyberharassment, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #freedom-of-the-press, #musk-elon, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #twitter

For Prominent Women on Instagram, DMs Can Be a Cesspool of Misogyny

A report on direct messages sent to five women found that “abuse and harmful content is allowed to thrive” on Instagram. The platform’s parent company, Meta, said it disagreed with the report’s conclusions.

#cyberharassment, #heard-amber, #instagram-inc, #instant-messaging, #meta-platforms-inc, #sexual-harassment, #social-media, #women-and-girls

How Pete Souza and Ronny Jackson Became Public Foes

Pete Souza, the former White House photographer-turned-Trump troll, now uses his popular Twitter feed almost exclusively to ridicule Representative Ronny Jackson, the former White House doctor-turned-Trump acolyte.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #cyberharassment, #jackson-ronny-l, #photography, #social-media, #souza-pete, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Female Entrepreneurs Who Confront a Particular Kind of Troll

Food companies founded by Asian American women find social media engagement with customers helps their growth, but they also face racist and sexist comments.

#asian-americans, #aurias-malaysian-kitchen-llc, #cyberharassment, #discrimination, #entrepreneurship, #fly-by-jing-asian-food-brand, #food, #gao-jing, #immigration-and-emigration, #kimchi-south-korean-food, #nguyen-coffee-supply-inc, #nguyen-sahra, #omsom-asian-food-brand, #social-media, #women-and-girls

Why These Women Are Determined to Clear Andrew Cuomo’s Name

Five months after Andrew Cuomo’s resignation, a small army of ardent loyalists is donating money and swarming social media to support the former governor.

#metoo-movement, #cancel-culture, #cuomo-andrew-m, #cyberharassment, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #new-york-state, #politics-and-government, #sexual-harassment, #social-media, #twitter, #women-and-girls

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.

#children-and-childhood, #computers-and-the-internet, #corporate-social-responsibility, #cyberharassment, #facebook-inc, #innovation, #meta-platforms-inc, #oculus-vr-inc, #sexual-harassment, #social-media, #virtual-reality-computers, #women-and-girls, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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.

#computers-and-the-internet, #cyberharassment, #duterte-rodrigo, #facebook-inc, #freedom-of-the-press, #nobel-prizes, #philippines, #politics-and-government, #ressa-maria, #social-media

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.

#academic-freedom, #anti-defamation-league, #anti-semitism, #colleges-and-universities, #cyberharassment, #discrimination, #hillel-the-foundation-for-jewish-campus-life, #israel, #jews-and-judaism, #north-america, #school-discipline-students

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.

#assassinations-and-attempted-assassinations, #cyberharassment, #deportation, #extraordinary-rendition, #fugitives, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #immigration-and-emigration, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #political-prisoners, #politics-and-government, #social-media, #targeted-killings, #uighurs-chinese-ethnic-group

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.

#ashutosh-1965, #censorship, #computers-and-the-internet, #cyberharassment, #freedom-of-the-press, #india, #modi-narendra, #news-and-news-media, #politics-and-government, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #satya-hindi-youtube-channel, #varadarajan-siddharth-1965, #wire-the-web-site

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.

#computers-and-the-internet, #cyberharassment, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #oath-keepers, #proud-boys, #social-media, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #threats-and-threatening-messages, #three-percenters, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

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.

#atas-nadire, #babcock-guy, #canada, #communications-decency-act-of-1996, #computers-and-the-internet, #cyberharassment, #england, #google-inc, #libel-and-slander, #pinterest, #ripoff-report-web-site, #rumors-and-misinformation, #section-230, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #united-states

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.

#computers-and-the-internet, #cyberharassment, #dorsey-jack, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #inaugurations, #political-advertising, #presidential-election-of-2020, #presidential-transition-us, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #twitter, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vijaya-gadde, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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.

#censorship, #computers-and-the-internet, #conspiracy-theories, #cyberharassment, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #qanon, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #twitter, #violence-media-and-entertainment

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.

#constitution-us, #constitutional-amendments, #cyberharassment, #first-amendment-us-constitution, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wu-timothy