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An unintended side effect of the increasingly connected world we live in, is that sometimes your identity can be maliciously tied to information that should remain private. The proliferation of "revenge porn" that's often used to target and harass women has taken advantage of the internet's unforg...

June 19th 2015 at 1:31pm 0 Comments
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The co-called Lizard Squad have established that they're pretty terrible people, but one of the members has hit a sad new low. A 17-year old Canadian has pleaded guilty to 23 separate offenses against mostly young, female gamers, including extortion and criminal harassment, according to the Tri-Ci...

May 22nd 2015 at 9:20am 0 Comments
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As much as Twitter is doing to fight harassment lately, it's clear that ill-willed users are still slipping past the social network's defenses -- and sometimes, in very conspicuous ways. Users have spotted trolls using Twitter's promoted tweet ads to spread racist and anti-transgender messages, g...

May 20th 2015 at 5:43pm 0 Comments
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If you've been using Instagram to post photos of your butt, it's time to stop. Today the social network updated its Community Guidelines with stronger language concerning harassment and more details on images with nudity. The "don't be rude" section of the guidelines has been completely revamped w...

April 16th 2015 at 5:36pm 0 Comments
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While Twitter has already simplified reporting abusive tweets, that's not enough if you're facing a very serious threat -- you want something that the police can use to get an arrest or restraining order. Thankfully, Twitter has delivered something that might help. A new email option lets you send...

March 17th 2015 at 4:18pm 0 Comments
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Facebook's content guidelines have sparked confusion, to put it mildly -- a lot of people are unsure as to whether or not they have to use their legal names, or whether it's safe to post breastfeeding photos. At last, though, the social network is clearing the air a bit. It just posted new Commu...

March 16th 2015 at 9:29am 0 Comments
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Along with game developer Zoe Quinn, Anita Sarkeesian is likely one of the most knowledgeable people when it comes to online harassment. Both have been targets of intense cyber-abuse campaigns stemming from the GamerGate movement, and like Quinn, Sarkeesian is tackling the problem head on. She's g...

January 26th 2015 at 11:29pm 0 Comments
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NPR's Planet Money reported last year on a culture shift in 1984 that drove many women away from pursuing computer science degrees. Computers were more readily available at stores that catered to men and advertisements pushed the narrative that these new-fangled home devices were made for men. Pop...

January 16th 2015 at 10:30am 0 Comments
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ABC's Nightline aired interviews with Anita Sarkeesian, Brianna Wu, Tim Schafer and a handful of video game critics and players on Wednesday, in a segment titled, "What It Feels Like To Be A Gamergate Target." It presented an overview of the issues involved in GamerGate, including the portrayal of...

January 15th 2015 at 12:30pm 0 Comments
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If you've ever been the victim of harassment on Twitter, you know how hard it has been to report abuse until now; you couldn't really do much on mobile, and the complicated process made it difficult to flag all but the scariest threats. Thankfully, Twitter is at last simplifying the reporting pro...

December 2nd 2014 at 1:39pm 0 Comments
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While the power of anonymity the internet provides guarantees that everyone can be a target of harassment, women seem to be attacked more on social media. Those attacks have escalated these past months on Twitter, in particular, that's why non-profit org Women, Action and the Media (WAM) has joine...

November 6th 2014 at 9:44pm 0 Comments
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"We believe that everyone, no matter what gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion or disability has the right to play games, criticize games and make games without getting harassed or threatened." It may seem like an obvious statement, but it's one with particular relevance to the gaming i...

September 2nd 2014 at 2:30pm 0 Comments