Image from Reddit posted by user Lunam with the text "What my super religious mother got me for Christmass..." When a young girl put a picture of herself, holding a book she had just gotten as a present, on the social networking site reddit, she was immediately subjected to intense verbal sexual assault by reddit readers who aptly demonstrated how awful it can be when boys and young men are left to say and do what they want without the social control of anyone knowing who they are. When Skepchick founder Rebecca Watson casually tossed out some relationship advice for clueless young men attending conferences they mistook for meat markets, she and anyone perceived as a friend, colleague, or ally of hers were subjected to relentless pounding with misogynistic language and faux threats of sexual violence. These are two relatively spectacular recent (and ongoing) examples of behavior that is widely considered unacceptable in our society. This behavior was probably much more common in … [Read more...] about Does the Internet need an HR Department?
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Danica Kirka, Associated Press Updated 9:03 am CST, Monday, March 4, 2019 FILE - In this Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018 file photo, Britain's Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, left, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive to attend the Christmas day service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham in Norfolk, England. Britain’s royal family is warning that it will block trolls posting offensive messages on its social media channels _ and may report offenders to the police. Buckingham Palace, Clarence House and Kensington Palace issued new guidelines on Monday, March 4, 2019 spelling out the policy banning offensive, hateful and racist language. less FILE - In this Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018 file photo, Britain's Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, left, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive to attend the Christmas day service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham ... more Photo: Frank Augstein, AP … [Read more...] about UK royals to block internet trolls on social media sites
Antonia Noori Farzan, The Washington Post Published 3:26 am PST, Wednesday, January 23, 2019 The messages started in late December, just as the families and friends of the 17 people who died in a school shooting in Parkland, Florida, prepared to face the holidays for the first time since the massacre last February. "I killed your loved ones hahaha," said one. "Your grief is my joy," said another. "They had their whole lives ahead of them and I ... stole it from them," said a third. The source was an Instagram account with the username @nikolas.killed.your.sister - an apparent reference to Parkland shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz. According to the FBI, it belonged to Brandon Fleury, a resident of Santa Ana, California, who was arrested last week after investigators determined that he had created multiple Instagram accounts that were used to taunt the friends and family of Parkland victims, often choosing usernames that invoked Cruz and serial killer Ted Bundy. On Friday, … [Read more...] about An Instagram ‘troll’ impersonated the Parkland shooter to harass victims’ families and friends, FBI says
"When you roll around in the mud with a pig, you both get dirty, and the pig enjoys it." -Old Folk Wisdom One of the things I've learned over the time I've been blogging is that, no matter what position you take on any issue, whether it's science, politics, religion, morality, or anything else, is that there will be no shortage of people willing to argue against it. Perhaps it's for the best that Jeff Tweedy didn't think of that when he wrote his most excellent song, How to Fight Loneliness.Because while many issues really are mere differences of opinion, it stirs up intense feelings of frustration when people are misinformed about facts. Image credit: xkcd. And initially, I found myself getting sucked into many of them, figuring that if I stuck to the highest levels of this argument pyramid (sourced from here), the argument would get us somewhere. Perhaps if everyone were genuine about searching for the best, most sound arguments to reach their conclusions, and if we were all willing … [Read more...] about Weekend Diversion: Fighting on the Internet
Carly Zucker has thick skin. It’s a must. As the lone female host on sports station KFAN 100.3 and wife of the Minnesota Wild’s Jason Zucker, the Twin Cities media personality also has more than 33,000 Twitter followers and nearly 28,000 Instagram fans. While most of her online interactions are positive, there are people — usually men — who feel the need to insult Zucker, whether it’s about her appearance, her intelligence or even how her husband is playing. Then there are those rare times when that protective layer is punctured. This spring, Zucker posted an Instagram Story featuring her 8-year-old daughter dancing. Soon after, she received a direct message from a man she’d never met saying (among other things): “She’s going to be a slut just like you.” Most of the time, she ignores offensive comments or cracks a joke about them. Not this time. Zucker decided to share the message with her Twitter followers to show the type of … [Read more...] about Twin Cities media women stay (mostly) calm when being trolled on social media