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?
Trolls on the internet
By Dianne de Guzman, SFGATE Updated 8:24 pm PDT, Wednesday, March 27, 2019 Twitter users respond to a photo of bagels sliced like bread (a purported "St. Louis secret") and many posted their own "St. Louis style" food items, in mockery. Twitter users respond to a photo of bagels sliced like bread (a purported "St. Louis secret") and many posted their own "St. Louis style" food items, in mockery. Photo: Twitter Screenshot Photo: Twitter Screenshot Image 1 of / 25 Caption Close Image 1 of 25 Twitter users respond to a photo of bagels sliced like bread (a purported "St. Louis secret") and many posted their own "St. Louis style" food items, in mockery. Twitter users respond to a photo of bagels sliced like bread (a purported "St. Louis secret") and many posted their own "St. Louis … [Read more...] about The internet collectively rejects bread-sliced bagels, mocks this well-kept St. Louis ‘secret’
HERE’S the good news. The people of the UK are happier than they have been for years. This is according to the World Happiness Report. While the rest of the world is sinking into psychological depression, we’re much more upbeat. Some of the British Press reporting this have used those dread words: “Despite Brexit . . . ” It wouldn’t occur to them that it might be BECAUSE of Brexit. I suspect for 52 per cent of us that’s pretty much the case. Maybe to keep up levels of national happiness we should leave horrible, authoritarian bureaucracies every year. Just to put a grin on our faces. I mean, the French don’t seem very happy, do they? MAY'S DEAL IS AWFUL But here’s the bad news. Theresa May is still Prime Minister and we’re currently heading for a Brexit which would be a travesty of the one we voted for in 2016. If we get Brexit at all. Some of the Brexiteers in Parliament think we might still be able to … [Read more...] about Take what we can on Brexit and scarper — the longer this goes on, the more likely we won’t leave at all
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