41% of Americans have been harassed online
41% of Americans have been harassed online

41% of Americans have been harassed online, according to a new survey released earlier this month by the Pew Research Center. “But nearly one-in-five Americans (18%) have been subjected to particularly severe forms of harassment online, such as physical threats, harassment over a sustained period, sexual harassment or stalking,” says the Center. “…and an even […]

Curbing trolls on Twitter…again…more
Curbing trolls on Twitter…again…more

Curbing trolls on Twitter…again…more. Twitter rolled out Nov. 15 yet another series of tools it says will help tamp trolls and give Twitter users a way to eliminate harassment, hate speech and other forms of online abuse. UPDATE: A report published Nov. 16 in The Week suggests the FBI is now monitoring all of Twitter. […]

Twitter rules: no hate speech, harassment
Twitter rules: no hate speech, harassment

Updated Twitter rules: no hate speech, harassment. Everyone’s favorite micro-blog has been battling harassment and hate speech for the better part of 2015 – in various ways with some success – and it capped off the year of its struggle with updated rules which (finally) seem clear: Hateful conduct: You may not promote violence against […]

Twitter takes action against online abuse
Twitter takes action against online abuse

Twitter is taking serious action against online abuse, at least as perpetuated across the Twittersphere. Everyone’s favorite mini-blog announced April 21 it is, among other steps, moving to shut down the accounts of abusers, those who harass others and/or make violent threats. Online abuse is a vile and, unfortunately, growing threat – particularly against women (as […]

Online harassment – 21st Century serious problem
Online harassment – 21st Century serious problem

Online harassment has, unfortunately, become a monumental problem especially for women and especially young women – young people of both genders. The so-called GamerGate scandal is only the most publicly visible manifestation of this cruel phenomenon. The Pew Research Center’s Internet Project is just this week out with a new report and its findings are […]