Lifehacker: Get Ahead of Twitter Harassment by Checking Your Lists. “Being harassed on Twitter is never fun. And it can happen to you whether you’re already a decently well-known figure with that blue check mark of authenticity, an up-and-comer in the world of online witticisms, or if you came up with a single tweet that blew up beyond your wildest expectations. Or, of course, if you’re a woman.”
Lifehacker: How Kids Are Using Google Docs to Bully Each Other. “As a parent, you might walk past your child’s room and see her happily typing away on a Google Docs page. ‘Lovely!’ you think. ‘She’s probably working on her science report or finishing up her essay on the rise of RBG.’ Or, she could be in a secret chat room.”
Wired: 1 in 3 Americans Suffered Severe Online Harassment in 2018 . “Despite concerted efforts by tech giants to cut back on abhorrent behavior on their platforms, a new survey finds that severe forms of online hate and harassment, including stalking and physical threats, may be on the rise. According to the survey, released Wednesday by the Anti-Defamation League, more than one third of Americans reported experiencing some type of severe online hate or harassment in 2018.”
CNET: Instagram is using AI to weed out bullying in photos, comments. “Instagram is taking action against bullying on its platform. On Tuesday, the Facebook-owned photo sharing network rolled out a machine-learning tool that detects bullying in photos and captions. If the AI tool deems a photo unkind or unwelcome, it will send the snap sent to Instagram’s community operations team for further review, according to a blog post.”
TechCrunch: Facebook rolls out new anti-bullying tools and an appeals process. “Facebook is introducing new tools to tackle online bullying, the company announced this morning. Specifically, it’s rolling out a way for people to hide or delete multiple comments at once from the options menu of a post, and is beginning to test new ways to more easily search and block offensive words from showing up in comments. It’s also rolling out a new way to report bullying on behalf of others and is offering the opportunity to appeal decisions related to bullying and harassment.”
Pew (no PEW PEW because I don’t like to joke about this): A Majority of Teens Have Experienced Some Form of Cyberbullying. “59% of U.S. teens have been bullied or harassed online, and a similar share says it’s a major problem for people their age. At the same time, teens mostly think teachers, social media companies and politicians are failing at addressing this issue.”
The Daily Beast: What It’s Like When Elon Musk’s Twitter Mob Comes After You. “Female journalists who cover Elon Musk have the same personal rule: Mention his name on Twitter at your peril. That’s because there is an army—mostly young, mostly white, almost entirely men—that marches behind him. These MuskBros, as we call them, make it their mission to descend on women who criticize Musk, and tear them to pieces. I know, because it has happened to me. More than once.” To be clear, Elon Musk himself has tweeted against this kind of behavior and while he’s sometimes acerbic in his tweets I can’t find any indication that he’s abusive. I can find no evidence that he is encouraging or initiating these attacks.