EurekAlert: Cyberbullying ‘shield’ app uses AI to combat social media trolls

EurekAlert: Cyberbullying ‘shield’ app uses AI to combat social media trolls. “Computer scientists from Aston University, Birmingham, have launched an app that uses novel artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms to combat trolling and bullying online. The downloadable app, Bullstop, is the only anti-cyberbullying app that integrates directly to social media platforms to protect users from bullies and trolls messaging them directly.”

Slate: Meet One of the Earliest Victims of Internet Bullying

Slate: Meet One of the Earliest Victims of Internet Bullying. “Like me, [Alex] Lunney graduated from high school in 1996. We were both born between Generation X and the millennials (Generation Catalano, as Slate has called us), a cohort that entered high school with limited internet access at best, but used it frequently by the time we were in college. But Lunney’s relationship with the internet is unique even for a member of our mini-generation. He was one of the first high-profile victims of cyberbullying, though we didn’t use the term back then—it wasn’t enough of a thing to have a name.”

CNN: How fake faces are being weaponized online

CNN: How fake faces are being weaponized online. “As an activist, Nandini Jammi has become accustomed to getting harassed online, often by faceless social media accounts. But this time was different: a menacing tweet was sent her way from an account with a profile picture of a woman with blonde hair and a beaming smile.”

USA Today: Doctor’s pro-vaccine TikTok went viral. Then came hate and threats from around the world

USA Today: Doctor’s pro-vaccine TikTok went viral. Then came hate and threats from around the world . “Nicole Baldwin, a pediatrician working in suburban Cincinnati, posted a TikTok video encouraging vaccination on Twitter Saturday evening. It took less than 24 hours for the video to go viral on both TikTok, a video sharing app, and Twitter – and just another 48 hours before Baldwin was facing backlash from hundreds of thousands of people associated with the anti-vaccine movement.”

BBC: Transgender people treated ‘inhumanely’ online

BBC: Transgender people treated ‘inhumanely’ online. “Researchers analysed 10 million posts on the topic of transgender identity, shared from the UK and the US over a period of three-and-a-half years. They said more than 1.5 million of them were anti-trans. Other common transphobic themes of online posts included misgendering people – purposefully labelling somebody as a gender that they do not identify as.”

CNET: Reddit tightens antibullying rules and bans ‘incel’ group

CNET: Reddit tightens antibullying rules and bans ‘incel’ group. “Reddit is clarifying its policy against bullying and harassment, posting new rules on Monday about the prohibited behavior. The changes, according to the administrator, Landoflobsters, were made due to user feedback and meant to make stopping abuse easier.”

Wired: Twitter Trust and Safety Advisers Say They’re Being Ignored

Wired: Twitter Trust and Safety Advisers Say They’re Being Ignored . “At the beginning of 2016, Twitter announced some good news: the formation of the Trust and Safety Council, made up of more than 40 outside groups and experts tapped for advice ‘to ensure that people feel safe expressing themselves on Twitter.’ By that point, the company had already spent years knee-deep in accusations that its social network was rife with abuse and harassment. Something had to change.”

CNET: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter have a dark side. Here’s how to anonymously report abuse

CNET: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter have a dark side. Here’s how to anonymously report abuse. “…73% of adults say they’ve witnessed online harassment and 40% reporting being the target themselves, according to the Pew Research Center, a situation that can cause depression, anxiety and insomnia. Online hate groups can use these social platforms to organize ways to bring violence and threats to people in the real world. Here’s how you can anonymously report harassment online.”

Yolo: Viral Snapchat app raises abuse concerns (BBC)

BBC: Yolo: Viral Snapchat app raises abuse concerns. “Yolo – an app that lets anonymous questions be posed to Snapchat users – has become the most-downloaded iPhone app in the UK and US just a week after its release. It is highly unusual for an app to top Apple’s chart so soon after its launch without a major marketing campaign. However, the viral success of the product has raised concerns.”

ABC News (Australia): Social media abuse targets female athletes three times more than men, study finds

ABC News (Australia): Social media abuse targets female athletes three times more than men, study finds. “Nearly 27 per cent of comments on well-read Facebook posts by major Australian broadcasters were negative towards sportswomen compared to 8 per cent for male athletes. The analysis, conducted by women’s and children’s advocacy group Plan International, looked at more than 1,300 comments on broadcasters’ pages in the past 12 months.”

Gizmodo: 1 in 20 Internet Users Say It Has Caused Them ‘Unbearable’ Pain

Gizmodo: 1 in 20 Internet Users Say It Has Caused Them ‘Unbearable’ Pain. “If you’ve experienced terrible pain after negative experiences online, you’re not alone. New research from Microsoft suggests that such agony is widespread, with over a third of global internet users reporting ‘moderate or severe pain’ from online experiences, including 5 percent of survey respondents who said they suffered ‘unbearable pain.'”

The Atlantic: Instagram Has a Massive Harassment Problem

The Atlantic: Instagram Has a Massive Harassment Problem. “When Brandon Farbstein first joined Instagram in 2014, he was 14 and optimistic. Farbstein was born with a rare form of dwarfism, and he wanted to use the photo-sharing site to educate people about his condition—to, as he told me, ‘show people a glimpse into my life and inspire people.’ Soon enough, though, the hateful messages started coming: death threats, expletive-laden comments about his appearance, worse. “

TechCrunch: Facebook rolls out new anti-bullying tools and an appeals process

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: A Majority of Teens Have Experienced Some Form of Cyberbullying

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.”