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.”