The Guardian: Google pledges to overhaul its sexual harassment policy after global protests

The Guardian: Google pledges to overhaul its sexual harassment policy after global protests. “In an email to staff on Thursday, [Sundar] Pichai said Google would end forced arbitration for sexual misconduct claims, revamp its investigations process, share data on harassment claims and outcomes, and provide new support systems for people who come forward. The announcement is a notable achievement for employees who organized roughly 20,000 workers to walk out of the corporation’s offices across 50 cities last week.”

CNET: Instagram is using AI to weed out bullying in photos, comments

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

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.”

Poynter: These fact-checkers were attacked online after partnering with Facebook

Poynter: These fact-checkers were attacked online after partnering with Facebook. “The PDF file is 299 pages long. It has a table of contents, infographics and a statement of intent. And it has extensive details on 40 journalists in Brazil — including archived links and screenshots from each person’s various social media profiles. Then, it uses all of that as evidence to classify how leftist each journalist is.”

WCAI: Scientist Publishes A List Of Known Harassers in Academia

WCAI: Scientist Publishes A List Of Known Harassers in Academia. “Rates of sexual abuse and harassment in academic science are second only to the military. It’s estimated that at least half of women faculty and staff face harassment and abuse and that 20 to 50 percent of women students in science, engineering, and medicine are abused by faculty. Those numbers are generally based on surveys, which are an important way of getting a handle on the problem and how it changes women’s career trajectories. But when it comes to holding institutions accountable and making meaningful changes, naming perpetrators may be even more powerful.”

The Verge: Twitter rival Mastodon isn’t safe from online mobs either

The Verge: Twitter rival Mastodon isn’t safe from online mobs either. “For social media users who are sick of Twitter, open-source platform Mastodon offers a familiar refuge. Its use of local communities, or “instances” that are connected through federation, allowed users to carve out smaller, and hopefully safer, spaces. When Twitter drove entire communities off its platform, Mastodon gave them a new online home. But a recent flare-up around actor Wil Wheaton has sparked concerns about how effective the platform truly is at acting against dog-piling and online mobs.”