Wired: Here’s how to fix online harassment. No, seriously

Wired: Here’s how to fix online harassment. No, seriously. “This entire framing of the problem of ‘content moderation’ is flawed. Someone’s experience on a platform is much more than the abuse-likelihood score of each piece of content they see. It is affected by every feature and design choice. Explicit product decisions and machine learning algorithms determine what is given distribution and prominence in timelines and recommendation modules. Prompts and nudges like text composers and big buttons are designed to encourage certain behavior  –  which is not always good, for instance if they end up motivating quickly-fired retorts and thoughtless replies.”

Elite University Track Coach Stole Athletes’ Nudes Then Extorted Them: DOJ (The Daily Beast)

The Daily Beast: Elite University Track Coach Stole Athletes’ Nudes Then Extorted Them: DOJ. “A track coach who left Northeastern after a sexual harassment investigation and was then hired by another university is facing several charges after allegedly duping female athletes to send him nude photographs in an elaborate social media scheme—and cyberstalking at least one of them.”

The Verge: Google HR reportedly advised mental health leave in response to complaints of racist or sexist behavior

The Verge: Google HR reportedly advised mental health leave in response to complaints of racist or sexist behavior. “Several current and former Google employees say the company’s human resources department would often suggest mental health counseling or leave in response to complaints about racist or sexist behavior in the workplace, NBC News reported.”

New York Times: Is This the End of Tipping?

New York Times: Is This the End of Tipping?. “During two enormous crises — a public health emergency and an economic crash — restaurant service workers have found themselves double-exposed. Those who have been able to keep their jobs have felt compelled to keep working, though they know the risks of long hours surrounded by maskless customers. Many say their average tips have declined, while they’ve been saddled with the added work of policing patrons who aren’t social distancing, or as one service worker put it, ‘babysitting for the greater good.’”

New York Times: How to Keep Internet Trolls Out of Remote Workplaces

New York Times: How to Keep Internet Trolls Out of Remote Workplaces. “Office conversation at some companies is starting to look as unruly as conversation on the internet. That’s because office conversation now is internet conversation. Many companies have been working online for nearly a year, with plans to continue well into 2021. And just as people are bolder behind keyboards on Twitter, they are bolder behind keyboards on workplace messaging platforms like Microsoft Teams and Slack — with all the good and all the bad, but with a lot more legal liability.”

Northwestern Now: One in four doctors attacked, harassed on social media

Northwestern Now: One in four doctors attacked, harassed on social media. “While many physicians benefit from social media by networking with potential collaborators or interfacing with patients, a new study from Northwestern University and the University of Chicago found many physicians also report being sexually harassed and personally attacked on these platforms on the basis of their religion, race or medical recommendations.”

CTV: Canadian AI-powered legal response tool helps guide victims of harassment

CTV: Canadian AI-powered legal response tool helps guide victims of harassment. “The Botler For Citizens web app is a free service that will confidentially ask users trauma-informed questions based on any incident they have experienced. Using artificial intelligence, the software then analyzes the details of the incident to identify if any misconduct had occurred. Based on the findings, the user is then provided with a breakdown of relevant information to help them understand their rights and the potential legal options at their disposal.”

BuzzFeed News: Facebook Won’t Remove This Woman’s Butthole As A Business Page

BuzzFeed News, and I beg your pardon for the headline: Facebook Won’t Remove This Woman’s Butthole As A Business Page. “The exact street address of the so-called business isn’t listed, but the pin on the map shows the precise location of her former home (she and her family no longer live there). What has really vexed [Samantha] Jespersen is that she’s been unable to get it taken down. Since she discovered the Page in 2015, she’s reported it several times — but Facebook has said it isn’t in violation of its community standards (Facebook removed the Page after this article was published).” What drives me crazy about this is that Facebook removes legitimate businesses at the drop of a hat, but this lady had to endure what is (intentionally or not) essentially harassment for years.

Motherboard: Inside the Podcast that Hacks Ring Camera Owners Live on Air

Motherboard: Inside the Podcast that Hacks Ring Camera Owners Live on Air. “The NulledCast is a podcast livestreamed to Discord. It’s a show in which hackers take over people’s Ring and Nest smarthome cameras and use their speakers to talk to and harass their unsuspecting owners. In the example above, Chance blared noises and shouted racist comments at the Florida family.”

Tubefilter: YouTube Terminates 2 Channels Linked To U.K.-Based ‘Pick-Up Artist’ Convicted Of Harassing Women

Tubefilter: YouTube Terminates 2 Channels Linked To U.K.-Based ‘Pick-Up Artist’ Convicted Of Harassing Women. “YouTube has terminated two channels linked to ‘pick-up artist’ Adnan Ahmed, 38, who last month was convicted of threatening and abusive behavior toward women. One channel, Addy A-Game, was run by Ahmed, and the other, Street Attraction, was run by the pick-up artist coaches who originally trained him in the ways of the so-called ‘game’ of picking up women.”

CNET: Google makes it simpler for employees to report harassment and discrimination

CNET: Google makes it simpler for employees to report harassment and discrimination. “Google on Thursday said it’s rolling out a new way for its employees to report issues of harassment and discrimination. The search giant said it created a dedicated site for raising those concerns, instead of multiple disparate channels. That site is available only for the search giant’s full-time employees, but the company said a similar site for contractors and temp workers will be available in June.”

Washington Post: 2018 was the year of online hate. Meet the people whose lives it changed.

Washington Post: 2018 was the year of online hate. Meet the people whose lives it changed . “It cost a school-shooting victim the safety of home. It cost an athlete the joy of a victory. It cost the family of a gay teen a battle with their community. In 2018, online hate spiraled into an unavoidable force in American life. A staggering wave of threats, bigotry and rage came out of the dark and onto the apps and websites we use every day. It transformed the Internet’s great power to connect into a weapon.”