Global Voices: Social media users are trying to combat harassment in Pakistan — but will state institutions do their part?

Global Voices: Social media users are trying to combat harassment in Pakistan — but will state institutions do their part?. “In most countries around the world, gender-based harassment is an old problem. But in the digital era, with hashtag movements such as #MeToo, and social media platforms where evidence of harassment can go viral, the balance of power between harassers and their targets appears to be shifting.”

Wired: How A Facebook Group For Sexual Assault Survivors Became A Tool For Harassment

Wired: How A Facebook Group For Sexual Assault Survivors Became A Tool For Harassment. “WIRED spoke to five women who were in the group, including Amanda, some of whom provided screenshots to support their accounts. They described harassment by many of those new profiles, who threatened in some cases to contact their abusers or to call child protective services regarding their children. One troll commented that they had collected all of the women’s posts about abuse in a file, implying they could still be released even if they were deleted from Facebook.”

The New York Times: Japanese Blogger Is Killed After Giving Lecture on Online Trolls

The New York Times: Japanese Blogger Is Killed After Giving Lecture on Online Trolls. “Kenichiro Okamoto was an expert on internet crime and a prolific blogger. He studied the ‘dark web,’ a part of the internet that relies on encryption and is often exploited, experts say, for illicit activities and hate-mongering. On Sunday evening, he held a two-hour seminar for about 30 people in the city of Fukuoka, about 550 miles west of Tokyo, advising other bloggers on engaging their audiences and dealing with internet trolls.”

WUOM: Anonymity drives ‘dark patterns’ of social media behavior

WUOM: Anonymity drives ‘dark patterns’ of social media behavior. “A new study by a Michigan State University researcher probes the mechanisms behind the spread of mass online harassment and fake news by looking at the ‘dark patterns’ underlying the technology platforms. In the science of user experience, dark patterns are psychological tricks incorporated into technology interfaces that are designed to get a user to do something they normally wouldn’t do, like buying a product or signing up for a newsletter.”