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.”

Study: Women are abused every 30 seconds on Twitter (Engadget)

Engadget: Study: Women are abused every 30 seconds on Twitter. “Earlier this year Amnesty International released a report discussing what many of Twitter’s female users already know: the social network is not always a great place to be if you’re a woman. Now, a new study reveals the hard statistics on just how toxic the situation is. According to the report by Amnesty International and global AI software company Element AI, female journalists and politicians were abused every 30 seconds on Twitter in 2017.”

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.”