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.”
TechCrunch: Twitter will suspend repeat offenders posting abusive comments on Periscope live streams . “As part of Twitter’s attempted crackdown on abusive behavior across its network, the company announced on Friday afternoon a new policy facing those who repeatedly harass, threaten or otherwise make abusive comments during a Periscope broadcaster’s live stream. According to Twitter, the company will begin to more aggressively enforce its Periscope Community Guidelines by reviewing and suspending accounts of habitual offenders.”
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.”
Phys .org: Twitter to confirm new accounts in spam fight. “Twitter on Tuesday said it will begin asking for email addresses or phone numbers to confirm new accounts as part of a battle against manipulation, particularly by automated bots. Adding a way to check that a real person is behind new accounts was described by Twitter as being among measures to fight abuse, trolls, and hateful content.” Wait… Twitter wasn’t confirming accounts before?
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.”
Motherboard: Facebook Is Investigating a Claim That an Employee Used His Position to Stalk Women. “Facebook is investigating a claim that an employee potentially used access granted by their job to stalk women online, the social media giant confirmed in a statement to Motherboard on Monday.”
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.”