Sky News: Online abuse of those with disabilities increases more than 50 percent during lockdown

Sky News: Online abuse of those with disabilities increases more than 50 percent during lockdown. “According to Freedom of Information data requested from 39 police forces in England and Wales by charities Leonard Cheshire and United Response, there were 9,200 disability hate crimes reported to police in 2020-21, both online and in person. Of those, 44% were classed as ‘violent’, involving assault or possession of weapons, up 4.4% from the previous 12 months. But with lockdowns forcing people to stay at home for much of the year, it was in online abuse that the biggest increase was seen with 981 cases, up 52% on 2019-20.”

Sydney Morning Herald: The Olympics have convinced me to ditch social media for good

Sydney Morning Herald: The Olympics have convinced me to ditch social media for good. “The penny dropped last Thursday afternoon as Jess Fox won gold in the women’s C1 canoe slalom. If you were watching on Seven, you were crying with her, equally happy and relieved because of the sadness of what happened two days earlier in the K1. If you were scrolling through Twitter, the sentiment was far different. Here, in the cesspool of anonymous public opinion, much of the talk was about her father, Richard, who had called the event off a TV in a small room in Melbourne.”

The Scotsman: A backlash is growing against sexist abuse on social media that gives me hope – Laura Waddell

The Scotsman: A backlash is growing against sexist abuse on social media that gives me hope – Laura Waddell. “What the most serious incidents I’ve experienced have in common is misogyny. Every time I’ve received online abuse I can’t easily ignore, implicating my physical safety, it has been tinged with misogynist language. Like domestic abusers, online abusers evoke fear and intimidation. That’s bad enough. But what can be even more demoralising for the victim is seeing others excuse aggression towards women. No matter how blatantly intimidating the missives, on every occasion I’ve been seriously abused online, representatives of the old boys’ network have appeared to congregate around the offender.”

Study: LeBron James has received 4 times more abusive Twitter messages than any other athlete (Akron Beacon Journal)

Akron Beacon Journal: Study: LeBron James has received 4 times more abusive Twitter messages than any other athlete. “Athletes often take abuse on social media. But a new study by Pickswise — a sports betting website — says Akron native and NBA star LeBron James takes much more than any other athlete in the world. The study says James received 122,568 abusive messages, which is an average of nearly 336 per day.”

PC Magazine: Facebook, Google, TikTok, Twitter Pledge to Tackle Online Abuse of Women

PC Magazine: Facebook, Google, TikTok, Twitter Pledge to Tackle Online Abuse of Women. “Four of the world’s largest tech companies have pledged to tackle online abuse and improve women’s safety. Facebook, Google, TikTok, and Twitter this week announced a set of commitments at the UN Generation Equality Forum in Paris, promising to build better ways for women to curate their safety online and enhance reporting systems.”

BBC: ‘Racial abuse on social media takes a toll on my mental health’

BBC: ‘Racial abuse on social media takes a toll on my mental health’. “Many have built careers off the back of social media, whether it be through Twitter, Instagram, YouTube or TikTok. But with some social media stars gaining thousands or even millions of followers, there are drawbacks to being constantly online and so accessible to people you don’t know. Earlier this year, Ofcom announced they’re being given new powers to force social media firms to act over cyber-bullying. And social media platforms, including Twitter and TikTok, have had issues stamping out racist abuse against users.”

New Zealand Herald: Covid-19 scientist Siouxsie Wiles reveals appalling social media abuse

New Zealand Herald: Covid-19 scientist Siouxsie Wiles reveals appalling social media abuse. “Infectious diseases expert Siouxsie Wiles has spoken out about the appalling online abuse she has suffered in her work. The prominent science communicator, who answered the nation’s Covid-19 questions during lockdown, has revealed dozens of ugly insults and threats she has received on social media aimed at her bright pink hair and her weight.”

Lifehacker: How to Report Racist or Abusive Posts on Social Media

Lifehacker: How to Report Racist or Abusive Posts on Social Media. “Social media is a powerful tool for promoting a cause, but lax posting policies also leave plenty of room for users to spout racist, hateful and violent rhetoric or to dox innocent people. When social media platforms aren’t quick on the draw to monitor and take down abusive content, you can help them out by flagging or reporting posts. Here’s a quick review of what’s allowed on major platforms and how you can report violations.”

TechCrunch: Twitter launches a way to report abusive use of its Lists feature

TechCrunch: Twitter launches a way to report abusive use of its Lists feature. “Like many things found on today’s social media platforms, Twitter’s Lists feature was introduced without thinking about the impact it could have on marginalized groups, or how it could otherwise be used for abuse or surveillance if put in the hands of bad actors. Today, Twitter is taking a step to address that problem with the launch of a new reporting feature that specifically addresses the abusive use of Twitter Lists.”

BBC: Transgender people treated ‘inhumanely’ online

BBC: Transgender people treated ‘inhumanely’ online. “Researchers analysed 10 million posts on the topic of transgender identity, shared from the UK and the US over a period of three-and-a-half years. They said more than 1.5 million of them were anti-trans. Other common transphobic themes of online posts included misgendering people – purposefully labelling somebody as a gender that they do not identify as.”

Wired: Facebook’s Ex-Security Chief Details His ‘Observatory’ For Internet Abuse

Wired: Facebook’s Ex-Security Chief Details His ‘Observatory’ For Internet Abuse. “WHEN ALEX STAMOS describes the challenge of studying the worst problems of mass-scale bad behavior on the internet, he compares it to astronomy. To chart the cosmos, astronomers don’t build their own Hubble telescopes or Arecibo observatories. They concentrate their resources in a few well-situated places and share time on expensive hardware. But when it comes to tackling internet abuse ranging from extremism to disinformation to child exploitation, Stamos argues, Silicon Valley companies and academics are still trying to build their own telescopes. What if, instead, they shared their tools—and more importantly, the massive data sets they’ve assembled?”

CNET: Twitter gets more proactive about combating abuse

CNET: Twitter gets more proactive about combating abuse. “Twitter, which has been under pressure to do more to combat harassment, said Tuesday that it’s being more proactive about flagging tweets that violate its rules against hate speech, threats and other abusive content. The social media company said that it used to only review abusive tweets that users reported to the company. Now it’s using technology to identify abusive tweets before it receives a report.” It just started to do that?

Unpaid and abused: Moderators speak out against Reddit (Engadget)

Engadget: Unpaid and abused: Moderators speak out against Reddit . “Somewhere out there, a man wants to rape Emily. She knows this because he was painfully clear in typing out his threat. In fact, he’s just one of a group of people who wish her harm. For the past four years, Emily has volunteered to moderate the content on several sizable subreddits — large online discussion forums — including r/news, with 16.3 million subscribers, and r/london, with 114,000 subscribers. But Reddit users don’t like to be moderated.”

EurekAlert: UK MP Twitter abuse increased between 2015 and 2017 general elections

EurekAlert: UK MP Twitter abuse increased between 2015 and 2017 general elections . “Abuse of politicians online increased substantially in the snap 2017 general election compared to the 2015 general election, according to new research by the University of Sheffield. The study shows for the first time that both the proportion and volume of Twitter abuse increased between 2015 and 2017. In most cases, this was regardless of the party or gender of the candidate for Member of Parliament.”