Ars Technica: Hacker site’s incriminating database published online by rival group

Ars Technica: Hacker site’s incriminating database published online by rival group. “Hackers from Raidforums recently breached the site of rival hacking forum Cracked.to and spilled data for more than 321,000 of its members. The hackers did so while some of their victims were discussing cracking Fortnite accounts, selling software exploits, and engaging in other potentially illegal activities.”

‘#IAmHere’: The people trying to make Facebook a nicer place (BBC)

BBC: ‘#IAmHere’: The people trying to make Facebook a nicer place. “It’s 7:30 in Berlin, and Nina’s alarm clock is going off. Before getting up and making breakfast for her 13-month-old daughter, who is sleeping in the next room, she reaches for her phone. Unlike many of us, Nina’s not checking her emails, the news, or looking at gossip sites or posting photos. Instead, every day Nina opens up Facebook and heads straight to the closed group #IchBinHier (‘#IAmHere’).”

PR Newswire: Anonymous Social Media Network Gabble Adds a New Twist to Social Discussions (PRESS RELEASE)

PR Newswire: Anonymous Social Media Network Gabble Adds a New Twist to Social Discussions (PRESS RELEASE). “A twist on social media discussion boards has been launched with the Gabble website and smart phone app… Gabble allows users to connect and interact with their existing Facebook friends, but in anonymity. The concept evolved from the interest in friends and colleagues to be able to discuss sensitive topics without the fear of embarrassment or even potential backlash. “

Buzzfeed News: These Women Are Only On Facebook For The Groups

Buzzfeed News: These Women Are Only On Facebook For The Groups. “My Facebook group isn’t private, but it isn’t easy to find either. Its title doesn’t include my name. At various points in my journalistic history, when I’ve written something that’s attracted the attention of trolls, my group has remained immune. A few times a day, I post articles as a point of discussion, and then the group, which now numbers over 42,000, discusses those articles — and the topics therein — in the comments. (In truth, it’s a page masquerading as a group — a secondary group, moderated by myself and others, includes posts from members). It sounds dorky, and it generally is.”

Boing Boing: Reddit’s wonderful “Change My View” forum launches its own independent website

Boing Boing: Reddit’s wonderful “Change My View” forum launches its own independent website. “As I’ve written before, Change My/A View is a fascinating use-case, but it’s also got heavy selection bias going for it. It doesn’t so much prove that reasoned debate can change people’s minds, but rather than, if you’re the kind of person who goes looking for reasoned debate, your mind may change.”

RTE: The toxic world of online comments and social media posts

RTE: The toxic world of online comments and social media posts. “For the past number of years, we have been trawling this murky underworld trying to understand when and how the language we use online changed from friendly debate to what the researcher Emma Jane has referred to as ‘e-bile’. The internet of today is a far cry from the early days when cyber-utopians heralded in a new era of human collaboration and communication. To them the internet was a place where individuals could come together to create helpful communities and where ‘citizen journalists’ could combat political agendas from the ground up. This cyber-utopia was going to make the offline world a better place too. So how have we got to a stage where comments sections have become no go zones for many users?”