Wired: Twitter Trust and Safety Advisers Say They’re Being Ignored

Wired: Twitter Trust and Safety Advisers Say They’re Being Ignored . “At the beginning of 2016, Twitter announced some good news: the formation of the Trust and Safety Council, made up of more than 40 outside groups and experts tapped for advice ‘to ensure that people feel safe expressing themselves on Twitter.’ By that point, the company had already spent years knee-deep in accusations that its social network was rife with abuse and harassment. Something had to change.”

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: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter have a dark side. Here’s how to anonymously report abuse

CNET: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter have a dark side. Here’s how to anonymously report abuse. “…73% of adults say they’ve witnessed online harassment and 40% reporting being the target themselves, according to the Pew Research Center, a situation that can cause depression, anxiety and insomnia. Online hate groups can use these social platforms to organize ways to bring violence and threats to people in the real world. Here’s how you can anonymously report harassment online.”

France24: China’s social media troll ‘army’ wages war on Uighurs

France24: China’s social media troll ‘army’ wages war on Uighurs. “The Chinese troll army suddenly struck one evening, bombarding the Facebook pages of two pro-Uighur groups with an array of verbal grenades and offensive images. The social media onslaught was the handiwork of the self-styled Diba Central Army, a Chinese patriotic group that has targeted other pages in the past to defend Beijing.”

Washington Post: Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey called Rep. Ilhan Omar after Trump’s tweet sparked a flood of death threats

Washington Post: Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey called Rep. Ilhan Omar after Trump’s tweet sparked a flood of death threats. “Twitter chief executive Jack Dorsey phoned Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar on Tuesday and stood by the company’s decision to permit a tweet from President Trump that later resulted in a flood of death threats targeting the congresswoman.”

ABC News (Australia): Social media abuse targets female athletes three times more than men, study finds

ABC News (Australia): Social media abuse targets female athletes three times more than men, study finds. “Nearly 27 per cent of comments on well-read Facebook posts by major Australian broadcasters were negative towards sportswomen compared to 8 per cent for male athletes. The analysis, conducted by women’s and children’s advocacy group Plan International, looked at more than 1,300 comments on broadcasters’ pages in the past 12 months.”

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?

New York Times: Wikipedia Isn’t Officially a Social Network. But the Harassment Can Get Ugly.

New York Times: Wikipedia Isn’t Officially a Social Network. But the Harassment Can Get Ugly.. “In Wikipedia’s 18 years of existence, it has become a fixture in our lives: It ascends to the top of Google’s search results and provides answers to the questions we ask Alexa and Siri. For Wikipedia’s editing community, the website is even more. It is a kind of social network where users debate the minutiae of history and modern life, climb the editorial hierarchy and even meet friends and romantic partners. It is also a place where editors can experience relentless harassment.”

Coda Story: Cambodia’s Internet crackdown reaches its activist monks

Coda Story: Cambodia’s Internet crackdown reaches its activist monks. “The sexually explicit photos were plastered over Venerable Luon Sovath’s Facebook page, with its more than 100,000 followers. ‘The monk lacks morals,’ one of the messages read. On the same day, his YouTube channel was also hacked, along with his personal email. Sovath doesn’t know who was behind the attack and about five others that have targeted his pages. But he is the most well-known of Cambodia’s tech-capable monks, who have become citizen journalists, videoing stories throughout Cambodia and sharing them on social media.”

Lifehacker: Get Ahead of Twitter Harassment by Checking Your Lists

Lifehacker: Get Ahead of Twitter Harassment by Checking Your Lists. “Being harassed on Twitter is never fun. And it can happen to you whether you’re already a decently well-known figure with that blue check mark of authenticity, an up-and-comer in the world of online witticisms, or if you came up with a single tweet that blew up beyond your wildest expectations. Or, of course, if you’re a woman.”

Wired: 1 in 3 Americans Suffered Severe Online Harassment in 2018

Wired: 1 in 3 Americans Suffered Severe Online Harassment in 2018 . “Despite concerted efforts by tech giants to cut back on abhorrent behavior on their platforms, a new survey finds that severe forms of online hate and harassment, including stalking and physical threats, may be on the rise. According to the survey, released Wednesday by the Anti-Defamation League, more than one third of Americans reported experiencing some type of severe online hate or harassment in 2018.”