SF State News: New study on #MeToo movement reveals Twitter echo chamber

SF State News: New study on #MeToo movement reveals Twitter echo chamber. “Two years ago, San Francisco State University Associate Professor of Economics Sepideh Modrek published a paper about the 2017 #MeToo movement. The viral hashtag emerged after celebrities started coming forward with sexual assault allegations against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein and other well-known public figures. Modrek’s first paper was a snapshot of those early Twitter conversations of mostly women tweeting personal stories of sexual assault and voicing support for survivors. In a new paper published in the April 2021 Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Modrek returned to Twitter to examine how the movement affected those uninvolved in the initial online conversations. The answer, unfortunately: not much.”

Tipped Service Workers Are More Vulnerable Amid Pandemic Harassment Spike: Study (NPR)

NPR: Tipped Service Workers Are More Vulnerable Amid Pandemic Harassment Spike: Study. “In the best of times, service industry workers are typically paid below the minimum wage and rely on tips to make up the difference. Now, those still working in an industry battered by the coronavirus pandemic are on the front lines, enforcing COVID-19 safety measures at the expense of both tip earnings and avoiding harassment. A new report from One Fair Wage finds that more than 80% of workers are seeing a decline in tips and over 40% say they’re facing an increase in sexual harassment from customers.”

BNN Bloomberg: Google employee calls sexual misconduct settlement a ‘whitewash’

BNN Bloomberg: Google employee calls sexual misconduct settlement a ‘whitewash’. “A Google employee in a court fight with the search company is trying to block a US$310 million settlement to resolve separate litigation over sexual harassment and executive misconduct. The employee, who’s identified in court papers by the pseudonym John Doe, has been sparring with the internet giant for four years over internal policies that he says muzzle staffers who want to speak out about workplace issues.”

New York Times: Alphabet Settles Shareholder Suits Over Sexual Harassment Claims

New York Times: Alphabet Settles Shareholder Suits Over Sexual Harassment Claims. “Google’s parent company, Alphabet, has settled a series of shareholder lawsuits over its handling of sexual harassment claims, agreeing to greater oversight by its board of directors in future cases of sexual misconduct and committing to spend $310 million over the next decade on corporate diversity programs.”

Washington Post: New database aims to expose companies that make employees arbitrate sexual harassment claims

Washington Post: New database aims to expose companies that make employees arbitrate sexual harassment claims. “Using the same spreadsheet-style activism she did with #GrabYourWallet, Shannon Coulter emailed some 500 companies, asking detailed questions about their forced arbitration policies for sexual harassment, which require employees to resolve complaints out of court. She and her partners, social impact investor Rachel Robasciotti and principal Iris Kuo, then published their answers — or lack thereof — on a public site, listing contact details for company representatives.”

BBC News: New Twitter filter deletes naked pictures from messages

BBC News: New Twitter filter deletes naked pictures from messages. “A new social media filter has been launched to prevent users from receiving unsolicited naked pictures. On Friday the plugin – called Safe DM – which blocks and deletes pictures of penises sent via direct message became available to Twitter users.” It’s an add-on to the Twitter service, not a browser plugin. BuzzFeed news tested the filter. I did not want to use that as the main article in this case because some of the pictures were er well um. But if you want to see how the tests went, you can read the article here.

Tubefilter: YouTube Terminates 2 Channels Linked To U.K.-Based ‘Pick-Up Artist’ Convicted Of Harassing Women

Tubefilter: YouTube Terminates 2 Channels Linked To U.K.-Based ‘Pick-Up Artist’ Convicted Of Harassing Women. “YouTube has terminated two channels linked to ‘pick-up artist’ Adnan Ahmed, 38, who last month was convicted of threatening and abusive behavior toward women. One channel, Addy A-Game, was run by Ahmed, and the other, Street Attraction, was run by the pick-up artist coaches who originally trained him in the ways of the so-called ‘game’ of picking up women.”

The Next Web: The UK government is looking to criminalize unsolicited dick pics

The Next Web: The UK government is looking to criminalize unsolicited dick pics. “Although apps like Tinder set out to make dating easier by putting hundreds of options only a swipe away, they also carry a greater risk of non-consensual interactions and new opportunities for perpetrators to target and abuse victims. Whether it’s an abusive message waiting in your inbox or an unsolicited Airdrop from a complete stranger, ‘surprise’ dick pics are an all too common form of sexual harassment. But yesterday, it was announced the Home Office is taking preliminary steps towards criminalizing ‘online flashing.’ In its ‘Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG)’ report, the Home Office proposed 10 commitments it believes will help protect women and girls in the UK — and it’s backed with more than £100 million in funding over the next five years.”

New York Times: Facebook Group of French Journalists Harassed Women for Years

New York Times: Facebook Group of French Journalists Harassed Women for Years. “The rumors had been out there for years: A private Facebook group that included many up-and-coming French male journalists was behind waves of online insult, mockery and harassment aimed at women in the business. Now, with confirmation that a group that called itself the Ligue du LOL existed, it is a moment of reckoning about sexism in the French news media, an insular and still male-dominated industry in a country where the #MeToo movement has met with some resistance.”

CNBC: Google employees to launch social media campaign on sexual harassment policies after previous protests brought ‘no meaningful gains for worker equity’

CNBC: Google employees to launch social media campaign on sexual harassment policies after previous protests brought ‘no meaningful gains for worker equity’. “Google employees, who walked out of offices around the world in November in protest of sexual harassment policies, are extending their critiques to the rest of the industry. The organizers are launching a social media campaign Tuesday to educate the public and protest the issue of forced arbitration by tech companies.”

New York Times: Sending Lewd Nudes to Strangers Could Mean a Year in Jail

New York Times: Sending Lewd Nudes to Strangers Could Mean a Year in Jail. “Rebecca Odorisio was traveling home on a crowded A train on Tuesday when a photo suddenly appeared on her phone from someone identifying himself as ‘The Enterprise.’ It was a picture of an erect penis, sent to her over AirDrop, an iPhone feature that allows users to send photos and documents to anyone within 30 feet who has left that feature open. Disgusted, she quickly rejected it.”