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Facebook has new tools to prevent unwanted friend requests and messages

Facebook, like every social media platform, has issues with harassment and bullying. In order to prevent certain types of harassment, Facebook is introducing some new features to help prevent unwanted

These are Facebook’s internal policies on harassment and bullying

Facebook, in a similar manner to what it did with its internal policies around Managing Bias, is making publicly available its policies on harassment and bullying. Facebook also has outlined its inves

Silenced by ‘free speech’

There's a fundamental incongruency between being pro 'free speech' and operating a global social network for civil public discussion. Twitter is struggling with it. Facebook is struggling with it, too

Twitter users join 24hr boycott to protest online harassment

A number of Twitter users are joining in a 24 hour boycott of the platform today, organized around the hashtag #WomenBoycottTwitter, to draw attention to online harassment on social media, including h

A Stanford professor’s advice on surviving the a**hole at your startup

If you've never worked for a complete jerk, consider yourself lucky. Roughly one in five people polled say they've experienced bullying in the workplace -- and 61 percent of the time, the bully is the

Twitter lets you avoid trolls by muting new users and strangers

When trolls barge into people's notifications with offensive replies or user names, those legitimate users might not keep coming back to Twitter. So today the company rolled out new tools to help you

Twitter adds more anti-abuse measures focused on banning accounts, silencing bullying

Making good on its promises to more seriously tackle abuse on its network, Twitter this morning announced several more updates to its service aimed at silencing abusers, helping users better filter T

Instagram fights abuse with comment disabling and liking

Twitter’s sluggish approach to combating harassment looks even slower today as Instagram pushed its third round of safety features this quarter. The company announced this morning three new feat

Bumble will soon let users get verified in an effort to squash impersonators

For some reason certain people feel the need to create a dating profile using someone else’s pictures. Whether it’s done to impersonate someone else, bully someone or even just pull a pr

Twitter Forms A “Trust & Safety Council” To Balance Abuse Vs Free Speech

Twitter’s latest step in the tricky balancing act of championing free speech without also handing a free pass to orchestrated harassment via its platform is the announcement today that it&#821

VISR Raises A Million For An App That Helps Parents Spot Online Bullying, Mental Health Concerns On Kids’ Accounts

Parents today can be overwhelmed when trying to keep up with their child's online activity, and often fail to spot troubling behavior like bullying, threats, sexting, and even possible mental health i

Tech Companies Reveal Mystery Eye Emoji Is Part Of Anti-Bullying Campaign

The Ad Council and a cohort of tech companies shed some light today on an eye emoji that has been perplexing Apple watchers since the release of iOS 9.1. The eye — which was rumored to mean ever

Twitter’s New “Quality Filter” Starts Rolling Out To Verified iOS Users

Twitter can be a cesspool of bullying, which CEO Dick Costolo admitted in an internal memo has cost the microblogging platform users. Over the past few months, however, the company has taken several m

Yik Yak Quietly Dropped From Google Play Charts In October

If the rise of anonymous apps has proven anything, it’s that humans can be ugly creatures when the social pressures that keep our baser natures in check are removed, and we’re allowed t

A Chat With The Researcher Who Found Online Bystanders Won’t Stop Bullying

Kelly Dillon, a Doctoral Candidate at the Ohio State University School of Communication, found that people generally won't act when they see someone bullied online. This news, while not surprising to

Study: Most People Won’t Stop Online Bullies

In 1964 a woman named Kitty Genovese was stabbed and left for dead in Kew Gardens, Queens. She screamed for help over a half hour while bystanders and apartment-dwellers above apparently ignored her p

GamerGate Harassment Of Zoe Quinn Stoops To New Low

GamerGate has not bottomed out quite yet. The pent up rage of a group of disenfranchised misogynists has found a new digital outlet for harassing one of their targets, games developer Zoe Quinn, in th

Amid Bullying & Threats Of Violence, Anonymous Social App Yik Yak Shuts Off Access To U.S. Middle & High School Students

Anonymous communication platforms and the pre-teen-to-teenage brain are two things that don’t mix all that well. Just look at Ask.fm, for example, the social Q&A platform whose shield of ano

Study: Cyberbullying Is Far Less Frequent Than Traditional, Face-To-Face Bullying

Despite the breathless headlines and TV news segments, researcher Dan Olweus of the University of Bergen, Norway, reported the results of a study that found traditional bullying in schools and on play