online harassment

Twitter acquires anti-abuse technology provider Smyte

Twitter this morning announced it has agreed to buy San Francisco-based technology company Smyte, which describes itself as “trust and safety as a service.” Founded in 2014 by former Goog

Here’s how to kick nazis off your Twitter right now

While you wait for Twitter to roll out "more aggressive" rules regarding hate speech, which CEO Jack Dorsey promised are coming within "weeks" as of late Friday, here's a quick workaround to kick naz

A huge new survey shows that teens are bullied most on Instagram and Facebook

According to British anti-bullying organization Ditch The Label’s new annual survey, Instagram is the network of choice for cyberbullies in 2017, with Facebook close behind. This year’s su

Pew study says 41 percent of adults in the U.S. have been harassed online

Online harassment is an all-too-common occurrence in the U.S., with 41 percent of adults saying they have experienced harassment online, and 66 percent of people saying they've seen it happen to other

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

Hack Harassment adds an interdisciplinary board to tackle online hate

Hack Harassment, founded by Vox Media, Intel and Lady Gaga’s youth-focused Born This Way organization, will gear up to fight online harassment with the introduction of its first advisory board.

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

Twitter makes another anti-abuse update

Twitter will no longer notify you about replies in conversations started by people you’ve either blocked or muted, Twitter said today. You will, however, still get notified if someone you follo

Twitter quickly kills a poorly thought out anti-abuse measure

Twitter earlier this month announced a series of changes aimed at silencing abuse on its network, but a recent change to its service – which was quickly reversed following user feedback –

Instagram to roll out anti-harassment tools

Online harassment is a big problem, with 40 percent of all people on the internet having reported experiencing some form of harassment online, according to Pew Research Center. In order to combat h

Lady Gaga’s mom urges tech community to fight online harassment

Online harassment is no good. Unfortunately, 40 percent of all people on the internet report experiencing some form of harassment online and 70 percent of people between the ages of 18 and 24 have bee

Anti-Reddit platform Imzy partners with Lena Dunham to build online community for Lenny Letter

It’s no secret that Reddit isn’t the best place on the Internet. In fact, its name has become synonymous with hate speech, racism, sexism and other terrible things. So, maybe getting let g

Controversial people-rating app Peeple goes live, has a plan to profit from users’ negative reviews

Peeple, the controversial people-rating application that lets its users rate and review anyone, is not a hoax or vaporware, as many suspected following the media backlash surrounding the unveiling

Dropping Protections For Internet Platforms Will Result In Greater Harm

Online harassment is a serious problem for every member of the online community, including companies like While the majority of petitions are deeply inspiring stories of people power, we o

The Rise Of Female Hackers For Good

On May 23, 2015, hackers from 19 countries gathered online and in person for Femhack, a grassroots international feminist hackathon inspired by the life and work of Sabeen Mahmud. Passionate about civ

Twitter Makes Tweaks To Limit Abuse And Abusers

Twitter has today announced some product and policy changes aimed at better tackling violent threats and abuse on its platform. The problem of the mainstream social network being misappropriated as an

#Gamergate Shows Tech Needs Far Better Algorithms

If Gamergate teaches us anything -- beyond, of course, vastly obvious observations about the toxicity of certain Internet demographics (which is hardly new news) -- it's that algorithms and formulaic