crime
Pizzagate Shooter Pleads Guilty as Online Conspiracy Theory Winds Down

Last December, Edgar Maddison Welch—a 28-year-old who claims he had only recently installed an internet connection in his North Carolina home—crossed state lines with several firearms. After arriving at a Washington DC pizzeria to “self-investigate” a conspiracy theory that the restaurant was involved in a child sex trafficking ring, he fired a rifle inside and was soon apprehended by police. Read More >>

internet
How a Video Game Chat Client Became the Web’s New Cesspool of Abuse

Over 25 million users have flocked to Discord, a text and voice platform for gamers, since its launch in May of 2015. Despite the company raising at least 30 million in venture capital funding, the company has only five “customer experience” personnel and no moderators on its staff. From what I’ve seen, users who wish to engage in harassment, raid servers, or bombard chats and users with child pornography suffer no lasting repercussions for doing so. That seemingly any server can become the victim of organised attacks represents the strained and failing infrastructure of moderation—of Discord, and of virtually any community on the internet. Read More >>

gaming
The FBI’s Colossal Failure Investigating GamerGate

A member of Reddit GamerGate hub KotakuinAction filed a Freedom of Information Act request for documents pertaining to the FBI’s investigation of the online movement which they received last month. Now those documents have been made public, and amid its 173 heavily-redacted pages is one email chain encapsulating how a year of the Bureau’s efforts resulted in exactly zero prosecutions. Read More >>

crime
8Chan Taken Down by Bahamas Registrar

8chan, the online message board that brought you the nastiest shit on the internet (and Gamergate!) has had its domain seized by its Bahamas-based registrar. According to the takedown notice, "child abuse" content on the site is to blame. Guess the internet's trolls will have to find a different bridge to hide under. [Ars Technica] Read More >>