Twitter Says It’s a Safer Place, But There’s No Hard Data to Prove It

Twitter claims it has become a safer site thanks to all its anti-abuse efforts, but there’s no way to tell if that’s true because the company didn’t share any hard numbers behind its data. Read More >>

Study: The Internet Is Still Full of Arseholes

A nationally-representative US study on online harassment released by Pew Research today confirms what most of us already know: the internet is absolutely chock full of abusive shitheads. Read More >>

Discord Has a Child Porn Problem

In February, Gizmodo reported that many Discord users were facing abuse and were given no clear recourse. Among the issues endemic to the voice- and text-chat platform was the anonymous and unsolicited dissemination of child pornography, a problem which seems to have only gotten worse. Read More >>

Why Instagram’s Plans To Combat Online Harassment Won’t Work On Twitter

Since the beginning of the internet, online harassment has been a problem. We created this big, beautiful digital landscape that lets people be completely unfiltered, and we all do different things with this freedom. I, for example, use my platform to make sex memes and lightly neg Silicon Valley billionaires. Others take this opportunity to become the scariest, shitbag, bigoted versions of themselves, hiding behind the comfy anonymity of their computer screens, facing no real consequences for threatening to rape, kill, and torture people. Read More >>

A New Yahoo AI Can Detect Online Abuse, But Automation Isn’t the Answer

Online harassment is a serious, but tough problem to try and solve. There is a need for a new system that can ease the burden on moderators who have to comb through those reports. As someone who was once responsible for doing that for a local news station (a much smaller venue than, say, Twitter), I can sympathise with the toll seeing all those racist, abusive messages takes on your psyche. It sucks. Read More >>

Sensitive Souls Pressure Stolen! Game Creator Into Shutting Up Shop

Controversial social app Stolen! has shut down, after being accused of encouraging online abuse. The invite-only game essentially turned Twitter profiles into trading cards, which players were allowed to buy and sell using virtual currency. Read More >>

For God’s Sake, Twitter, Stop Allowing Hate Speech in Promoted Tweets

“Get a rope & hang yourself.” The tweets are wildly, flagrantly hateful. The kind of offensive language, in fact, that Twitter just developed an algorithm to detect. Yet Twitter is getting paid to publish them, pushing abusive speech to a wide audience. Read More >>

What Makes You Block Someone? 

People have varying thresholds of tolerance for putting up with ignorance, dickishness, and other crap online. What does it take for you to head straight for the 'Block' button on social media? Read More >>

The Latest Twitter Update Tries to Address Doxxing

Doxxing, and the death threats and swatting that almost invariably follow, is one of the nastiest tools of internet trolls worldwide. Twitter is on the front lines of the online abuse problem, but thus far they've been fighting a fairly pathetic losing battle. The company's latest update hopes to turn that around. Read More >>