Report: Rev Asked Workers to Transcribe Audio Involving Sexual Assault, Child Abuse Without Warning

Rev, the $1-a-minute (78p) audio transcription gig economy platform that’s been in the news lately for slashing payouts to contractors and an ensuing backlash, had its transcribers listen to content “relating to sex and child abuse without prior warning”, Business Insider reported on Friday. Read More >>

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Swedish Prosecutors Reopen Rape Case Against Julian Assange

Swedish prosecutors have reopened their investigation into WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on charges of rape made by a woman in 2010. Assange skipped bail in June 2012 while in London and claimed asylum in the Ecuadorian embassy, where he lived for almost seven years. Read More >>

Man Who Posed as Housewife Online Admits to Secretly Recording Sex With 80 Men for Porn Site

A man involved with the porn site “StraightBoyz” that featured hundreds of videos of his sex acts with other men—many of them unconsenting and unaware that they were being filmed—has pleaded guilty to charges against him in a US federal court. Read More >>

Men Looking for Anonymous Sex Reportedly Tricked Into Being Filmed for Porn Site

US federal agents arrested the man behind the porn operation “StraightBoyz” last week, after he allegedly spent years tricking men into having sex acts performed on them on camera, and posting the videos online without their consent. Read More >>

Women Who Say Uber Drivers Raped Them Are Fighting to Have Their Lawsuit Heard by a Jury

Women who sued Uber on the assertion that the company’s policies failed to protect them and others from sexual misconduct want to have their case heard by a jury. But they say Uber’s terms of service have forced them into arbitration, meaning anyone who uses the app must settle disputes behind closed doors through a third party—not the courts, where proceedings would be public. Read More >>

Snapchat User Known as ‘Lol Atyou’ Charged With Sexual Assault in Revenge Porn Extortion Plot

A 27-year-old man in London, Ontario, Canada allegedly sexually exploited women online under the username “Adaskio” on Tinder and “El Hefe” and “Lol Atyou” on Snapchat. Read More >>

Developer Tells Her Story Publicly as Hacker Community Struggles to Address Sexual Assault

After several attendees of this year’s Chaos Communication Congress (CCC) in Germany said organisers have continued to downplay or ignore issues of harassment and sexual assault, Chelsea Komlo, an open-source software developer and Tor contributor, is speaking out publicly about the rape and assault she says she experienced in an attempt to help combat the toxic environment that some say has plagued the annual privacy and security conference for years. Read More >>

Netflix Finally Confirms House of Cards Will Finish Its Sixth Season, Spacey Won’t Return

Netflix has announced its future plans for its first original series, House of Cards. Following sexual assault allegations against the show’s star, Kevin Spacey, the future of the sixth season was uncertain. But Netflix’s chief content officer Ted Sarandos has now confirmed details of how it will all wrap up. Read More >>

Netflix Reportedly Severs Ties With Kevin Spacey, Effective Immediately

Days after halting production on the sixth and final season of House of Cards, Netflix has reportedly opted to cut star Kevin Spacey loose immediately amid allegations the actor sexually assaulted actor Anthony Rapp while Rapp was 14 years old. Read More >>

The Anti-Rape Gadgets That Never Delivered

It’s like clockwork: every month or so, you’ll be scrolling through your Facebook feed and stumble across a video about a new ring or underwear, colour-changing straws or colour-changing nail polish, or “smart stickers” that claim to help prevent sexual assault. There’s the inevitable swarm of uncritical media coverage that garners hundreds of thousands of views in a few days. But after a fleeting moment in the news cycle, the stories—and ostensibly, the products themselves—disappear. Read More >>

15-Year-Old Girl Allegedly Sexually Assaulted on Facebook Live While 40 People Watched

Since it debuted nearly a year ago, Facebook Live has been rife with content moderation problems. The latest in a long line of horrific examples comes from Chicago, where the Associated Press reports that a missing 15-year-old girl was allegedly sexually assaulted by up to six people while about 40 people watched the stream. Read More >>

Man Claims Uber Laughed at Him When He Tried To Report Sexual Assault 

A New York man says he was laughed at by an operator at Uber’s emergency hotline after reporting that he was sexually assaulted by an Uber driver this month. The operator later hung up after refusing to refer the man to her manager. The driver has since been banned from the platform. Read More >>

Snapchat Clips Help Convict Two People of Sexually Assaulting a Teenager 

On Tuesday, Rashad Deihim and Kailyn Bonia were convicted of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl in the woods near an primary school in Saugus, Massachusetts. In a sick twist, the incident was captured on Snapchat and sent around to others—a move that, awful as it was, likely helped save the teenager’s life and prove the pair’s guilt. Read More >>

Jacob Appelbaum Has Allegedly Engaged in Sexual Misconduct for Over a Decade

New stories of Jacob Applebaum’s alleged sexual misconduct have surfaced since the developer and well-known computer security and privacy advocate stepped down from his staff position at the Tor Project last week. Read More >>

Tor Developer Jacob Appelbaum Resigns, Denies Sexual Assault Claims

Former Tor Project employee and well-known computer security and privacy advocate Jacob Appelbaum has issued a statement denying public accusations of sexual assault. His statement was made days after anonymous claims of sexual mistreatment led him to step down from the Tor Project. Read More >>