Rotten Tomatoes is Changing its Audience Rating System Because of Trolls

Even though the general public has not yet had the chance to see Captain Marvel, that didn’t stop trolls from preemptively trashing the film on Rotten Tomatoes in what can only be described as an sexism-fuelled attempt at convincing people that a movie about a female superhero couldn’t possibly be good. Now, the ratings site is taking action to deal with the problem. Read More >>

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey: I Suck and the Problem Is the Whole Site

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, whose platform has become synonymous with yelling, trolling, and a less-than-stable president who uses it for incoherent rants and threats of nuclear annihilation, is in a tough spot: Many if not most of the criticisms of his site are accurate, and Dorsey’s tactic of choice when responding to them is usually sputtering out a bunch of five-dollar words about how he needs to make unspecified changes. Read More >>

Sony Teams Up With Netflix in an Attempt to Please TV Nerds

At a glitzy event near Times Square on Tuesday, Sony unveiled its new lineup of Bravia flagship TVs. (The company literally pulled a veil off of them, according to an eyewitness account from this blogger.) The new TVs are collectively called the Master Series, and the screens are designed to offer image quality that’s comparable to Sony’s high-end professional reference monitors, the same kind that Hollywood people use when making feature films. Also, somewhat confusingly, Netflix is involved. Read More >>

Why Facebook’s Latest Takedown of a Political Influence Campaign Matters

Facebook wants to prove to lawmakers and the public that it’s working diligently to combat political disinformation and foreign election meddling, and on Tuesday, the company revealed it recently shut down a network that appears to be mirroring the kind of activity Russia is accused of orchestrating in the run-up to the 2016 election. Read More >>

Twitter May Be Demoting Controversial Accounts in Search Results

In what appears to be new ranking behaviour, Gizmodo has identified several prominent far-right accounts now buried by Twitter’s search feature. Read More >>

Twitter is Suspending More Than One Million Accounts Per Day in Latest Purge

Apparently sick of being criticised by everyone from US Congress to Seth Rogan for not doing enough to purge its platform of bots, trolls, and malicious foreign actors, Twitter has started liberally dropping the ban hammer on suspicious accounts, suspending more than 70 million users over the course of May and June. Read More >>

Internal Twitter Emails Show Twitter Has No Idea What Verification is Supposed to Mean

Twitter has had no idea what the flying fuck its “Verified Account” badge is supposed to mean for years, even as it was handing out verifications to rambling conspiracy theorists, white supremacists, and anyone willing to pay for it, according to internal emails obtained by BuzzFeed News. Read More >>

Feminist Frequency’s ‘Tropes Vs Women in Video Games’ Series Comes To An End

YouTube trolls must be happy today as Anita Sarkeesian's 'Tropes Vs Women in Video Games' series releases its last video, The Lady Sidekick. Read More >>

Man Installs ‘Relationship Saving Station’ At His Local Ikea

Having an argument in Ikea is pretty much the worst thing in the world. Everyone stares at you with patronising sympathy and you don't feel like getting an ice cream after the tills. Most of the time, you don't even get the good half of the 100 Days of Summer montage – it's just utensils, cushion covers, breakup. Read More >>

Judge Loses His Job Over Online Comments About His Cases

The temptation to use the anonymous online commenting for the purpose of telling other people how stupid they are is strong. But one judge has learned the hard way that giving yourself a pseudonym doesn’t mean that no one will ever find out who’s talking shit. Read More >>

Arnold Schwarzenegger Is The Hero We All Need Right Now

On Thursday 23rd March, Arnold Schwarzenegger—ex-Governor of California, legendary muscle-bound hunk and twin of Danny DeVito—posted a sweet video on Facebook of the Special Olympics athletes in Austria. Read More >>

Google’s Made an API for Identifying Troll Comments

Google's Counter Abuse Technology team and Jigsaw (part of Alphabet) are working on a way to identify and weed out angry manchildren in website comment sections. Read More >>

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Why Trolls Won in 2016

A decade is all it took, more or less, for the internet to become unmanageable. Read More >>

Palmer Luckey, Millionaire Founder of Oculus Rift, Loves Donald Trump and Dates a Gamergater

It’s been an open secret for some time that Palmer Luckey, the 24-year-old founder of VR company Oculus Rift and heir apparent to the future of gaming, is a strange guy — the type who argues with his customers on Reddit and casually cosplays as My Little Pony characters. Turns out, he also appears to be an active supporter of Donald Trump and the alt-right, and in a long-term relationship with an avid Gamergater. Read More >>

Shut Up Twitter Trolls With Problematic Quality Filters That Put You in an Echo Chamber

I'm sure Twitter means well with its new "quality filters" aimed at silencing the trolls, but it's really just turning its back on a problem rather than dealing with endemic abuse all over its platform. Read More >>