A lawsuit filed on April 12 alleges that Tesla CEO Elon Musk illegally delayed disclosing his stake in Twitter so he could buy more shares at lower prices.
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Elon Musk’s attempt to take over Twitter uses free speech as the motivation, but research shows that unregulated online spaces result in increased harassment for marginalized users.
We all have a role to play to address hostility online.
We recently heard that ‘new’ criminal offences would be added to the UK’s online safety bill to help tackle the growing problem of online abuse.
Attackers gain the trust of vulnerable individuals to obtain sexually explicit photos or videos via the internet, and then use these materials to blackmail victims.
We explored experiences of cyberbullying among young people in the UK. This is what we found.
Social media can provide ways for LGBTQ youth to learn more about, and stay connected to, their identities.
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While online communities may not fully address the isolation LGBTQ youth face in-person, they can serve as an important source of social support and a springboard for civic engagement.
What hapens when someone outside of the university community co-ordinates a mass email campaign demanding the firing of a faculty member? University policies need to cover this.
Where policies do address online abuse and harassment, they’re largely ineffective in a world where academics engage with people in a variety of public platforms and through social media.
College videogame team members practice League of Legends.
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Combating sexism and other forms of harassment in online videogames comes down to community standards.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, online platforms might seem to be safer places to work and socialise, but online abuse is expected to rise – and women are at a higher risk.
The body plays a crucial role in Instagram influencers’ selfies.
A study of Instagram influencers has found most employ a highly sexualised aesthetic drawn from mainstream adult film. And many are subject to sexual harassment, ranging from aggressive comments to physical threats.
Smartphones have put the tools for bullying and voyeurism in the pockets of schoolchildren.
France’s #MeToo backlash has revealed just how deeply rooted sexism is in the country. Disguised as flirtation or child’s play, sexual harassment begins as early as elementary school.
The definition of “trolling” has changed a lot over the last 15 years.
Some people still think “trolling” refers to harmless fun. If we want to reduce abusive online behaviour, let’s start by getting our definitions right.
Eroding civility is not just a U.S. phenomenon. We need to learn how to speak to each other, no matter what our politics.
Eroding civility is not just an American phenomenon; it’s global. But it’s time for a return to civility as we reflect on how we will be judged and remembered when the dust of history settles upon us.
What causes a media business to bar the door?
While they may talk about ‘free speech,’ businesses make decisions about their content based on a very different set of principles.
It can be complicated to teach a computer to detect harassment and threats.
It could seem attractive to try to teach computers to detect harassment, threats and abusive language. But it’s much more difficult than it might appear.
The way user interfaces are designed can impact the kind of community that gathers.
Eliminating anonymity is often touted as a solution to hostile online behaviour, but research shows that agreeable people who are more likely to leave positive comments prefer to do it anonymously.
Social media sites should face tougher laws, but education is also key to tackling online abuse.
Companies and governments should do more to prevent ‘revenge porn’ without asking potential victims to send their nude photos to Facebook.
We need to call out trolling for what it is: harassment and abuse.
The media is doing the public a disservice by using the word “trolling” to describe more serious behaviours that should be defined as online harassment and abuse.
The experience of journalists like Maria Ressa is all too common.
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Filipino journalist Maria Ressa has faced online harassment campaigns designed to discredit and silence her.