Internet Trolls

This Is, Pretty Much, Why Gisele Is The Boss...

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 05.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Prepare to watch Gisele Bündchen kick some serious ass. In the latest campaign for Under Armour, the Brazilian supermodel lets the world know what...

Jennifer Aniston, Friends or Online Foes?

Amber Melville-Brown | Posted 21.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Amber Melville-Brown

Maybe Jennifer Aniston is not the best example if you espouse the mantra 'live by the camera die by the camera'. She has had plenty of opportunities as a result of her media profile; she has significant resources as a result of her public profile to shield her from the worse excesses of the Internet. But she is a useful poster child to remind us of the dangers of the Internet.

This 13-Year Old's Solution For Internet Trolls Is Ingenious

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 08.08.2014 | UK Tech

A 13-year old scientist Trisha Prabhu has come up with what she believes to be the ultimate weapon for dealing with internet trolls. The young prod...

Internet Trolls: Mind-Numbing Onslaught of Sadists

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 05.08.2014 | UK Tech
Preetam Kaushik

The internet turned out to be the most democratic space which can be accessed by everyone who can use a bit of tech to better their lives and knowledge base... Suicides, depression, anxiety, and humiliation - all these and more are associated with the internet, what with some people using it to vent their sadism out.

Breanna Mitchell's Smiling Auschwitz Selfie May Be Bad Taste, But The Backlash Is Far Worse

Brogan Driscoll | Posted 22.07.2014 | UK Tech
Brogan Driscoll

By now you'll have probably heard of Breanna Mitchell, the teenage girl who posted a selfie smiling at Auschwitz concentration camp. Although she posted the photo some time ago (June 20th), it has only recently gone viral - clocking up more than 3300 retweets and a barrage of abuse over the past few days.

Five Things Feminist Times Taught Me About Feminism...

Kat Lister | Posted 15.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kat Lister

I'm not sure about you but I'm still figuring things out as I go along - and I don't think there is any shame in that. We might not always like what we hear but we've got to respect it all the same. The power of debate is rooted in our differences and imperfections. The tide of subsequent social and political change relies as much on our ears as our mouths.

Do Twitter Do Enough? My 'Clones' and Relentless Abuse

Rob McDowall | Posted 26.08.2014 | UK Tech
Rob McDowall

I regularly receive Twitter comments ranging from the tame and jejune 'fag', 'fudge packer', 'cock sucker', 'spazzy' and 'ugly cunt' to the more personal and nasty 'you should have been kicked out of your mums womb', 'I'd slit your throat fag', 'You should get raped with a machete' and 'Hitler had the right idea. Put you faggot bastards in an oven at 230 degrees until crispy'.

Internet Bully Challenges Heavyweight Champ To A Fight. Boxer Agrees.

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 14.05.2014 | UK Tech

Now, we're not condoning violence but there is something very satisfying about this clip. Heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder got so fed up with th...

LOOK: This Picture Saw Sales Plummet For The Bristol Post

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 08.04.2014 | UK

A regional newspaper editor has revealed he lost “thousands” of sales after featuring two gay men kissing after tying the knot on the front page. ...

I'm THAT Mum Who Has 'the Most Pampered Kids in Britain' - But Let Me Set the Record Straight

Faye Jacobs | Posted 18.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Faye Jacobs

This week, I found myself in the firing line of an extremely controversial story published on the Mail Online and have had to endure over a thousand comments questioning my integrity, my parenting and my sheer existence. To say the last 24 hours has been traumatic would be an understatement.

'Barroco Barner' Gaffe - Another Disguised Excuse to Laugh at Women?

Fiona Hotston Moore | Posted 13.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Fiona Hotston Moore

For many of us it has been dispiriting to read the reports and analysis, weighty and otherwise, let alone to have the meanderings of a 20-year-old receptionist making no claims to intellectual weight held as somehow totemic of education or, implicitly, women.

Taylor Swift Is a Decent Role Model for Young Women, Why Does the Internet Tear Her to Shreds?

Kate Leaver | Posted 31.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Kate Leaver

It appears that hating Taylor Swift is one of the internet's favourite hobbies. Just Google her name and you're hit with a virtual tsunami of fierce hatred... But here's the thing. Hatred for Taylor Swift seems entirely arbitrary. Nobody appears able to properly justify trolling her, or disliking her. Substitute any other young pop star into any of the above-described scenarios and the public reaction would have been completely different.

Where is the Satisfaction in Being Anonymous?

Shihab S Joi | Posted 08.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Shihab S Joi

In every corner of the Internet, there is an entire legion of writers who need to share their thoughts, yet choose to remain Anonymous. And they're not making throwaway comments either. People get fiercely attached to their online personas.

The 'Say It to Their Face' Rule

Xavier Toby | Posted 02.12.2013 | UK Comedy
Xavier Toby

Are you fed up with all the hateful, hurtful rubbish that's in nearly every comments section on the internet? Me too. So I've come up with a solution. The 'say it to their face' rule.

Laurie Penny and the Oppression of Women

Tony Mckenna | Posted 18.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Tony Mckenna

'All men are implicated in a culture of sexism' - says Laurie, and this is a 'challenge'. But any such challenge is profoundly divisive. It is as divisive as saying all white people are implicated in a culture of racism.

Are Trolls Really Responsible for Teenage Suicide and What Can the Websites Do About Them?

Dr Nicholas M. Almond | Posted 13.10.2013 | UK Tech
Dr Nicholas M. Almond

The critical thing which needs to be done is that parents, guardians, teachers and friends need to take more responsibility to protect individuals who are young (and vulnerable) to ensure that they do not receive any abuse. These people can act as the 'Watchdogs', but they must understand how the internet works...

Social Networks Don't Kill Teenagers, Bullies Do

Christina Sweeney-Baird | Posted 08.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Christina Sweeney-Baird

Schools also need to wake up to the fact that there is a strong need for that half hour PSHE lesson each week to include one of the most significant parts of a school pupils life. Making it clear to children that they can report online abuse to teachers, parents and if necessary the police, is vital. Caution needs to be encouraged.

From the Inappropriate to the Criminal: The Internet War We Must All Fight

Amy Licence | Posted 07.10.2013 | UK Tech
Amy Licence

Almost straightaway the negative reactions began. While there is always a valuable place for disagreement and the sort of comment that can develop an article's argument or add to it, this eleven-year-old's writing incited such descriptions as "feminist bull-shit" and ambiguous statements that the author belonged "to a certain tribe."

Could Twitter's Verified Accounts Be the Answer to Stopping Tweet Threats?

Mark Wilson | Posted 07.10.2013 | UK Tech
Mark Wilson

Perhaps Twitter should consider looking at verified accounts in a completely different way... maybe it should be a compulsory part of signing up for an account. If you've handed over government issued identification papers during sign-up (driving license, passport etc) to prove who you are, you're significantly less likely to start sending out death threats - unless you're stupid.

Twitter Silence Sums Up Everything Men Hate About Women

Katie Hopkins | Posted 06.10.2013 | UK Tech
Katie Hopkins

Men don't tend to do sulking. If there is an issue, they address the issue. Everyone feels better and cracks on with their day job. Later they will go for a drink and talk about cricket. Equally, if you are going to play the PMT card and stomp about ... you really need to be sure you haven't been a bit of an arse on Twitter yourself. Duplicity does not work.

Like Yesteryear's Handwringing Over Black Muggers or Violent Mods, The Fuss Over Internet Trolls Is a Classic Moral Panic

Brendan O'Neill | Posted 06.10.2013 | UK Tech
Brendan O'Neill

The panic about these keyboard-tapping folk devils, this handful of very sad men who are said to pose an existential threat to the safety and self-esteem of the whole of womankind, conforms precisely to Cohen's definition of a moral panic. With one difference: the moral panic over trolls has even less substance.

Troll Over - Four Ways to Stop Online Abuse

Simon Cohen | Posted 06.10.2013 | UK Tech
Simon Cohen

Online abuse is a complex issue with no easy answer, but we can all take steps to rid the world of trolls. First, stop using the word, and get real. Be compassionate, caring, and kind towards each other. Let's all live by the The Golden Rule of Twitter - tweet others as you would like to be tweeted yourself.

What to Do With Internet Trolls?

Sammy Sultan | Posted 05.10.2013 | UK Tech
Sammy Sultan

Assuming we can identify trolls effectively, the question remains as to what fate should befall them? Well, if it were up to me, severe Internet trolls would spend an arbitrary amount of time behind bars. I believe trolling to be that serious an offence.

In Praise of Web Anonymity

Sharon O'Dea | Posted 02.10.2013 | UK Tech
Sharon O'Dea

In the two decades since, the web has opened up communication and ideas in ways few dreamed possible. As a tool which enables people to speak freely with others all over the world, putting thousands of information sources at our fingertips, the web has fuelled revolutions and overthrown governments.

Twitter Needs To Find Its Safe Place

Melissa Davis | Posted 01.10.2013 | UK Tech
Melissa Davis

On a practical level, it's easy to see how self-policing might be hard to do. As was demonstrated with several of the offending accounts, as soon as Twitter suspended an account, the perpetrator simply opened a new one and began the same series of ugly threats and comments.