Online Abuse

London Metropolitan Police Service Take A Massive Step To Tackle Online Hate Crime

Andrew Boff | Posted 16.08.2016 | UK Politics
Andrew Boff

The Metropolitan Police Service's recent announcement to create a new online hate crime hub to improve their response to online hate crime is an important step in tackling one of the most prevalent forms of hate crime.

This LinkedIn User Totally Shut Down A Man For Treating Site 'Like Tinder'

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 19.07.2016 | UK

A LinkedIn user has been praised after brilliantly shutting down a man for treating the professional networking site “like Tinder”. Abigail McAlpi...

When is Online Abuse Just Banter?

The Huffington Post | Martha Gill | Posted 18.07.2016 | UK Politics

When should a troll be prosecuted? Get this question wrong and multiple rape threats can go unpunished. Get it wrong in the other direction and teens ...

It's Time for All of Us to Do Something to Stand up for Decency, Civility and Respect for Other Human Beings Online

Yvette Cooper | Posted 18.07.2016 | UK Politics
Yvette Cooper

Death threats, rape threats, refugees demonised, EU citizens told to go home, a Muslim Mayor targeted with islamophobia, a Jewish MP bombarded with anti-Semitic threats, young women campaigners called traitors or scum. Political debate online is being poisoned and it has to stop.. Time to start reporting, speaking out, standing up for others who are being targeted. They say evil triumphs when good people do nothing. Time for all of us to do something to stand up for decency, civility and respect for other human beings. Tim Berners-Lee said when he invented the world wide web, "this is for everyone." Lets make sure it stays so.

Reclaim the Internet - Fighting for Freedom of Speech

Jess Phillips | Posted 26.05.2016 | UK Politics
Jess Phillips

Reclaim the Internet is not about being the internet police, it is not about making loads of new laws to stifle what is a magnificent, progressive, usually jolly, environment. It is the start of a conversation with the public about what we can do so that all of our voices can be heard. It is a listening project to find out what we can do to limit the kind of behaviour which offline is totally unacceptable. We're trying to make sure that freedom of speech for all the amazing girls and women is not drowned out by faceless avatars. I want spunky women shouting up and facing honest to goodness debate and challenge. Not men with spunky names bullying women in to silence.

Facebook Now Has A Brilliant Way Of Tackling People Who Are Trolling You

The Huffington Post | Nitya Rajan | Posted 23.03.2016 | UK Tech

Facebook is testing a new tool that will let you know if someone is impersonating you. The feature will send an alert if it detects another user with ...

Why We Should Feel Sorry for Oldham West No Matter What The Result: From A Non-Partisan Voter

Lydia Suffield | Posted 03.12.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Lydia Suffield

Oh, Oldham West. Poor, poor Oldham West. By the time you read this article, we might already know the results of Thursday's by-election. I'm already t...

We Often Forget Online Abuse Has Real World Repercussions

Lizzie Roberts | Posted 13.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Lizzie Roberts

We can all learn a lesson from Mean Girls here: "Calling somebody else fat won't make you any skinnier. Calling someone stupid doesn't make you any smarter. And ruining [someone else's] life definitely didn't make me any happier."

Dear Haters, I'm Calling You Out

Darryl Morris | Posted 13.10.2015 | UK
Darryl Morris

Today, a man named David called my radio show. David asked me when my contract ended and told me how much he was looking forward to that day. He wasn'...

It Ain't What They Call You...

Rebecca Toman | Posted 09.10.2015 | UK Tech
Rebecca Toman

Facebook's "real name" policy is in the headlines. The policy limits individuals to one account each and requires that those accounts be held under their "authentic identity." The policy has its advocates and its detractors; their opposing views neatly distil the tension between freedom of expression and privacy that is such a feature of modern life.

Sensitive Content - The State of Racial Slurs on Twitter

Josh Smith | Posted 28.09.2015 | UK Tech
Josh Smith

Now, every social platform has its own internal universe of slang terms, in-jokes, unreadable acronyms and memes, and the rules of discourse on Twitter are not those of general conversation. This doesn't, however, mean that discussions on social media exist in an online bubble, isolated from the world, and language, at large.

Twitter Is Finally Testing A Troll Filter

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 24.03.2015 | UK Tech

Twitter is making some big changes to the way it tackles online abuse from trolls. The service has just launched a prototype 'quality filter' for ...

Twitter Trolls Gonna Troll, Troll, Troll

Sarah Moyes | Posted 15.05.2015 | UK Tech
Sarah Moyes

I lost count of the number I got from people who were calling me everything from a slut to someone who should die because she was so ugly. Just like Lena, I found it really hard to push these sort of comments aside, even though I didn't know the people who were saying it.

Twitter CEO: 'We Suck At Dealing With Abuse'

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 05.02.2015 | UK Tech

Twitter CEO Dick Costolo has taken personal responsibility for the social platform's slow response to nline abuse. In an internal memo, Costello m...

Does the UK Really Need a Right to Anonymity?

Felicity Gerry | Posted 12.03.2015 | UK
Felicity Gerry

We have a right to fair and balanced policing. We have a right to know who is being investigated and prosecuted. We have a right to a fair trial. We have a right to open justice. Does the UK really need a right to anonymity?

Google Reaches Settlement In Online Abuse Case

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 24.11.2014 | UK Tech

A UK businessman has a reached a settlement with Google after going to court to have numerous malicious references to him removed. A Google spokesp...

The Unchecked White Guy

Brendon Burns | Posted 11.01.2015 | UK Comedy
Brendon Burns

Offended people repeating the very sentences that have offended them will always been intrinsically funny to me. It is a fart in church and I am 12. Frankie Boyle has never made me laugh harder than when his act is regurgitated by an outraged lawyer. I take a great deal of glee in the very specific type of self-unawareness involved...

April Jones' Parents Join Forces With Kate And Gerry McCann...

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 09.10.2014 | UK

The parents of murdered five-year-old April Jones have revealed they were subject to vile abuse from online bullies as they joined with the parents of...

Inquest Into Death Of 'McCann Troll' Brenda Leyland

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 07.10.2014 | UK

An inquest will open today on a woman found dead after being accused of directing online abuse at Madeleine McCann's parents. The body of Brenda Leyla...

McCann Trolls Could Get Their Comeuppance

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 02.10.2014 | UK

A dossier of appalling online abuse directed at the parents of Madeleine McCann is being examined by police. Members of the public have handed a fi...

What You Missed This Week

Carla Buzasi | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK
Carla Buzasi

While the rich and famous debated all that's important for the future of the planet in Davos this week, on UK soil there were some startling reports showing we still have a lot to solve in the present, too. Fifteen years ago, the landmark Macpherson report was set up to look at the Metropolitan Police's investigation into the racist murder of Stephen Lawrence back in 1993. To mark the anniversary, a new study was published this week, which showed there have been nearly 100 people killed in race-related attacks in this country since the original report.

Man Charged With Sending Threatening Messages To MP Stella Creasy Charged

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

A man accused of sending threatening messages to MP Stella Creasy has been charged, according to prosecutors. Peter Nunn, a 33-year-old from Bristol, ...

'A Vile Hypocrite' - Jonsson Claims Collymore Threatened To Kill Her

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Sport

Stan Collymore's former girlfriend, Ulrika Jonsson, has branded the former footballer a "vile hypocrite" who threatened to "f*****g kill" her during t...

Stan Collymore And Piers Morgan Targeted By Twitter Trolls, Staffordshire Police Investigating

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

Stan Collymore has lambasted Twitter for not tackling the problem of abusive tweets on its platform after the former England footballer once again bec...

Let's Turn Beth Tweddle Twitter Q&A Abuse Into Something Positive

The Huffington Post UK | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle

The legacy of London 2012 was well and truly shat on this fine Tuesday morning, as a bunch of nasty trolls abused Olympic gymnast Beth Tweddle during ...