Online Abuse

The Digital Space Is Becoming Increasingly Toxic: How Can We Be Kinder?

Maria Chiorando | Posted 18.10.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Maria Chiorando

It's a great gig: I get to share news and opinions and get an instant response. We see how many people read a piece, how many people like it.

Teachers Vs Social Media

Russell Haworth | Posted 15.09.2017 | UK Tech
Russell Haworth

Teachers have always faced challenges - time changes the medium but not the content. The teachers of today still face the issues of bullying and abuse, fighting against a tide of inattention. In 2017, however, they are working against smartphones and the digital world rather than pieces of paper and fisticuffs.

Blogger Brought To Tears After Swimsuit Photo Received '900 Vile Comments'

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 21.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle

A blogger who said her swimwear picture received more than 900 hurtful comments has filmed an emotional video in which she pleads for a change in the ...

Online Trolls: Will They Force The New Doctor To Retreat To The Tardis?

Jenny Afia | Posted 20.07.2017 | UK Entertainment
Jenny Afia

If you are a public figure, though, you are not fair game. You do not deserve 'everything and anything that comes your way'. All of us are potentially vulnerable, so the perpetrators of online abuse must be made to take responsibility for their actions. Confiscating their phone and a rap on the knuckles is not nearly enough of a deterrent.

Yvette Cooper Gets 'Predictable' Abuse After Railling Against Online 'Vitriol And Misogyny'

The Huffington Post | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 09.07.2017 | UK

Yvette Cooper has received “predictable” attacks online after giving a speech where she condemned the “vitriolic abuse” dished out online and ...

Why I'm Blocking Twitter Ads For Women's Rights

Ben Moore | Posted 10.04.2017 | UK Tech
Ben Moore

Oh look, Twitter have been making changes. As is usual with Twitter (and, let's face it, many tech companies) the changes have, for some at least, made the site more annoying and clunky. But it isn't the improvements that bother me, or indeed many people.

Katie Price Launches Government Petition To Make Trolling A Criminal Offence

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 29.03.2017 | UK Parents

Katie Price has launched an official petition calling on the UK government to make online abuse a criminal offence and create a register of offenders....

Owen Jones Has Become The Latest To Quit 'Completely And Utterly Depressing' Social Media

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 11.03.2017 | UK

Owen Jones has said he is quitting social media because it is “completely and utterly depressing”. The journalist revealed he has been sent tortur...

Lily Allen Suffers Vile Online Abuse Over Her Son's Stillbirth

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 26.02.2017 | UK

Lily Allen has suffered vile online abuse after she revealed she suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder after the stillbirth of her son. The si...

Dear Donald Trump, Delete Your Account. Sincerely, America

Philip Ellis | Posted 13.01.2017 | UK Tech
Philip Ellis

His many public spats aside, it is impossible to deny that Trump has leveraged social media, and Twitter specifically, in a way that no other politician has previously achieved -- and he has already indicated his intention to tweet major policy announcements rather than going through traditional communications channels.

Let's Put The Dignity Back Into Politics On Social Media

Chris Wright | Posted 22.12.2016 | UK Politics
Chris Wright

The Internet, and especially social media, is not something that can be easily regulated. Social media websites, such as Twitter, have themselves taken steps to alleviate some of the trolling and abuse.

Twitter Is Giving You Powerful New Tools To Fight Online Abuse

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 15.11.2016 | UK Tech

Twitter has unveiled a range of new tools which it hopes will help give users more control in fighting abuse on its platform. In a blog post, the soci...

'That Midget Freak On The Advert Is Putting Me Off Ever Eating Chocolate!'

Samantha Renke | Posted 13.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Samantha Renke

I was shocked and upset by the comments, however, I am not by any means naïve to the world of trolling or online bullying. I know that no-one is exempt these days. If you are LGBTQ, BAME, a feminist, a politician or even a Kardashian, you are left vulnerable to online attacks.

Angela Rayner Called 'Thick As Mince' In Abusive Emails About Her Accent

The Huffington Post | Martha Gill | Posted 28.10.2016 | UK Politics

One of Jeremy Corbyn’s top team has hit back at abuse she receives for her accent, and tweeted that she will not change the way she speaks. Shadow E...

When A Man Stalks A Woman Online. My Story.

Jean Hatchet | Posted 26.10.2016 | UK
Jean Hatchet

He writes about my pets, my children, my ex-partner. He tries to name things that he thinks are relevant to my location and my family. He repeatedly posts pictures designed to harass me. He has made fun of friends who have died by saying they are burning in hell or "frying tonight".

Online Trolls Could Face Jail Under New Guidelines

The Huffington Post | Martha Gill | Posted 10.10.2016 | UK Politics

People who post others’ personal information and encourage harassment online could face prosecution under new guidelines set out by the Crown Prosec...

Labour Must Come Together to Eradicate All Forms of Abuse Within Our Party

Angela Rayner | Posted 06.09.2017 | UK Politics
Angela Rayner

Disagreements within any political party are inevitable and should be welcomed as a healthy sign of debate. But that debate must be conducted with mutual respect, in which everyone is able to participate and express their opinion, free from harassment or intimidation.

Revealed: Racist, Anti-Semitic Abuse Of Those Barred From Labour Leader Election

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 01.09.2016 | UK Politics

The full scale of the racist, anti-semitic, sexist and threatening online abuse of those barred from Labour’s leadership election has been revealed ...

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

Andrew Boff | Posted 16.08.2017 | 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 18.07.2017 | 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 25.05.2017 | 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 01.12.2016 | 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...