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  1. Twitter Vows to Improve Anti-Harassment Policies After Trolls Go After Zelda Williams

    ABOUT. DANG. TIME.

    A lot of us got disgusted with the state of humanity yesterday after it came out that Robin Williams' daughter was bullied off social media in the wake of her father's death, in part by two scum-of-the-Earth trolls who sent her photoshopped pictures of her father's body. In the wake of such epic shitbaggery, Twitter has vowed to improve their anti-harassment policies, which have needed an overhaul for, well, years. I'm going to try real hard not to be cynical about this, you guys.

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  2. Twitter Users Perfectly Hijack AMA Hashtag to Harass Twitter CEO About Harassment

    That is some knee-buckling irony right there.

    Several well-intentioned Twitter hashtags have fallen victim to a misjudgment of the Twitter audience lately and been used to criticize their creators. Unsurprisingly, the same thing happened when Twitter started #AskCostolo for users to ask Twitter CEO Dick Costolo whatever they wanted—and what they wanted to ask was, "Why does Twitter not do more about online harassment?"

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  3. Numbers Don’t Lie: Comic Con Sexual Harassment Is a Huge Problem

    It is a problem. Please fix it.

    Janelle Asselin did a study over social media and published the results, showing us what we already know. Convention harassment is a problem.

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  4. San Diego Comic-Con Emails Important Information To Ticket Holders, Includes The Words “Anti Harassment Policy”

    San Diego Comic-Con sent out an email to attendees yesterday with the subject line "Important information for attending Comic-Con International 2014" and the second item down is "Code of Conduct/Anti Harassment Policy." That's the good news - but there's also some bad news.

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  5. Sexual Harassment Is A Common Problem In The Scientific Community, Says This Study

    "UGH" is a statistically likely response to this news.

    Everyone's heard their fair share of annoying arguments as to why certain fields of study like science and technology are more male-dominated; often people claim that women just aren't trying as hard as men to succeed in their careers, or that most aren't as naturally interested in certain subjects as men are. Or, maybe, it could be that there's little to no support for women who need to report hostile work environments, which ends up turning them away.

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  6. [UPDATED] Skyler Page Fired From Cartoon Network Following Public Accusations Of Sexual Harassment

    It's difficult to speak about harassment or abuse of any kind but when also coupled with the fear of losing employment, it's even more daunting. That's why we were surprised to see one individual make a clear accusation online of sexual harassment. While backlash was expected and did happen, reaction from Cartoon Network was also swift.

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  7. Pros & Cons: HeroesCon Promotes A Harassment Policy While Special Edition: NYC Takes Issue With Fan Attire

    We'll get there. I swear we'll get there.

    More and more, fans are asking conventions to step up when it comes to a clear and easily found harassment policy. So how nice is it to hear a convention create and promote one without a call to arms? That's North Carolina's HeroesCon, who recently called attention to their new policy. However, not all is well on the convention circuit as a story out of Special Edition: NYC proves there's always work to be done.

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  8. San Diego Comic-Con Responds To Fan Petition Asking For A Formal Harassment Policy

    Consider the Following

    Last year, we were compelled to look into Comic-Con International in San Diego's harassment policy after a gallery was posted online by a member of the press who took photos of attendees' posteriors without their knowledge. It was something we assumed, as the largest convention in North America, would be front and center on their website. Turned out, it wasn't on their website at all but a small paragraph in their 200+ program guide handed out at the event. While harassment at conventions was an important topic to a lot of fans before this incident, it has gotten even more attention throughout the year. That brings us to a petition put together by Geeks for CONsent asking for a "formal anti- harassment policy" and more, but a representative from the convention says they already have what the petition is asking for. We took a closer look. 

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  9. Cultures of Harassment Are Not the Norm, and They Can Be Changed, Whether Online or at San Diego Comic-Con

    and let it be known

    This process led [League of Legends] to a surprising insight—one that “shaped our entire approach to this problem,” says Jeffrey Lin, Riot’s lead designer of social systems, who spoke about the process at last year’s Game Developers Conference. “If we remove all toxic players from the game, do we solve the player behavior problem? We don’t.” That is, if you think most online abuse is hurled by a small group of maladapted trolls, you’re wrong. Riot found that persistently negative players were only responsible for roughly 13 percent of the game’s bad behavior. The other 87 percent was coming from players whose presence, most of the time, seemed to be generally inoffensive or even positive. These gamers were lashing out only occasionally, in isolated incidents—but their outbursts often snowballed through the community. Banning the worst trolls wouldn’t be enough to clean up League of Legends, Riot’s player behavior team realized. Nothing less than community-wide reforms could succeed. -- Laura Hudson, for Wired. In an article for Wired magazine that only just appeared online today, Laura Hudson argues persuasively that the key to changing social networks that accept harassment as the price one pays to engage is a commitment to changing that community as a whole, not just eliminating the most identifiable bad apples.

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  10. Fan Expo Canada Addresses Cosplay Harassment Concerns, Gets Us Caught In Crosshairs

    This whole day has been really weird.

    We tend not to follow cosplay and convention harassment as often as our sister site, The Mary Sue, does. That doesn't mean we aren't interested in seeing convention leaders step up against harassment, of course, so we've been following The Mary Sue's recent exposé on Fan Expo Canada pretty closely. Today, the whole thing just got really weird.

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