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  1. Look Out, Trolls: House Bill Instructs the DOJ to Increase Online Harassment Investigation

    We're all too familiar with online harassment around here—a few of our editors even passed on writing this very story because doing such a thing generally makes them targets—as it tends to disproportionately affect women, but the U.S. House of Representatives is finally giving the Department of Justice a kick in the ass to do something about it in instructions attached to their latest funding bill.

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  2. Teen Gamer Pleads Guilty to “Swatting” Female Gamers Who Turned Down His Advances

    *Incoherent screaming.*

    This is where the commonly espoused wisdom of "just turn the guy down"/"just ignore him" meets the harsh reality of "some entitled dudes do crazy things when women don't do what they want."

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  3. Twitter Promotes Transphobic Tweets From 4Channer Impersonating Feminist Activist

    Today in "total garbage."

    Twitter has recently amped up efforts to prevent harassment, but terrible tweets promoted yesterday from a duplicate account indicate several areas where the platform still needs major improvements. [TW for transphobia, suicide and graphic language.]

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  4. [UPDATED] Gamergate Death Threat Is a Slam Dunk for Prosecutors. Will They Act?

    The death threat you're about to hear in this tape comes from Columbus, Ohio. The prosecuting attorney in that district is Ron O’Brien. If he wished, he could bring criminal charges against this man by the end of the day. I have an employee at my company whose entire job it is to research and catalogue these threats for law enforcement. And yet, terrifyingly, nothing has been done.

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  5. Reddit’s New Policy Changes Prohibit Attacks, Hope to Prevent Future Harassment

    reddit recently announced that they've changed their policies to help curb the amount of harassment and personal attacks that plague the community-driven website.

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  6. J.K. Rowling Says It “Isn’t Always Fun” Being a Woman on Twitter, Compares Internet Jerks to Death Eaters

    J.K. Rowling has been the subject of considerable attention on Twitter recently for her outspoken support of Britain’s Labour Party, and as a high-profile woman on the Internet with a pesky tendency toward having opinions, she's also been the recent recipient of gendered slurs and vile, misogynistic tweets.

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  7. [UPDATED] When Trolls Attack: Feminist Deck’s Kiva Bay and Kickstarter Battle the Dark Forces Of Internet Bullshittery

    We recently had the pleasure of telling you about artist Kiva Bay's awesome Feminist Deck project - a series of adorable cards depicting and celebrating living female feminists that she admires. We are also honored to have two of our own - Sam Maggs and yours truly - depicted in the deck. This project has a Kickstarter, and it needs your help.

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  8. JK Rowling Just Slam Dunked On Some Misogynist Twitter Jerk

    You're gonna need some gauze for that burn.

    YA BURNT.

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  9. What We Should Have Learned From Jurassic Park

    The Internet is Jurassic Park IRL.

    The Internet community is the Jurassic Park of our society. Both manmade inventions which began as really cool theories executed with enthusiasm and precision, and they were complete disasters from the start.

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  10. Twitter Harassment Is Not Just a Joss Whedon Problem: The Age of Ultron Director Explains Why He Deleted His Account

    Buzzfeed has asked the Avengers: Age of Ultron director why he left Twitter, and "harassment from feminists" was not his answer.

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  11. Listening to Women in the World: Anita Sarkeesian, Ashley Judd, & More Discuss Fighting Online Threats

    "You really lose your faith in humanity if you spend a little time online," Katie Couric.

    Last week I attended a portion of the 6th annual Women in the World Summit at Lincoln Center in New York to catch the panel "Stop the Trolls" featuring someone very familiar to TMS -- Anita Sarkeesian.

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  12. Anne Wheaton Tricked Gamergate Into Indirectly Donating to Feminist Frequency

    You troll, girl!

    Anne Wheaton, Vandal Eyes genius and wife of Wil Wheaton, did an experiment on Twitter yesterday which led harassing Gamergaters into causing donations to be made to one of the organizations they despise the most - Feminist Frequency.

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  13. Enthusiastic Catcaller Appears in Video Segment on New York’s Anti-Catcalling Signs

    "How would you call a dog?" "Same way."

    Last week, we wrote about a series of Anti-Catcalling signs placed throughout the five boroughs by Feminist Apparel in an attempt to “raise awareness of Anti-Street Harassment Week and create some further dialogue surrounding the issue,” and, well, this video segment on the signs certainly gets the conversation going.

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  14. I Was Sexually Harassed at Star Wars Celebration

    I was sexually harassed at Star Wars Celebration. There’s a sentence I never thought I’d type out.

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  15. Keep Calm And Tweet On: Twitter’s New Horrible “DM Anyone!” Feature Is Optional And Auto-Off

    This morning, it was announced that Twitter's latest "feature" will allow users to receive DMs from anyone, regardless if you follow them or not. CNET essentially attributes the change to corporate pressures to raise Twitter's bottom line - but unfortunately, CNET also caused some major online panic, because they forgot to mention that the "update" is completely optional and automatically turned off for everyone.

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  16. Twitter Expands On Its New Anti-Harassment Policies And Practices

    It'll totally stick this time, y'all. Right?

    Vijaya Gadde, Twitter's general counsel, took to The Washington Post this week to expand on the social media giant's shift towards protecting its users from harassment and abuse.

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  17. [UPDATED] Members of Gamergate Planned to “Infiltrate” Calgary Expo to Actively Disrupt Panels, Calgary Expo Has Evicted Them

    You know, for a loosely defined group who's constantly claiming they don't have nefarious purposes, they sure do like casting themselves as the villain.

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  18. Star Wars Celebration Has Anti-Harassment And Cosplay Is Not Consent Signage And We Love Them For It

    We worked with convention organizer ReedPop earlier this past year on an anti-harassment policy for NYCC, and they've been awesomely implimenting it at cons across the country. Here's the wonderful signage at this weekend's Star Wars Celebration! Thanks for celebrating a safe and fun environment for all, ReedPop. We like you.

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  19. New Signs Decree New York and Philadelphia “No Catcall Zones”

    That cat has lasers for eyes and it knows what to do with 'em.

    If you've been noticing new signs on your commute recently, you're not alone—in honor of Anti-Street Harassment Week (April 12th-18th), nonprofit clothing company Feminist Apparel and the Pennsylvania collective Pussy Division have placed signs throughout Brooklyn, Manhattan and Philly decreeing city streets a catcall-free zone.

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  20. New UK Laws Will Punish Revenge Pornographers and Trolls With Two Years of Jail Time

    Keep calm and just don't be a terrible person, okay?

    Per a new law proposed in October and taking effect today, offenders found guilty of sharing “private, sexual images of someone without consent and with the intent to cause distress” will now face up to two years of jail time.

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