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  1. 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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  2. Stand And Be Sorted… By A Sorting Hat Twitter Bot

    I think we'd look pretty good in red and gold.

    Internet artist Darius Kazemi, aka @tinysubversions, is the wizard behind the newest Twitter novelty account: The Sorting Hat Bot. The premise is simple. You follow the bot, and you get sorted into a Hogwarts house, complete with a clever, pithy (although sometimes nonsensical) rhyme.

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  3. [UPDATED] New Daily Show Host Trevor Noah Criticized for Misogynistic, Anti-Semitic, and Fat-Shaming Tweets

    Head, meet Daily Show desk.

    Welp, that was fast: following the announcement yesterday that Trevor Noah would be taking over The Daily Show for Jon Stewart, the South-African comedian quickly became the subject of controversy for his history of tweeting terribly offensive (not to mention un-funny) jokes.

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  4. Twitter Is Launching an Offensive Tweet Filter to Give Your Block Button a Rest

    Now everything can be rainbows and unicorns!

    Twitter is trying to suck less at dealing with harassment, and their newest move may be the biggest game-changer yet. The company is rolling out a new feature that will automatically block "offensive" tweets from your notifications timeline to filter out harassment.

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  5. Chris Sims Goes on “Voluntary” Leave From Comics Alliance as Valerie D’Orazio Leaves Twitter

    After the shocking events of last week, it seems both Chris Sims and Valerie D'Orazio have decided to cool their internet presences for a while.

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  6. [Updated] College Baseball Player Kicked Off Team for Tweeting Sexual Slur About Mo’Ne Davis

    F*** that noise.

    Last week we were excited to learn that teen baseball phenom Mo'Ne Davis' story would be adapted into the Disney movie Throw Like Mo, but apparently the news was too much for the fragile male ego of baseball player Joey Casselberry.

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  7. Since Police Still Don’t Know How to Internet, Twitter Allows You to Print Harassment Reports

    "What's an IP address?" - real question posed to real victim.

    Twitter is all, "Yeah, we know we suck at dealing with online harassment but the police are so much worse."

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  8. Ashley Judd Will Press Charges Against Sexual Threats and Harassment on Twitter

    Actual March madness.

    Ashely Judd, co-star of Divergent and Insurgent/woman who dared to have an opinion—on sports or otherwise—isn't standing for being harassed by Twitter trolls. She's pressing charges, no matter how many other Twitter trolls try to explain that threats are alright as long as they happen on the Internet.

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  9. #BetterLateThanNever: Twitter Finally Bans Revenge Porn

    Look at you being a role model, Reddit!

    Well, I'll be: staying true to their recent promise to crack down on harassers, Twitter is following Reddit's example and has updated its terms of service and banned the posting of "intimate photos or videos that were taken or distributed without the subject’s consent."

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  10. Apple, Disney, Facebook, Twitter, & Hundreds More Urge the Supreme Court to Uphold Marriage Equality

    Today in good news.

    The Supreme Court of the United States will soon hear a case on whether or not state-by-state anti-marriage equality laws are constitutional, which is likely to clear the way for nationwide legal acceptance that we should all be able to marry the person we choose. Now, a group of 379 companies, from tech and entertainment giants to other massive corporations, has written to the court to voice their support and lay out some hard, logistical reasons other than, "It's the right thing to do."

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  11. Marvel Unveils New Age of Ultron Trailer With #AvengersAssemble Campaign

    #FINALLY

    You've tweeted the hashtag, you've sat there with your eyes glued to your Twitter page as the little "unlock" bar sloooowly fills up. Now we're finally getting to watch the latest trailer, and Good God is it glorious.

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  12. Brianna Wu, Margaret E. Atwood, Orphan Black, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, & More Included in 2015 Shorty Awards Nominations

    Also Bob Vila?

    The Hollywood Reporter has just revealed the nominations for this year's Shorty Awards for achievements on the internetz.

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  13. Twitter Is Surveying Users to Find Out How Big a Problem Online Harassment Is

    Ooh, ooh! I have an answer for them! *Raises hand emphatically.*

    Twitter, which sucks at dealing with online harassment as a whole by its own admission, is now surveying users to find out how big a problem harassment really is.

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  14. Dressvergent, A YA Dystopian Novel Born From the Internet’s Obsession With Colors

    Starring Strong Female Protagonist™ Catalina Midnight.

    No one knows how the world was in the Before Times—the Leaders made sure to erase all the historical documents they could when they first rose to power—but what we do know is that our Society first truly began with the advent of the Picture.

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  15. The Best Of Twitter’s Reaction To #LlamaWatch

    We llove you, llamas.

    Earlier today the entire Internet came to a standstill not in celebration of our newfound Net Neutrality victory, but instead to watch a pair of escaped llamas frantically prance their way through the streets of Phoenix, Arizona, as dozens of men chased them in hot pursuit. Eventually the two were llamapprehended, but not until we had fully welcomed them into our hearts, as well as our social media networks. Here's the best set of jokes we could round up for you—with a truck and a lasso.

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  16. The Actual NSA is Here With the Creepy Valentine’s Wishes You Never Wanted

    Happy Valentines Day!

    NSA, if this is the sort of thing that you have to come out and tell people, just telling them hasn't erased the root of the problem.

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  17. Twitter CEO’s Leaked Memo: “We Suck at Dealing With Abuse and Trolls”

    #Confirmed

    In the summer of 2013, when feminist critic Lindy West was receiving near-constant online rape threats for her stance on male comedians making rape jokes, one particularly virulent troll stole her deceased father's identity to harass West over Twitter. Last January, West shared her ensuing interactions with her harasser in an incredible This American Life episode and over on The Guardian--and it seems like someone at Twitter was listening.

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  18. The Best and Worst Reactions to Yesterday’s Female Ghostbusters Casting News

    Mother pus bucket!

    Yesterday was a time of much rejoicing at The Mary Sue HQ: the cast for Paul Feig's lady-centric Ghostbusters reboot was finally announced after months of rumors, and turned out to be way more diverse than expected. Of course, for every Internet user excited for Feig's addition to the franchise, there was a self-appointed gatekeeper to the Ghostbusters legacy terrified beyond the capacity for rational thought that an all-female film will be a gimmicky, pandering disaster.

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  19. Emma Watson Gives Wonderful Advice To Young Feminists On Twitter

    Hermione would approve.

    Emma Watson is one of the most outspoken celebrities in favor of gender equality; after being named the Ambassador for UN Women, she's delivered feminist rallying cries for the HeForShe campaign, including the announcement of a global initiative for gender parity. The best part? She lives her word on an interpersonal level, too.

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  20. You Can Play a Choose Your Own Adventure Story Over Twitter

    Yo̳̺̦u̱̳'̣̫͇͝r͍̤͎e͚͔͙ ̝̣͈̻̪̣t̲̦͜h̨̼͖͚e̳̪̗̯̞̦͉͝ ̫̭̙s̶̺͕̲̠̟̬ͅt͇̘a̝͓̞̫̹r̡!̵̰͓͕̲̜̱̝!

    Wanna be chased by terrifying unnamed specters all over Twitter until you die in a myriad of horrifying ways? Are you also perhaps a fan of the the eldritch horror aesthetic? Now there's a simple, surreal little time-waster that is sure to delight you. Or give you nightmares. Probably both, we expect.

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