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  1. 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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  2. Tomorrowland Scribes Talk Writing Female Characters; George Clooney Addresses Moderation Vs. Censorship

    "What if she doesn't get distracted by romantic entanglements? What if her "romance" is with the future?"

    "It'll be nice in 10 or 15 years for this not to be a thing anymore. I think we're now in this post–Hunger Games, post-Twilight, post-Insurgent era where these movies make tons of money, you don't even think twice about it, and they're great characters."

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  3. #DiversifyAgentCarter Reminds Us That “Because History” Isn’t a Reason to Whitewash a Show

    People of color have always been around, yo. We're not new.

    We were thrilled when we heard that Agent Carter had been renewed for a second season! But even the best shows aren't immune to criticism, and there is one area in which Agent Carter could use some improvement. There are zero characters of color on that show. Actually, there's a strong case to be made for Howard Stark being a coded Jewish character, and if that's actually being done on purpose...OK, there's one minority character. Yay? But the point is, the show is very, very white.

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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. Joss Whedon Has Deleted His Twitter Account After the Domestic Debut of Age of Ultron

    "Terse? I can be terse. Once, in flight school, I was laconic."

    Well that stinks.

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  9. DOS and Arcade Games Are Playable in Tweets Now. What Sorcery Is This?

    "You see a DOS game on Twitter. Spend the rest of your day playing it? Y/N." Y.

    The Internet Archive recently made headlines when they made all of our childhood favorite DOS games playable for free in web browsers everywhere, but now they've gone a step further and allowed those games to be embedded—fully playable—in tweets. You know, because we weren't already spending enough time on Twitter.

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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. [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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. [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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. #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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