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“Your Fave Is Problematic”—Callout Culture, Cyberbullying and Toxic Activism in Fandom

There’s a different kind of callout culture within fan communities that claims to come from a place of good, but is a toxic kind of activism enforced by a small but vocal minority.

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Teen Vogue’s Lauren Duca Speaks Out About the Overwhelming Online Harassment She’s Experienced

"Telling women writers to 'just not do that' is like suggesting a New York cab driver relocate to a state where everyone has cars and no one needs cabs."

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Pro Golfer Paige Spiranac Speaks Out About Online Harassment For Being Female While Golfing and Social Media-ing

23-year-old pro golfer Paige Spiranac is currently in Dubai to play in the Omega Dubai Ladies Classic, a women's European Tour played in the Middle East. At a press conference about the event, a reporter asked Spiranac about online harassment she received following a loss at this same tournament last year. Spirinac's poignant response is in the video after the cut.

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How to Use Instagram’s Powerful New Comment Filter Option to Shut Down the Harassment and Negativity

If you've posted something publicly on the Internet, chances are you've had someone say nasty things to you about it, yourself personally, or anything under the Sun, really. (Hint: Comments, even ones containing criticism, don't need to be mean!) Instagram has now released a comment filter to all users, so here's quick primer on keeping nasty comments at bay.

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FBI is Reportedly Investigating the Leslie Jones Hack, Which Still Reeks of Racism and Sexism

#StopDisrespectingBlackWomen2016

By now, you’ve heard the awful story of how hackers infiltrated Leslie Jones’ website to post her nude photos as well as pictures of her private documents. Now, it looks like the FBI is investigating the situation.

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Leslie Jones’ Website Hacked and Personal Info and Nude Photos Revealed, Because Racism and Sexism Still Exist

Because it wasn't enough for people to fling racist and sexist tweets at Leslie Jones via Twitter as Ghostbusters opened. Now, someone has managed to not only hack her website, but they've obtained personal information and private photos, flooding the site with them. What the hell is wrong with you, Internet? Oh, racism and sexism. Right. That's what's wrong with you.

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Since 2014, Online Harassment Has Gotten More Media Attention … But It Hasn’t Actually Decreased

Craig Newmark, founder of Craiglist, understandably cares a lot about online safety. So, he spearheaded a survey to document whether online harassment has decreased since 2014. Turns out? It... hasn't.

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Internet Trolls Chase Daisy Ridley off Instagram, Forgetting That Celebrities Are Actually People

In "This is Why We Can't Have Nice Things" News, Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Daisy Ridley, light in the social media darkness, has left Instagram. Why? Because a certain subset of vocal "fans" couldn't deal with her getting even remotely "political."

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William Shatner Versus the Outlander Fandom

A lesson in toxic fandom and imbalance of power.

After months upon months of Twitter backlash and fighting on both sides, many Outlander fans are accusing William Shatner of bullying them into silence. But what's really going on here?

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Australian Man Faces Up to 3 Years in Jail For Facebook Harassment

"This case will be the first of its kind and will represent a landmark victory for opponents of online harassment."

Last October, an Australian man got taken to court for a series of harassing Facebook comments; the posts concerned a woman that he did not know, and were written in mockery of a screenshot of her Tinder dating profile. Today, he pled guilty to having sent the threats, and now he faces up to three years of jail time.

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Michelle Ferrier’s TrollBusters Gives Women Writers “Pest Control” For Online Harassment

Michelle Ferrier, former journalist and now the associate dean at Ohio University, has an answer for women writers who are getting harassed online. When you ask yourself who you're gonna call, now you can tell yourself: TrollBusters!

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Twitter Updates Their Harassment Reporting Tool, Allowing Users to Submit Multiple Tweets For Review

Today, Twitter announced a change to their harassment reporting system; they'll soon roll out the means for users to link to multiple tweets from a user within the same report. As with many of Twitter's changes lately, it doesn't go far enough, and it feels too-little-too-late.

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Things We Saw Today: Clark Gregg to Perform “Toxic” For Lip Sync Battle

Dubsmash rivals Clark Gregg and Hayley Atwell's lip sync battle is airing on Thursday, and Gregg's "Toxic" promises an amazing performance.

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This Analysis of 70 Million Comments Proves White Male Journalists Have It Pretty Good, Comparatively

Internet comments are bad for everyone, right? Sure, but marginalized writers tend to accrue a higher volume of abuse in the comment sections of their articles. Here's the data on that.

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Facebook Is Testing an Impersonation Alert

Online impersonation is a growing problem on the internet. In response, Facebook is currently testing an alert feature that will let users know when someone else appears to be mimicking them.

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Harassment in Virtual Reality Feels “Way, Way, Way Worse,” According to VR Developers

A lot of virtual reality news has emerged from GDC 2016 this week, most of it delivered with the sort of breathless excitement typically reserved for exciting new technology and the promise of innovation. But the fact that everything feels way more immersive and intense in virtual reality is both its great advantage and its great disadvantage, since "everything" means everything.

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Internet Jerks Pledge to Make Internet Even Worse in #TheTriggering

Determined to maintain social media's status as a greasy dumpster fire, some internet jerks are coining March 9th and 10th #TheTriggering.

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10 Year Old Egypt “Ify” Ufele Debuts Plus-Size Fashion Line at New York Fashion Week

"I am ten years old making power moves while you talk"

This girl makes me even prouder to be from Queens than I already was! Egypt “Ify” Ufele is a 10-year-old fashion phenom from Queens, New York, who has managed to not only stick it to the kids who bullied her over her weight in school by creating her own plus-size fashion line, but she's also become the youngest person ever to debut a line at New York Fashion Week!

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Things We Saw Today: Ryan Reynolds Wants Deadpool to Have a Boyfriend

Ryan Reynolds thinks it would be "nice" to see Deadpool in a same-sex romantic relationship: "I certainly wouldn’t be the guy standing in the way of that. That would be great."

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Twitter Has a New “Trust & Safety Council,” Including Organizations like Feminist Frequency, GLAAD, & More

Patricia Cartes, Twitter's head of global policy, just wished us all a Happy Safer Internet Day by announcing Twitter's brand new Trust & Safety Council. The full announcement on Twitter's blog describes the new council as "a new and foundational part of our strategy to ensure that people feel safe expressing themselves on Twitter."

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