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Demons in the Internet: Buffy and the Timelessness of Abuse

Identifying with Willow for all the worst reasons.

I barely remember the last time I watched "I, Robot...You, Jane," but this time it struck me like a thunderbolt. It’s easy to identify with Willow when you’re a nerdy teenage girl, but it’s something different when she perfectly recreates the relationship you had with The Ex.

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Twitter Determined to Win Us All Over By Banning 235,000 “Extremist” Users & Giving That “Quality Filter” to Everyone

Pigs have mastered the art of flight, the depths of Hell have cooled down to 32 degrees Fahrenheit, and Twitter has finally addressed some of the basic concerns that their users have been raising for years.

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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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Instagram Updates Its Anti-Harassment Tools—But Only for “High-Profile Accounts” (So Far, Anyway)

Instagram recently implemented some methods for curtailing online abuse in comment threads on posts. So far, though, the methods are only available to business pages and "high-profile accounts."

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Yahoo’s Abuse-Detecting Algorithm Works 90% of the Time & It’s A “Major Step Forward” in Its Field

Yahoo's new abuse-detecting algorithm, developed based on patterns found in their own comments sections on news articles, works 90 percent of the time.

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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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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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Landmark Australian Study on Internet Harassment Has Sadly Unsurprising Findings

A new study gives some depressing insight into the frequency with which online abuse--including distributing intimate images without the subject's consent, cyber-stalking, and threats--is experienced by Australian adults.

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Tauriq Moosa Reminds Us to Celebrate and Listen to Minority Voices

In a post simply titled, "Please," Tauriq Moosa has asked for something that a lot of people (including myself) seem to have forgotten: that we celebrate minority voices instead of simply remembering them.

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Trolls Be Gone! Twitter Has Made It Possible to Share Block Lists

Do you hear angels singing?

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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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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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George R.R. Martin Talks Gamergate, Online Hate and Representation of Straight White Men

"There was never any need for Sad Puppies to "take back" the Hugos. The feminists, minorities, literary cliques, and Social Justice Warriors never took them in the first place."

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[UPDATED] Writer Valerie D’Orazio Calls Out Marvel’s New X-Men Writer Chris Sims for Online Harassment

This isn't about The Comics Industry - it's about human decency.

Comics fans were in for a shock yesterday as comics writer, Valerie D'Orazio, took to Twitter reacting to the news that Comics Alliance writer Chris Sims would be writing his first Marvel book, X-Men '92. The reason? The online harassment that Sims directed at her via his forums over the course of three years.

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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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Law and Order SVU Is Doing an Episode Inspired By Gamergate


In the criminal justice system, sexually based offenses are considered actually about ethics in game journalism.

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How League of Legends Uses Colors To Affect Players’ Behavior

Everything is science if you look deep enough.

Even if you've never launched your own summoner into battle for another team's nexus, you've probably heard about Riot Games' constant efforts to make League of Legends a more civil and welcoming space for its players, using such tools as rewards for good behavior, temporary bans for bad behavior, and more. A whole lot more. Like, stuff you could write a psychology dissertation on, more.

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Lindy West Interviews a Repentant Troll in Latest This American Life Episode

Here at The Mary Sue, you can imagine that we know all about what it's liked to get harassed on a daily basis by people who miiiiight have some personal issues with women to sort out for themselves. So does Lindy West, feminist critic and former staff writer at Jezebel, whose recent story for NPR's This American Life is an emotional breath of fresh air for anyone who's ever received—or sent—an angry or harassing message online.

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Jessica Chastain Comments On Barrage Of Abuse She Received After Her “Diversity In Movies” Speech

Welcome to the Internet, Ms. Chastain! Yes, it's always like this. We're sorry.

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Zoë Quinn Has Launched A Network to Help Fight GamerGate Harassment & Other Online Abuse

Billed as "by survivors, for survivors," Zoe Quinn and Alex Lifschitz have launched the Crash Override Network, which is also billed as an "online anti-harassment task force."

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