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Things We Saw Today: A Fake “Antifa” Twitter Account Forgot to Disable Its Russian Geotag

Russia's Internet propaganda war on the U.S. is continuing apace.

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Things We Saw Today: Jon Hamm Is Joining the Star Wars Universe as the Voice of Boba Fett!

Jon Hamm is getting the most attention, and we are very excited to hear his Boba Fett! But check out the rest of the cast (including Neil Patrick Harris, Wil Wheaton, The Toast's Mallory Ortberg, and Star Wars alum Ashley Eckstein).

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The New Catfish Spinoff Will Focus on Unmasking Trolls

This September, MTV will air a new spin-off of Catfish that focuses on online trolls, appropriately titled Catfish: Trolls. But will it handle the subject of online harassment appropriately?

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Trolls Harassed A Woman Because They Didn’t Like Mass Effect: Andromeda

Garbage people across the internet have been harassing a woman as the party "responsible" for Mass Effect: Andromeda's robotic facial animations.

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Things We Saw Today: Everybody Photoshopped Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Dog Into Everything and It’s All Amazing

If you want to spend the rest of your day looking at Lin-Manuel Miranda's dog, Tobi, photoshopped into a bunch of different photos, then look no further.

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Interview: Kameron Hurley, Author of The Geek Feminist Revolution

Author Kameron Hurley is responsible for some of our favorite characters in the science-fiction/fantasy realm. She spoke with The Mary Sue via email about her latest book The Geek Feminist Revolution, her method of dealing with toxicity on the internet, and writing advice she's taken to heart.

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Want to Look Like a Troll? MAC Cosmetics Has Got You Covered

MAC Cosmetics is definitely trolling all of us with their latest partnership. Remember DreamWorks' Trolls movie, slated to come out in 2016? It's a movie inspired by those Troll dolls that got mega-popular in the mid-90s, and now MAC's releasing a cosmetics line inspired by the movie and the dolls.

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Here’s Your Regular Reminder of Your Mortality and That They’re Making a Trolls Movie

Sometimes you have to just sit back and marvel (no pun intended) at the things that humanity can do.

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Trolls are Spoiling The Force Awakens on Star Wars: Battlefront

It's sad and disappointing that there are people out there who can't seem to allow others the same opportunity they had to find out all the secrets that Lucasfilm and Disney have been keeping so tightly under wraps.

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Anna Paquin Wrecks Trolls Who Insulted Her About Her Weight

Anna Paquin attended the premiere for The Good Dinosaur in a pretty floral-themed dress, one that wasn't form-fitting--which is exactly what a bunch of trolls latched onto when they started suggesting she was pregnant and hurled insults at her about her weight.

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Dreamworks’ Trolls Will Star Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake

Oh hey, remember that Trolls movie that we were all confused about? The idea of a Trolls movie appeals to me as much as a PEZ movie, to be completely honest, but the cast might change my mind (and by cast I mean Anna Kendrick).

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YouTube Star Colleen Evans Destroys Her Trolls with Sarcasm & Song

Get wrecked, trolls.

YouTube star Colleen Evans, aka PsychoSoprano (hell yes) decided to send up her shitty comments with a song.

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Sarah Jeong’s The Internet of Garbage Takes Cyber Crime Seriously

Sarah Jeong's new book, The Internet of Garbage, tackles a topic as old as the Internet itself: cyber crime, online harassment, doxing, and what different virtual communities have done (or failed to do) in an effort to prevent these misdeeds.

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You Have My Banhammer: New Zealand Passes Anti-Cyberbullying Law

Gotta pay the troll toll.

New Zealand has passed a digital communications bill that may prove helpful in weeding out harmful jerks from Facebook and Twitter.

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[UPDATED] Reddit Removes Subreddits Guilty of Harassment

"We're banning behavior, not ideas"

Yesterday, the Reddit team announced that they were removing five subreddits for violating Reddit rules about harassment. They stated that while they want as "little involvement as possible," intervention is necessary "to protect privacy and free expression, and to prevent harassment."

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[UPDATED] Tumblr Steps Up Fight Against Trolls, Replaces “Ignore” With New “Block” Feature

Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away trolls!

In a bid to reduce harassment, Tumblr has renamed and updated its "Ignore" feature with what the company describes as "a proper, muscular" "Block" option designed to work even on anonymous users.

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


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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Chris Pratt Continues to Be the Best, Says Internet Comments Are a “Crazy Toilet Bowl”

Present company excluded, of course.

The extreme garbagosity of most online comment sections has been well documented, but there's something comforting about hearing Star-Lord of Our Hearts Chris Pratt call the Internet like he sees it, too. And boy, did he ever.

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UK Lawmaker Proposes Maximum Two-Year Prison Sentence for Online Trolling

An appropriate follow-up to all the GamerGate crap that just won't die—and CelebGate—man, it's just been a really bad few months, hasn't it?—if one UK lawmaker has his way, engaging in online harassment could land you in prison for up to two years.

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