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Someone Is Impersonating My Dead Father. Why Won't Facebook Stop It?

Christopher Elliott | Posted 10.02.2016 | Technology
Christopher Elliott

William Fee is dead but an impostor just started a Facebook account for him. Why won’t Facebook remove the bogus, and hurtful, account? Question: My...

J.K. Rowling Shuts Down White Man's Ridiculous Solution To Online Abuse

The Huffington Post | Taylor Pittman | Posted 08.05.2016 | Women

Queen of Twitter J.K. Rowling is at it again with a spot-on sarcastic tweet about online abuse. On Friday, the Harry Potter author responded to a twee...

Twitter's Defense Of 'Ghostbusters' Star Isn't Good Enough

The Huffington Post | Damon Beres | Posted 07.21.2016 | Technology

Twitter poured a cup of water on a dumpster fire Tuesday night, banning one of its most notorious trolls following a sustained harassment campaign aga...

Tech's Harassment Problem Is Much Bigger Than This SXSW Catastrophe

The Huffington Post | Damon Beres | Posted 10.27.2015 | Technology

Here we go again. On Monday, hipster media festival South by Southwest (SXSW) made the curious decision to cancel two panels about the video game comm...

Ashley Judd Writes Emotional Essay Asking Readers To Fight Online Abuse

TODAY | Posted 03.20.2015 | Impact

With the NCAA men's college basketball tournament tipping off, "Insurgent" actress and women's rights advocate Ashley Judd continues to speak out agai...

Twitter CEO: 'We Suck At Dealing With Abuse'

The Verge | Posted 02.04.2015 | Technology

Twitter CEO Dick Costolo is taking personal responsibility for his platform's chronic problems with harassment and abuse, telling employees that he is...

Cyberbullying, Online Abuse or Political Scandal: 41-Year-Old Monica Lewinsky Ought to Know the Difference

Diane Primo | Posted 12.22.2014 | Politics
Diane Primo

I am shocked--shocked--that Monica Lewinsky considers the Internet the major contributor to her ruined reputation; shocked that she considered her situation similar to Tyler Clementi's; and shocked at her timing.

Gay Media Drinks the Bleach

Larry Womack | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Larry Womack

Parker "drink bleach" Molloy has returned to The Advocate's online edition, following a one-month suspension over alarmingly abusive online behavior.

Rejecting Violence, Both Real and Virtual

J. Mijin Cha | Posted 11.11.2014 | Women
J. Mijin Cha

Disagreeing with someone's argument is done through facts and analysis, which is completely necessary for healthy debate. Disagreeing by calling for violence is an attempt to silence a voice you think doesn't have a right to speak. There is a clear difference.

Why Feeding Online Trolls Only Feeds Online Trolling

Melissa Schwartz | Posted 11.08.2014 | Media
Melissa Schwartz

On the Internet, a guy in his boxer shorts shouting at the computer in his mother's basement can get as much attention as a senior executive logging in from her Wall Street office.

The Things We Tell Our Girls

Katie Lowe | Posted 07.28.2014 | Women
Katie Lowe

Misogyny and shame culture go hand in hand, because they both perpetuate an idea that women have to look and behave a certain way -- to perform a certain role -- in order to play their part in society.

Parents: Your Media Use Is the Blueprint Your Kids Use for Theirs

Gwenn Schurgin O'Keeffe, MD | Posted 04.02.2012 | Parents
Gwenn Schurgin O'Keeffe, MD

Like a playground that has recently survived a storm, we have some online social media cleaning up to do.