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To The Troll Who Called My Son Ugly

Megan Davies Mennes | Posted 06.21.2014 | Parents
Megan Davies Mennes

This will not be the last time someone discounts my son because he is different. It will not be the last time someone makes a joke at his expense, but to actively seek out actual people to tease goes beyond cruel. It's inhuman.

Is Polite Discourse Online a Contradiction in Terms?

Rachel Thompson | Posted 06.10.2014 | Books
Rachel Thompson

When we are engaged in hot-button topic conversations online, tempers can flare. People can flame. Things can get ugly very fast. Does this mean we should avoid those topics altogether? No, not at all. I'm only saying to give it more thought before responding.

15 Things That Happen When You Piss Off A City

Carly Ledbetter | Posted 06.04.2014 | Travel
Carly Ledbetter

A few weeks ago, I decided to write an article about a city I'd recently lived in and call it "the weirdest." In just my third week on the job, I'd pi...

This '90s Guy's Prediction About The Internet Went Horribly Wrong

The Huffington Post | Drew Guarini | Posted 03.12.2014 | Technology

On the World Wide Web's 25th anniversary, it's only right to look back at just how naive we were about it when it launched. Just look at Katie Couric ...

See Ya, Trolls

AP | BARBARA ORTUTAY | Posted 12.26.2013 | Technology

NEW YORK (AP) — Mix blatant bigotry with poor spelling. Add a dash of ALL CAPS. Top it off with a violent threat. And there you have it: A recipe fo...

Turning the Page on Anonymity: The Future of HuffPost Comments

Tim McDonald | Posted 02.09.2014 | Technology
Tim McDonald

After weeks of fine-tuning our commenting technology and platform, we are pulling the switch in a way that will keep the best parts about commenting on HuffPost while bringing more civility and accountability to the experience.

Want to Feel Better, Really Better? Step Away From the News

Lorraine Devon Wilke | Posted 11.20.2013 | Media
Lorraine Devon Wilke

Turn off the news. Put down the paper. Click off the internet. Step away from social media. And never, EVER read comments.

Proof That The Internet Can Be An Awful, Awful Place

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 11.19.2013 | Women

Poisoning the Internet with its bald-faced misogyny and malice, a blog post that lists "5 reasons to date a girl with an eating disorder" has triggere...

Controlling the Comments in the Digital Universe

Michael Drew | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Michael Drew

The Huffington Post has stopped accepting anonymous comments. It's a start. So-called trolls who use comments sections to espouse negative views or to threaten or foment discord will always find ways to keep fanning the flames of disinformation.

Fighting Cyberbullies and Trolls: What's in your arsenal?

Tanis Jorge | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Tanis Jorge

As we come up to the one year anniversary of cyberbullying victim Amanda Todd's death, it becomes glaringly obvious that the impact of cyberbullying is not waning.

What Do Buddha and the Laws of Attraction Have to Do With the State of Our Politics?

Lorraine Devon Wilke | Posted 12.10.2013 | Politics
Lorraine Devon Wilke

Let's look at "the world we've made" here in the U.S and consider that, somehow, it is exactly the product of what we've brought to life based on the energy and tone of our thoughts and intentions. Are you scoffing? Finding that ridiculous? Look a little deeper.

I'm Sort of Agreeing With the Air Force on Reputation Management

John P. David | Posted 12.03.2013 | Business
John P. David

Recently, I took a look at the U.S. Air Force's policy toward responding to web postings. The document has been floating around for a while and has been widely cited by online reputation management consultants. I mainly agree with the assessment with a few exceptions.

Free Speech and Identity Verification: Combating the Challenge of Trolling

John Pavley | Posted 11.01.2013 | Technology
John Pavley

For the HuffPost community to grow and develop we must emphasize fairness in access, promote civil discourse,  reduce vitriol on our pages and provide a defense against trolling. A key strategy in doing all of this is our plan to require all new members to identify themselves when they create an account.

Why You Should Always Read The Comments

Nina Bahadur | Posted 10.29.2013 | Women
Nina Bahadur

The reason I write personal essays an opinion pieces is to spark a conversation. I want to talk -- or at least type -- about anxiety disorders, interracial friendships and being called bossy, because I believe those are topics that need to be discussed. For me, that doesn't mean presenting my own viewpoint then walking away.

My Surprising Reaction to Bullies

Robyn Welling | Posted 10.28.2013 | Media
Robyn Welling

Confrontation is still confrontation, even if met through the glass of a computer screen. After all, that screen is the only thing separating the trolls from my thin skin.

Anonymity: Can Freedom Ring Only Behind Fake Names?

Lorraine Devon Wilke | Posted 10.26.2013 | Media
Lorraine Devon Wilke

When Arianna Huffington announced that, starting in September, users will no longer be able to create anonymous accounts, writers cheered and commenters... well, some commenters did what that contingent of commenter always does: they went ballistic.

What Trolls Are Doing to Our Politics, Our Culture... Our Brains

Lorraine Devon Wilke | Posted 10.23.2013 | Politics
Lorraine Devon Wilke

Maybe, if society turns against this bilious, brain-battering behavior, we'll ever-so-slowly advance to a less hate-filled, poop-throwing cultural community. Despite that distant, negative holler -- "Nah, that'll never happen" -- I maintain it would be delightful if it did.

Jason Linkins

The Quran-Burning Preacher Is Back

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 08.21.2013 | Politics

Three years ago, in one of the sorriest episodes of American life, a great dollop of excrement in human form named Terry Jones capitalized on a slow-n...

Threats Highlight The Thin Line Online Trolls Can Walk

AP | By JILL LAWLESS | Posted 10.01.2013 | Technology

LONDON (AP) — If Twitter is the chirping chatterbox of the Internet, trolls are its dark underground denizens. The collision of the t...

YouTube and the Anonymity of #Hate

Sandi Bachom | Posted 09.29.2013 | Technology
Sandi Bachom

Internet trolls reply to certain trends with bile in total anonymity with 2 followers and an Avatar with no photo. But YouTube commenters are more sinister and frightening. It is the temperature of the country.

What Inspires Me: Leonard Cohen

Craig Newmark | Posted 09.23.2013 | Impact
Craig Newmark

Customer service can really be corrosive, and it gets worse than the usual trolling and abuse. However, singer and poet Leonard Cohen really helps me get through the day, with a small but substantial assist from Dr Stephen T. Colbert, DFA.

How Small Businesses Can Handle Patent Trolls

Deborah Sweeney | Posted 08.18.2013 | Small Business
Deborah Sweeney

There are plenty of small businesses being threatened with frivolous infringement lawsuits. So exactly how can you avoid patent trolls and what can be done if one moves in to strike?

Why Bother Talking Politics on the Internet?

Kate Blanchard | Posted 06.25.2013 | Politics
Kate Blanchard

The exchange, in combination with a number of other unpleasant exchanges I've had in the past couple of years since venturing into Internet writing, made me think again about the purpose of public discourse.

No Comments? Internet Trolls and Women Writers

Colleen Glenney Boggs | Posted 04.01.2013 | Women
Colleen Glenney Boggs

As COO for one of the largest tech firms in the world, Facebook, Sandberg has a curious blindspot: She portrays communication as interpersonal.

Scientists Prove That Internet Trolls Are Wicked

Richard Schiffman | Posted 03.27.2013 | Media
Richard Schiffman

One rule of thumb is that trolls pretend to be sincerely interested in a topic at hand -- that's how they rope you in -- but their real motive is to push your neural buttons and elicit some sort of reaction.