After sustained criticism from victims of harassment and abuse, Twitter says it has improved the way that reports of such attacks are handled by the network, and will be adding more features to make reporting and blocking easier
What if Twitter users could collaborate on deciding which trolls should be blocked or muted on the service — would that help cut down on abuse, or would it solve one problem while creating another?
Twitter has changed its policy on what happens when a user blocks another user, and some of those who have been subjected to harassment on the network say the changes actually make things worse instead of better
Following criticism that it doesn’t do enough to prevent or deal with reports of abuse — including a recent British case involving a female journalist — Twitter said Saturday that it has updated its policies to make it clear that abuse will not be tolerated and has also added more staff to handle reports.
An incident in which a British journalist was subjected to hundreds of abusive tweets has highlighted Twitter’s ongoing struggle to balance its defence of free speech and the rights of its users with the need to curb abuse.
A woman in Britain who says she received hundreds of rape threats an hour on Twitter has criticized the service for not making it easier to take action against such abuse, and supporters have started a petition and are organizing a boycott.
Proposals are in the works to change the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act in the wake of hacker-activist Aaron Swartz’s untimely death, but those changes are important for reasons that go far beyond just Swartz’s suicide.
A hundred bucks to the first person who’s never abused their cell phone. And by “abused” I mean let it interfere with productivity, a relationship, or even dinner. I’ll wait. Om? Steve? Anyone?
Didn’t think so.
Although cell phone abuse is not classified as a medical condition, doctors admit it’s a widespread problem. “The overwhelming majority of cell phone users — if not all of them — let the phone interfere with their life,” says Dr. Lisa Merlo, professor of psychology at the University of Florida. “Of course, the severity of interference varies greatly among users, but interestingly, many of these individuals did not notice such interference when they were using a ‘regular’ cell phone.”
In other words, when they weren’t using a so-called smartphone. But the number of “regular” cell phones is waning fast. According to Amy Storey, director of public affairs for CTIA, the number of data-capable phones has doubled since 2005 to account for more than 88 percent of all mobiles today, meaning that abuse is more prevalent than ever. Houston, do we have a problem? Read More about Shut Up and Drive! How to Identify — and Deal With — Cell Phone Abuse