Articles about trolling

UK.gov to treat online abuse as seriously as IRL hate crime

The UK's Crown Prosecution Service has pledged to tackle online abuse with the same seriousness as it does hate crimes committed in the flesh. Following public concern about the increasing amount of racist, anti-religious, homophobic and transphobic attacks on social media, the CPS has today (August 21) published a new set of …
Rebecca Hill, 21 Aug 2017

Google to annihilate online trolling with ... tra-la-la! Machine! Learning!

Google and Jigsaw, an Alphabet incubee, hope to tackle online trolling with the launch of Perspective: a new online abuse-detecting service that uses machine learning to highlight “toxic comments.” Late last year, a study by the US Center for Innovative Public Health Research found that 72 per cent of Americans over the age of …
Katyanna Quach, 24 Feb 2017
A bad day for Prenda Law

Prenda Law's copyright-trolling shakedown scam slammed AGAIN

A Ninth Circuit US Court of Appeals judge has tossed an appeal by the masterminds behind the notorious Prenda Law copyright trolling activity. The appeals court agrees with other courts that Prenda operated a “national trolling scheme” that engaged in “abusive litigation” in trying to sting people for copyright violations. …

Dumping chapter and verse on someone's private life online may be outlawed in Utah

Legislators in Utah have proposed a law that would bring serious criminal penalties for those who post others' private information online with the intent to harass. HB 225 would amend the state's existing cybercrime laws to add provisions against the distribution of personal information. The bill, floated by state …
Shaun Nichols, 10 Feb 2016
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Jenkins issues code of conduct to keep rowdy automation fans in line

Jenkins has warned its more boisterous contributors that they face banishment from the automation server community if they fall foul of the code of conduct it finally got round to publishing this week. The project's board has consciously followed in the “footsteps of other projects like the Apache Software Foundation...and …
Joe Fay, 8 Jan 2016
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With Hobbit and LoTR in the can, Trolls no longer welcome in New Zealand

New Zealand has become the latest country to think bad online manners are amenable to legislation. The country last night passed a controversial bill, the Harmful Digital Communications Bill, in the hope of stemming “cyber-bullying”. The bill creates a regime under which digital communications causing “serious emotional …
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I block, you block, we all block Twitter shock schlock

Twitter has introduced a feature that allows users to share their block lists with others to help single out abusive users. Beginning on Wednesday, the 140-character gab service has enabled Twitter users to share data on who they have blocked from following their own feeds, with the idea that others will use the information to …
Shaun Nichols, 11 Jun 2015
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Reddit: Gonna SCRUB these TROLLS right outa my hair

Vast forum site Reddit has added new policies that it hopes will help rein in harassment of its users by its other, not-so-nice, users. The meme-trading portal said it would crack down on online harassment of individuals with the goal of ending it, for the good of the site. "The number one reason Redditors do not recommend …
Shaun Nichols, 15 May 2015
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HP wag has last laugh at US prez wannabe with carlyfiorina.org snatch

Carly Fiorina, once the boss of HP and today a US Presidential candidate, just learned the hard way that you can never be too thorough when it comes to hoarding domains, particularly when you're planning to run for public office. An unknown wag was able to snap up the carlyfiorina.org domain and use it to host a rather …
Shaun Nichols, 5 May 2015

BEND OVER, boy! Twitter lockdown to give trolls and bullies a good LICKING

Twitter has gone into full headmaster mode in an effort to cut down on trolling and harassment among its users, generally acknowledged to be rife. A day after it announced that anyone can send you direct messages if you opt in, thus opening the door to harassment, Twitter has come up with several "upgrades" to its system. "We …
Kieren McCarthy, 21 Apr 2015
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You're outta here! Baseball star strikes out sleazy trolls who targeted teen daughter

A former star of Major League Baseball hit a pair of alleged Twitter trolls out of the ballpark this week – by naming and shaming them on his blog, causing one to be fired and the other suspended from school. Former Arizona Diamondbacks Boston Red Sox Curt star Schilling published screengrabs of obscene tweets about his 17- …
Shaun Nichols, 4 Mar 2015
Isabella Sorley and John Nimmo. Credit: Press Association

Vile Twitter trolls thrown in the cooler for rape abuse tweet spree

Two Brits were today jailed in the UK for abusing and threatening a feminist campaigner and an MP on Twitter. John Nimmo, 25, of South Shields, Tyne and Wear, and Isabella Sorley, 23, of Akenside Hill, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, will spend eight and 12 weeks behind bars, respectively. They had earlier pleaded guilty to sending vile …
Shaun Nichols, 24 Jan 2014

Guess what happened when T-Mobile US's boss trolled AT&T's CES party

CES 2014 T-Mobile US chief executive John Legere posed for photos during a surprise appearance at rival AT&T's CES party – and was then reportedly thrown out by security. Cheeky Legere was snapped swanning around the soiree in his usual bright pink shirt that has his company's logo emblazoned on it. AT&T staff then spotted tech journo …
Shaun Nichols, 8 Jan 2014
The Register breaking news

Cameron demands Brits BOYCOTT angry-troll-infested websites

Prime Minister David Cameron has told Brits to "boycott" websites that allow trolls and bullies to publish reams of nasty abuse and threats with wild abandon. His comments came after the father of 14-year-old Hannah Smith claimed his daughter, who had been bullied on Lativan-based ask.fm, had killed herself to escape the …
Kelly Fiveash, 8 Aug 2013
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UK plods cuff another bloke in Twitter violence threat probe

A 32-year-old man has been arrested by cops investigating violent threats against high-profile women on Twitter. Scotland Yard said in a statement that the unnamed suspect was manacled at an address in Bristol this morning and is now being quizzed at a nearby police station. He was cuffed on suspicion of committing an offence …
Kelly Fiveash, 7 Aug 2013
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Oi, trolls, BEHAVE! Twitter tweaks rules to tackle abusive twits

Twitter's UK operation has been forced to apologise to a number of high-profile women who were targeted with abuse by users of the micro-blogging site. The company has said it will hire more staff to help block people who are breaching Twitter's rules by using the service to harass others. It also reiterated that netizens …
Kelly Fiveash, 5 Aug 2013

Police probe IDIOTIC Twitter bomb threats slung at journalists

Twitter's trolling heatwave intensified on Wednesday night when a number of journalists were targeted with terrifying bomb threats. Reprobates used anonymous Twitter handles - whose accounts now appear to have been suspended - to send messages to Guardian features writer Hadley Freeman, Independent columnist Grace Dent and …
Kelly Fiveash, 1 Aug 2013
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Banknote campaigner's Twitter rape threats ordeal: Bloke, 21, cuffed

A 21-year-old man was arrested on Sunday after a feminist campaigner was repeatedly sent abusive messages - including rape threats - on Twitter. Scotland Yard said in a statement to The Register that the suspect was cuffed in Manchester over claims of harassment. The Met added: The arrest is in connection with an allegation …
Kelly Fiveash, 29 Jul 2013

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