IN THE HEADLINES
- Lazarus Lives?!? Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko faked his death to out those he claims were plotting his assasination. The bizarre “fake news” reveal left some in the profession questioning Babchenko and the Ukrainian government for his stunt. We here at TrollBusters understand that sometimes you have to use extreme measures to prove you’re under attack.
- Mozilla’s IRL podcast with Veronica Belmont is a must-listen. (IRL:In Real Life” Episode 4, “The Care and Feeding of Your Troll,” features a woman who lets trolls eat cake, literally.
- Want to join Amnesty International’s #ToxicTwitter Troll Patrol? Data and Democracy has more information.
- Could another law in the United Kingdom with stiff fines and penalties help crack down on cyberbullying of children?
- I’m sorry–what?! Facebook plans to help cut down on revenge porn…by having you upload your nude photos pre-emptively so they can be hashed and blocked from future upload. Get the back story.
- And just how much abuse takes place on Facebook? Stuff has the answers.
Last week, Data & Society released a new report by Whitney Phillips, The Oxygen of Amplification: Better Practices for Reporting on Extremists, Antagonists, and Manipulators Online. The three-part guide looks at how the far-right leveraged trolling to disrupt the 2016 presidential election; the consequences of reporting on damaging information within the inherent limits of journalism; and best practices for newsrooms, when covering false information as well as online harassment and abusers. Read the report.
TROLLBUSTERS IN THE NEWS
A Real-Life Horror Story of How a Toxic Girlfriend and Mugshots.com Destroyed This Photographer’s Life
Our own Barton Christner is no stranger to the offline consequences of being stalked and trolled in the digital space. In this blog post, he tells the story of his digital nightmare he experienced for years in the clutches of the internet injustice system of Mugshots.com and an internet vixen we call Darth Becky.
Mugshots.com Owners Arrested, Charged
Mugshots.com owners Sahar Sarid, Kishore Vidya Bhavnanie, Thomas Keesee, and David Usdan were arrested last week on charges of extortion, money laundering and identity theft. And we couldn’t be happier. Here’s why.
ON YOUR TO-DO LIST
Learn Digital Self-Defense
Registration is now open for the first module in our upcoming series of webinars to help you defend and protect yourself online.
Orientation: Defense Against the Digital Dark Arts is a 1-1/2 hour guided tour through the dark web and digital security for journalists:
Can’t wait to get started? Browse through our Digital Hygiene Course, 10-minute mini lessons on digital practices to keep online pests away.
Check out these and other lessons at Troll-Busters.org.