Extreme trolling leads journalist to fake death

IN THE HEADLINES

The Oxygen of Amplification report cover

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:

This 1 1/2-hour webinar, taught by Michelle Ferrier, provides an orientation to online abuse and digital security, the legal boundaries of online speech and ways in which journalists are exposed to online harassment. Participants will also generate their personal threat model and explore tools for protecting their digital reputation online and off. Register now.

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.

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