Student journalists not immune from online trolls

IN THE HEADLINES What We’re Watching: Indian journalist Rana Ayyub has received death threats, gang rape threats and worse for her critical exposes of the government. She recently appeared on BBC to name her attackers and how violent threats have become a Twitter storm. Zambian media workers are pushing back against the Zambian government forContinue reading “Student journalists not immune from online trolls”

Stop the silence…Sharing your #onlineabuse is self-care

IN THE HEADLINES Independent music journalist Zachary Stoner and self-described “Hood CNN” was killed in Chicago. The Committee to Protect Journalists asks for a thorough investigation into whether Stoner’s community stories of Black men and Chicago gangs played a role. Journalists wrote an open letter to messaging apps asking the platforms to make changes that couldContinue reading “Stop the silence…Sharing your #onlineabuse is self-care”

Extreme trolling leads journalist to fake death

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 underContinue reading “Extreme trolling leads journalist to fake death”

Twitter’s focusing on behavioral cues to tackle online abuse

IN THE HEADLINES Twitter is tweaking its algorithms to weed out more online abuse. Chief exec Jack Dorsey explains to The Guardian that “The spirit of the thing is that we want to take the burden off the person receiving abuse or mob-like behavior. You can’t just ignore (all) the trolls, says this writer, who talksContinue reading “Twitter’s focusing on behavioral cues to tackle online abuse”

If You Can’t #BeBest, #BeOriginal…Are We #Winning?

IN THE HEADLINES Freelancers need protection too, writes Elisabet Cantenys in Open Society Foundations. Freelancers are especially vulnerable as their next job depends on their reputation…EVERY…SINGLE…TIME. Justin Trudeau and a host of Canadian leaders call out social media platforms to discuss the online harassment experiences of women leaders, particularly’s Alberta Premier @RachelNotley who has received death threatsContinue reading “If You Can’t #BeBest, #BeOriginal…Are We #Winning?”

Oh, the lengths to which we have to go…#ShePersisted

IN THE HEADLINES She had to copyright her breasts to fight revenge porn, but #shepersisted. This month, represented by The Cyber Civil Rights Legal Project, an unnamed woman won her lawsuit against an ex who was spreading her naked pics online. She was awarded $6.45 million. What we’re watching: The attorney for MSNBC host JoyContinue reading “Oh, the lengths to which we have to go…#ShePersisted”

Our new chatbot helps you navigate online abuse

IN THE HEADLINES Misogynistic abuse, particularly of women journalists, is “tediously predictable” says a recent report about the online harassment of women on the Australian Broadcast Corporation. It seems Facebook likes watching. When complete strangers were rating this woman on “how f*ckable she is, she couldn’t gain access to the private group and couldn’t get Facebook to shut it down.Continue reading “Our new chatbot helps you navigate online abuse”

An ounce of prevention…What you can do now.

IN THE HEADLINES MarieClaire asks “Why is the Internet still an unsafe place for opinionated women?” The Mozilla Foundation Internet Health Report looks at digital inclusion, privacy and openness and what can be done. The Center for Media Engagement at the University of Texas-Austin surveyed 75 women journalists about their experiences with online abuse. TheyContinue reading “An ounce of prevention…What you can do now.”

OSCE Makes Recommendations for Media Management on Online Abuse

A report from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)’s Representative on Freedom of the Media details the threat online abuse of female journalists poses to freedom of the media. Founder of TrollBusters Michelle Ferrier authored the report, part of the 2017 relaunch of OSCE’s Safety of Female Journalists online campaign (#SOFJO). ThisContinue reading “OSCE Makes Recommendations for Media Management on Online Abuse”

It’s getting kind of…dicey. Rethinking risk for journalists

IN THE HEADLINES A UNESCO panel at the 62nd Commission on the Status of Women reported that both online and offline attacks on women journalists are on the rise. The Committee to Protect Journalists spoke to a dozen sources for this report on the dangers journalists (and their families) face offline when they report onContinue reading “It’s getting kind of…dicey. Rethinking risk for journalists”