The image uploading feature begins rolling out today with 50 Reddit communities, including Art, Aww, Food, Funny, Gifs and EarthPorn pretty nature pics .The launch could help Reddit boost traffic in a critical year, following a tumultuous 2015 marked by trouble with its content policies clashing with offensive subcultures it hosts, and a community staffer firing leading to a mutiny by Reddit moderators who blacked-out parts of the site.They ve long been thought of as sister sites, with Reddit focusing on links and text debates, while Imgur centered around entertaining images and a supportive, positive community.Users frequently cross-link between the sites, using Imgur links to effectively share image posts and comments on Reddit, and Reddit links to point people to deeper discussions of content.We re super focused on our mission to surface up the world s most entertaining content and making Imgur the best visual community in the world.Now, if it doesn t police the uploads, more of the disgust and anger could fall on Reddit.
Yacht, whose lead members, Claire L. Evans and Jona Bechtolt are in a romantic relationship, did this by releasing a statement through their Facebook, claiming to have been the victims of a leaked sex tape due to a series of technological missteps and one morally abject person.This led to immediate and total backlash against Yacht and the stunt, pointing out that it made light of actual victims of abuse and revenge porn.The relationships of the communicators with the market, investors, and employees should be honest, open, and maintained on a regular basis.While Yacht s existing fan base certainly led to the story being covered as widely as it was, it still vastly outsized their typical place in pop culture and music discussion.When people become public representations of a brand, that means that their personal lives and decisions also have the power to impact the brand.Businesses need to think about this when facing PR crises.
Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty ImagesThe threat of circulating revenge porn would be criminalised and the evidence threshold lowered to bring England and Wales in line with Scottish law, under changes to be proposed by a former Lib Dem cabinet minister.The law south of the border has failed to keep pace with the rapid increase of the malicious exploitation of explicit or sexual images without their subject s consent, according to former Scottish secretary Alistair Carmichael.He is to argue in the Commons in favour of amendments to criminalise not only the circulation of private sexual photographs and films without consent, but the threat of circulating them.They are designed to increase the number of successful prosecutions of the crime, which carries a jail term of up to two years and a fine.I hope to get the support from MPs across the house and hope that the government agrees with me that more must be done to help and support victims of this horrific act.They earlier pleaded guilty to a revenge porn offence for publishing the video, which the actor, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had asked Marcou to delete after they broke up.
Rep. Jackie Speier D-San Francisco formally introduced a new bill in Congress on Thursday that would seek to make involuntary, or revenge pornography, a federal crime, punishable with a maximum penalty of five years in prison.The bill, which is known as the Intimate Privacy Protection Act of 2016, states:Whoever knowingly uses the mail, any interactive computer service or electronic communication service or electronic communication system of interstate commerce, or any other facility of interstate or foreign commerce to distribute a visual depiction of a person who is identifiable from the image itself or information displayed in connection with the image and who is engaging in sexually explicit conduct, or of the naked genitals or post-pubescent female nipple of a person, with reckless disregard for the person s lack of consent to the distribution, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 5 years, or both.Until now, there has been no such federal bill introduced—but 34 states, including California, have already created similar legislation.Technology today makes it possible to destroy a person s life with the click of a button or a tap on a cell phone, Speier said in a statement.That is all anyone needs to broadcast another person s private images without their consent.
In a press release about the bill, Congresswoman Speier said, The damage caused by these attacks can crush careers, tear apart families, and, in the worst cases, has led to suicide.Several CCRI members spoke at the press conference announcing the bill, including CCRI s President and Founder Dr. Holly Jacobs, Vice-President and Legislative & Tech Policy Director Dr. Mary Anne Franks, Carrie Goldberg, and Anisha Vora.We at CCRI have advised legislators in more than 30 states in their efforts to draft legislation to protect sexual privacy, and the number of states with laws addressing nonconsensual pornography has increased from 3 to 34 in that time.But existing laws offer much less protection for our most sensitive information: private photographs and videos of nudity or sexual activity.These include Professor Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean of UC Irvine School of Law, who, in addition to being one of the most influential legal scholars in the country, has argued several cases in front of the Supreme Court.According to Amanda Faulkner, US Public Policy Manager of Twitter, the company is glad to see Rep. Speier and so many of our safety partners taking the lead on this important issue, and we re proud to stand with them in support of this legislation.
It s been one year since Reddit revolted.When the company cracked down on revenge porn and subreddits containing offensive content last summer, the backlash was swift and ultimately led to the ouster of interim CEO Ellen Pao.But Reddit, led by CEO Steve Huffman, seems to be struggling with its reform.Over the past six months, over a dozen senior Reddit employees — most of them women and people of color — have left the company.Reddit let go of at least two key members of its team earlier this week, several sources with knowledge of Reddit confirmed to TechCrunch.The layoffs follow departures from the network s video team last month, and the slow trickle of employees exiting the company over the past several months.
Billionaire investor and Silicon Valley wild card Peter Thiel made history in a speech at the Republican National Convention, talking economic disparity, bringing Silicon Valley innovation to government and declaring that he is proud to be gay.Whatever your thoughts on Thiel, it was a moment worth paying attention to.It was a big week for Tesla as CEO Elon Musk released a part two to the Master Plan he wrote 10 years ago.Another day, another iPhone leak, this time pointing to a new iPhone 7 Pro.PayPal ticked up 2% after showing $2.65 billion in revenue.Dollar Shave Club joined the unicorn club as it was acquired by multinational consumer goods company Unilever for a reported $1 billion value.
Sending nudes isn t a new phenomenon—the advent of camera phones took care of that—but for teens these days, a bevy of social media platforms make sexual exploration on the internet that much more thrilling, and that much more dangerous.That s the focus of I See You, a documentary by Orian Barki about sending photos of your junk to other people as a teen.While some see it as a form of empowerment, others contemplate the role gender plays hint: it s still much harder being a woman or the dangers of being publicly exposed.Hell, the video opens with a girl claiming a sexy photo of her was shared on a revenge porn Instagram account.Being a teen sounds awful.I don t think sexting is bad, I think sexting is exciting, romantic, playful and creative, Barki explains.
Sending nudes isn t a new phenomenon—the advent of camera phones took care of that—but for teens these days, a bevy of social media platforms make sexual exploration on the internet that much more thrilling, and that much more dangerous.That s the focus of I See You, a documentary by Orian Barki about sending photos of your junk to other people as a teen.While some see it as a form of empowerment, others contemplate the role gender plays hint: it s still much harder being a woman or the dangers of being publicly exposed.Hell, the video opens with a girl claiming a sexy photo of her was shared on a revenge porn Instagram account.Being a teen sounds awful.I don t think sexting is bad, I think sexting is exciting, romantic, playful and creative, Barki explains.
Thiel s financial involvement wasn t revealed until after a judge determined that Gawker owed $140 million to the former pro wrestler for publishing one of his sex tapes and an accompanying article, and Thiel hasn t spoken publicly about bankrolling the lawsuit aside from a single interview with The New York Times.It seemed that, finally, Thiel was taking the opportunity to lay out his reasoning for funding the lawsuit that s bringing Gawker s independence to an end.Thiel framed his crusade against Gawker as a gay rights issue in an essay that distorts the truth of the situation and fails to address the implications of a billionaire choosing to bankrupt a media company.In 2007, I was outed by the online gossip blog Gawker, Thiel wrote.However, it s worth noting that the public nature of Thiel s sexuality is a bit more complicated — Owen Thomas, author of the post in question and a gay man himself , has argued that Thiel was not in any kind of closet, because his sexuality was already well-known in his circle of friends.He s an investor in major companies like Facebook, PayPal and Palantir, and therefore a public figure whose life is open to scrutiny.
Today, Microsoft pushed out new resources to reduce hate speech in a blog post for users of its consumer services.Users will now be able to communicate directly with the company to report hate speech, and petition for reinstating content via new online forms.Most people are familiar with efforts by social networks like Twitter and Facebook to ensure safety within their respective online communities.Just last week, Twitter announced the suspension of an additional 235,000 accounts for promoting terrorism.While Microsoft has also been active in preventing terrorist content from propagating on its services, the company has received less attention than its peers.Services like Outlook, Skype, Xbox, OneDrive, Office 365 draw millions of users that are too easily forgotten with the rise of new platforms like Snapchat and Instagram.
Microsoft now has better ways to report hate speech—as well as to request that content be reinstated.Credit: Flickr/Thoth God of KnowledgeMicrosoft may not have the social reach of Facebook or Twitter, but the company is nevertheless cracking down on hate speech that may crop up on its services with an easier way to report it.On Friday, Microsoft launched a simplified web form to report hate speech, as well as a separate petition to reinstate any content that may have been taken down.Microsoft is asking users of its consumer services to report incidents that advocate violence against or hatred of users based upon age, disability, gender, national or ethnic origin, race, religion, and sexual orientation or gender identity.The services covered include Xbox Live, Skype, Sway,, Outlook and OneDrive.
As feathers settle at the end of yet another Edinburgh Fringe Festival, this year's event—celebrating its 69th birthday—showed that, despite its staunch old age, material at the fest is increasingly relevant to contemporary discourses on social media, research, science, and technology.He explained the rationale behind the show to Ars: "As a performer in Edinburgh for the last eight summers, I found myself frustrated by the lack of nuanced conversation, particularly about issues of health, the body, trauma, illness, and disability."I hope that The Sick of the Fringe is a safer platform for artists making work on their body, providing spaces for nuanced conversation, and opportunities for connections among artists making work on subjects which are difficult, and identities that are marginalised by differences in health and presumed capacity.We were asked to diagnose their performances by looking beyond the production quality or entertainment value of the piece, and to instead analyse the ideas presented in the work and its context within scientific and medical inquiry—often pushing writers beyond their comfort zone.Performers would often do their best to turn audience members into collaborators by asking them to tweet or blog questions or reaction.One such performance was Blush—created by Snuff Box theatre in association with Underbelly Untapped—which presents the primal responses to those whose lives have been affected adversely by online porn.
More than 200 people have been prosecuted under a revenge porn law introduced in April 2015, a Crown Prosecution Service CPS report shows.Figures for England and Wales reveal that rape, domestic abuse and sexual offences now account for almost a fifth of all cases, with prosecutions and convictions at record levels.But charities say more needs to be done to encourage reporting of offences.It became an offence to share private sexual photographs or films without the subject's consent in England and Wales in April 2015.In the year 2015-16, ending in March:Domestic abuse, rape and sexual offences accounted for nearly 19% of the CPS's workload - an increase over the past six years from just under 9%
Punishing those who share explicit pictures without consent is a welcome development, but commentators say any crackdown ought to be accompanied by another look at how the law treats young people who share intimate images with their peers.On Monday, the state of New South Wales NSW announced it would follow Victoria and South Australia in introducing a law criminalising the distribution of intimate or explicit images without consent."These images can ... be used as a way to deliberately humiliate, control or harass the intended victim," NSW Attorney General Gabrielle Upton said in a statement.A federal senate committee also recommended revenge porn laws be enacted nationally in February, but a law is yet to be proposed.Katie Acheson, CEO of youth advocacy group Youth Action, welcomed NSW's announcement, including the proposed focus on young people."Young people should be at the centre of this," she told Mashable.
A total of 206 people have been prosecuted under the new "revenge porn law since it came into effect in April last year, the report by the Crown Prosecution Service CPS has revealed.Social media was identified in the report as a "growing trend" connected to revenge porn offences, as in some cases defendants used social networks such as Facebook to distribute intimate pictures of victims.Lucy Hastings, director at Victim Support, a charity that provides support for cases of domestic and sexual abuse, said more needed to be done to support victims of revenge porn."Revenge porn should be afforded the same automatic anonymity as victims of rape and other serious sexual offences."Without anonymity victims of revenge porn may face the prospect of having the offending images shared more widely and there is a risk that acts as a significant deterrent to reporting the crime, she continued.The law states that it is an offence to share private sexual photographs or films without the subject s consent.
This is truly one of the dicier issues facing the Online Reputation Management ORM industry today, and one major reason why the industry is sometimes perceived as tawdry.To give a quick background, big companies some years ago campaigned to make it so that they weren t all that responsible for third-party information published via their systems.Also, search engines fall into the category of an interactive computer service — they re not necessarily responsible for what appears in their search results listings.There are a number of caveats to this, which I ll mention later.It seems a bit ironic that the Digital Millennium Copyright Act was later legislated, which allows copyright owners to demand to have their materials removed when posted without their permission — requiring removal by the very same interactive online services that can t be compelled to remove lies and defamation.The evolution of the internet, particularly represented by Google s goal to make the world s information searchable, has reached the point where the publication of even factual data about people and companies is rapid and much more visible than ever before.
Instagram today is rolling out a feature to all its users that will allow everyone to decide for themselves how they want to moderate comments on the photo-sharing service.This new feature will allow people to either enable a filter that will automatically block a default list of words to hide from their Instagram comments, or, with the custom keyword list, they can go further and choose certain words that they don t want to see in the comments on their posts.This latter option could also help Instagram account owners keep certain topics off-limits, even if the words themselves weren t considered abusive.Instagram had previously introduced other comment moderation tools, like swiping to delete comments, the ability to report inappropriate comments, and the ability to block user accounts.Features like these are important because Instagram is public by default, and also typically used for personal photo sharing, that s a ripe target for bullies and trolls.All different types of people — from diverse backgrounds, races, genders, sexual orientations, abilities and more — call Instagram home, but sometimes the comments on their posts can be unkind, writes Kevin Systrom, Instagram co-founder and CEO, on the company s blog, explaining the need for comment moderation tools.
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A lawsuit filed against Facebook by a 14-year-old girl whose nude picture was published repeatedly on the platform could 'open the floodgates' for other civil claims.A lawsuit filed against Facebook involving a 14-year-old girl from Belfast, Northern Ireland, whose naked images were repeatedly published on the social media platform could potentially "open the floodgates" for other civil claims against the company and other social media sites, legal experts said."A case like this risks opening the floodgates for other civil cases to be taken against Facebook and other social media sites," Paul Tweed, media lawyer and senior partner at the law firm Johnsons told The Guardian."We've already seen an increase in the number of people calling to find out more.In September,Facebook lost its bid to stop a lawsuit to prevent the 14-year-old from Northern Ireland from suing the company after a naked photograph of her was posted on the site.The nude image was removed and reposted several times between November 2014 and January 2016 but was not permanently blocked by Facebook.