John Oliver Takes On Internet Harassment In This Week’s “Last Week Tonight”

On last night’s “Last Week Tonight,” John Oliver tackled the topic of online harassment, especially Twitter threats, revenge porn, and YouTube comments telling certain British news show hosts that they have spider-hands.

Oliver dives, in particular, into the fact that law enforcement is woefully underprepared to deal with rape and death threats, highlighting an anecdote from writer Amanda Hess about how the police asked her “What’s Twitter?” when she attempted to report chillingly specific threats against her safety. Then, too, there’s the problem that the legal system is so unequipped to deal with revenge porn that some women are having to copyright pictures of their naked body in order to make a strong enough claim against revenge porn sites to have those sites take down pictures they never consented to share publicly. There’s a bill being drafted in the House of Representatives to address what they’re terming “intimate privacy,” and it’s about time, since “You shouldn’t have taken those pictures” really isn’t an adequate response to revenge porn.

If you want to play a fun game, head on over to the YouTube page for the video and see how many of the (currently) 5,000+ comments you can read before you start to feel like throwing your computer against a wall! I think I got through about 10.


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