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Jezebel Staff Calls Out Gawker Media For Continually Ignoring Commenter Harassment

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  • The staff of Jezebel.com posted a memo today calling out their employer, Gawker Media, for ignoring the constant harassment they face from trolls in their comments section. The staff describes how users from “anonymous, untraceable burner accounts” frequently post violent rape GIFs in their comment threads, which have to be manually deleted by staffers. Jezebel calls out Gawker Media, which uses its own proprietary Kinja publishing platform, for refusing to block or even record these IP addresses, as it doesn’t want to impede its access to possible tipsters. Jezebel’s editorial director Joel Johnson took to Twitter shortly after to admit, “I’ve dropped the ball and they’re right to call me out. … I don’t have a solution yet but that’s my problem.” [Jezebel; Twitter.com/JoelJohnson]
  • Over at The Washington Post, columnist Alyssa Rosenberg opines that when it comes to feminist blogging, “it sometimes seems like burnout is part of the business model.” [Washington Post] Keep reading »

Lily Allen Confronts Her Internet Trolls

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"Keyboard Warrior That Can't Spell"

I liked Lily Allen’s song “URL Badman” to begin with, but I love it now that there’s commenters up on YouTube screaming “misandry” over the new music video. (Of course plenty of women hate on other women online and I have experienced that firsthand myself. But generally, my experience with trolls — you know, like the time a bunch of them emailed me with answers to my post “18 Sincere Questions I Would Like To Ask Internet Trolls” — they have all been dudes.) Anyway, this song is totally on point, Lily!

“I Am The King Of Trolls”: An Actual Troll (We Think) Responds To My 18 Sincere Questions For Internet Trolls

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Last week, I crowd-sourced questions from my coworkers and friends and wrote a silly post called “18 Sincere Questions I Would Like To Ask Internet Trolls.” I’ve dealt with trolls and other unsavory types just about everywhere that I have an Internet presence and I thought I’d muse out loud about some of the stuff I’ve always wondered about them. Questions like “Do you own a fedora?” were intended to be tongue-in-cheek. And yet over the weekend, emails began filling my inbox from self-described trolls answering all 18 questions. I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised.

One of these self-described trolls wrote a fairly in-depth response that was disturbing, fascinating and (seemingly) candid. He wrote about bullying he faced at school, his favorite target for trolling (Bible thumpers) and his thoughts on whether he is a narcissist and sociopath. He has agreed to let us publish under the condition of anonymity.

Of course I cannot — as they say at actual news outlets — “independently confirm” that this person is actually a troll. Instead of honest reflections from the trolling underbelly, he could be spewing total horsehit and may well be trolling us with these responses. There’s no way to really fact-check trolldom, so take these answers with a grain of salt. (But personally, given the mostly untroll-like answers to these questions, I’m inclined to believe this troll is more real than fake.)

After the jump, his responses, republished with permission and wholly unedited: Keep reading »

18 Sincere Questions I Would Like To Ask Internet Trolls

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Who amongst us was surprised when the results of a recent survey found that Internet trolls are actually psychopaths and sadists? Canadian researchers applied personality inventories to Internet commenting styles and found that trolls are just as fucked-up as we thought, i.e. more likely than other people to show signs of sadism (deriving pleasure from hurting others), psychopathy, and Machiavellianism (disregard for how your immoral behavior affects others).  I am surprised that narcissistic personality disorder didn’t crop up in there, too, but perhaps it can’t be diagnosed over an Internet survey.

xoJane explained as much in their recent essay, “I Was Friends With An Internet Troll,” about a woman who befriended troll and later came to regret it.  “[A]ll I saw materialize was a really sad dude, a man who was drunk more often than not, and always in the middle of an argument,” wrote author Bree Davies. “This is the picture of an Internet troll in real life: an unhappy, substance-abusing, violent, unemployed liar with no friends. I know this isn’t the story of every Internet troll, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it was the story of many of them.” Indeed. Keep reading »

Surprise, Surprise: Internet Trolls Are Actually Sadists

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Jay Smooth calls on men to challenge the anti-feminist Internet trolls. Read More »
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Jezebel blogger Lindy West faces down her Internet trolls. Read More »
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  • Internet trolls really are complete sadists, which explains so much. A new study, aptly titled “Trolls Just Want To Have Fun,” details the findings. Good to know all the strangers who call us “fat” and “stupid” don’t deserve another thought. [TimeScience Direct, CNN]
  • Why do TED and its spinoff TEDwomen refuse to do talks about abortion? [The Nation]
  • A record number women are marrying men who are less educated than them. Eeek! [Newser]
  • Yes, older women are having sex. What a concept! [USA Today, Reuters] Keep reading »

Internet Troll Who Called Professor Mary Beard A “Slut” On Twitter Apologizes After Threat To Tell His Mother

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Jay Smooth calls on men to challenge the anti-feminist Internet trolls. Read More »
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"Chelsea Lately" comedian Jen Kirkman on why she's on strike. Read More »
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  • An internet troll apologized for calling Professor Mary Beard, a classicist at Cambridge University in the UK, a “filthy old slut” and other nasty comments — but only after a threat arose to tattletale to his mother. Olivier Rawlings, a 20-year-old college student, used his own Twitter account for the online harassment; the abuse was seen by someone who threatened to tell his mom exactly what her precious son was saying to women online. A random Twitter user replied to Beard, “Mary, if you would like to send a copy of @Rawlings153′s tweet to his mother, Joanne, I’d be happy to give you the postal address.”  That quickly got Rawlings to apologize! Of course, now there’s an article in the Telegraph about the boy’s misogynist trolling behavior, so Mama Joanne is probably going to see it anyway. [Telegraph UK]
  • The FBI rescued over 100 teenagers, the youngest being 13, in a weekend child sex-trafficking sting. A total of 159 pimps were arrested in connection with the bust. [NBC News]
  • Anti-abortion activists in Albuquerque, New Mexico, are trying to get a 20-week abortion ban on the citywide ballot in the fall. [RH Reality Check]
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