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UK Troll Sentenced To 18 Weeks In Prison For Rape Threats

Remember last year, when a UK politician was supporting an effort to get Jane Austen put on the 10-pound note and got flooded with rape threats on Twitter? No? I vaguely remember — vaguely, because it’s just one of the many, many, many instances in which women have received rape threats over Twitter in the last two years and it’s made the news. Plus, it seems like maybe the mildest thing in the world to try to get Jane Austen’s face on a bank note. Not that trolls are ever justified for making rape threats but … Jane Austen? Really? How does one manage to use Jane Austen as an excuse for rape threats? Keep reading »

Yes, I Have Emotional Disorders; No, I Won’t Be Ashamed Of It

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I’ve said it briefly before, but I want to say it again in more depth: I’m not ashamed of my emotional disorder. In the six months since I started writing for a living, I’ve had a rash of people — okay, trolls — on the internet writing e-mails, leaving comments, and even writing blogs about my mental stability, but specifically saying that there’s something “wrong” with me.

I mean, kind of. I have Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. I don’t think I’ve ever said explicitly why: Because I was in a long-term, abusive relationship, and because six months after I left it, I was raped. On top of that, I was diagnosed with ADHD when I was 13, and I’ve gone through a slew of diagnoses to figure out exactly why I feel emotions as intensely as I do, and my doctors and I have recently settled on it being sort of a generalized personality disorder — not exactly one or the other of those listed in the DSM-V. Keep reading »

Supreme Court To Rule On Online Threats

Lindy West On Trolls
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Jezebel blogger Lindy West faces down her Internet trolls. Read More »
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It’s three months away, but it’s groundbreaking and past due: This December, the Supreme Court will rule on whether online threats are protected by the First Amendment based on whether they qualify as a threat by the intent of the person making it, or by the way a “reasonable person” would interpret the threat.

The latter is the way threats have been defined by the law, historically, but the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals has decided that, in the case of Elonis v. United States, a threat is constituted by the intent of the person making the statement. Anthony Elonis of Pennsylvania has served 36 of 44 months of sentenced jail time for making threats on Facebook about his ex-wife after she left him with their children. Keep reading »

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 »

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