Twitch Will Act on ‘Serious’ Offenses That Happen Off-Platform

Twitch Will Act on ‘Serious’ Offenses That Happen Off-Platform

In the course of investigating those problem users, Twitch COO Sara Clemens tells WIRED, Twitch’s moderation and law enforcement teams learned how challenging it is to review and make decisions based on users’ behavior IRL or on other platforms like Discord.

Twitch's First Transparency Report Is Here—and Long Overdue

Twitch's First Transparency Report Is Here—and Long Overdue

That can include anything from 11-year-olds going live playing Minecraft—exposing them to potential predators —to now-banned gaming celebrity Guy “Dr Disrespect” Beahm streaming from a public bathroom at E3.In its new transparency report Twitch acknowledges this difficulty and for the first time offers specific details about how well it moderates its platform.

Wikipedia's Biggest Challenge Awaits in 2021

Wikipedia's Biggest Challenge Awaits in 2021

Yet as Wikipedia begins a new year with a burnished reputation as a trusted, fact-based resource, it faces thorny questions beyond accuracy that threaten its grand, encyclopedic mission: Can the community of editors and administrators who collect and present the facts become as sturdy and reliable as the facts themselves?

Covering Comments Is Instagram’s Newest Anti-Bullying Tool

Covering Comments Is Instagram’s Newest Anti-Bullying Tool

Cyberbullying is hard to define and even harder to measure; even Facebook, Instagram’s parent company, can’t estimate how prevalent the behavior is on its platform, or whether it’s worsened as Instagram replaces school cafeterias and shopping malls as the main place where teenagers interact.

Where Are the Adults in the Clubhouse?

Where Are the Adults in the Clubhouse?

Lorenz defended herself and called out what she characterized as previous harassment by Srinivasan and others on a variety of platforms, including Clubhouse.

Twitch Confronts Its Role in Streaming’s #MeToo Reckoning

Twitch Confronts Its Role in Streaming’s #MeToo Reckoning

In posts online shared on Twitter and interviews with WIRED, several question what responsibility king-making platforms like Twitch have when top streamers, accused of inappropriate behavior, are no longer live on camera.

Former eBay Execs Allegedly Made Life Hell for Critics

Former eBay Execs Allegedly Made Life Hell for Critics

On August 7, a Twitter account that went by Tui_Elei, allegedly created by another defendant, sent a DM to the female victim asking what her problem was with eBay. When she did not respond, it continued to message her with increasingly crude language.

Greta Thunberg's Online Attackers Reveal a Grim Pattern

Greta Thunberg's Online Attackers Reveal a Grim Pattern

However, as the degrading sexualization of Thunberg and others demonstrates, the criticism and harassment women politicians and activists experience is different in kind than that experienced by their male counterparts.

Susan Fowler and the End of the ‘High Performer’ Defense

Susan Fowler and the End of the ‘High Performer’ Defense

Within days of Fowler’s post, which described firsthand how the company tolerated sexual harassment and ignored discrimination against women, Uber was under siege, forced to authorize an outside investigation that would lead to the departure of its bro-tastic CEO Travis Kalanick.

Americans Are Split On Online Dating—but Swipe More Than Ever

Americans Are Split On Online Dating—but Swipe More Than Ever

“Fully 56% of LGB users say someone on a dating site or app has sent them a sexually explicit message or image they didn’t ask for, compared with about one-third of straight users,” the survey reports.

Deepfake Porn Harms Adult Performers, Too

Deepfake Porn Harms Adult Performers, Too

Sex worker Sydney Leathers hasn’t come across any deepfakes based on her porn scenes, but she is intimately familiar with what it feels like to have her work used to harass and debase another woman.

Gaming's #MeToo Moment and the Tyranny of Male Fragility

Gaming's #MeToo Moment and the Tyranny of Male Fragility

The harassment of Quinn and others has nothing to do with concern for Holowka and his family and everything to do with making examples of women and queer people who dare to speak out.

Swatting Is a Deadly Problem—Here's the Solution

Swatting Is a Deadly Problem—Here's the Solution

Third, a Seattle resident who is, Whitcomb says, “a well-known internet celebrity” reached out to Whitcomb, asking if there was anything the police department could do to ensure they weren’t swatted.

New York's Revenge Porn Law Is a Flawed Step Forward

New York's Revenge Porn Law Is a Flawed Step Forward

It is indefensible.” New York Assembly member Edward Braunstein and Mary Anne Franks, the tech and legislative policy advisor for the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative, first drafted a bill criminalizing nonconsensual pornography in 2013, a time when few other states had similar laws on the books.

YouTube Continues to Fail Its Queer Creators

YouTube Continues to Fail Its Queer Creators

Yesterday, YouTube decided that when right-wing commentator Steven Crowder calls Vox video host Carlos Maza, who is gay and of Cuban descent, a "Mexican" "lispy queer," it does not violate the platform’s policies on harassment.

Documents Suggest Google Did Not Investigate Major Leaks

Documents Suggest Google Did Not Investigate Major Leaks

Details about the Stop Leaks program came to light as part of a lawsuit—filed in December 2016 by an unidentified Google employee—claiming the company’s confidentiality policies amounted to an internal “spying program” that illegally infringed on employees’ rights to discuss working conditions, report illegal conduct or product defects to authorities, or talk to other employers about job opportunities.

'Fake News Victims' Meet With Twitter and Facebook

'Fake News Victims' Meet With Twitter and Facebook

The discussions organized by Avaaz served as a counterpoint to all that pressure, as individual victims of online harassment campaigns came forward to tell tech companies exactly how they’ve been hurt by the hate and hoaxes that have festered on their platforms.

F. Gary Gray Is Working on a Saints Row Movie Adaptation

F. Gary Gray Is Working on a Saints Row Movie Adaptation

Gary Gray is reportedly in line to film an adaption of the Saints Row videogame franchise. Variety reports that Saints Row is the next game to get tapped for a film adaptation, with F.

How One Woman's Digital Life Was Weaponized Against Her

How One Woman's Digital Life Was Weaponized Against Her

He didn’t much care, he says, because he considered the harassment trivial: “My rights were violated and nobody cares, and we’re still talking about what happened to poor Courtney?” After exposing the affair, Steven continued asking for advice from other people on the Marriage Builders site.

An App That Promoted Cyberbullying Shifts to the Workplace

An App That Promoted Cyberbullying Shifts to the Workplace

LEARN MORE The WIRED Guide to Internet Addiction Tawfiq says that Enoff differs from competing anonymous reporting platforms because of its sign-up policies, which don’t require users to verify that they work at a particular organization; they only have to have the company’s join link or code.

Tech Workers Unite to Fight Forced Arbitration

Tech Workers Unite to Fight Forced Arbitration

Tech Workers Unite to Fight Forced Arbitration Organizers of a walkout by Google employees on Nov. 1 say employers use arbitration clauses to suppress workers facing harassment and discrimination.

Lawsuit Claims Google Board Covered Up Sexual Misconduct

Lawsuit Claims Google Board Covered Up Sexual Misconduct

The lawsuit is seeking significant changes to Google’s corporate governance, including allowing non-management shareholders to nominate at least three new board members and changes to the company’s stock structure, which gives Page and Brin a supermajority voting share.

How Would NYC's Anti-AirDrop Dick Pic Law Even Work?

How Would NYC's Anti-AirDrop Dick Pic Law Even Work?

"Cyber flashing," a type of digital harassment where creeps use Apple's AirDrop feature to send dick pics and other lewd images straight to the home screens of unsuspecting strangers via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.The bill’s co-sponsors, council members Joseph Borelli and Donovan Richards, say it's about time cyber flashers faced the same consequences as their offline counterparts.

Tech’s New Harassment Policies Are Too Late for Some Women

Tech’s New Harassment Policies Are Too Late for Some Women

Lee also claimed gender discrimination, hostile work environment, retaliation, interference, and wrongful termination.Even under Google’s new policy, announced a week after 20,000 Google employees walked out of work to protest the company’s handling of harassment cases, Lee would have been required to go to arbitration, rather than pursue a lawsuit, where claims can be resolved in public, often before a jury.

The Pink Transit Tax: Women Spend More Than Men to Get Around NYC

The Pink Transit Tax: Women Spend More Than Men to Get Around NYC

“It got me thinking about the day-to-day issues that women face in major cities.”The survey suggests that those experiences on public transit led to many women to make a different set of transportation choices from those made by men.