Twitter abuse victims fear Musk’s plans, but may not let go

Perhaps no group has been more concerned than those most likely to be harassed—women, racial minorities, and other marginalized groups—about Elon Musk’s plan to make Twitter a free speech for all. They fear a more hands-on approach to moderating the platform will encourage suppliers of hate speech, bullying and disinformation to increase their bad behavior […]

The US now hosts more child sexual abuse material online than in any other country

Please consider to support MIT Technology Review journalism subscribe to. Aside from the “bad press,” Lloyd Richardson, technology director for the Canadian Center for Child Protection, says there isn’t much punishment for platforms that fail to remove CSAM quickly. “I think you’re going to have a hard time finding a country that fines an electronic […]

Many Teens Report Emotional and Physical Abuse by Their Parents

New research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on the mental health of adolescents during the coronavirus pandemic shows that home isn’t always a safe place for many teens who have been ordered to stay at home. A Nationwide survey of 7,705 high school students 44.2 percent report persistent feelings of sadness or […]

US imposes sanctions on China for abuse of Uighurs

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Biden administration said on Thursday it has imposed new sanctions on several Chinese biotech and surveillance companies and government agencies for actions in Xinjiang province, the latest step against Beijing over human rights abuses by Uighur Muslims in the western region of the country. The Commerce Department is targeting the Chinese […]

YouTube Sued Over Animal Abuse Videos, Accused of Not Enforcing Ban

But Nina Jackel, founder of Lady Freethinker, said in an interview that there is no gray area with most animal abuse videos and that a company the size and resources of YouTube should be able to detect and remove these blatant violations. YouTube spokesperson Ivy Choi said the company has expanded its policy on animal […]

New technology offers an anonymous way to report abuse, doping

A college basketball player came up with the idea after seeing a case of discrimination nearly crashed his team and wondered why no one had done anything about it before. Ten years later, this player has made this idea an essential tool to rectify a sports environment rife with cases of racism and sexism in […]

How Did This Doctor Hold On After Years Of Sexual Abuse Allegations?

All Tanisha Johnson wanted was for the pain to go away. Doctors offered little hope for his persistent migraines. But Ricardo Cruciani, who had a reputation as a brilliant pain physician at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York, was friendly and charming and prescribed strong opioids, Ms Johnson said in an interview. “Finally, a […]

An Experiment to Stop Online Abuse in Germany Failed

“We have zero tolerance for hate speech and support the goals of NetzDG,” Facebook said in a statement. Twitter, which received nearly 833,000 complaints and removed nearly 81,000 posts over the same period, said most of these posts didn’t meet the definition of illegal speech, but still violated the company’s terms of service. “Threats, abusive […]

Apple delays plan to scan iPhones for child sexual abuse images

LONDON (AP) — Apple said Friday it is delaying its plan to scan US iPhones for child sexual abuse images and needs more time to improve the system before it’s released. The company announced last month that it was working on a tool that would work by scanning files before uploading them to iCloud to […]

Are Apple’s Child Abuse Tools Bad for Your Privacy?

Law enforcement, child safety groups, abuse survivors, and some computer scientists praised the moves. The head of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children described it as a “game changer” in statements provided by Apple, while David Forsyth, head of computer science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, said technology will catch up […]