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    NOT GONNA TAKE IT

    Taming the Twitter Rape Trolls

    A spate of threats against British writers and politicians prompts Twitter to take action—but is it enough?

    “Don’t feed the trolls” is common Internet rationale. But after a barrage of recent threats on Twitter, female leaders in the U.K. decided they weren’t going to take the abuse quietly.

    After a week in which at least seven female politicians and journalists in the U.K. received rape, death, and bombs threats via social media, and after British police made two arrests in connection with the case, Twitter has promised to to start enforcing a “Report Tweet” button on its site. The harassment was apparently spurred by—of all things—a push to put iconic British author Jane Austen on a bank bill.

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    New policy removes ads from controversial pages, not actual content.

    The parents of Rehtaeh Parsons and Amanda Todd, two teenagers who committed suicide after being bullied online, teamed up with the Red Hood Project to take down the new Facebook ad policy, which removes ads from pages with “controversial” content—but Facebook will not remove the actual content. The Parsons and Todd families have expressed their anger, arguing that this does not provide any sort of solution to the inappropriate images, especially pages mocking their daughters. Amanda’s mother, Carol Todd, said, “It is time to establish a policy of zero tolerance of images that depict rape, sexual exploitation, gore, and exploitation of the disabled. It is time that our loved ones can be remembered as they should be—with dignity and respect.” The Red Hood Project has promised to continue to pressure Facebook until the company makes changes to its policies. Red Hood promotes more restrictions online in order to children from predators or bullying.  

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  • Larry Pott, father of Audrie Pott, who committed suicide after a sexual assault, talks about his daughter during a news conference Monday, April 15, 2013, in San Jose, Calif. (Eric Risberg/AP)

    Horrible

    CA Teen Had Drawings, Name Scrawled On Body

    15-year-old Audrie Pott, who killed herself after photos of a sexual assault circulated online, was marked by her attackers, says family attorney.

    They marked their victim in the most sickening of ways. When 15-year-old Audrie Pott woke up in a friend’s bedroom after drinking heavily at a sleepover, she noticed graphic markings on her chest, legs, back, and around her genetalia, according to her family’s attorney. “They wrote ‘Blank Was Here’ on her leg,” said Robert Allard, declining to use a name, as all three suspects in the attack are under the age of 18.

    Pott killed herself eight months ago, after lurid pictures circulated online and she became a target for mockery and bullying at her school. In a Facebook message to a friend, according to the AP, Pott wrote, I have a reputation for a night I don’t even remember and the whole school knows.”

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