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Abuse online

Men get attacked for their opinions and their actions.

Women get attacked for their opinions and their actions, and also get attacked for being women.

Leo Traynor was attacked by the son of a friend, viciously and horrifyingly threatened over a long time: when he met The Troll face to face, the 17-year-old boy – confronted with the human reality of what he had done – burst into tears and could only say

“I don’t know. I don’t know. I’m sorry. It was like a game thing.”

Internet TrollLindy West was and is repeatedly attacked by many men who are bitterly affronted that a woman should question whether rape jokes mocking rape victims are either funny or acceptable. One troll decided to set up a Twitter account in the name of Lindy’s father, who had recently died, to tweet his insults and threats: he used a photo of her father as his Twitter icon. Lindy didn’t block-and-report (both Twitter and Facebook are notorious for regarding verbal harassment as not a violation of their “community standards”): she wrote about how that attack made her feel on Jezebel. (Her troll emailed her the next day to let her know that it had only just occurred to him that she was a human being with feelings, that he was sorry, and that he was quitting.)

There is a living, breathing human being who is reading this shit. I am attacking someone who never harmed me in any way. And for no reason whatsoever.

One of the things Lindy West said:

One of the pillars of conventional wisdom about internet trolling is that internet trolling just happens. You hear this all the time, from even the most progressive allies: Oh, well, it’s the internet. There are trolls. Trolls troll the internet. Rape threats are like oxygen. Whatareyagonnadooooo. So, I’m just supposed to accept that psychological abuse is built into my job and I’m some thin-skinned rube if I complain about it? Easy for you to say, Señor Rando. Not only is that framework supremely unsatisfying for me personally, I’d go so far as to say that it’s a dangerous and patently false myth. Internet trolling does not “just happen.” It is not some mysterious, ambient inevitability that affects all internet users indiscriminately.

Internet trolling is a force with a political agenda.

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Wow, That Took Off Quickly

Little Bear LostOn Friday 13th December, Lauren Bishop Vranch found a little lost bear, obviously much loved, on an East Coast Train at King’s Cross, and tweeted a photo of it: “Found this well loved little dude on an East Coast train at Kings Cross – let’s find the owner, Twitter!”

By Sunday evening, that original tweet had been RT’d 6192 times. Lauren went on posting pics of the toy to Twitter, which got reposted on other social media including several Facebook groups, and at last, the father of the child who’d lost the bear contacted her.

‘WOW the power of the internet and kind folk – that’s my daughter Phoebes bear – she has been in tears all weekend and I’ve just shown her the picture and she is over the moon. Thank you all so much! Continue reading


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Will the #Indyref argument be won on Twitter?

Probably not. Twitter use is still a minority game.

But there’s no doubt that whatever the merits of either side’s argument, the Better Together campaign beats Yes Scotland on Twitter. Remember, at this point Yes Scotland has been running for a month, Better Together for 24 hours, give or take.

So far @UK_Together has made 34 Tweets, has 1,576 Followers, and is Following 1,147. Out of 34 tweets, the majority are interactive, including 5 retweets.

So far @YesScotland has made 73 Tweets, has 4,494 Followers, but is Following only 15. Out of 73 tweets, exactly one is interactive – a RT of Nicola Sturgeon on Alex Salmond on 25th May at the campaign launch.

Just by looking at Twitter, you would judge that Yes Scotland is being run by people who don’t care and don’t intend to care what the grassroots think: @YesScotland is for broadcasting official campaign views only. Whereas @UK_Together is reacting to people who tweet to it, and retweeting ordinary supporters.

Obviously a campaign shouldn’t be judged just by Twitter. But it’s interesting that for all of their war chest, Yes Scotland didn’t think to hire anyone who knows social media.

Update, 8 hours later:

Now @UK_Together has made 52 Tweets, has 1300 more people Following – now at 2410, and is Following 1,151 (four more). Out of 52 tweets, the majority are still interactive, including 10 retweets.

And @YesScotland has made 74 Tweets, has gained 30 new Followers (4526), but is still Following only 15. No signs of interactivity at all.

It’s an excellent point. The number of people who will vote Yes or No can’t be judged online – many voters don’t use social media. But so far polling data suggests that the Yes campaign hasn’t yet convinced the crucial 51%. Ignoring any group of people who might be convinced to vote Yes or to campaign for Yes doesn’t seem sensible. Certainly the Better Together campaign isn’t ignoring social media.

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No harvesting from Twitter

I’m undecided with regard to Scottish independence. I believe I may have said that already. More than once.

The “Yes Scotland” campaign launched last week with the usual social media attachments of Facebook and Twitter.

As it turns out, if you follow @YesScotland on Twitter, the www.yesscotland.net website will pick up your profile pic and your user name and create a page for you on their website. You can see how this works with @DHothersall, who finds the whole thing more or less funny: Caron Lindsay, not so much.
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