Instagram cracks down on harassment in direct messages

  • February 10, 2021
Instagram says it’s cracking down on harassment in direct messages and will permanently ban accounts that use direct messages to harass or threaten other users. The change comes after several football players in the UK have reported racist attacks on…

Twitch is rolling out new rules around harassment and hate

  • December 9, 2020
Twitch has unveiled a new, more detailed policy on hateful conduct and harassment, and the fresh rules are scheduled to go into effect on January 22nd. The delay is designed to give streamers and audience members time to digest the changes and adjust…

Twitter will block links promoting hate speech and violence

  • July 29, 2020
Twitter is closing a loophole in its rules to make it harder for users to spread hate speech and violent content. The company is updating its policies to ban links to content that promotes violence and hateful conduct.Twitter already had rules in pla…

Tech’s overdue reckoning with hate speech still isn’t enough

  • July 1, 2020
This week hasn’t been a very good one for pro-Trump and far-right groups. First, Reddit deactivated “The_Donald” subreddit, among many others, due to repeated incidents of harassment and hate speech. Next, Twitch said it was temporarily suspending th…

Advertisers are running from Facebook. What’s next?

  • June 30, 2020
The advertiser boycott is quickly spiraling into an even bigger headache for Facebook. The boycott, organized by civil rights groups, has more than 300 participants, and isn’t slowing down. The group has called for an international expansion, and bra…

Starbucks pauses all social media ads over hate speech concerns

  • June 28, 2020
Starbucks is joining the chorus of major brands withdrawing ads from social networks to highlight complaints about online hate speech. The coffee chain announced it would “pause” ads on all social networking platforms, not just Facebook, while it hel…