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The Furries of GTA Online Just Want To Play, But Jerks Get In The Way

GTA Online is home to a community of people who dress up as animals and commit virtual crimes together. The Furry Army, which boasts a roster of nearly 200 members, is led by a red fox-cheetah hybrid, Vik Nightfox. Like anyone else, these players want to have fun in the wild streets of Los Santos, […]

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What Twitch’s New Raiding System Means For Streamers

Twitch’s latest update introduces a tool that lets a streamer instantly transport their viewers to somebody else’s channel. Known as “raiding,” this has been used in the past to harass people. Now that Twitch is making raids an official part of the platform, however, some streamers think the new feature will make it…Read more… Continue […]

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Reporting Abusive DMs on Instagram Is Surprisingly Hard

Harassment and abuse on social media freaking suck. What also sometimes sucks: various platforms’ inability or reluctance to effectively deal with it. But sometimes you’ve got to focus on what you can control and let go of the rest, which in this case means reporting harassment.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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Get Verified and Maybe Twitter Will Answer Your Harassment Report

Everyone knows that Twitter is horrible at fighting harassment, but the Daily Beast recently explained why, quoting anonymous former employees who blame understaffed support teams, inadequate training, and a catch-all response flowchart that doesn’t allow for common sense or individual judgment. They also revealed…Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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NeoGAF Goes Dark After Sexual Misconduct Allegation Against Owner

The influential gaming forum NeoGAF is imploding in the wake of an accusation of sexual misconduct against the long-running site’s owner. Yesterday, around a dozen of NeoGAF’s moderators—more than half, according to two sources—quit their posts there, and the website has been down for over half a day following a…Read more… Continue Reading at http://kotaku.com

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How to Call Out Workplace Predators, According to an Organizational Psychologist

Every organization has their sexual harassers, and their identities rarely stay truly secret. Somebody knows, somebody talks, but the people in a position to do something about it—bystanders, higher-ups—often figure it’s not their problem. This has to stop.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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Overwatch Hasn’t Felt Quite As Toxic Lately

Lately, I’ve been hearing a lot more “Great ult!” and “Thanks for switching!” in Overwatch than “Get wrecked, you useless piece of s***.” After toxicity in Overwatch’s competitive mode reached critical saturation last season, this season, which began September 1st, has felt markedly more positive.Read more… Continue Reading at http://kotaku.com

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Blizzard Says Fighting Toxic Behavior Is Slowing Down Overwatch Updates

Overwatch has serious issues with toxic players, and in recent months, those problems only seem to have gotten worse. Blizzard swears up and down that it’s working to improve player behavior, but according to game director Jeff Kaplan, those efforts are taking a direct toll on other aspects of the game’s development.Read more… Continue Reading […]

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Harassment Livestreams On Twitch Are Multiplying And Easy To Find

Earlier this week Kotaku UK ran an article from Charleyy Hodson about the sexual harassment she recently faced on Twitch while livestreaming in the site’s IRL category. Everyone seems to agree there’s a problem, but it’s not so easy to find consensus on how platforms like Twitch should be tackling it. Given the focus…Read more… […]

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Blizzard announced increased penalties for toxic Overwatch players yesterday, effective immediately.

Blizzard announced increased penalties for toxic Overwatch players yesterday, effective immediately. Kotaku has reported that Overwatch’s previous reporting system was toothless, which may have inspired the game’s recent toxicity epidemic. We’re monitoring to see whether Blizzard will take real action.Read more… Continue Reading at http://kotaku.com

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Call of Duty Commentator Raises Funds For Anti-Bullying Charity After Getting Kink Shamed

Call of Duty commentator Jack Campbell left his esports career behind last month in the wake of the internet’s response to leaked screencaps that implied he had a foot fetish. In his goodbye video, Campbell explained, “This has now affected my personal life, my family, and me personally… It’s too much for me now, and…Read […]

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If You Hear Someone Getting Harassed In An Online Game, Don’t Stay Silent

“I think we’d do better with a healer,” I suggested to my Overwatch team earlier this week. We were in the spawn room defending the Temple of Anubis and, without a healer, we would quickly forfeit the objective. Not even the slightest pause passed before a teammate told me that, instead, “What we need is […]

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How to Prevent Online Harassment From Ruining Your Day

It’s not a secret that people are mean on the internet and, if you live your life online in any appreciable way, you are most likely going to experience some sort of online harassment, and it will most likely suck. There are, however, some steps you can take to bounce back.Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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Call of Duty Pros Defend Commentator Who Was Kink Shamed

On Sunday night, Call of Duty commentator Jack Campbell announced his departure from the esports scene and his plan to deactivate his Twitter account. Campbell’s love life has become a topic de rigeur for Call of Duty fans in the past month, in spite of Campbell’s attempts to stave off fans’ speculation. The situation…Read more… […]

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State Troopers Turned Off Recording Devices While Harassing Female Drivers

Two New Jersey state troopers are separately under investigation for pulling over female drivers to pressure them for phone numbers and dates. Both men purportedly eschewed suspicion by turning off their recording devices and by blatantly lying to dispatchers.Read more… Continue Reading at http://gizmodo.com

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