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Nov 16, 2016

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Christina

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HeartMob’s Volunteers Crack the Trollish Eggs of Twitter

JULIE LALONDE KNOWS all too well what it’s like to be harassed on social media.Lalonde is an Ottawa-based women’s rights activist intimately familiar with the deluge of abuse a single tweet can trigger.

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Posted:
Sep 14, 2016

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Christina

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Why Can’t Twitter Do What Instagram Just Did?

INSTAGRAM NOW OFFERS a tool that automatically blocks comments if they include certain abusive words. It’s a wonderfully simple way of dealing with the harassment and the other nastiness that plagues so many of today’s online social networks, including the photo-happy, Facebook-owned Instagram. And...

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Posted:
Jul 15, 2015

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Deirdre

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Why Aren’t More Crisis Hotlines Offering Chat-Based Help?

We are now living in a chat-based society and traditional crisis hotlines are struggling to adapt.  The volume of text messages has surpassed voice calls in the United States since 2008.

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Posted:
Apr 9, 2015

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Deirdre

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CDC Launches Social Media Campaign Targeting Prescription Drug Overdoses

In an attempt to recognize prescription opioid abusers who have been working to change their lives for the better, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) this week launched a new social media initiative welcoming the stories of those who have been affected by prescription painkiller...

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Posted:
Mar 9, 2015

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Emily

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Who Spewed That Abuse? Anonymous Yik Yak App Isn’t Telling

Eastern Michigan is one of a number of universities whose campuses have been roiled by offensive "yaks." Since the app was introduced a little more than a year ago, it has been used to issue threats of mass violence on more than a dozen college campuses, including the University of North Carolina,...

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