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How to kill a troll

How to kill a troll

A new Pew study confirms what we already know: online harassment is a widespread disease afflicting the internet. Ignoring trolls and hoping they'll go away is actually quite effective, survey respondents said.

Then again, how about fighting back, instead? Change is possible, be it enabled by troll-blocking software, societal shift that sees trolling evolve into a stigma, or, if all else fails, calling their mothers.

UK considering imprisoning 'cowardly, venomous trolls' for up to 2 years

UK considering imprisoning 'cowardly, venomous trolls' for up to 2 years

Justice Secretary Chris Grayling said that new laws would quadruple the current maximum six-month term and show his determination to "take a stand against a baying cyber-mob".

Revenge porn offenders could face 14 years in jail

Calls for revenge porn to be classed as a sexual offence, with jail time to match

The UK's Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has issued new guidance on the posting of revenge pornography. The suggested new approach would see more serious cases of revenge porn prosecuted under the Sexual Offences Act 2003.

Civil liberties advocates, bookstores, publishers sue to stop anti revenge porn law

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Those seeking to outlaw revenge porn are now battling a coalition of free-speech advocates who claim the existing laws were thrown together so shabbily, they could arguably be used to criminalize a host of non-vengeful innocents who handle nude images.

Facebook slapped with $123 million revenge-porn lawsuit

Facebook slapped with $123 million revenge-porn lawsuit

For months, Facebook hosted a revenge-porn page dedicated to humiliating one Texas woman with Photoshopped clips of her face pasted onto porn shots, a US woman from Texas is claiming. Facebook's report abuse procedure got her nowhere; only a police subpoena got through. Is that Report Abuse button actually hooked up to anything, or is it buzzing in an empty room?

Tor Project is NOT getting sued for enabling revenge porn site PinkMeth

Tor Project is NOT getting sued for enabling revenge porn site PinkMeth

A Texas revenge-porn victim is suing the operators of revenge-porn site PinkMeth.com and was (until her lawyer figured out just what, exactly, the anonymising service Tor actually is) suing The Tor Project for helping PinkMeth to operate anonymously.

Revenge porn hits two high profile boyfriends where it hurts

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Former NSA analyst and vocal NSA supporter John Schindler had his pink parts exposed by a lover in an extramarital affair, and a state representative's chief of staff was outed by a porn star ex-girlfriend and subsequently resigned. Revenge porn might typically target women, but these cases clearly show that we're all vulnerable when it comes to sharing explicit content.

Revenge-porn 'scumbags' slapped with $385,000 judgment

Revenge-porn 'scumbag' slapped with $385,000 judgment

They had a racket wherein one site posted sexually explicit photos without permission of subjects. When victims panicked and asked for the photos to come down, they got sent to another site that charged as much as $350 each to remove the illicit content.

US woman wins $500K in revenge-porn suit against ex-boyfriend

US woman wins $500K in revenge-porn suit against ex-boyfriend

In a court decision that could prompt a change in state law, a Texas woman has been awarded a half-million dollars in a civil lawsuit she brought against her ex-boyfriend for plastering nude photos on the internet without her permission.

Revenge-porn king Hunter Moore indicted on 7 counts of aggravated identity theft

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Moore and alleged accomplice Charles "Gary" Evens were also indicted on 8 other counts including conspiracy and 7 counts of hacking to steal victims' nude or sexually explicit photos.

Revenge porn operator facing charges of conspiracy, extortion and identity theft

Revenge porn operator facing charges of conspiracy, extortion and identity theft

A 27-year-old man based in San Diego, California, faces prison after being charged with 31 felonies related to the publication of 10,000 explicit photographs sent in by the victims' ex-partners.

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Revenge-porn website victim files suit against ex and four porn sites

Revenge-porn website victim files suit against ex and four porn sites

Holly Jacobs suffered four years of stalking, internet trolls and having pornographic images sent to her bosses. Now, she's filed suit against the ex-boyfriend she says started it all, as well as four sites who spread her nude images, name and contact information without her permission.

How to filch explicit photos to fuel your revenge porn site

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IsAnybodyDown's owner apparently impersonated a woman to trick victims into sending him nude photos. Showing true monopolistic genius, he also seems to be running the photo-takedown service that promises to get those photos off his site - for a fee.

Revenge-porn website victims launch action against Texxxan and GoDaddy

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Payback's a b*tch. For one website, that payback's being sought by 17 women claiming invasion of privacy and mental anguish. They want the site shuttered, and they want the lowlives to pay, even if it's just chump change that GoDaddy made from facilitating their humiliation.

Anonymous goes after Hunter Moore, the infamous revenge-porn website publisher

Anonymous goes after Hunter Moore, he of revenge-porn site infamy

Those claiming to be affiliated with Anonymous have declared war on the internet's most hated man, Hunter Moore, who gained infamy by publishing pornographic photos of people without their permission, in fulfillment of the wishes of their bitter exes.