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Instagram Takes Huge Step to Filter Bullies, Become a Kinder Social Hub

August 22nd, 2017

You’re a jerk.
You’re a fat pig.
You’re disgusting. 

It’s hard to imagine seeing these words written about anyone, but it happens every minute online. But hopefully, Instagram users will be noticing a kinder vibe thanks to the platform’s decision to automatically delete hateful, bullying comments.

Instagram, the third most popular social network with 700 million users, announced its filtering move shortly after one  UK study found that more youths experienced depression and cyberbullying on Instagram than any other platform.
A filtering win for families
This latest move is a huge win for families and specifically, teens, who now consider the photo-driven Instagram their favorite platform behind Snapchat.
During the CBSN: On Assignment show this week that broke the story, Wired magazine editor-in-chief Nicholas Thompson asked Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom, “What if this fails? What if people actually get turned off by Instagram, and they say ‘Instagram is becoming like Disneyland, I don’t want to be there’ . . . and they share less?”

To which Systrom replied, “I’ve had numerous product ideas at Instagram that were total failures, and that’s okay. Maybe trying sends a signal to other companies that this is a priority and starts a national and international conversation. I think that will be the success.”
Can we please give Systrom an award for using his platform’s incredible influence and power for good? It will be interesting to see in the months ahead how other platforms respond to Instagram’s kindness initiative.
Even with Instagram leading the charge for a kinder Internet, we know the most efficient behavior filters begin at home. Here are a few reminders to help kids can steer clear of bullies online.
5 Ways to Help Kids Avoid Bullies 
  1. Make profiles and photos private. By refusing to use privacy settings (and some kids do refuse), a child’s profile is open everyone, which increases the chances of being bullied or personal photos being downloaded and manipulated. We recommend that parents require kids under 18 to make all social profiles private. Private accounts limit online circles to known friends and reduce the possibility of cyberbullying.
  2. Avoid anonymous apps. Apps that allow anonymous accounts can be invitations to heartache. Apps like Ask.fm, that Tumblr, YikYak, and a handful of other apps should be limited. Reports have linked several of these apps to severe and even tragic cyberbullying cases.
  3. Tell someone. If your child does get bullied, encourage him or her to tell someone; if not you then a trusted teacher or family friend. Never tell a child to ignore the bullying or bully in return. Social media has changed the impact and consequences of bullying and in turn, how we need to respond to it.
  4. Look for signs of bullying. Being the target of a cyberbully creates fear, humiliation, and can lead to isolation, so your child will rarely be the first to speak up about it. So, look out for the signs your child is being bullied such as falling grades, loss of appetite, refusing to go to school, or ongoing sadness or moodiness. Be aware and willing to press in to help your child.
  5. Save any evidence, report abuse. Print copies of messages, texts, and photos used to threaten or intimidate. Take screen shots of posts or comments on social networks. Report abusive accounts, comments, and ongoing conflict to the social network in the Help section. If the cyberbullying includes threats, intimidation, or sexual extortion of any kind report it to the police immediately.

We certainly applaud Instagram for being the first giant social platform to put such strong anti-bullying measures in place, but we also have the everyday parenting work to do in our own homes. The best anti-bullying plan? Be available for your kids, listen a lot, communicate often, and let them know without a doubt that you have their backs.

ToniTwitterHS

 

Toni Birdsong is a Family Safety Evangelist to McAfee. You can find her on Twitter @IntelSec_Family. (Disclosures).

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Instagram Takes Huge Step to Filter Bullies, Become a Kinder Social Hub

August 22nd, 2017

You’re a jerk.
You’re a fat pig.
You’re disgusting. 

It’s hard to imagine seeing these words written about anyone, but it happens every minute online. But hopefully, Instagram users will be noticing a kinder vibe thanks to the platform’s decision to automatically delete hateful, bullying comments.

Instagram, the third most popular social network with 700 million users, announced its filtering move shortly after one  UK study found that more youths experienced depression and cyberbullying on Instagram than any other platform.
A filtering win for families
This latest move is a huge win for families and specifically, teens, who now consider the photo-driven Instagram their favorite platform behind Snapchat.
During the CBSN: On Assignment show this week that broke the story, Wired magazine editor-in-chief Nicholas Thompson asked Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom, “What if this fails? What if people actually get turned off by Instagram, and they say ‘Instagram is becoming like Disneyland, I don’t want to be there’ . . . and they share less?”

To which Systrom replied, “I’ve had numerous product ideas at Instagram that were total failures, and that’s okay. Maybe trying sends a signal to other companies that this is a priority and starts a national and international conversation. I think that will be the success.”
Can we please give Systrom an award for using his platform’s incredible influence and power for good? It will be interesting to see in the months ahead how other platforms respond to Instagram’s kindness initiative.
Even with Instagram leading the charge for a kinder Internet, we know the most efficient behavior filters begin at home. Here are a few reminders to help kids can steer clear of bullies online.
5 Ways to Help Kids Avoid Bullies 
  1. Make profiles and photos private. By refusing to use privacy settings (and some kids do refuse), a child’s profile is open everyone, which increases the chances of being bullied or personal photos being downloaded and manipulated. We recommend that parents require kids under 18 to make all social profiles private. Private accounts limit online circles to known friends and reduce the possibility of cyberbullying.
  2. Avoid anonymous apps. Apps that allow anonymous accounts can be invitations to heartache. Apps like Ask.fm, that Tumblr, YikYak, and a handful of other apps should be limited. Reports have linked several of these apps to severe and even tragic cyberbullying cases.
  3. Tell someone. If your child does get bullied, encourage him or her to tell someone; if not you then a trusted teacher or family friend. Never tell a child to ignore the bullying or bully in return. Social media has changed the impact and consequences of bullying and in turn, how we need to respond to it.
  4. Look for signs of bullying. Being the target of a cyberbully creates fear, humiliation, and can lead to isolation, so your child will rarely be the first to speak up about it. So, look out for the signs your child is being bullied such as falling grades, loss of appetite, refusing to go to school, or ongoing sadness or moodiness. Be aware and willing to press in to help your child.
  5. Save any evidence, report abuse. Print copies of messages, texts, and photos used to threaten or intimidate. Take screen shots of posts or comments on social networks. Report abusive accounts, comments, and ongoing conflict to the social network in the Help section. If the cyberbullying includes threats, intimidation, or sexual extortion of any kind report it to the police immediately.

We certainly applaud Instagram for being the first giant social platform to put such strong anti-bullying measures in place, but we also have the everyday parenting work to do in our own homes. The best anti-bullying plan? Be available for your kids, listen a lot, communicate often, and let them know without a doubt that you have their backs.

ToniTwitterHS

 

Toni Birdsong is a Family Safety Evangelist to McAfee. You can find her on Twitter @IntelSec_Family. (Disclosures).

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The solar eclipse produced some fantastic photos—here are our favorites

August 22nd, 2017

NASA/Bill Ingalls

On Monday, Ars writers shared some thoughts about the total solar eclipse that spanned the United States with readers and took some backyard photographs of the event. But let's be honest, none of us are professional photographers, and didn't possess the right equipment to do the celestial event justice.

Fortunately, there's a space agency for that. Two, even. And on Monday NASA and the European Space Agency deployed their resources on the ground and in space to capture the eclipse, doing so in stunning fashion. This gallery highlights everything from the International Space Station transiting the Sun during the eclipse, to astronauts on board the station itself taking pictures of the event back on Earth.

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The solar eclipse produced some fantastic photos—here are our favorites

August 22nd, 2017

NASA/Bill Ingalls

On Monday, Ars writers shared some thoughts about the total solar eclipse that spanned the United States with readers and took some backyard photographs of the event. But let's be honest, none of us are professional photographers, and didn't possess the right equipment to do the celestial event justice.

Fortunately, there's a space agency for that. Two, even. And on Monday NASA and the European Space Agency deployed their resources on the ground and in space to capture the eclipse, doing so in stunning fashion. This gallery highlights everything from the International Space Station transiting the Sun during the eclipse, to astronauts on board the station itself taking pictures of the event back on Earth.

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Spyware backdoor prompts Google to pull 500 apps with >100m downloads

August 22nd, 2017

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At least 500 apps collectively downloaded more than 100 million times from Google's official Play Market contained a secret backdoor that allowed developers to install a range of spyware at any time, researchers said Monday.

The apps contained a software development kit called Igexin, which makes it easier for apps to connect to ad networks and deliver ads that are targeted to the specific interests of end users. Once an app using a malicious version of Igexin was installed on a phone, the developer kit could update the app to include spyware at any time, with no warning. The most serious spyware installed on phones were packages that stole call histories, including the time a call was made, the number that placed the call, and whether the call went through. Other stolen data included GPS locations, lists of nearby Wi-Fi networks, and lists of installed apps.

In a blog post published Monday, researchers from mobile security company Lookout wrote:

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Spyware backdoor prompts Google to pull 500 apps with >100m downloads

August 22nd, 2017

Enlarge (credit: portal gda)

At least 500 apps collectively downloaded more than 100 million times from Google's official Play Market contained a secret backdoor that allowed developers to install a range of spyware at any time, researchers said Monday.

The apps contained a software development kit called Igexin, which makes it easier for apps to connect to ad networks and deliver ads that are targeted to the specific interests of end users. Once an app using a malicious version of Igexin was installed on a phone, the developer kit could update the app to include spyware at any time, with no warning. The most serious spyware installed on phones were packages that stole call histories, including the time a call was made, the number that placed the call, and whether the call went through. Other stolen data included GPS locations, lists of nearby Wi-Fi networks, and lists of installed apps.

In a blog post published Monday, researchers from mobile security company Lookout wrote:

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Lawsuit against Daily Stormer is stuck; founder can’t be served papers

August 22nd, 2017

Andrew Anglin (credit: Azzmador / YouTube)

A Jewish real estate agent's anti-harassment lawsuit against the owner of the racist Daily Stormer website hasn't progressed at all, despite being filed nearly four months ago.

The reason for the stall, the plaintiff's lawyers say, is that Daily Stormer publisher Andrew Anglin simply can't be found. They've tried, but failed, to serve him papers at four different Ohio addresses.

Montana real estate agent Tanya Gersh sued Anglin in April, claiming he unleashed a "coordinated, repulsive, threatening campaign of anti-Semitic harassment" against Gersh, her husband, and her 12-year-old son. The "old fashioned Troll Storm" that Anglin asked his followers to unleash resulted in more than 700 threatening phone calls, voicemails, and e-mails.

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Lawsuit against Daily Stormer is stuck; founder can’t be served papers

August 22nd, 2017

Andrew Anglin (credit: Azzmador / YouTube)

A Jewish real estate agent's anti-harassment lawsuit against the owner of the racist Daily Stormer website hasn't progressed at all, despite being filed nearly four months ago.

The reason for the stall, the plaintiff's lawyers say, is that Daily Stormer publisher Andrew Anglin simply can't be found. They've tried, but failed, to serve him papers at four different Ohio addresses.

Montana real estate agent Tanya Gersh sued Anglin in April, claiming he unleashed a "coordinated, repulsive, threatening campaign of anti-Semitic harassment" against Gersh, her husband, and her 12-year-old son. The "old fashioned Troll Storm" that Anglin asked his followers to unleash resulted in more than 700 threatening phone calls, voicemails, and e-mails.

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Fake news: Mozilla joins the fight to stop it polluting the web

August 22nd, 2017
How much responsibility do we bear for our own media literacy, and how much effort should firms like Mozilla, Google, Snopes, Facebook and others put into tackling fake news?

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Android 8.0 Oreo Released – 11 New Features That Make Android Even Better

August 22nd, 2017
While the moon was eclipsing the sun, Google announced the launch of its new mobile operating system called Android 8.0 Oreo in an Eclipse-themed launch event in New York City. Yes, the next version of sugary snack-themed Android and the successor to Android Nougat will now be known as Android Oreo, the company revealed on Monday. Google has maintained the tradition of naming its Android

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