New “Support Circle” feature in Predator Alert Tool for Twitter helps cyberbullying targets get help from friends

Tonight’s update to the Predator Alert Tool for Twitter adds a feature inspired by the award-winning Circle of 6 anti-violence iPhone app to help cyberbullying targets call for help when they need it: Your Support Circle are other Twitter users who you know and trust to publicly back you up when you’re getting bullied on […]

Predator Alert Tools for OkCupid, Facebook, and Twitter featured by LifeHacker.com

The Predator Alert Tool for OkCupid was featured on LifeHacker’s “After Hours” sex and dating themed site: Predator Alert is a userscript, which means you’ll first need to install Tampermonkey for Chrome, or Greasemonnkey for Firefox, and then install Predator Alert. Once installed, the add-on will prompt you to log in to your profile, and […]

Why a “Predator Alert Tool” for Twitter?

Despite many “anti-bullying” campaigns, online harassment and cyberbullying are prevalent behaviors. Most anti-abuse efforts fail because they tend to focus on appeals to authority. The now-ubiquitous “Report Abuse” buttons on social networking websites like Twitter are one such example, yet their ubiquity have not curbed the behaviors or harm they purport to address or mitigate. […]

How Twitter “protects you from abusers” actually protects abusers

If you ever needed more proof that “the Internet is doing ‘report abuse’ wrong because its admins are corrupt,” here is a perfect case study. Today I received the following email from Twitter: Hello, We have received a second complaint from an individual that your account, @maymaym, is in violation of the Twitter Rules (https://twitter.com/rules), […]