Two Year Jail Term Planned for Convicted Cyber Bullies

The government is looking at ways to throw heavier books at those convicted of internet bullying and "troll" behaviour, with one option seeing online and SMS abusers facing a maximum two-years in jail. Where the mobile phones are very small and not very much fun. Read More >>

"Sadistic Glee" is the Reason We Like Being Mean on the Internet

A group of researchers believes online "trolls" and real-world sadists have quite a lot in common, with today's anonymous online hatemongers getting satisfaction from causing other people to suffer in a similar fashion to proper sadists. Read More >>

Woman Jailed for Trolling Herself on Facebook

24-year-old Michelle Chapman came up with a seemingly bulletproof revenge plan. She created Facebook accounts for relatives she hated, then sent herself violent abuse messages from those accounts in an attempt to frame them. Didn't work. Now she's in prison. Read More >>

Google Announces Massive New Restrictions on Child Abuse Search Terms

Following no small amount of pressure from the UK's Prime Minister David Cameron, Google has announced a new initiative which will see it clean up search results for queries relating to underage sexual abuse. Read More >>

Scottish Police Join Twitter Abuse Debate by... Abusing Newsnight Guest

Rather than standing up for victims of online abuse, Police Scotland has actually been dishing it out, with the police force having to apologise for an offensive tweet it made toward columnist and broadcaster Toby Young. Read More >>

Chinese Worker Group Reports New Wave of Abuse at Apple Suppliers

A report from New York-based China Labour Watch has raised concerns over a new wave of worker abuse among Apple suppliers. Read More >>

Bing! That's Illegal and You're Sick and Probably Going to Prison

Microsoft's Bing search engine is (a) still going and (b) about to launch its own crackdown on sick underage porn images, by kindly warning those searching for certain terms that what they're doing is wrong. Read More >>

Man Arrested After Triggering Mass Twitter "Rape" Threat Furore

A 21-year-old man was arrested over the weekend, after most of Twitter went absolutely bonkers in response to the relentless harassment of feminist campaigner Caroline Criado-Perez. Read More >>

Is Microsoft Finally Bringing an End to Those Abusive Kids Online?

One of the biggest downsides about playing online with a headset and in-game voice chat is the barrage of abuse you get from those pesky, twatty teenagers. If it's not homophobic, it's racist, and it's very difficult to avoid without muting the thing or ditching the headset altogether. However, it looks like Microsoft is playing the White Knight and coming to our Xbox One-packing rescue to banish those idiots from our gaming lives. Read More >>

Enraged Bistro Owners Show How Not to Engage With Facebook Users

Amy's Baking Company Bakery Boutique & Bistro was featured on the US version of Gordon Ramsey's Kitchen Nightmares show recently, then seemingly went berserk on Facebook as users hit it with comments about its appearance. The CAPS LOCK key was engaged and everything. Read More >>

British Boxer Shows How to Deal With Twitter Trolls

Brit Boxer Curtis Woodhouse was unfortunate enough to take a beating in the ring last week, losing his light welterweight title. One particularly venomous Twitter user started hitting him with abuse about it, so Woodhouse decided to track him down. Read More >>

Samsung Audit: No Child Labour, But So Many Other Problems

After a Chinese labour watchdog fingered Samsung with child labour allegations, the company set to auditing its entire catalogue of factories. Initial results weren't too great, but now the final results are in — and while there's no evidence of child labour, there are plenty more problems to worry about. Read More >>

Poor David Cameron's Only Twitter Friends Are His Party MPs

PM David Cameron has managed four tweets since signing up a more personal account on the social networking site on Saturday, managing to make a "joke," plug a charity, talk about his next TV performance and make an attempt at buddying up to his mate William Hague. Read More >>

Facebook "Troll" Outed as 32-Year-Old... Policeman

The nasty man who launched a staggeringly wide-ranging series of attacks on Nicola Brookes through Facebook has been identified, with police revealing the crazed social stalker is a copper from Birmingham. Read More >>


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