A Man Is Facing Jail for Harassing Women Online, and It's a Big Deal

A Toronto man named Gregory Alan Elliott was arrested and charged two years ago with criminal harassment for threatening messages he allegedly sent to women via Twitter. His case finally began in a Toronto court yesterday. If convicted, he could face jail time. » 1/09/14 5:00pm 1/09/14 5:00pm

Red Headed Women Are Best at Picking Passwords, for Some Reason

If you're a member of any website that requires a password for entry into your individual account, then sarcasmo-congratulations: chances are you really fucking suck at picking out passwords. But we're not all equally bad at it, nor is it a problem that cant' be remedied with a little elbow grease. » 12/02/13 12:50pm 12/02/13 12:50pm

Selfies Aren't Empowering. They're a Cry for Help.

Much virtual ink has been spilled over the past few days over the Oxford Dictionary's choice of "selfie" for 2013 word of the year. But I've noticed among the chorus of opinions on the social media self portrait an annoying trend: the selfie evangelist. Selfies are just dandy, they say, because they're a way for people… » 11/21/13 12:20pm 11/21/13 12:20pm

Facebook Quietly Removes Roastbusters Page, Is Still Shitty

Shortly after we wrote about Facebook's refusal to remove a page glorifying the New Zealand Teen Rape Club known as the "Roast Busters," the page quietly disappeared from the social networking site. But don't bake Facebook any fucking cookies; there's still no way for users to report pages for "sexual violence." And other… » 11/15/13 4:20pm 11/15/13 4:20pm

In The Future Everyone Will Have Naked Selfies Online

Back in the bad old days, all it took for a lady to get fired from teaching job or lose an election was flip the bird at or show her areolas to a digital camera. No longer. In fact, as a recent case in Texas shows, we're moving toward a future where the only response to revelations of a "naughty" digital past will be a… » 10/10/13 11:25am 10/10/13 11:25am

Rejoice, Prolific Sexters: California Passes Anti-Revenge Porn Law

Revenge porn — or when a jerk posts private sexy photos of a woman online without her permission with the intent to humiliate or exact comeuppance — is seriously disruptive to the lives of the women victimized by it. Laws haven't caught up to reality, though, and in most states, once you sext a guy pictures of your… » 10/02/13 4:45pm 10/02/13 4:45pm

Shitty Art Gallery Displays Dick Pics Without Men's Knowledge

An art gallery in Bushwick, Brooklyn will be dropping trou on a brand new exhibition this weekend: a treasury of dick pics, many of which were obtained under false pretenses, and all of which are being showcased without consent. Gentle readers, I know I say this a lot, but this time I mean it, hard: I hate this. » 8/20/13 2:10pm 8/20/13 2:10pm

Miss Teen USA Is the Latest Victim of Webcam 'Sextortion'

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The FBI is investigating claims that newly-crowned Miss Teen USA Cassidy Wolf and several other women have been taken in by wiley sextortionists — a silly-sounding portmanteau, a scary-as-shit reality where hackers infiltrate women's webcams, surreptitiously photograph them in various states of undress, and then try… » 8/16/13 3:20pm 8/16/13 3:20pm

Your Internet Boyfriend Might Be a Robot

Which would be worse: finding out that Jayden — your dreamy heart gif-inducing cyberboyfriend with the Bieber hair — is actually a seriously disturbed middle aged woman from the next town over OR discovering that your perfect e-man, the one who just seems to get you, is actually a social computer program designed to… » 8/12/13 12:50pm 8/12/13 12:50pm

Writing Totally Mean Yelp Reviews Can Still Get You Sued

Tale as old as time: woman hires contractor. Woman unsatisfied by quality of contractor's work. Woman takes to Yelp and writes a blistering review of said contractor. If this were a movie starring Jennifer Aniston and Patrick Dempsey, the story would end with the two main characters kissing on scaffolding while upbeat… » 1/04/13 12:30pm 1/04/13 12:30pm

Facebook Increasingly Determined to Ruin the Only Fun Thing About…

A few months ago, Facebook announced that it would start letting people know which group members view posts in groups, information that would, unacceptably, get in the way of innocent people trying to go about their normal lives — lives that obviously include cyber-stalking exes, former roommates and coworkers, and… » 9/24/12 6:00pm 9/24/12 6:00pm

Finally, A Way to Turn Facebook Baby Pictures into Adorable Cats

Cranky old coots who can't stand looking at friends' tiny, hairless offspring are running out of excuses to complain about the proliferation of baby pictures on Facebook. A new plugin for the Google Chrome browser allows people to filter out all the potty training, bath taking, pureed pea eating photos of babies they… » 8/06/12 12:10pm 8/06/12 12:10pm

Facebook Determined to Ruin the Last Fun Thing About Facebook: Stalking

Better go click through your ex boyfriend's kind of weird-looking new girlfriend's tagged photos now, while you still can. Facebook announced today that they're going to start letting people know who has viewed certain items on the social network — technology that, for now, only impacts a limited area of the site, but… » 7/12/12 6:00pm 7/12/12 6:00pm

Dating Sites Encourage Men to Be Interesting, Women to Be Doormats

When I was a teenager, the idea of "online dating" was still completely new and insurmountably alien—if someone told you they met their boyfriend "on the internet," it was an occasion to limber up for some epic side-eye. But over a miraculously short period of time, online dating has shed pretty much 100% of its stigma and … » 7/05/12 1:50pm 7/05/12 1:50pm

Dudes on the Internet Will Try to Bang You Even if You Act Completely…

If you're a lady, dating online is nothing like an eharmony commercial, where a polite queue of nice men in navy sweaters and bouquets of daisies send you well-punctuated messages asking about your favorite place to go hiking. The reality of online dating, for women at least, is more like sauntering down the sidewalk… » 5/30/12 6:40pm 5/30/12 6:40pm

Trending Topic #AbortionClinicPlaylist Has Something Terrible for…

This morning, another charming Twitter trending topic climbed forth from the butthole of culture and began to senselessly gnaw on the face of human decency. #AbortionClinicPlaylist gives regular ol' non comedians a chance to show that they're not afraid to really go there on the internet by providing a forum for… » 5/30/12 10:25am 5/30/12 10:25am