True Crime Online Newsletter - September 9, 2014
A Welsh man who posted a YouTube video of himself downing 23.6 ounces of Jack Daniels bourbon in 13 seconds said he now "deeply" regrets the "stupid" stunt. The video, filmed by friends, shows Will Williams of Caernarfon biting the seal off a 23.6-ounce bottle of 40 percent proof Jack Daniels bourbon and chugging the entire bottle in only 13 seconds. Williams instructs his friends in the video to "Neknominate that," a reference to an online drinking game based on dares. "It was something that I did jokingly and regret deeply," Williams told the North Wales Daily Post. "Straight away, I knew it was a stupid thing to have done." Williams said he was shocked to see the video accumulate more than a million views. "When I posted the video, I only expected friends to view it really," he said. The amount of alcohol Williams consumed in the video is more than seven times the daily amount recommended by Britain's National Health Service. There was no word Thursday on whether Williams' regrets included expelling the liquid the same way he ingested it after the video stopped recording.
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Crimes traced to social media on the rise, police warn - 09/09/14
An increasing number of criminals are using social media to target victims for robbery and sexual assault, while some online “friends” have turned into murders after meeting their victims in person, police records show. Status updates and other statements placed online also point to a rising awareness that social media is being used by criminals to target and win the trust of potential victims.
Cops identify people behind ice bucket prank on autistic teen - 09/09/14
Police have identified those involved in an incident in which the ice bucket challenge trend was used to trick an autistic teenager into being drenched with a bucket of urine, feces and spit. Authorities are not yet releasing the names, and are not discussing potential charges as the investigation is not yet complete, said Bay Village, Ohio, Police Chief Mark Spaetzel.
Reddit Bans Nude Celebrity Photo Subreddit, But Won’t Crack Down On Creepy Anti-Woman Community - 09/08/14
Popular online forum Reddit recently banned a page featuring nude celebrity photos that were part of a massive hack. But the site, often criticized for its lax response to misogynistic posts, has kept another page alive that publishes stolen nude photos of non-famous women. The decision to keep one page over the other puts its own free-sharing principles into question, and makes the site appear to value celebrities’ privacy more than that of average people.
Celebrities, nudity and other ways 4chan drives the internet hype machine - 09/07/14
The powerhouse of internet virality, 4chan, has achieved notoriety, and in a spectacular way. The release of hundreds of images claiming to show a pantheon of celebrities in various compromising, or at least awkward, positions has brought the many other social media channels alive with the sniff of salacious gossip.
For gamers, combating online abuse not easy - 09/07/14
While most attendees of Penny Arcade Expo come to the boisterous convention to play games, bag swag and meet like-minded people, a few take the time to investigate online bullying and why it's so prevalent among the gaming community. Therapist Stacey Weber, herself a gamer, is a bit mystified. "It just doesn't make sense," said Weber, who was part of a Saturday talk at PAX Prime called "Not Us, Not Here: Examining Bullying, Harassment and Misogyny."
Thousands of people spied on each year by opportunist stalkers using legal £25 gadgets- 09/06/14
Thousands of people a year are spied on by stalkers using cheap and freely available gadgets, experts warn. One woman was traced to the refuge where she had fled with her children to escape her abusive partner after he hid a tracking device in one of their teddy bears.
International Game Developers Association Taking FBI on Board to Tackle Harassment - 09/06/14
Last month, the International Game Developers Association (IGDA) spoke out against what it considers abhorrent behavior against developers in light of the recent spate of personal attacks. The association has now gone a step further to tackle the issue by consulting with the FBI. The IGDA has confirmed that its working on some tools to help users cope with harassment by showing them how to minimize abuse and what preventative measures they can take. Apparently, the FBI has taken an interest in online harassment and is looking to crack down on perpetrators. IGDA Executive Director Kate Edwards, who met with FBI officials in July for this purpose, said:
'My Facebook stalker should have been jailed' says his Derby victim - 09/05/14
A WOMAN abused on Facebook has told of her relief that two years of abuse has now stopped – but feels her stalker should have been sent to jail. The Derby woman says she now wants to get on with her life after Dale Blackwood pleaded guilty to one count of harassment when he appeared at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates' Court yesterday. The court heard how Blackwood began stalking his victim after he felt she "disrespected him" when they briefly met in 2011.
10 Social Media Blunders That Cost a Millennial a Job or Worse - 09/05/14
A generation that lives its life on Facebook and Twitter learns the hard way that the bar for what can get you fired is surprisingly low. As managers grow savvier (and Facebook privacy settings grow meaningless) it is increasingly foolish to assume that those years-old photos of you double-fisting shots won’t come back to haunt youand maybe even wreak havoc on your career. A whopping 73% of recruiters check out social media profiles of prospective hires.
Stalkers can use social media to harass you at the click of a button - 09/05/14
In this age of Twitter and Facebook, sometimes the connection to lost loves can be a click away. But sometimes that's not always a good thing. Stalking cases are on the rise thanks to social media. Quincy therapist Jerry Walker told KHQA social media definitely has an influence in creating rifts in a relationship.
Broadband's bawdy breach - 09/05/14
Perhaps you aspire to fame and fortune, the chance to walk the red carpet at the Oscars to the cooing of adoring fans and to have gossip columnists taking note that you were seen spooling pasta at Wolfgang Puck's while canoodling with another international sex symbol.
Career planning it's a wonderful thing. But as with all matters of the cult of celebrity, there is a cautionary tale. Apparently there is an unwritten rule in the world of being a VIP (Very Important Pin-up) that requires having naked pictures of yourself taken by a paramour, which eventually much to your carefully orchestrated chagrin make their way into the cheesy cybersphere.
Catch Cyber Harassment in the Catfish Net - 09/05/14
Cyber-stalking and online harassment is a serious issue for many people. It can range from unwanted comments on social media sites like Facebook, to full on hateful behaviour. Often teenagers are targeted by online bullies, and others, but it can be far worse. Seeking a solution, Crystal Ball Apps of Folsom, CA has developed a new Facebook App called the CatfishNet. Crystal Ball Apps says, “By one definition, “Catfish” are bottom-dwelling, slime-sucking scavengers that feed off of the dead & decaying flesh of other creatures. That is pretty much the same definition we use for the CatfishNet App.”
Harassment doesn’t need curse words to be harassment - 09/05/14
I’m excited to announce a new art installation, for those of you in L.A., by the fantastic Amy Roth. Titled “A Woman’s Room Online”, it’s a depiction of how it feels to be the target of a gendered harassment campaign online, something that sadly seems to be happening more and more frequently.
Despite security flaws, legal failures: How to fight revenge porn - 09/04/14
The celebrity stolen nudes scandal has shined an uncomfortable light on everything from cloud security to sexual privacy. Now there's finally a very public conversation happening about how hard it is for women to fight online attacks such as this. I think it's time to talk about fighting back. It has never been more clear that when our intimate photos are shared without our consent, we're failed by every system we need to be able to trust.
Dating apps increase sexual harassment likelihood - 09/03/14
It’s no secret more and more relationships are started online, and with nearly half of dating app users being college students, it’s almost as if it is slowly becoming a norm to meet people on one’s phone rather than in person. Whether this will prove to be more than a fad has yet to be seen, but with so much personal information on the Internet through websites like Facebook already, it’s really not surprising that online relationships have started to take campuses everywhere by storm.
Indonesian student faces six years in jail for defaming an ENTIRE city by calling it 'stupid' on social media - 09/02/14
Law student Florence Sihombing could be facing jail time time over a social media post in which she complained about the service at a petrol station in the Indonesian city of Yogyakarta. The postgraduate law student was arrested Saturday afternoon after complaining about the service she experienced at a petrol station. Ms Sihombings lawyer said the 26-year-old tried to bypass a long queue of scooters waiting for subsidised fuel by joining a queue for more expensive unsubsidised petrol, at which point she was refused service.