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Frightened Rabbit fight back at trolls with brilliant t-shirt. Photo: Justine Trickett.

Frightened Rabbit fight back at trolls with brilliant t-shirt

Man jailed after using explicit images of ex-wife in £2m blackmail bid. A British man who married the daughter of an American billionaire has been jailed for 12 years after plotting to extort £2m from the family by posting sexually explicit photos of her online.

Man jailed after using explicit images of ex-wife in £2m blackmail bid

James Casbolt, 37, from St Ives in Cornwall, demanded the sum in exchange for not sharing intimate pictures of Haley Meijer following an acrimonious split. He also sent threatening texts and emails to Meijer, the daughter of the American hypermarket tycoon Hank Meijer, and posted bizarre, unfounded claims about her online. Casbolt once wrote to her: “If my terms are not met, I can tickle the public interest for years, until the Meijers are so infamous in the world they will not be able to walk down the streets safely.” Heather Watson defiantly slams 'cowardly' social media abuse. The British No 1 tennis player Heather Watson has hit back at the “cowards” who have sent her death threats on social media.

Heather Watson defiantly slams 'cowardly' social media abuse

Unfriended review: a Blair Witch for the broadband era. Singaporean tourist dies in Bali after falling from cliffs while taking selfie. A Singaporean man has died after falling off a cliff and into the sea while attempting to take a selfie on an island off the coast of Bali in Indonesia.

Singaporean tourist dies in Bali after falling from cliffs while taking selfie

Mohamed Aslam Shahul, 21, was killed after losing his balance and falling into the sea from a two-metre high cliff, during a holiday with eight friends at the Sandy Bay Beach in Nusa Lembongan. The news of his death emerged as another selfie-related incident was reported in Russia today, after a young woman accidentally shot herself in the head while taking a photograph of herself. The 21-year-old was said to have been posing while pointing a 9mm handgun to her head.

She had found the gun at her Moscow office left behind by a security guard, police spokesman told Interfax news agency. While taking a selfie with one hand, she accidentally pressed the gun’s trigger, shooting herself in the temple at close range, according to reports. Aslam’s body was found in the sea, five metres deep, according to police.

How to embrace loneliness: a modern guide. Loneliness can creep through your bones like a disease, wash over you unexpectedly as if a stranger’s vomit, or sit in the pit of your stomach for weeks like undigested chewing gum.

How to embrace loneliness: a modern guide

Especially, it turns out, if you’re young. A survey carried out by Opinium for The Big Lunch has found that 83% of 18- to 34-year-olds have experienced the dull, quiet ache of being lonely, which is no surprise to me. Of course it’s easy to be lonely in your 20s. You may sit in an office of 50 people, but if you email your colleagues rather than exchange gossip over tea in the communal kitchen then it’s hard to feel truly part of a group. When you eat lunch sitting at your desk, idly scanning through other people’s Facebook photos rather than chatting around a table about the canteen’s latest attempt at tex mex, you leave yourself open to the cold draught of loneliness.

Kick It Out calls for collective action on social media abuse towards players... An enormous volume of racist, homophobic, sexist and other discriminatory abuse of Premier League footballers and clubs on social media has been revealed in new research for the game’s anti-discrimination organisation, Kick It Out.

Kick It Out calls for collective action on social media abuse towards players...

The search of Twitter, Facebook, supporters’ forums and blogs, using key abusive terms with players’ and club names, refined to identify direct abuse, found 134,400 discriminatory posts this season, from August 2014 to last month. The research has also highlighted the huge number of abusive posts received by some individual black players, finding that Mario Balotelli, of Liverpool, was sent more than 8,000 discriminatory posts on social media, of which more than half were racist.

Danny Welbeck, who moved from Manchester United to Arsenal in September, received 1,700 abusive posts, exactly half involving racism. Spotted in Metro. Incredible £20,000 now raised for disabled Gateshead attack victim Alan Barnes. Couch potatoes have killed the internet dream. Earlier this year engineer Dr Craig Labovitz testified before the US House of Representatives judiciary subcommittee on regulatory reform, commercial and antitrust law.

Couch potatoes have killed the internet dream

Labovitz is co-founder and chief executive of Deepfield, an outfit that sells software to enable companies to compile detailed analytics on traffic within their computer networks. The hearing was on the proposed merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable and the impact it was likely to have on competition in the video and broadband market. Man jailed for WhatsApp ‘revenge porn’ after posting images of woman online. A 21-year-old man is believed to have become the first person in the UK to be jailed for posting revenge porn online.

Man jailed for WhatsApp ‘revenge porn’ after posting images of woman online

Luke King was given a 12-week sentence after pleading guilty to harassment without violence. He had published intimate images of a woman on the WhatsApp messaging service in August after making a series of threats to her, Southern Derbyshire magistrates court heard. King, of Aspley, Nottingham, was also issued with a restraining order, preventing him from contacting the woman. The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said the case was a reminder that such offences would be taken seriously. Jessica Ennis-Hill receives rape threats over Ched Evans stance. South Yorkshire police are investigating rape threats sent to Olympic gold medallist Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill after she said she would request the removal of her name from a stand at Sheffield United if it offers a new contract to convicted rapist Ched Evans.

Jessica Ennis-Hill receives rape threats over Ched Evans stance

Ennis-Hill received the abuse on Twitter, with one tweet, sent from the handle @RickieLambert07 reading: “Jessica Ennis-Hill is a stupid cunt. Saying she will remove her name if Ched Evens [sic] is signed. I hope he rapes her.” Both the tweet and account were then deleted. After the troll was called “scum” for his threat, he replied: “Freedom of speech mate … I’ll say what I want when I want!”. Revealed: how pressures of online life undermine teenage girls’ self-esteem. The self-esteem of teenage girls has fallen significantly since the start of the economic downturn seven years ago and the boom in the use of social media and online communication, a major survey of 30,000 school pupils has revealed.

Revealed: how pressures of online life undermine teenage girls’ self-esteem

Analysts who compile the survey for schools across the country have reported a worrying drop in the number of 14- and 15-year-olds, particularly girls, who say they feel highly confident in their own worth. After consistent year-on-year increases since the early 1990s in the number of young people scoring in the highest bracket of self-esteem, a sudden and dramatic change occurred after 2007, according to the Schools Health Education Unit, which works with local authorities to monitor the health and lifestyles of pupils. Six types of killer use Facebook to commit crimes, says study. Researchers at Birmingham City University have identified six types of killer who use Facebook to commit crimes, in the first-ever study on how the social networking site can affect criminal behaviour.

Dr Elizabeth Yardley and Prof David Wilson, from the university’s centre of applied criminology, analysed cases of murder in which the site had been reported as a significant factor. Silencing extreme views, even if they are those of internet trolls, is wrong ... No one has tested my commitment to liberalism so sorely as Edinburgh University’s Feminist Society. I know I should believe in freedom of speech and changing minds with arguments, not punishments, and all the rest of it. And, trust me, I do. Or rather I did, until the moment Edinburgh’s feminist students said they wanted to kick the Socialist Workers party out of their campus. The BNP of the left has had a malign influence on public life far beyond its numbers.

Richard Madeley calls police after trolls threaten to rape Chloe Madeley. Richard Madeley has called in the police over Twitter trolls’ threats to rape his daughter Chloe Madeley. The vile threats come after Richard’s wife, Judy Finnigan, made comments on Loose Women this week appearing to defend convicted rapist Ched Evans. A string of abusive tweets threatening to rape Chloe, 27, were posted but Richard has informed the faceless trolls that he has made a note of every tweet and is letting the police deal with it. He then retweeted two of his followers, one who told him they are in the police and the culprits ‘will be found’ and another who recommended he take screenshot of the ‘faceless trolls” comments. Judy sparked outrage on Twitter when she made the comments on Monday during her first appearance as a Loose Women panelist. Man jailed for antisemitic tweet to Labour MP. An internet troll accused of sending an antisemitic message to Labour MP Luciana Berger has been sentenced to four weeks in prison at Merseyside magistrates court.

Garron Helm, 21, from Litherland, north of Liverpool, tweeted a picture of the MP with a Holocaust yellow star superimposed on her forehead, with the hashtag “Hitler was right”. The tweet, which referred to Berger as a ‘‘communist jewess”, read: “You can always trust a Jew to show their true colours eventually.” Helm send the tweet in the early hours of the morning on 7 August and claimed to have sent it in a state of anger and frustration. Justice secretary Chris Grayling pledges stiffer sentences for internet troll... Internet trolls will face up to two years in jail under tough new laws proposed by justice secretary Chris Grayling. The previous maximum term of six months will be quadrupled under the plan to tackle the “cowards” who post abusive comments online.

Twitter's former security head condemns Whisper's privacy flaws. Irish-man-fined-1600-for-offensive-facebook-post-in-first-prosecution-of-its-... Remorseful Twitter and Facebook jokers less likely to face prosecution. Drunken Twitter and Facebook users who post grossly offensive messages online may be less likely to face prosecution if they hit delete and express remorse after they sober up, Keir Starmer, the director of public prosecutions, indicated. Peter Nunn jailed for abusive tweets to MP Stella Creasy. A man has been jailed for 18 weeks for bombarding a Labour MP with abusive tweets after she supported a successful campaign to put the image of Jane Austen on the £10 note.

Ello: the anti-Facebook meant to be private and pretty, but not this popular ... Stop complaining about the Facebook study. It's a golden age for research. Several years ago, my student and I studied anonymous email server data from 40,000 students, faculty and staff at a large university. We shouldn't expect Facebook to behave ethically. Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg claims that the manipulation of News Feeds was 'poorly communicated'. Bullying on social networks. Tumblr is a great blogging and social network site which lets you post and share your interests with others.

People on Tumblr can ask you questions anonymously, which means you don’t know the identity of the person asking the question. Facebook bullies led to suicide of student, 19, who hanged himself. Facebook launches anti-cyberbullying initiative Down Under. How 'clicktivism' has changed the face of political campaigns. Bullying on social networks. ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is not a catalyst for long-term behaviour change. Ice-bucket-challenge-us-firefighter-tony-grider-dies-following-electrocution-... Ice Bucket Challenge. Mario Balotelli: Police investigate racist abuse sent on Twitter.

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