Ripcord CEO faces allegations of improper behavior

 fePerry Coneybeer, who left college at age 19 to work full-time at corporate file digitizing startup Ripcord, is alleging improper behavior by Ripcord CEO Alex Fielding. Coneybeer also alleges she was fired in retaliation for reporting a fellow employee to human resources. In a Medium post published today, Coneybeer alleges Fielding told graphic, sexual stories involving other employees. One… Read More

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The portion of VC-backed startups founded by women stays stubbornly stagnant

 It was a tumultuous year for the technology industry, with sexual harassment, pay gaps and under-representation of women often dominating the headlines. And while sexism was not born in Silicon Valley, sexual harassment is proving to be toxic for business. As part of our larger Q4 and 2017 coverage, let’s see how the venture industry invested in women last year. Read More

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Facebook has new tools to prevent unwanted friend requests and messages

 Facebook, like every social media platform, has issues with harassment and bullying. In order to prevent certain types of harassment, Facebook is introducing some new features to help prevent unwanted friend requests and messages. “We’ve heard stories from people who have blocked someone only to encounter the same harasser using a different account,”Facebook Global Head of… Read More

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These are Facebook’s internal policies on harassment and bullying

 Facebook, in a similar manner to what it did with its internal policies around Managing Bias, is making its policies on harassment and bullying publicly available. Facebook has also outlined its investigation process as a result of harassment or bullying allegations. Facebook says it is doing this now because “lots of really brave women have raised their hands recently to take a stand… Read More

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Twitter details how it reviews and enforces rules around hate speech, violence and harassment

 Twitter has been under fire lately (slash always) for its methods to deal with harassment and abuse on its platform. In an effort to provide some insight into its thinking, Twitter has added some new articles to its help center that detail how the company reviews and enforces rules, as well as the factors it considers in its decision-making process.
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Twitter posts a new version of its rules with updated sections on abuse, spam, violence and more

 Twitter today published a new version of its rules, in an effort to further clarify its policies about abuse, spam, self-harm and other topics, as well as to better explain how it determines the appropriate action – like suspending an abuser’s account, for example. The company says the updated documentation doesn’t represent changes to the “fundamentals” of its… Read More

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WTF is sexual harassment

 There are many cases that could be useful as a launching point; let’s start with the recent and lengthy rebuttal of so-called tech evangelist Robert Scoble, following multiple allegations that he has sexually harassed and assaulted a number women in the industry where Scoble has made his name. As Scoble wrote in his own defense, on his personal blog this week, “If I were guilty… Read More

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Representatives Pelosi and DelBene: “No tolerance” for culture of harassment

 Washington Congresswoman Suzan DelBene and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi recently visited the UW’s Computer Science school to discuss the workplace of the 21st century and women’s place in it. Their talk covered a number of topics, but one given more serious consideration was that of sexual harassment in industries and disciplines dominated by men. Read More

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Silenced by “free speech”

 There’s a fundamental incongruency between being pro ‘free speech’ and operating a global social network for civil public discussion. Twitter is struggling with it. Facebook is struggling with it too. And it can’t be solved by a little more transparency or by hoping average citizens will do the right thing. The principle of free speech on which the United States was… Read More

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