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Woman Sues Facebook For $123 Million Over Revenge Porn

We have written in the past about the topic of “revenge porn” – pornography that is uploaded on the internet without consent, often for the purpose of getting revenge. Yesterday, a Texas resident sued Facebook and her former friend for “revenge porn.” Meryam Ali, the plaintiff, claims that her former friend, Adeel Shah Khan, “set up a fake Facebook page in her name that contained doctored photographs that put her face on false, phony, naked body shots.” When Ali found out, she requested multiple times that Facebook delete the obscene … Continue reading

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New Program Aims to Monitor Cyberbullying

The Michigan section of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee has created a program to aid victims of online bullying. These actions were taken in response to recent trends of growing issues of cyberbullying. By classifying cyberbullying as a civil rights violations, they hope to slow the growth and impact of cyberbullying. “With an advancement in technology, we, too, have seen an advancement in discrimination against women and a violation of their safety,” said ADC Michigan Director Fatina Abdrabboh. “Cyberspaces have been exploited as a means of egging onto male supremacy and … Continue reading

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Parents of Victims Speak Out On Cyberbullying Bill

On Tuesday, parents and family members of victims of cyberbullying met in a panel to discuss Bill C-13. Provisions of this bill would make it easier for the government to access data from telecommunication and Internet service companies. The bill is intended to enable the police to respond more effectively to crimes using modern technology. Carol Todd, the mother of a teen who took her own life after she was sexually exploited online, spoke out against this proposed cyberbullying bill. She believes portions of Bill C-13 that could risk privacy rights … Continue reading

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Colorado’s Cyberbullying Legislation Fails

A few days ago, Colorado’s HB1131, a proposal to crack down on cyberbullying, has been shelved in the Colorado Senate amid concerns of the bill’s possible infringement of first amendment rights. This move shocked the sponsor, Representative Rhonda Fields(D-Aurora) and the supporters, who said they will try again next year. In response, Rep. Fields commented, “I am extremely disappointed and stunned, because it came out of the House with such strong support.” The bill had been previously approved in the House with a 54-10 vote last month. In addition to … Continue reading

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