From the Desk of Bailey Poland: Holding Twitter to a Higher Standard

  The following contribution is from Bailey Poland, author of Haters: Harassment, Abuse, and Violence Online (November 2016).  After far too long, Twitter finally pulled the plug on Breitbart writer Milo Yiannopoulos’ Twitter account, where he went by @Nero. Amid the well-deserved schadenfreude over Yiannopoulos first losing his verified checkmark—and eventually his entire account—it’s worthwhile to  step back and assess what really happened, and the cost required to get us here. Yiannopoulos made his mark on Twitter by aligning himself with the worst examples of online abuse. He went from referring to gamers as “pungent beta male bollock-scratchers” to being a champion … Continue reading From the Desk of Bailey Poland: Holding Twitter to a Higher Standard

From the Desk of Bailey Poland

The following contribution is from Bailey Poland, author of Haters: Harassment, Abuse, and Violence Online (November 2016). Bailey Poland is a writer, feminist, and activist, as well as the creator of the literary journal Leaves and Flowers and is a regular contributor to numerous print and online journals, including Line Zero. She is the editor of Involution: Stories, Poems, and Essays from the First Two Years of “Line Zero”. One of the key facts any person working against online harassment must get across is that the interactions we’re combating go beyond the level of rudeness—they’re a form of abuse. That’s the message repeated by … Continue reading From the Desk of Bailey Poland