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Former eBay executive to plead guilty to cyberstalking campaign targeting couple

Reuters | April 20, 2022

Company Listed: Ebay

A former eBay Inc (EBAY.O) security executive intends to plead guilty to federal charges that he planned a cyberstalking campaign that targeted a Massachusetts couple whose online newsletter was seen as critical of the e-commerce company.

James Baugh, eBay's former senior director of safety and security, had been awaiting trial in Boston with another ex-executive accused of helping harass the couple through Twitter and with disturbing deliveries like a bloody Halloween pig mask and live cockroaches.

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Right-Wing Figures Attack Journalist Taylor Lorenz for Revealing Creator Of ‘Libs Of TikTok’

Forbs | April 19, 2022

Company Listed: TikTok

A host of right-wing figures—including Fox News personality Tucker Carlson—took aim at Washington Post journalist Taylor Lorenz on Tuesday after the reporter uncovered the creator of “Libs of TikTok,” a Twitter account with more than half a million followers that shares anti-LGBTQ+ content and has become influential in conservative media.

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Climate Misinformation on Social Media Is Undermining Climate Action

Nrdc | April 19, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

To hear some climate scientists and activists tell it, there are actually encouraging signs that climate skepticism is on the decline. The evidence for climate change that’s all around us—temperatures in Antarctica were recently 70 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than they’re supposed to be—has made it harder and harder for deniers to, well, deny.

But fossil fuel interests can’t afford to let public opinion settle on the side of science. And so, with their profit margins very much on the line, these interests have ​​replaced outright denial with spreading climate misinformation meant to undermine climate science and solutions. Their aim is to sow enough doubt to delay real climate action.

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Domestic Extremists and Social Media: Study Finds Similarities, Differences in Web Habits of Those Engaged in Hate Crimes Vs. Violent Extremism

Ojb | April 19, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

Isolating and comparing the social media habits of two distinct types of extremists can better prepare justice system agencies to prevent and respond to extremist violence in the United States.

Research sponsored by the National Institute of Justice has found that study samples of individuals in the United States who have engaged in violent and non-violent hate crime and other forms of extremist crime were influenced by social media.

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