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January 10th, 2012

What would Emily say about cyber bullying?

What would Emily say about cyber bullying?

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Scout Moderation is based near Amherst, Massachusetts, birthplace of poet, Emily Dickinson.  At Scout, we are committed to keeping the online conversation civil.  We wonder, what would Emily Dickinson say about using the social network to hurt and bully?  Knowing the power of words to hurt, she once wrote, “We bruise each other less in talking than in writing”.

Emily lived as a recluse for most of her adult life because of a mysterious disorder.  It is speculated that she may have locked herself away from life because she suffered from PTSD or some kind of social anxiety.  From her home in Amherst, Emily carried out her epistolary relationships and sent her poems as holiday notes or birthday cards.  If she were alive today, she would most likely love the positive aspects of social networking; the ability to tweet a poem or post status updates on her Facebook page.

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November 16th, 2011

Facebook users exposed to toxic images

Facebook users exposed to toxic images

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Does the recent Facebook hack have you nervous that it could happen to you?  The idea of porn or violent images next to a Pampers ad – on your site – keeps a lot of social media producers up at night.  If your news or Facebook site gets spammed with porn when you’re not looking, you risk exposing your users to toxic images or spam links that can steal personal information.  If you don’t protect your users, you’ll lose them.

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December 19th, 2010

The Internet has killed civility

The Internet has killed civility

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Newsweek recently listed 14 things that are being killed by the internet with Civility ranking fourth.  Citing Matthew Moore of the Telegraph who writes, “The internet has wrought huge changes on our lives – both positive and negative – in the fifteen years since its use became widespread.”

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May 18th, 2010

Part 2: A terrible example of why moderation is crucial

Part 2: A terrible example of why moderation is crucial

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If you’ve been reading the news lately, you know that the cyber bullying controversy is huge – and recently tragic.  People from all over the world have heard about the Phoebe Prince case and are extremely concerned and interested in finding a solution.

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April 28th, 2010

Part 1: A terrible example of why moderation is crucial

Part 1: A terrible example of why moderation is crucial

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Merriam-Webster defines LIBEL as:

1. A written defamatory statement or representation that conveys an unjustly unfavorable impression;
2. a) A statement or representation published with just cause and tending to expose another to public contempt; b) defamation of a person by written or representational means; c) the publication of blasphemous, treasonable, seditious or obscene writings or pictures; d) the act, tort or crime of publishing such libel.

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April 26th, 2010

Protect your brand

Protect your brand

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There are a lot of articles written to ease the anxiety people may feel about being publicly engaged and exposed in the social media space. For instance, Christine Pilch wrote a great two part series on the Hazards of Social Media where she discusses what to do when one person goes after you online or when people that you don’t think do good work ask you to recommend them (and possibly tarnish your reputation).

These articles are full of worthy, important information, but they speak to small situations. They help the small business owner or the individual. So what happens when the online business or brand is much bigger – a company like a Sony, a brand like Coke, corporate spaces and big news sites?

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