What would Emily say about cyber bullying?
What would Emily say about cyber bullying? January 10th, 2012 by

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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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Facebook users exposed to toxic images
Facebook users exposed to toxic images November 16th, 2011 by

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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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Part 2: A terrible example of why moderation is crucial
Part 2: A terrible example of why moderation is crucial May 18th, 2010 by

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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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