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Riled Up: Misinformation Stokes Calls for Violence on Election Day

In a video posted to Facebook on Sept. 14, Dan Bongino, a popular right-wing commentator and radio host, declared that Democrats were planning a coup against President Trump on Election Day.

For just over 11 minutes, Mr. Bongino talked about how bipartisan election experts who had met in June to plan for what might happen after people vote were actually holding exercises for such a coup. To support his baseless claim, he twisted the group’s words to fit his meaning.

“I want to warn you that this stuff is intense,” Mr. Bongino said, speaking into the camera to his 3.6 million Facebook followers. “Really intense, and you need to be ready to digest it all.”

His video, which has been viewed 2.9 million times, provoked strong reactions. One commenter wrote that people should be prepared for when Democrats “cross the line” so they could “show them what true freedom is.”

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Oracle’s data science offering aids domestic violence research

Oracle’s data science offering aids domestic violence research

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Oracle’s data science offering aids domestic violence research


At Victoria University, we need a strong technology foundation so we can continue doing what we do best—providing a world-class educational experience for our students. Oracle has been our partner in making that possible and we have always been able to rely on cutting-edge technology, reliability, and security so we can

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You wouldn’t hit a dog, so why kill one in Minecraft? Why violence against virtual animals is an ethical issue

Violence against animals in video games is ubiquitous. Players can kill or torture animals in various popular games, including Minecraft and Grand Theft Auto V. The rise of this (increasingly realistic) trend in games, along with people’s tendency to go along with it, raises important questions.

Violence against humans in video games has long been contentious—underpinned by the never-ending debate over whether on-screen violence begets the real thing. But violence against animals in video games has attracted considerably less attention.

In a recently published paper, we argue there is good reason to think violence against animals in video games is problematic—perhaps even more so than in-game violence against humans. We think game violence against animals is more likely to promote disrespect for their living counterparts.

The jury is out

In 2005, Australia banned a first-person shooter game called Postal 2, in which players could mutilate and desecrate (virtual) human bodies.

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Soteria Solutions Awarded Coveted Grant From The Office On Violence Against Women’s Training And Technical Assistance Initiative

Soteria Solutions Awarded Coveted Grant From The Office On Violence Against Women’s Training And Technical Assistance Initiative

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DURHAM, N.H., Sept. 24, 2020

Soteria Solutions to deliver proven solutions and methodologies developed through a decade of research and evaluation for participating campuses

DURHAM, N.H., Sept. 24, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Soteria Solutions, the leader in innovative programs that prevent sexual and interpersonal harassment while building safe and respectful organizational cultures, was awarded the OVW’s Training and Technical Assistance (TA) Initiative Grant for $399,924. Soteria Solutions will provide training and technical assistance to institutions of higher education through the Strengthening Campus Needs Assessments and Strategic Planning Project.  

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(PRNewsfoto/Soteria Solutions)

U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), the Vice Chair of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee that funds the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW), U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH), along with Representatives Chris Pappas (NH-01) and Annie Kuster (NH-02) announced the award.

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Social media is forcing Iran to address the taboo topic of sexual violence

Tehran — Sexual abuse is a taboo topic in Iran. The country’s state-run media ignore or actively censor news of rape, harassment or abuse allegations. Few victims choose to come forward in a country where strict Islamic laws require four witnesses to confirm a rape allegation.

With the legal bar set so high, prosecutions are rare and convictions even rarer.

In spite of this stifling atmosphere, technology is giving a voice to victims of sexual harassment and violence. Iranian women and men are sharing their stories on social media. While there’s a long way to go, the hashtag “IranianMeToo” has picked up steam on Twitter, reflecting a push for change and a desire to turn the spotlight on serial perpetrators.

Discussion of the case of university art professor Keivan Emamverdi has flooded Iranian Twitter accounts this year. He’s been accused by multiple female students of inviting them to his

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Facebook said it removed en event encouraging violence against protesters in Kenosha, but it was actually removed by the event’s own organizers, according to a new report

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  • Facebook came under fire last week after site moderators did not remove the Facebook page of a militia group that encouraged violence against protesters, despite being reported hundreds of times. 
  • CEO Mark Zuckerberg said last week that Facebook ultimately did remove the page, but that the removal came too late because moderators hadn’t been adequately trained on Facebook’s new policies against militia groups.
  • “Counter protest? Nah. I fully plan to kill looters and rioters tonight,” one person wrote on the event page.
  • But Facebook didn’t remove the page, according to a new BuzzFeed News report — rather, the group’s own moderators took it down after two protesters were shot in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
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Facebook has been on the defensive for the past week over its handling of an event calling for members of a group to

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