2018 Was A Record Year For Online Hate and Harassment

If logging on to Facebook, Twitter or any other social media platforms in the past year may have felt draining, you’re most likely not imagining it.

Facebook became a cesspool for online harassment in 2018, a new survey from the Anti-Defamation League shows. More than half (56%) of the survey’s respondents said they experienced hate through Facebook. Twitter and YouTube clocked in at 19 percent and 17 percent respectively for survey participants saying they were harassed on the platforms.

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According to the Anti-Defamation League, 32 percent of Americans reported that the harassment they received was because of their sexual orientation, religion, race or ethnicity, gender identity or disability.

Twitter has updated its community standards, while YouTube is now working to alter features on its products to curtail some of the negative behavior. Earlier this month, YouTube announced that it is working on ways to stop “dislike campaigns” on videos by large online groups. In November, Twitter expanded its hateful speech policies to prohibit dehumanizing speech.

ADL’s report also shows American’s outlook on the impact of hate speech online. Nearly 60 percent of respondents believe that online harassment is making hate crimes off the internet more common. Another 50 percent, believe that online abuse is increasing the use of derogatory language.

As social media platforms continue to expand their policies to deal with the influx of cyberbullying and harassment, it is crucial for users to find their own way to cope by reporting the abuse or taking a break from the platforms.

 

YouTube Updates Policies Following #BirdBox Challenge

Things have gotten so bad with the #BirdBox Challenge that YouTube has updated its policies to explicitly prohibit pranks that could cause harm to people.

“Content that encourages violence or dangerous activities that may result in serious physical harm, distress or death violates our harmful and dangerous policy, so we’re clarifying what this means for dangerous challenges and pranks,” a YouTube employee said in a blog post. “YouTube is home to many beloved viral challenges and pranks, but we need to make sure what’s funny doesn’t cross the line into also being harmful or dangerous.”

In December, the #BirdBox Challenge went viral after the Netflix original of the same name was viewed by thousands of people. People have posted videos doing a range of activities while blindfolded including reenacting scenes from the movie and driving — which has obvious safety concerns.

Netflix even stepped in to stop people from participating in the challenge.

Previous viral challenges have also caused issues for brands and challenge participants. YouTube’s newest policies aim to stop users from harming themselves through pranks and other challenges. Last year’s Tide Pod Challenge went viral after YouTubers filmed themselves eating the product, getting many people sick.

YouTube is giving users a grace period on content that violates its Community Guidelines—users will not receive a strike for their content, but it will be removed.

The 5 Best Ways to Earn Money from Home

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There are people who cannot afford to work a regular job, and the reasons might be a disability, old age or having to raise children. For these people, having a legitimate source of income while working from home is the ideal solution to their problem. It creates an opportunity to earn money while having time for family and other needs that might be just as important.

The challenge is that looking to earn money in the comfort of your home opens you up to a lot of scammers, as it becomes more difficult to verify the authenticity of some ventures. That said, as with most projects, it could be a dream come true if you are careful and are willing to devote your time and energy to making sure things work out.

Here are the best strategies to consider if you’re looking to earn money from home:

Consulting

If you have expertise in a field, one of the best ways to earn money from that would be to market yourself as a consultant and provide professional services or advice for a fee. Individuals and companies need consultants for various reasons, ranging from social media marketing to tax advice.

Experience is extremely important to work as a consultant; you need to prove that you are qualified to offer advice. You might also need to take courses to get certified or registered.

Online tutoring

A different way to earn income from your expertise or skills is by setting up an online course and selling these skills to people who need them. The best thing about this option is that the skill doesn’t have to be something you learned in college. There are online courses for almost anything from copywriting to graphic design or even cooking.

The key is to make the class engaging and unique. You will need to have an idea of what exactly you want to teach. It is better to teach specialty classes. For example, instead of teaching a class on how to make animations using all the tools you can think of, you might want to stick to one tool. This helps you stand out from the crowd. Also, you would need to plan a schedule you can stick to and a fee.

Freelance writing

If you are creative with writing and generating content, this option has a good income stream. The internet made this easier by giving freelance writers the opportunity to get jobs from all over the world relatively easy. You would need to find a niche, network with people who might hire you, and try to deliver high-quality content every single time.

YouTube

YouTube has made it easy for a lot of people to earn money online, simply by doing what they love and sharing it with the world. There are various channels for almost every topic you can think of, and you can earn money by investing your time in creating and sharing unique videos of the things you love.

Sponsored posts

If you have a website or a huge social media following, there are companies willing to pay you to promote their products and services. Whatever platform, be it Twitter, Instagram, or a blog. If you have a huge following, you can cash in.

Netflix Is Succeeding Over Other Platforms With Black Content And Young Audiences

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A recent Cowen Insights report showed that Netflix is a mainstay in many homes. 39 percent of people surveyed ages 18-34 cited Netflix as the service they use most often to view video content on TV. Only 17 percent named Google’s YouTube as their top service. Amazon Prime video trailed with 3 percent, and traditional basic cable was preferred by just 13 percent of respondents.

The insights from the report on CultureBanx shows that content with diverse storylines such as predominately black casts or displays of black identity gets an increase in viewership by non-black audiences as well. And by tapping into younger, more diverse audiences, Netflix is outperforming the competition.

Netflix’s initiatives such as ‘Strong Black Lead’ on Facebook and Twitter are having a positive impact on viewership through social engagement and campaigns such as the star-studded “A Great Day In Hollywood” campaign, which was modeled after the iconic “A Great Day In Harlem” image.

Netflix’s 125 million subscribers around the world should look forward to more diverse, episodic content across genres as the company plans to invest almost $8 billion in original content in 2018.

Other streaming services to look out for include Apple, which has made a push recently to invest in its streaming service potential by signing a multi-year deal with Oprah to amplify the fan base and claiming they will invest $1 billion in original content this year.