Kim Kardashian v Taylor Swift: privacy on Snapchat and the legal gray areas

From a taped conversation to a naked snap at the gym, technology no longer places reasonable limits on our ability to share private acts – but the law does

When Playboy model Dani Mathers shared a photograph of a naked woman in a gym locker room with her thousands of followers on Snapchat last week, the caption she affixed to the illicit image embodied the promise and threat of the cameraphone era: “If I can’t unsee this, then you can’t either.”

Seeing something once, for a passing moment of time, only to move on and forget, is no longer the standard form of experience. In countries such as the US and the UK where smartphones are already ubiquitous, we are empowered by technology to capture, record, store, and disseminate previously unimaginable amounts of audio and visual information about ourselves and the people around us.

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Milo Yiannopoulos: Twitter banning one man won’t undo his poisonous legacy

Banning the ‘alt-right’ agitator from Twitter is not constructive; it stands to further wind up people who respond to humiliation by becoming dangerous

Ding dong, the witch is dead. In the wake of news earlier today that Twitter had finally banned “alt-right” agitator Milo Yiannopoulos from its platform, a chorus of virtual cheers has gone up, a powerful sense of satisfaction.

The Breitbart writer, who previously appointed himself a star of the digital trash fire known as “Gamergate”, has been a peddler of inarguable hate speech. Beyond just speech, though, he’s cannily built smear campaigns that incited his followers to dogpile other users, usually women and people of color, until the targets could no longer use social media constructively.

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Twitter vows to act more swiftly after banning Leslie Jones abuser

Twitter bars Milo Yiannopoulos for good after Jones quit the network following tweets that left her in ‘personal hell’

Twitter has vowed to act more quickly and effectively against online abuse, after the social network banned one of its most notorious users following a campaign of vitriolic racist and sexist abuse against the Ghostbusters actor Leslie Jones.

Milo Yiannopoulos, a British columnist with the rightwing website Breitbart, was permanently barred from Twitter after Jones quit the network on Tuesday in response to a wave of abusive tweets, which she said left her in “a personal hell”.

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