Internet Hate Machine

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Bridget Todd explains how bad actors use the internet to target and silence marginalized people, especially Black women. Excluding them from discourse and desensitizing us to sexist, racist attacks makes us all less safe. Bridget talks with people who have been the targets of coordinated attacks, activists who are fighting back, and experts to help break down the deliberate agenda behind it.

Episode Date
Part One: The Online & Real Life Harassment of Marginalized Elected Officials

In the first installment of this two part episode, we’re joined by journalist and comedian Francesca Fiorentini to talk through the midterm elections and how online harassment keeps women from succeeding in elected office.

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Nov 23, 2022
Leslie Jones: How Milo Yiannopoulos Weaponized A Ghostbusters Remake

We're joined by Prop, host of Hood Politics, to discuss the targeted Twitter hate campaign led by Milo Yiannopoulos against comedian & SNL alum Leslie Jones, that stemmed from her casting in the 2016 Ghostbusters remake.

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Nov 16, 2022
Bonus Episode - RIP Twitter: Elon Musk Blows Up Twitter Verification

This past week demonstrated what happens when you let just anybody buy verification on Twitter.

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Nov 12, 2022
What Elon Musk Could Learn from the #EndFathersDay Hoax

We’re joined by Joelle Monique to revisit the 4chan hoax #EndFathersDay and what it says about impersonation as a destabilization tactic on Twitter. 

Mikki Kendall's Guardian piece about starting #SolidarityIsforWhiteWomen:

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Nov 09, 2022
Bonus Episode - Pelosi’s Attacker Credits GamerGate with His Radicalization

Dr. Joan Donavan, research director of Harvard’s Technology and Social Change Research Project at the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics & Public Policy and coauthor of the new book Meme Wars: The Untold Story of the Online Battles Upending Democracy in America, charts how the impact of GamerGate is still shaping our political landscape today. 

Check out Dr. Donavan’s book MEME WARS:

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Nov 07, 2022
DongleGate: The Online Harassment Campaign Against Adria Richards

Most people recall GamerGate, but fewer are familiar with DongleGate, the coordinated online harassment campaign against a Black woman tech worker named Adria Richards that happened in 2013. Bridget charts the story of Adria Richards and why it still matters today.

The Hacker News post from the fired PlayHaven employee:

Amanda Blum's blog post about the fallout from DongleGate:

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Nov 02, 2022
What is the ‘Internet Hate Machine?’

Black women are sometimes called “canaries in the coal mine” for online harms. On this preview of Internet Hate Machine, Bridget Todd charts how harm against Black women online has led to our current social and political landscape.

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Oct 26, 2022
Introducing: Internet Hate Machine

Our social media platforms are being used to silence marginalized people, disrupt our democracy, and keep all of us more fearful and polarized than ever. Bridget Todd chronicles how our current social and political hellscape started with attacks on Black women that went overlooked. And what we can do to fight back.

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Oct 19, 2022