Romance book of the year shocker, Richard’s DNA spurs infidelity questions, social media harassment rises to the Supreme Court
According to court papers, after Pennsylvania’s Anthony Elonis’s wife and two children left him in 2010, he began posting violent threats about her on Facebook. Elonis was no angel before that: After sexually harassing two of his female co-workers, he went on to post a Facebook photo of himself holding a knife to a female coworker’s throat (taken at a Halloween event) with the caption “I wish.” He was fired the next day. . . .
The case would determine whether the US cyberstalking law Section 875(c) could be expanded to require proof of “subjective intent” to threaten. As the law currently stands, a person can face federal charges, up to five years in prison, and a $250,000 fine for threatening to injure someone over the internet, via telephone, or any other kind of interstate or international communication.
The Supreme Court decision in Elonis will be vital for determining how online harassment and threats are prosecuted going forward, specifically impacting cases like Gamergate, where the majority of the threats against female gamers were made in third-party message boards and on Twitter.
The new tools include a more mobile friendly and simpler reporting system for abusive tweets, which will require less information from users. The new tools will make it easier for those that observe abuse but aren’t receiving it directly to report abuse, Twitter said in a blog post.
The company has also made changes to its internal processes that will help it review reported tweets and accounts more quickly, it said.
The new tools don’t change the company rules around harassment and abuse, but make problem tweets easier for users and the company to respond to, it said. –The Independent
Their analysis shows that DNA passed down on the maternal side matches that of living relatives, but genetic information passed down on the male side does not. . . .
The instance of female infidelity, or cuckolding, could have occurred anywhere in the numerous generations that separate Richard III from the 5th Duke of Beaufort (1744-1803), whose living descendants provided samples of male-line DNA to be compared against that of the Plantagenet king. –BBC News