UTLA Statement on Digital Violence

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Digital Violence

In light of recent posts from UTLA that highlight the need to uplift and support Black Lives in our schools and the Black Lives Matter movement, UTLA, its elected officers and staff have been subjected to digital intimidation and violence. This is unacceptable. This is not just ‘trolling.’ This is more serious and has long-lasting impacts on the health, safety and well-being of the people being targeted. UTLA will remove comments that promote digital violence, which includes: 

•Cyber Harassment: Through online technology, intentionally targeting someone with behavior that is meant to alarm, annoy, provoke, torment or terrorize them. Course of conduct which threatens, intimidates, or puts a person in fear of their safety. It is unwanted, unwelcomed and uninvited behavior that demeans, threatens or offends and results in a hostile environment for the person receiving it. 

•Cyber Abuse: Behavior that uses technology to threaten, intimidate, harass or humiliate someone — with the intent to hurt them socially, psychologically or even physically. Also known as Online Abuse.

•Online Defamation / Cyber libel: When the internet is used as tool to defame individual or entity. Slander conducted over digital media, defamation in cyberspace. False & damaging statements made through internet based connections, such as social media, email, blogs, message boards, chatrooms and websites.

•Doxxing: Researching and broadcasting private or personally identifiable information. Posting documents that identify a person for purpose of opening them up to danger. Crowdsources the threat of possible violence. Popular tactic against political organizers/activist communities.

The above definitions were written and compiled by @AF3IRM. Used with permission.