The Cybertraps Compendium — March 22-28, 2021

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The Cybertraps Compendium — March 22-28, 2021

New Episodes on “The Cybertraps Podcast“:

25 March 2021: [TCP Episode 27] Marc Netka — Nothing Is New

22 March 2021: [TCP Episode 26] TCP Live — Social Media and the School Community

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Headlines of Interest

Set out below are some of the headlines that I’ve added to my Cybertraps research files during the past week. Book titles with links are available for purchase on; the other titles are forthcoming. If you have any questions about any of these stories, please leave a message on the Questions and Audience Feedback page for “The Cybertraps Podcast.”

Cybertraps for All of Us

27 March 2021: “Call centre giant will use webcams to ensure staff working from home are not eating, looking at their phones or leaving their desks while on duty” (Daily Mail [UK])

25 March 2021: “Lawmakers press Big Tech CEOs on speech responsibility” (The Boston Globe)

25 March 2021: “Anyone with an iPhone can now make deepfakes. We aren’t ready for what happens next.” (The Washington Post)

24 March 2021: “Employees share their VERY embarrassing email fails – from accidentally sharing links to porn to CCing in 150 staff on a termination notice” (Daily Mail [UK])

24 March 2021: “The hidden fingerprint inside your photos” (BBC)

24 March 2021: “Zuckerberg suggests ‘thoughtful reform’ of Section 230 – big tech’s liability shield – and says platforms should have to prove they have systems in place to identify and remove unlawful content” (Daily Mail [UK])

24 March 2021: “Facebook and Twitter must do more to fight anti-vaccine misinformation, a dozen state attorneys general demand'” (The Washington Post)

23 March 2021: “Why it will be years before robot butlers take over your household chores” (The Washington Post)

23 March 2021: “Facebook cultivates responsible digital citizens by offering educational programmes and awareness campaign” (Marketing)

23 March 2021: “Facebook fails in bid to derail $15 billion privacy suit” (The Economic Times)

22 March 2021: “Facebook Outlines its Evolving Efforts to Combat Misinformation Ahead of New Investigation” (Social Media Today)

22 March 2021: “Social media and COVID-19 vaccine cards don’t mix, and here’s why” (WLNS)

22 March 2021: “Thanks to covid-19, the age of biometric surveillance is here” (The Washington Post)

22 March 2021: “Facebook took down 1.3 billion fake accounts in three months” (New York Post)

Cybertraps for Educators 2.0

27 March 2021: [England] “SARAH VINE: Sadly, there’s no hate law to protect burly lads from Batley” (Daily Mail [UK])

25 March 2021: [AZ] “AN OPEN SECRET: Valley teacher on leave after several students share inappropriate messages” (KPNX)

25 March 2021: [England] “Female teacher who had sex with pupil, 16, after grooming him with X-rated pics sobs as she’s spared jail” (The Sun)

25 March 2021: [LA] “Former Lockport principal arrested for allegedly having sex with teenage boy” (WVUE)

25 March 2021: [WV] “Judge dismisses fired teacher’s lawsuit against state superintendent” (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

24 March 2021: [AL] “Former teacher who argued Alabama’s no sex with students law was unconstitutional pleads guilty” (Huntsville Real-Time News)

24 March 2021: [FL] “Immokalee HS teacher, coach arrested after inappropriate contact with students” (WINK)

23 March 2021: [SC] “Charleston Co. teacher assistant placed on leave while social media comments investigated” (WISTV)

23 March 2021: [TX] “Firing of Fort Worth teacher who tweeted Trump about ‘illegal students’ upheld by court'” (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)

22 March 2021: [England] “Tommy Robinson secretly recorded interviews with school staff in bid to win his libel battle with boy he accused of violence against young girls, High Court hears” (Daily Mail [UK])

22 March 2021: [Wales] “Teacher is banned from classroom for two years over blog that said the girls ‘look like Eastern European prostitutes and trans-human Kardashian clones’ and boys snorted cocaine at end-of-year prom” (Daily Mail [UK])

Cybertraps for Expecting Moms & Dads

24 March 2021: [England] “‘I was worried about admitting I was bottle-feeding’: Kate Ferdinand reveals she kept decision not to breastfeed son Cree secret due to ‘pressure’ on women” (Daily Mail [UK])

22 March 2021: [CA] “Shocking moment a bull elephant charges at a man and his two-year-old daughter after he risked their lives breaking in to a zoo enclosure so he could pose for pictures” (Daily Mail [UK])

Cybertraps for First Responders

22 March 2021: [PA] “Article on local police officers prompts discussions about tightening social media policies” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

22 March 2021: [PA] “Pittsburgh-area cops’ posts to private Facebook group show hostility, hate” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

22 March 2021: [England] “Police force chief says sorry after ‘endorsing’ tweet blaming officers for Bristol riots” (Daily Mail [UK])

Cybertraps for Health Care Professionals

25 March 2021: [CA] “George Tyndall: $843.4M settlement reached in lawsuits over ex-USC gynecologist” [KTTV]

Cybertraps for Librarians

Sign Indicating a Slow Week

Cybertraps for Public Figures

27 March 2021: [MI] “Michigan GOP leader calls top Democrats ‘witches,’ jokes about assassination of Republicans” (The Washington Post)

27 March 2021: [United States] “USA Today’s ‘race and inclusion editor’ is fired for wrongly tweeting that the Boulder shooter was ‘an angry white man’ – but she claims SHE is the victim of ‘alt-right twitter'” (Daily Mail [UK])

26 March 2021: [Australia] “‘Disgraceful’: PM forces Liberal MP to apologise to women he trolled on Facebook” (The Sydney Morning Herald)

26 March 2021: [England] “Thierry Henry announces he’s QUITTING social media ‘until Instagram and Twitter’s people in power regulate their toxic platform’ in stand against ‘mental torture’ from unchecked racism and bullying” (Daily Mail [UK])

25 March 2021: [DC] “Rep. Pat Fallon claimed SPLC listed 2 veterans organizations as ‘hate groups.’ His source? A satirical news blog.” (The Washington Post)

25 March 2021: [England] “Councillor calls rival ‘you silly girl’ during Zoom meeting after forgetting his mic is on – and now has to attend equality training” (Daily Mail [UK])

24 March 2021: [DC] “Republicans set to quiz tech CEOs on election misinformation tweeted themselves” (The Washington Post)

24 March 2021: [CA] “Chrissy Teigen deletes Twitter account, says goodbye to her followers” (New York Post)

23 March 2021: [Poland] “Polish writer faces three years in jail for calling the country’s president a ‘moron’ on Facebook” (Daily Mail [UK])

22 March 2021: [Global] “Elon Musk ‘fills the gap left behind by Donald Trump’ as Twitter’s most controversial public figure, expert claims” (Daily Mail [UK])

22 March 2021: [Australia] “Disgusting claims political staffers filmed themselves performing lewd acts on the desks of female MPs in Parliament House and brought in prostitutes and ‘rent boys’ for politicians to have sex with in prayer rooms” (Daily Mail [UK])

22 March 2021: [Global] “Meet the Christian Instagram star who calls out celebrity pastors for their VERY pricey wardrobe items including a $9.6K Supreme jacket, $7.2K Air Jordans and $5.6K Yeezy high-tops on his ‘Preachers N Sneakers’ account” (Daily Mail [UK])

22 March 2021: [IL] “Gannett’s Asbury Park Press runs photo caption of ‘f–king hot nurse’” (New York Post)

Cybertraps for Spouses, Partners & Lovers

25 March 2021: [Global] “My boyfriend ‘likes’ many pictures of women in bikinis” (The Boston Globe)

22 March 2021: [PA] “Detective divorcing wife after she was seen in videos at US Capitol riot with other man” (New York Post)

21 March 2021: [England] “Teenager was fined for reporting stalker to police five times before he murdered her” (The Mirror)

Cybertraps for the Young

28 March 2021: [England] “Police say sexual abuse is rife in both private AND state schools as major Whitehall investigation is launched into ‘rape culture’ scandal engulfing classrooms” (Daily Mail [UK])

26 March 2021: [England] “We were victims of private school rape culture – and won’t be silent any more: In a devastating expose, two brave ex-pupils reveal the sexual harassment that shames Britain’s citadels of privilege” (Daily Mail [UK])

26 March 2021: [TX] “School districts warn of online traffickers as remote learning continues” (KVEO)

25 March 2021: [MA] “High school student in Quincy targeted with ‘pro-rape speech’ online” (The Boston Globe)

24 March 2021: [England] “Teen suffers severe burns after iPhone charger allegedly catches fire on bed” (New York Post)

24 March 2021: [Global] “Quirky trend is taking TikTok by storm” (New York Post)

24 March 2021: [Global] “Instagram is making a kids’ app. Here’s what parents need to know about social media Jr.” (The Washington Post)

23 March 2021: [England] “‘Racist’ schoolboy who stabbed teacher before Facebook brag deemed ‘suitable’ for release” (The Mirror)

22 March 2021: [Global] “Young individuals are being hated more on social media” (Digital Information World)

22 March 2021: [Global] “Neo-Nazis using social media to recruit young people” (Anadolu Agency)

22 March 2021: [Global] “Teen terrorism inspired by social media is on the rise. Here’s what we need to do.” (NBC News)

22 March 2021: [Global] “Sex trafficked on Facebook: Victim reveals how predator sent her friend request, lured her at age 15 with promise of modeling job – then raped her and forced her to have sex with paying strangers” (Daily Mail [UK])

22 March 2021: [Global] “Jocks and frat boys more likely than other men in college to visit ‘slut pages’ and post nude images without consent” (The Conversation)

22 March 2021: [England] “Grammar school boys face probe over ‘sex slurs and gang rape references’ made during live Instagram broadcast – after complaints from nearby girls school” (Daily Mail [UK])

22 March 2021: [IA] “Benton Community student facing backlash over racist social media post” (KCRG)

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