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The most hated woman on the Web?

They say that nothing is ever private in cyberspace. And even when you think you’re just carcking a joke, others may not agree with your sense of humour. Watch this to understand more:

In 2012, Lindsey Stone did something incredibly stupid. She posted a photo of herself to her personal Facebook page mocking a sign calling for “respect and silence” at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, where over 400,000 US soldiers are buried. She claimed afterward she intended it as a joke. Almost everyone else found it offensive, and quickly the image went viral.

Stone was inundated with outraged emails, Facebook messages and phone calls, some of which included death threats – and so was her company. She was fired from her job and left to pick up the pieces of her life. For Artsnight, Stone talks to author Jon Ronson, whose book So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed takes a look at people whose lives have been ruined because of ill-advised social media posts.


Bangladeshi Blogger Who Wrote on Site Promoting Secularism Is Killed

DHAKA, Bangladesh — A blogger who wrote for a website that promoted secularism was hacked to death on Tuesday by a group of four men, a police official said. It was the third fatal attack on a Bangladeshi blogger since February.

Four men chased the blogger, Ananta Bijoy Dash, through streets near his home in the northeastern city of Sylhet and attacked him, said Mohammad Rahamat Ullah, a police official in Sylhet. No arrests have been made, Mr. Ullah said.

The assailants walked away after the attack, leaving Mr. Dash’s body near a pond, Mr. Ullah said.

The attack was disturbingly familiar. Mr. Dash had written for Free Mind, a website that the Bangladeshi-American blogger Avijit Roy had moderated before being killed in February by machete-wielding assailants while leaving a book fair in Dhaka, the capital.

Five weeks after Mr. Roy’s death, another blogger, Oyasiqur Rhaman, was killed by three men with machetes in Dhaka. The deaths recalled the 2013 killing in Dhaka of the blogger Ahmed Rajib Haider.

Mr. Haider, Mr. Roy and Mr. Rhaman were all part of a movement known as Shahbag, which called for the death penalty for Islamist political leaders who were implicated in atrocities committed during Bangladesh’s 1971 war for independence from Pakistan. Young Islamic activists reacted with fury to the Shahbag movement. Read More