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01/07/2019 16:17:26  

After Angie Thomas requested that she not be tagged into negative reviews of her books on social media, she has received a torrent of abuse

History has yet to find the book that is universally adored – or the author who enjoys reading bad reviews. While Angie Thomas has topped the charts and scooped up armloads of awards for her two young adult novels, The Hate U Give and On the Come Up, her recent request that book bloggers stop sending her their negative reviews saw her on the receiving end of a wave of vitriol.

Thomas wasn’t asking reviewers to stop writing bad reviews. She was just asking that they didn’t give her a prod on Twitter or Instagram to tell her about it.

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28/06/2019 17:17:13  

Milena Bertolini’s team face the Netherlands in the quarter-finals on Saturday and the country is beginning to appreciate the women’s game once more

In 2015, a senior Italian football official dismissed female players as a “bunch of lesbians”. Felice Belloli, who was speaking during a meeting to discuss funding in women’s football, was forced to resign as head of the National Amateur League after his comments unleashed a torrent of criticism in Italy and beyond.

Coupled with the national team’s fourth consecutive failure to reach a World Cup finals which got underway in Canada a few weeks later, the episode signalled the lowest ebb for women’s football in a country where in the 1970s and 80s it had enjoyed increasing popularity. But it also marked a turning point after propelling Milena Bertolini, the current coach of the women’s national team, to put her head above the parapet. Bertolini, who at the time was president of the Reggio Emilia Foundation of Sport, edited a book called “Giocare con le tette” (“Playing with tits”). The bold title caused embarrassment and the book was mostly ignored by the media, but its publication in the wake of the debacle broke the silence on sexism within football, forcing the higher echelons of the Italian Football Federation (Figc) to take note, while challenging stereotypes across wider Italian society.

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27/06/2019 19:16:45  

Leona O’Neill has become subject of hate campaign after witnessing McKee’s death

Twitter and Facebook have said they will take action over an online hate campaign directed at a journalist who saw her colleague Lyra McKee shot dead in Northern Ireland.

Twitter, Facebook and YouTube had all been accused of failing to act to protect Leona O’Neill, who has been subjected to a torrent of abuse from conspiracy theorists and internet trolls after witnessing her friend being killed by a New IRA gunman in April. The abuse included accusations she had made up her account and even that she was responsible for the killing.

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25/06/2019 11:16:35  

The Trump administration is notoriously biased towards Israel, and its $50bn offer to Palestinians pointedly avoids land rights

In the toxic history of the enduring conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, the Palestinians have often been accused of “never missing an opportunity to miss an opportunity”. This familiar charge has been repeated in the runup to an extraordinary event taking place in the Gulf state of Bahrain, convened by the US and starting on Tuesday.

The Manama “workshop” – downgraded from “conference” to lower already rock-bottom expectations – is designed to discuss the “Peace to Prosperity” plan unveiled by the White House on Saturday. The document, the result of two years’ work by Jared Kushner, Donald Trump’s son-in-law, has already been subject to a torrent of undiplomatic abuse. Palestinians have made clear that they will not attend Manama – apart from the odd businessman prepared to defy a broad national consensus that unusually unites Mahmoud Abbas’s Palestinian Authority in Ramallah and the Hamas rulers of the Gaza Strip.

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23/06/2019 17:16:12  

I was traumatised after a verbal assault on a train journey. When my abuser was convicted the weight lifted off my shoulders

One afternoon last month I boarded a train in Liverpool en route to Newcastle to take part in some writing events. I was sitting in a pre-booked seat. Nearby a man was blaring out loud music. A train conductor walked by and told the man to switch his music off, but shortly afterwards he turned his music up again. I then asked if he could turn the volume down as it was giving me a migraine.

The man responded with a torrent of racist abuse: “Do you have a British passport? Get back on the banana boat. Paki cunt! Fuck off!” He continued to racially abuse me throughout the journey, berating “strange people” who “come over here on banana boats”. There was a whole carriage of witnesses.

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20/06/2019 13:15:57  

It’s 30 years since the release of the Seattle band’s debut album, Bleach. Over the rest of their short career, Kurt Cobain and co would belt out a torrent of classics

Along with Mudhoney’s Sweet Young Thing Ain’t Sweet No More, Nirvana’s second single defined the initial sound of grunge: deeply unfashionable early-70s heavy rock refracted through a punk lens, where sludgy riffs met Ramones-ish third wall breaking (“here is another word that rhymes with shame”) and a coda so repetitious it sounded as if the record were stuck.

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19/06/2019 06:15:15  

An anonymous ‘fan’ has made a new edit of the Marvel hit with less women, less feelings, less male hugging and less entertainment

Like me, you probably hated Avengers: Endgame because it contained too many components that you ideologically oppose. Like women, for instance. And homosexuality. And feelings. And women. God, women, yuck.

So it gives me enormous relief to inform you that someone has fixed Avengers: Endgame for good. An anonymous internet user has re-edited Endgame and posted it to torrent sites under the new – and, if anything, catchier – title Avengers Endgame De-Feminized Edit AKA Anti-Cheese-Cut.

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15/06/2019 11:14:46  

The photo of me and my date went viral after our attack – but only as we’re white, feminine and cisgender. Sympathy and action must be for all

On 7 June, characters from distant chapters of my life decided that my sudden trajectory into the headlines was an opportune time to reintroduce themselves, sending a torrent of misguided good vibes alongside the picture, asking had I seen it. Had I seen it? Had I seen it? Of course I had, as soon as it was taken.

Related: London bus attack: fifth arrest after homophobic assault

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12/06/2019 18:14:14  

France: Bouhaddi, Torrent, Mbock, Renard, Majri, Bussaglia, Henry, Diani, Thiney, Le Sommer, Gauvin

Norway: Hjelmseth, Moe Wold, Mjelde, Thorisdottir, Minde, Sævik, Bøe Risa, Engen, Reiten, Graham, Herlovsen

Hello. I believe in 13-0! I believe in 13-0! I believe in 13-0! Ok, maybe not this evening. This one’s unlikely to be a horrible mismatch. France were quick, slick and strong in their opening game against South Korea, but the hosts will face a stern test against the tough Norwegians, who made light of the absence of Ada Hegerberg demonstrating their threat with a thumping 3-0 win over Nigeria. This one could decide who wins Group A and it promises to be tight, tense and thoroughly entertaining, which is exactly what I deserve after sitting through Argentina 0-0 Japan the other day.

Kick-off: 8pm BST, 9pm CET.

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07/06/2019 20:13:25  

A trickle of misinformation about Labor policy became a torrent on Facebook as the campaign unfolded. A Guardian investigation has tracked the course of the death tax scare, revealing alarming implications for Australian democracy

The Labor MP Meryl Swanson remembers Easter Saturday for two reasons: Chris Bowen came to town to launch her campaign for re-election in the seat of Paterson, and it was the first day she realised people thought Labor would implement a death tax if Bill Shorten won the election.

News about the death tax misinformation reached her via two active branch members, people she describes as older but “digitally literate”. The duo brought copies of material circulating on Facebook to her market stall on that Saturday.

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28/05/2019 07:09:41  

The companies behind the movies "Singularity," "Once Upon a Time in Venice," "Mechanic: Resurrection," "The Hitman's Bodyguard," "I Feel Pretty," "Boyka: Undisputed" and "Hunter Killer," accuse the alleged operators of YIFYMovies.is and YTS.am of inducing and contributing to massive piracy. From a report: "Plaintiffs bring this action to stop the massive piracy of their motion pictures brought on by websites under the collective names YIFY and YTS and their users," it reads. The case was filed last month but has thus far remained under the radar. The names of the alleged site operators are not known. They are referred to as Doe 1 and Doe 2 respectively. "Defendants DOE 1 and DOE 2 cause harm to Plaintiffs' business within this District by diverting customers in this District to unauthorized Internet based content distribution services through, at least, the websites yifymovies.is and yts.ag." Both sites operate differently. YTS.ag, which now uses the YTS.am domain name, is a torrent site and by far the most popular of the two. YIFYMovies.is, on the other hand, allows users to stream content directly on the site. The movie companies accuse both site operators of intentional inducement of copyright infringement as well as contributory copyright infringement.

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24/05/2019 23:09:56  

There were stark differences between the messages of the two main parties, and as it turns out, only one hit the right buttons

Contemptible. Stupid. Dipshits. Morons. Fools and worse.

While there were patches of dissent, rural seats largely stuck with the Coalition in last week’s election, and the torrent of abuse for country people on social media was predictable.

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19/05/2019 09:29:36  

All of a sudden, he’s gone far beyond mere ‘bababababa’ and ‘plpplpplpplp’

After 10 months of patient silence, this week saw an explosion in my son’s vocabulary, as his wayward mash of vowels and consonants gave way to a torrent of altogether more defined syllables. This will come as no surprise to anyone familiar with his earlier work. Few who heard his first releases, babababababa or plpplpplpplpplpplp could doubt he was one to watch, and his dadadada earned golden opinions from those who heard within it the freshness of German new wave troubadours Trio, only with the arch and knowing delivery of a young Alan Bennett.

Since he was slow to crawl, and still has no teeth, we’ve taken the fact that he’s babbling a little earlier than his playmates as a sign that he is destined for a life of the mind. ‘What use is a full head of teeth anyway?’ we ask ourselves. Let lesser children pursue a career in competitive eating, a life of Crunchie bars. By the time he’s six our son may still be toothless, but he’ll also be doing speaking tours for his second biography of Lord Liverpool, and presenting one of those moderately dumbed down history programmes on BBC2 – the kind that only get made if the presenter agrees to do at least one or two interstitial segments dressed in period costume.

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