How the First Text Made the World a Better Place

Tue Dec 20, 2016

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December 3rd, 1992. An engineer named Neil Papworth sits down at his computer and composes a simple message. A few buildings over, a Vodaphone executive named Richard Jarvis relaxes at his office Christmas party. He glances down at the glowing green screen of his Orbital 901 handset.

“Merry Christmas,” he reads.

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Introducing… Sift Ninja!

Mon Dec 12, 2016

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Shhh… it’s a secret to everybody. (Or at least, it was a secret to many before this post!)

Today we’re excited to tell you about the official debut of our new product: Sift Ninja!

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Community Sift Achieves kidSAFE+ Certification for its COPPA Settings to Protect Kids Social Apps

Fri Nov 04, 2016

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Big news! Community Sift, our risk classification tool designed to protect social platforms from trolls, cyberbullying, and abuse, is excited to announce that its COPPA Settings have been certified COPPA compliant by the kidSAFE + COPPA-Certified Seal Program!

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Why Does COPPA Compliance Matter?

Wed Oct 05, 2016

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Every day we’re inundated with news stories about how to keep kids safe, both in the real world and online. It’s overwhelming. It’s exhausting. Above all, it’s terrifying.

Are we fated to let our children wander in some lawless, retrograde technological? How do we protect them? Are there safe spaces, or is the internet – and social media in particular – the 21st-century version of the Wild West?

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How To Prevent Offensive Images From Appearing in Your Social Platform

Thu Sep 29, 2016

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If you manage a social platform like an Instagram or a Tumblr, you’ll inevitably face the task of having to remove offensive UGC (user-generated content) from your website, game, or app.

At first, this is simple, with only the occasional inappropriate image or three to remove. Since it seems like such a small issue, you just delete the offending images as needed. However, as your user base grows, so does the % of users who refuse to adhere to your terms of use.

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Can Community Sift Outperform Google Jigsaw’s Conversation AI in the War on Trolls?

Mon Sep 26, 2016

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There are some problems in the world that everyone should be working on, like creating a cure for cancer and ensuring that everyone in the world has access to clean drinking water.

On the internet, there is a growing epidemic of child exploitative content, and it is up to us as digital service providers to protect users from illegal and harmful content. Another issue that’s been spreading is online harassment — celebrities, journalists, game developers, and many others face an influx of hate speech and destructive threats on a regular basis.

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Using Kindness to Grow Healthy Online Communities

Mon Aug 08, 2016

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For every 28 articles published on bullying, only one is published on kindness. Does this strike you as odd?

It gets weirder. Let’s operate on the assumption that kindness is the antithesis of bullying. Studies have found that friendly teachers and welcoming learning environments result in less bullying.

Makes sense. And yet, when it comes to changing bad behavior, the bulk of our efforts continue to focus on the problem instead of the solution. Are we going about this all wrong?

A lot of very smart people have been asking themselves that very question. Allow me to introduce you to a little-known, up-and-coming field of psychology called — you guessed it…

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From Brexit to Bulbasaur – On the Evolution of Language

Fri Aug 05, 2016

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There is something magical at the heart of language, isn’t there? At the intersection of noun, verb, and clause exists endless creativity and invention. Language encourages the artist in all of us. We are more connected now than ever before, and we as individuals are shaping language to fit our needs, whether we’re busy texters, meme creators, or blog commenters. If we’re online, we are using language in unique ways. We reconstruct language every day.

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How to Remove Online Hate Speech in Under 24 Hours

Tue Jul 05, 2016

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In the last few weeks, the major players in social media came together as a united front with a pact to remove hate speech within 24 hours. Facebook defines hate speech as “content that attacks people based on their perceived or actual race, ethnicity, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, disability or disease.” Hate speech is a serious issue, as it shapes the core beliefs of people all over the globe.

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Closing Our Seed Round at $1.6M With iNovia Capital

Tue Jun 28, 2016

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Today we are proud to announce the closing of our $1.6M Seed round. iNovia Capital led the financing, and will be working with us through our next stage of growth to support our mission of eliminating cyberbullying from the social web.

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Freedom of Speech != Freedom From Accountability

Thu Apr 14, 2016

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We believe freedom of speech can be a positive force, especially when used with a level of care and respect for others. Realistically, we don’t live in a world where people will always be sweet and happy like Teletubbies. People are not always going to be kind to each other, and everyone is bound to have a bad day…

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Tackling Toxicity in Online Gaming Communities

Fri Apr 01, 2016

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The gaming industry is making a breakthrough.

For most of its history, internet gaming has been one big free-for-all. Users have seen little reprieve from the pervasive theme of hostility, particularly within anonymous environments.

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Two Hat Selected for Ready to Rocket 2016

Tue Mar 01, 2016

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We are pleased and honoured to announce that Community Sift has been selected for the 2016 Ready To Rocket report.

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A Parade of Kindness in Pink Shirts

Wed Feb 24, 2016

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Bullying is a huge issue for kids around the world. All around the globe, you’ll read stories like

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