These are external links and will open in a new window. A woman in a domestic violence situation managed to call without the perpetrator realising, by pretending to order a pizza. Officers in Oregon city, Ohio, praised the caller's quick thinking, which led to the alleged abuser being arrested.
This tactic for subtly calling the emergency services has been internet lore for years, but this is a rare confirmed case of it being effective. Officials have previously warned that the strategy is not guaranteed to work, as dispatchers are not trained to recognise a pizza order as a genuine call for help. The dispatcher who answered the call, Tim Teneyck, told local news station 13 ABC he initially thought the woman had dialled an incorrect number.
When she insisted she was through to the right person, he realised what was happening - partly because he had seen similar scenarios being shared on social media. They've told me they wouldn't have picked up on this. Later in the call, the woman found creative ways to answer Mr Teneyck's yes or no questions about how much danger she and her mother were in, and what services they needed.
It is unclear where exactly the idea originated, but a very similar scenario was used in a campaign by the Norwegian Women's Shelter Association in Four years later, in Maya user on discussion website Reddit claiming to be a operator described a domestic abuse victim calling to order a pizza. They wrote that the call "started out pretty dumb, but was actually pretty serious" - before describing a conversation similar to the one Mr Tenyck had.
A few months later a number of news sites reported on the Reddit post, and in it was even turned into a Super Bowl ad addressing domestic abuse. The scenario later became a viral "public service announcement" on social media, with one Facebook post making the unsubstantiated claim that "dispatchers are trained" to recognise the pizza call as a call for help, and to ask specific questions. This claim was debunked last year. Christopher Carver, the dispatch centre operations director for the National Emergency Number Association in the US, told the Associated Press that police are not trained to listen out for any specific code words or scenarios.
But the "Text to " service is not available in all US locations, and is not functioning in Oregon city in Ohio. Mr Carver did say that dispatchers would not hang up on a caller.
The priority, he added, is for callers to let the dispatcher know their location. People who need to make a discreet call to - the UK's emergency services number - can do so using the British police's "silent solution" system. A caller who is unable to speak can key in the number 55 to silently inform officers that they are experiencing a genuine emergency. US domestic abuse victim pretends to order pizza to alert 22 November Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The woman managed to give the dispatcher her address and answer questions by pretending to order a pizza file picture A woman in a domestic violence situation managed to call without the perpetrator realising, by pretending to order a pizza.
The unnamed woman told local media her mum was being attacked at the time. More on this story. Russian domestic violence: Women fight back. Stalkerware: The software that spies on your partner.These are external links and will open in a new window. Social news site Reddit is in virtual lockdown in protest over the sacking of popular employee Victoria Taylor. Ms Taylor oversaw the "Ask Me Anything" AMA section of the site that interviewed celebrities, politicians and other newsworthy figures.
About chat sections, or sub-reddits, that together have millions of readers are believed to have been shut. Reddit's only comment about the issue has been to say that it did not talk about "individual employee matters".
The protests were led by the volunteer moderators of the AMA section, which said in an explanatory posting that they needed Ms Taylor to keep the sub-reddit functioning. Ms Taylor helped organise guests for AMAs and worked to verify that people due to answer questions were who they said they were.
Later on, protesters said the chat rooms were closed "due to underlying resentment against the admins for running the site poorly". Reddit staff were "being uncommunicative, and disregarding the thousands of moderators who keep the site running", they said.
Ms Taylor said she was "dazed" by the swiftness of her departure in a very brief response to a message asking her about the sacking. The protest follows another "Reddit revolt" that took place in June when the site decided to ban some sub-reddits it said were involved in harassing and abusing people in real life.
Reddit is one of the most widely used sites on the web with more than 7. Reddit in uproar after staff sacking 3 July Image copyright Reddit Image caption Many of Reddit's most popular chat rooms have been shut in the protest Social news site Reddit is in virtual lockdown in protest over the sacking of popular employee Victoria Taylor.
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Who uses Reddit in the UK?These are external links and will open in a new window. Social website Reddit has banned a controversial subreddit dedicated to "involuntarily celibate" men, known as incels. The 41,strong community was ostensibly a support group for men who wanted to have sex, but found themselves unable to form romantic relationships. Over time, the group became a repository of misogynistic abuse, rape threats and febrile discussion of "Chads" - men apparently not afflicted by incels' sexual insufficiency.
The move comes within three weeks of the website banning several other subsectionsmostly affiliated with the extreme right, for hosting "violent content". From Tuesday, users attempting to access the subreddit - a self-contained community on the Reddit website - were instead faced with a generic message announcing the ban. In the past week, threads featuring on the subreddit have ranged from overtly misogynistic, to violent, to self-pitying. In October, one member of the incel group reportedly impersonated a woman to ask another subreddit dedicated to legal advice "how rapists get caught".
Some posts on the forum have glorified Elliot Rodger, a man who killed six people in a California rampage after publishing a "manifesto" detailing his hatred of women. It is unclear if there was a specific incident which led to the subreddit's closure, but the ban came after some users discussed castrating another user's roommate. Reddit updated its policy on violent content in October. Discussing the changes, a Reddit administrator said existing rules governing violent content were too vague.
A Reddit spokesperson told The Guardian : "Communities focused on this content and users who post such content will be banned from the site. We strive to be a welcoming, open platform for all by trusting our users to maintain an environment that cultivates genuine conversation. Historically, Reddit has tolerated publication of content which is offensive or discriminatory in the name of free speech.
But in recent years a number of high-profile subreddits have been banned, though a number of highly controversial communities remain. The community had been a key discussion forum for members of the far right. In Novembera subreddit dedicated to discussion of the false Pizzagate conspiracy theory was also prohibited.
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Politics Home Parliaments Brexit.These are external links and will open in a new window. The new chief executive of enormous community news and chat site Reddit will be a familiar name to its veteran users - Steve Huffman, aka Spez, co-founded it in Almost immediately he took part in an "Ask Me Anything" AMA session on the site to discuss Reddit's future with its m monthly users, known as Redditors, after a tumultous few months. Reddit had been led by Ellen Pao, herself a controversial figure in Silicon Valley following a high profile gender discrimination case against a former employer, which she lost.
On Ms Pao's watch a popular member of staff, AMA coordinator Victoria Taylor, was sacked, resulting in moderators bringing popular parts of the site to a standstill in protest.
Ellen Pao also oversaw the closure of five forums, known as subreddits, on the grounds of harrassment one was called "fatpeoplehate", which hadsubscribers, while others encouraged homophobic or racist criticism and faced accusations of censorship as a result. Mr Huffman promised more transparent moderation of the website but ruled out reversing Ellen Pao's decisions.
In keeping with the nature of the community, the online response to the site's announcement was mixed. Some were wary: "If there's a new CEO, but nothing's different What changed? Others were cynical: "Present new CEO as the solution everybody wants while probably keeping all the same people making actual decisions," wrote RetardedSquirrel.
While some had helpful advice for the new boss to help him fit in: "every other Saturday, we all post pictures of ourselves in penguin costumes. It's a thing now," wrote Lolzergrush it probably isn't. In that time she oversaw some very unpopular changes at the site.
Could she possibly have been the architect of it all in such a short space of time? He didn't express any sympathy for his predecessor, however, despite her being subjected to a level of online abuse from some Redditors that board member Sam Altman branded "sickening". He went on to say that creating a "clear content policy" detailing exactly what would be considered unacceptable across the site was one of his biggest priorities.
Censorship is perhaps a strong term. What Mr Huffman has committed to is a more transparent mode of operation, in which the site's users might be able to see what has been removed, or why. Some sort of 'garbage can' or something," he wrote. Some users complained they had been caught up in the site's practice of "shadowbanning" - an attempt to get rid of spammers by banning accounts without warning.
Mr Huffman said it "sucks" but that moderators need better tools - and users need to behave themselves. However, she was let go for specific reasons, which I obviously will not share, and we will stand by that decision. Since they can't climb stairs, you can easily get away from them long enough to figure out how to drown them. Related Topics Social media. More on this story. Reddit's Ellen Pao resigns after community's criticism.
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Social media site Reddit has suffered a data breach, but has refused to disclose its scale. The site said it discovered in June that hackers compromised several employees' accounts to gain access to databases and logs. They were able to obtain usernames and corresponding email addresses - information that could make it possible to link activity on the site to real identities.
The hackers were also able to access encrypted passwords from a separate database of credentials from Reddit said it would inform those affected by the loss of historic data, but would not be getting in touch with those impacted by the potentially much larger breach - a decision which has baffled prominent, independent security researchers. People should be made aware of this and contacted individually. Prof Alan Woodward from the University of Surrey said Reddit should be doing more to protect its users.
It authenticated access with a text message-based two-factor authentication system. In other words, when staff logged in, they had confirm their identity by entering a code sent to them via text message. He said the company has taken measures to make its systems more secure.
The first related to old user data - from May - that contained usernames, email addresses and encrypted passwords. On Wednesday Reddit began informing users who may be included in this dataset.
But it's the second part of the breach which could affect a far larger amount of people, and may have serious consequences for those who use Reddit under a pseudonym. These logs contained every email digest sent out over the day period. These users are not being directly informed by the company.
Speaking to The AtlanticReddit co-founder Steve Huffman said: "When people detach from their real-world identities, they can be more authentic, more true to themselves. Not all users receive the email digest, but for those signing up in the US, the feature is switched on by default. Its global user base is m - similar to Twitter. When asked by the BBC, a spokesperson for Reddit refused to share any estimate for how many users may be affected. Nor would the person provide a figure for how many users were receiving the email digest at the time of the breach.
The company also did not respond to a follow up question asking for more details on how it plans to inform users directly about the risk.
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