The downside of going viral with your programming joke

The Stack Overflow Podcast

Emily Kager is an Android developer for open source Firefox browsers and self-described wannabe internet comedienne. She recently posted a skit on Tik Tok about what it would be like if other industries conducted job interviews the way they are done in the software industry. The joke went viral, but shortly after she was dealing with a wave of cruel and violent comments.

That skit made it to the front page of Reddit, and was soon seen across the internet. It's nice to make people laugh, but following the surge of interest, Emily also had to deal with severe harassment and cyber stalking. She wrote a piece about the experience which you can find here.

In this episode, we discuss how moderation can be improved and the work that remains to be done to make the software industry feel safe and inclusive for everyone.

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