Category: Social media

Two Police Officers Are Fired Over Facebook Post Saying Ocasio-Cortez ‘Needs a Round’

Two police officers in Gretna, La., were fired on Monday, four days after one of them referred to Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as a “vile idiot” on social media and suggested that she should be shot. Chief Arthur Lawson of the Gretna Police Department announced the terminations, saying that Charles Rispoli, the officer who wrote the […]

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Why Has Language Changed So Much So Fast? ‘Because Internet’

Toward the end of “Because Internet: Understanding the New Rules of Language,” the linguist Gretchen McCulloch acknowledges a paradox at the heart of her book. On the one hand, books about usage tend to enshrine language in a set of rules, and woe to anyone who tries to break them. On the other, the “new […]

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Louisiana Police Officer on Facebook Says Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez ‘Needs a Round’

A Facebook post by a Louisiana police officer suggesting that Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez “needs a round” drew criticism on Sunday from officials in the city where he works. The officer, Charlie Rispoli, a 14-year veteran of the police department in Gretna, La., referred to Ms. Ocasio-Cortez, Democrat of New York, in a post on Thursday […]

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‘The Hate Is Real’: Black Georgia Lawmaker Says She Was Berated at Supermarket

A black member of Georgia’s House of Representatives said she had been the target of verbal harassment and had been told “go back where you came from” at a grocery store near Atlanta on Friday. In a video posted to her Facebook account, the representative, Erica Thomas, said she was “shocked” that a white man […]

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Soulja Boy’s Time In Jail Has Reportedly Led To Some Major Lifestyle Changes

Getty Image Soulja Boy was released from jail early after spending three months behind bars. While he was locked up, the rapper had a lot of time to reflect on his life. After taking time to reminisce, he reportedly decided it was time to make some major lifestyle changes. Soulja Boy is tightening his circle […]

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Michigan Beauty Queen Ousted Over ‘Offensive’ Twitter Posts, Officials Say

The tiara went to Kathy Zhu, but one day after she had been crowned Miss Michigan by the Miss World America organization, the beauty queen was stripped of her title. Racially and religiously charged comments Ms. Zhu had made on Twitter came to the attention of pageant organizers, who ruled that they violated the competition’s […]

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‘What You Gonna Do Phone the Police?’ London Police Twitter Is Hacked

For the Twitter feed of London’s Metropolitan Police, Friday seemed like an ordinary day. It announced some arrests. (Teenagers obstructing a road at a protest.) A man was jailed in a murder case (life, for killing a “friendly pensioner”). Then things started to go sideways. For about 40 minutes, the account spewed messages, some irreverent, […]

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Do You Have the Curiosity & Courage to Increase Your Empathy?

We need never agree with those who differ from us. We need never hug or love them. But gaining even the tiniest spark of insight into how they think and feel, into what might have led them here and why, can help us see each other not as cutout-paper saints and monsters or spare parts […]

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Will Hiding Like Counts Be Good for Instagram Users? Test Is Expanded to 6 More Countries

What would Instagram be like if people couldn’t see how many likes fellow users’ posts receive? Less competitive, less pressurized and more personal, Instagram surmises. The social media platform, which began testing that theory in May in Canada, this week expanded the experiment to include Instagram users in six more countries. As part of the […]

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How to build Reddit custom feeds (also known as ‘multis’) like a pro

Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff. Before I became a journalist, Reddit was my preferred source of information and entertainment. I didn’t use Twitter, I hardly got on Facebook, and I absolutely despised Snapchat. Then I started using […]

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FaceApp Lets You ‘Age’ a Photo by Decades. Does It Also Violate Your Privacy?

A developer could not have asked for better publicity. This week, two years after being widely panned for a filter that critics described as little more than “digital blackface,” FaceApp, a photo-altering smartphone app, found itself at the center of a popular social media challenge. A range of celebrities had been using the app’s age […]

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When ‘Good Stories’ Happen for Bad Reasons

Feel-good news stories are hard to resist. And why wouldn’t they be? The rest of the news is stressing us out. Political divides are deepening. The world is getting hotter. Ending, maybe. So we all take comfort in stories about people being kind to one another. Like the one about the woman in Missouri who […]

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What We’ve Learned From Our Privacy Project (So Far)

ImageA Huawei surveillance camera is pictured at Interpol World in Singapore.CreditEdgar Su/Reuters The Privacy Project has been underway for four months, and in that time we’ve learned quite a bit about what we do — and don’t — know about privacy. Privacy is a complex, nebulous and constantly evolving issue, but amid the chaos and […]

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Prisma cofounders launch Capture, which uses AI to suggest chatroom topics

Three years ago, intrepid developers Alexey Moiseenkov, Oleg Poyaganov, Ilya Frolov, and Andrey Usoltsev quietly launched a photo-editing app, Prisma, that tapped AI to transform images with over a dozen artistic filters. In mere weeks, it managed to rack up 70 million downloads and attract millions of active monthly users, and to top mobile app […]

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Roger Stone Is Barred From Social Media After Posts Attacking Russia Inquiry

WASHINGTON — A federal judge on Tuesday ordered President Trump’s former adviser Roger J. Stone Jr. off social media, declaring that he violated a gag order by using Instagram and other platforms to attack the special counsel’s investigation and officials tied to it. Mr. Stone, a self-described dirty trickster, is awaiting trial in November on […]

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Go Broke or Go Home Bachelorette Parties

The cost of bachelorette parties is ever growing, with weekend wedding festivities at destination locales now the norm. Millennials are even going broke to attend, and I’m one of them. A recent survey from Credit Karma found that about one in three millennials have gone into debt to attend a bachelor or bachelorette party. Among […]

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Don’t Scoff at Influencers. They’re Taking Over the World.

ANAHEIM, Calif. — When the first TikTok star is elected president, I hope she will save some room in her cabinet for older and more conventional bureaucrats, even if they don’t have millions of followers, great hair or amazing dance moves. I say “when,” not “if,” because I just spent three days at VidCon, the […]

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