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Forget DMs. Celebrities Want You to Text Them.

Diddy wants you to text him. So do Paul McCartney, Sophia Bush and Marshmello. Over the last few months, some celebrities and influencers have been posting phone numbers on Instagram, Twitter and YouTube and encouraging fans to reach out to them. boredddd on this drive…. text me… 310-870-3349 imma be replying to as many ppl […]

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Racists Are Recruiting. Watch Your White Sons.

Raising teenagers can be terrifying. Our squishy little babies become awkward hormonal creatures who question our authority at every turn. I expected that. What I didn’t predict was that my sons’ adolescence would include being drawn to the kind of online content that right-wing extremists use to recruit so many young men. The first sign […]

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At the Bronx Zoo, She Taunted a Lion. Now She’s Taunting Police.

In its miniature savanna in the Bronx on Friday, a lion basked in both the sunshine and his newfound fame. “He’s an Instagram star,” said Lou Liotta, who had brought his family to the zoo from Connecticut. A week earlier, the lion — or one of his two shaggy-maned colleagues in the zoo’s African lion […]

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Facebook Tests Hiding ‘Likes’ on Social Media Posts

SAN FRANCISCO — For years, people who use Facebook, Instagram and Twitter have chased Likes as a status symbol. More Likes on a social media post meant it was popular, engaging and worthwhile. To gain Likes, people were sometimes motivated to post messages and videos that they had calibrated to go viral. That helped lead […]

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Plastic Surgery and the Secret World of Instagram Dolls

ImageLil’ Kim once referred to herself as a “Black Barbie dressed in Bulgari.” She is one of many celebrities that are part of the move in trend toward highly stylized appearances.CreditJamie Mccarthy/Getty Images They call themselves dolls. These are cosmetic surgery patients who document their desires and results on Instagram, but only, most say, for […]

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Twitter Suspends Account of Former Adviser to Saudi Crown Prince

Twitter said on Friday that it had removed or suspended thousands of accounts with ties to governments in the Middle East, including the account of Saud el-Qahtani, a former close adviser to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia. Twitter said it suspended Mr. Qahtani’s account because of “violations of our platform manipulation policies.” […]

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Child Support vs. Deadbeat States

Second of three articles In most states in America, child support doesn’t actually go to children. Particularly when they are being raised in low-income families. Confused? You’re not alone. Many people have no clue how the child support and public assistance systems operate. The first thing to know: If you are a custodial parent (a […]

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They Posed as Soldiers in Love. Over 30 People Lost $2.1 Million.

It often started with a hope for love, then quickly turned into a promise of gold. In one tragic case, it ended in death. A woman had struck up a romance on a dating website with a man who said he was a United States soldier stationed overseas. He claimed to have more than $12 […]

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Trump Allies Target Journalists Over Coverage Deemed Hostile to White House

WASHINGTON — A loose network of conservative operatives allied with the White House is pursuing what they say will be an aggressive operation to discredit news organizations deemed hostile to President Trump by publicizing damaging information about journalists. It is the latest step in a long-running effort by Mr. Trump and his allies to undercut […]

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How a Teeny-Weeny Chef Became a Great Big Star

LOS ANGELES — The chef stands only six inches tall, like an enchanted ball of moss sprung to life. Made of wood, foam latex and metal, he preps vegetables, simmers sauces and bakes pies the size of bottle caps, all while chattering in a lispy singsong that is mostly incomprehensible. As the title character of […]

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How Facebook Is Changing to Deal With Scrutiny of Its Power

SAN FRANCISCO — Senator Elizabeth Warren has called for the breakup of big tech companies like Facebook. Regulators have opened investigations into Facebook’s power in social networking. Even one of Facebook’s own founders has laid out a case for why the company needs to be split up. Now the world’s biggest social network has started […]

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Another Victim of Facebook Romance Scams: A U.S. Congressman

In 2015, Representative Adam Kinzinger had an unusual visitor at his constituent office inside a bus station in Rockford, Ill. A woman from India had flown to meet Mr. Kinzinger, claiming that she had developed a relationship with him on Facebook. “She waited around in that bus station for two weeks for me to show […]

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People Are Buying Really Expensive Cars on Instagram

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — “It started with a clip of a car pulling out,” RD Whittington said from the head of a table in a private dining room at Mastro’s Steakhouse. Mr. Whittington, a car dealer, was wearing a black T-shirt, chain necklace and sparkly Audemars Piguet watch. He was sitting across from Jamie Foxx, […]

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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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Covering Protests Where There Is a Distrust of Social Media

How do New York Times journalists use technology in their jobs and in their personal lives? Daniel Victor, a reporter in Hong Kong who covers news in Asia and overnight news in the United States, discussed the tech he’s using. What are your most important tech tools for doing your job? My desktop assaults me […]

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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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The $50 Dress That Conquered Britain

LONDON — The most viral fashion item of the summer thus far is not Janties (denim panties, obviously), or the bucket hat, or the “big mood socks” being worn at festivals across the Western Hemisphere. Rather, it appears to be a simple black and white viscose printed polka dot dress by the fast fashion giant […]

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The Bottle Cap Challenge Spins Across the Internet

Jason Statham, the action-movie star known for his martial arts prowess, posted a video this week of himself kicking a bottle. Filmed in slow motion, it shows him spinning 360 degrees before his foot connects with the bottle cap just enough to send it flying off the bottle, but not enough to tip the bottle […]

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