Tag: Social Media

Model Slick Woods May Be Fighting Cancer—but She’s Nobody’s Victim

Slick Woods attends Rihanna’s 5th Annual Diamond Ball on September 12, 2019 in New York City.Photo: Steven Ferdman (Getty Images) In her characteristically irreverent style, on Tuesday, model-actress Slick Woods made another stunning reveal. This time, she seemed to announce a cancer battle (h/t Madame Noire), posting a group photo on Instagram with the cryptic […]

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U.K. Conservative Party Scolded for Rebranding Twitter Account

LONDON — The governing Conservative Party in Britain was criticized by Twitter on Wednesday for “attempts to mislead people” after it temporarily changed the name of one of its accounts on the social media site to “factcheckUK.” The name change was made during the first election debate on Tuesday between the Conservative leader, Prime Minister […]

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Elon Musk, Accused of Defaming Cave Explorer, Must Stand Trial, Judge Says

A federal judge delivered a pair of legal setbacks to the tech billionaire Elon Musk this week, rejecting Mr. Musk’s attempt to throw out a defamation lawsuit brought against him by a British cave explorer whom Mr. Musk had accused on Twitter of being a “pedo guy.” The judge, Stephen V. Wilson in United States […]

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Man drove girlfriend across the US, killed her and impersonated her on social media, police say

A Pennsylvania man admitted to taking his girlfriend from Pennsylvania to Nevada under the guise of a vacation and then killing her, according to an Allegheny County criminal complaint filed Friday. Police say he then impersonated her through text and social media for roughly two months. John Chapman, 39, faces charges of kidnapping, obstructing administration […]

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‘Secret Sister’ holiday gift exchange scam is back

Please enable Javascript to watch this video Now that the holidays are here, so are social media posts about a gift exchange that promises you’ll get between 6 and 36 gifts if you participate. Don’t fall for it — it’s a scam! The same scam surfaced in previous years, too. The so-called “secret sister” gift exchange […]

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Trying to Trademark a Meme? OK Boomer

First came the “OK Boomer” memes on social media. Then came the T-shirts, phone cases and other merchandise emblazoned with the viral retort. Now, get ready for an all-out war at the United States Patent and Trademark Office and a possible television series using the phrase. On Nov. 11, Fox Media filed a trademark application […]

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The Metaphysics of Kylie Cosmetics Being Sold to Coty

On Monday, Kylie Jenner sold 51 percent of her cosmetics and skin care brand to Coty for $600 million, a price tag that values the enterprise at $1.2 billion. Whether we agree that she is self-made or not — and you can argue that in many ways she is mom-made — you can’t dispute where […]

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Police presence increased at Newport News school after social media threat made

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – More police have been placed at Warwick High School in Newport News after a social media threat was made, according to officials of Newport News Schools. The threat was reportedly made on Instagram, but it is not known who made remarks on the social media medium, including if it was a […]

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Unlike Facebook, Snapchat will fact-check political ads

With just over a year left until the 2020 US presidential elections, social media giants are preparing by updating their policies around the spread of misinformation and political advertising. Last month, Facebook released a bunch of new tools to better “protect the democratic process,” while Twitter completely banned political ads altogether, and now Evan Spiegel, […]

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First Comes Snapchat, Then the Bachelor and Spinster Ball

ImageAbout 1,500 people came to the Bachelor and Spinster Ball, in Ariah Park, Australia, last month. ARIAH PARK, Australia — They called it a wet T-shirt contest, but there were no winners or losers. Not many shirts, either. One man wore nothing but a tool belt, which no one seemed to mind even as the […]

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The Secret Behind the Viral Churro Seller Video

Sofia B. Newman, an actress with about 2,500 Twitter followers, was returning home from work this month when she saw a woman who was selling churros at the Broadway Junction subway station in Brooklyn having a heated discussion with four police officers. Ms. Newman said she started recording the interaction with her phone so she […]

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The Influencer Version of Business School

LONDON — In September 2018, Camila Carril expanded beyond an influencer’s standard work of paid partnerships and endorsements to introduce her own brand, an eponymous jewelry line inspired by insects and surrealist art. The Brazil native described the launch party, held at The Bloomsbury Hotel during London Fashion Week, in a recent interview — and […]

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TikTok’s Chief Is on a Mission to Prove It’s Not a Menace

Like almost everybody who runs a big tech company these days, Alex Zhu, the head of the of-the-moment video app TikTok, is worried about an image problem. To him — and to millions of TikTok’s users — the app is a haven for creativity, earnest self-expression and silly dance videos. In almost no time, TikTok […]

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Conservative Groups Are Teaming Up to Defend Trump, and Raise Money

WASHINGTON — On the day of House Democrats’ first public impeachment hearing into President Trump this week, as leaders of some of the conservative movement’s most prominent organizations dialed into a briefing call hosted by the White House to coordinate their message, their activists were hard at work. The groups had sent out specific marching […]

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Four Ways to Fix Social Media’s Political Ads Problem — Without Banning Them

Twitter announced the details of its new political advertising policy on Friday, and once it goes into effect this month, politicians won’t be able to run false ads on Twitter. But they also won’t be able to run ads that correct the spread of misinformation. Oil and gas companies will be able to continue promoting […]

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What Ads Are Political? Twitter Struggles With a Definition

SAN FRANCISCO — The Alzheimer’s Association, a health care advocacy group, recently spent more than $200,000 on an ad campaign on Twitter. The campaign had a singular purpose: To persuade people to ask Congress for larger investments in medical research for the disease. Now the nonprofit is worried about whether those messages will still fly. […]

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Can FaZe Clan Build a Billion-Dollar Business?

This article is part of our continuing Fast Forward series, which examines technological, economic, social and cultural shifts that happen as businesses evolve. LOS ANGELES — FaZe Clan could be called a media company, or an esports team, or an influencer marketing agency, or all of the above. “Something like who we are has never […]

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Taylor Swift Escalates Battle With Scooter Braun and Big Machine

After a few months of public détente, a bitter fight between some of the music industry’s most powerful figures was ratcheted up again on Thursday night when Taylor Swift called on her fervent army of fans to express their displeasure with the men she said were controlling her most recognizable music. In a note posted […]

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Whistle-Blower’s Name Keeps Evading Facebook and YouTube Defenses

SAN FRANCISCO — A week ago, YouTube and Facebook said they would block people from identifying the government official thought to be the whistle-blower who set in motion an impeachment inquiry into President Trump. It hasn’t worked out so well. A name believed by some to be the whistle-blower has been shared thousands of times […]

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Facebook let anti-vaxxers run rampant with misinformation ads, because money

Earlier this year Facebook said it would crack down on ads from groups peddling misinformation about vaccines. The announcement was heralded by medical professionals and pundits as a capstone in their efforts to fight the pro-disease movement. However, in the time since the announcement, Facebook‘s done the exact opposite. A recent study from researchers at […]

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The Brief and Inspiring Life of James Le Mesurier

On Monday morning, James Le Mesurier, the founder of Mayday Rescue, a charity that supported and trained the White Helmets, the Syrian civil defense group, was found dead in Istanbul. His body was found outside a building in the Beyoglu district where he had an apartment and office. It is unclear whether Mr. Le Mesurier, […]

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265 Indian fake news sites caught pushing anti-Pakistan propaganda

Researchers have discovered a network of 265 fake local news sites — named after defunct newspaper and media outlets — across 65 countries that are being used to disseminate anti-Pakistan coverage and serve Indian governmental interests. Uncovered by the EU DisinfoLab, an EU-based NGO focused on researching sophisticated disinformation campaigns, the operations were traced back […]

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