Tag: Twitter

Josh Hawley and Donald Trump Haven’t Been ‘Silenced’

Now even the supposed experts are coming up short on solutions. On Wednesday, Facebook’s Oversight Board — a panel of journalists, activists, free-speech scholars and others selected by the company to pass judgment about what flies and what doesn’t on the network — punted on its biggest decision to date, whether to reinstate Trump’s account. […]

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Twitter Finally Stopped Cropping Tall Images And People Are Stoked (Though Also Sad About The End Of ‘Open For A Surprise’ Jokes)

Twitter’s doing pretty well these days. A certain rage-tweeting former president hasn’t been on there in nearly four months, and there’s no plans on welcoming him back. What’s more, it’s been doing great without him, with user activity, even ad revenue actually increasing since he’s been gone. And on Wednesday, they rolled out another perk: […]

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Even Facebook’s Handpicked “Supreme Court” Thinks Its Policies Are a Joke

This messy, embarrassing result, which will satisfy few across the political spectrum, must come as a shock to Facebook. While the FOB had a respectable roster of academic and political luminaries, it was widely considered a rigged regulatory body that would, perhaps temporarily, pacify legislators and activists critical of Facebook policies. Instead, after issuing a […]

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Trump Forced to Start His Own Online Platform Just as Facebook Upholds Its Ban on the Former President

Photo: Chip Somodevilla (Getty Images) Every now and again, the world gets it right: Rudy Giuliani’s apartment got raided, student loan payments have been suspended, and Rory and Mal are back on The Joe Budden Podcast. Advertisement Also, four months ago, most social media companies banned the former President of Florida, the asshole of America, […]

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Twitter Banned a Bollywood Star for Hate Speech. Now She’s Turned to Instagram.

Kangana Ranaut attending an event for the film Thalaivi on March 23, 2021 in Mumbai, India. Photo: Prodip Guha/Getty Images Kangana Ranaut, an actress from India’s Bollywood film industry who had a massive online following of 3 million for her provocative right wing and Pro-Modi views, has been banned by Twitter for violating community hate […]

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Finding Your Roots Exclusive Clip: Comedian Roy Wood Jr. Has a Serious Teachable Moment About His Enslaved Ancestors

Roy Wood Jr. sits down with Louis Gates Jr. on Season 7 of Finding Your Roots.Screenshot: Courtesy of PBS Roy Wood Jr. is a funny guy. If you don’t follow him on Twitter, specifically, your timeline is sorely lacking in his particular brand of comedy. I especially enjoyed his chicken sandwich coalition series in the […]

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Students at Arizona High School Disciplined After Reenacting George Floyd’s Murder

Shannon Haynes talks to her son Ronald Haynes, 9, about George Floyd in front of a memorial following the verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial on April 20, 2021 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The former Minneapolis police officer was found guilty today on all three charges he faced in the death of Floyd last May.Photo: Nathan […]

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Ed Balls Day Turns 10. How Is It Still Funny?

Marie Le Conte, a journalist in London, was originally on board. The first anniversary was even funnier than the day of the original tweet, as it became clear it would have staying power and continue to be noted each year, she said. At the time, Mr. Balls was seen as a political heavyweight bruiser, and […]

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Twitter Celebrity Dril Is Trying To Make An Adult Swim Show With The Pilot For ‘VIRTUAL PRISON’

To this day, the identity of Twitter celebrity dril remains unknown. Since 2008, the social media star — with his famous avatar: a seriously blurry picture of a sunglass-clad Jack Nicholson — has regularly filled feeds with absurdist tweets, chock full of deliberate misspellings, inspired non sequiturs, and other stuff that’s difficult to explain to […]

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Joshes Battle For Josh Supremacy in Nebraska

Josh Swain of Arizona was, of course, joshing. He never really intended to fight anyone who shared his name, but what was he supposed to do? Every time Mr. Swain went to register for a social media account under his name, he was foiled. “It’s always been taken,” Mr. Swain said. What’s even more bizarre: […]

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As Covid Outbreak Rages, India Orders Critical Social Media Posts to Be Taken Down

NEW DELHI — With a devastating second wave of Covid-19 sweeping across India and lifesaving supplemental oxygen in short supply, India’s government on Sunday said it ordered Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to take down dozens of social media posts critical of its handling of the pandemic. The order was aimed at roughly 100 posts that […]

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We Need to Talk About the ‘Conservative Republican’ Who Wrote a Whole Essay About How he Misses White Privilege Disney World

Photo: Viaval Tours (Shutterstock) It’s not very often that I am astonished by the sheer caucasity of white people. I’ve written stories about a white woman claiming to have been called the n-word in school because she has bigger lips than like six other white people; a story about a Republican declaring that the three-fifths […]

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Massachusetts Police Department Further Proves Cops are Trash With Facebook Post Criticizing George Floyd After Verdict

Photo: BestStockFoto (Shutterstock) I know this may come as a surprise, but as a rule, I don’t really respect cops. Growing up reading a lot of young adult sci-fi books and watching a lot of Star Wars has made me generally detest authoritarian assholes who gleefully celebrate and enact state violence. Cops, by and large, […]

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Wake Me Up When Ted Cruz and ‘We Don’t Use Washcloths’ Twitter Are Done Trying to Cancel LeBron James

Photo: Lintao Zhang (Getty Images) I’m not particularly fond of social media. How many goddamn selfies can you narcissists take? However, I’m acutely aware that a strong following can be leveraged into lucrative branding opportunities. It’s also a fantastic way to connect with your fans and audience on a deeper level or amplify important news […]

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Bad Trip Star Eric Andre Racially Profiled by Police at Atlanta Airport

Eric Andre attends the premiere of Disney’s “The Lion King” at Dolby Theatre on July 09, 2019 in Hollywood, California.Photo: Matt Winkelmeyer (Getty Images) When TV host and comedian Eric Andre stepped foot into the Atlanta Hartsfield–Jackson International Airport airport to catch his flight, I’m sure the last thing he planned for was to get […]

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How It Feels To Breathe a Brief Sigh of Relief After Inhaling America’s Bile, According to Black Twitter

Demonstrators protest near the Hennepin County Courthouse on April 19, 2021 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.Photo: Scott Olson (Getty Images) Three counts. Derek Chauvin is (legally) a murderer. He murdered George Floyd. On Tuesday evening, Chauvin was convicted on all three counts—second-degree murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter. Advertisement Black Twitter had their collective eyes on their respective […]

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A Different Way of Thinking About Cancel Culture

An even more sinister version of this operates retrospectively, through search results. An employer considering a job candidate does a basic Google search, finds an embarrassing controversy from three years ago and quietly move on to the next candidate. Wokeness has particular economic power right now because corporations, correctly, don’t want to be seen as […]

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100 Days Without Trump on Twitter: A Nation Scrolls More Calmly

But how significant is the noise? Many Republicans still seem to be hanging on Mr. Trump’s every word. But others say that without Twitter or indeed the presidency, his voice has been rendered nearly impotent, much the way Alpha, the terrifying Doberman pinscher in the movie “Up,” becomes ridiculous when his electronic voice malfunctions, forcing […]

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Sean Hannity Calls 13-Year-Old Child Killed by Police a ‘Man.’ Twitter Drags Him for It

Photo: Ethan Miller (Getty Images) If a used domestic terrorist boot and a discarded sock with a meth addiction had a baby it would be Sean Hannity. Advertisement The inherently racist, spewer of hate and lover of all things white Fox News host will stop at nothing to make his point, including desecrating the memory […]

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Who Leaked a Nude Image of a Canadian Lawmaker? His Colleagues Want to Know.

At first, it seemed like just another embarrassing Zoom moment, the kind that anyone who works from home dreads. William Amos, a Canadian lawmaker, said he had just come back from a jog on Wednesday and was changing into work clothes when he realized that the camera on his computer was on. By then, stunned […]

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LaMarcus Aldridge Retires Due to Irregular Heartbeat

Photo: Sarah Stier (Getty Images) Wow. On Thursday, Brooklyn Nets forward LaMarcus Aldridge announced on Twitter that after 15 seasons in the NBA, he’ll be retiring due to an irregular heartbeat. Advertisement “My last game, I played while dealing with an irregular heartbeat. Later on that night, my rhythm got even worse which really worried […]

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White America’s Favorite Honey Baked Ham Is in Twitter Jail After Coming for BLM Co-Founder for Buying House in White Neighborhood

Jason WhitlockScreenshot: YouTube Sports pariah and white America’s favorite lapdog Jason Whitlock is unfortunately a Black man. As such, Whitlock has found a niche in life in which his whole modus operandi is to denounce, bash, and destroy the Movement for Black Lives. Whitlock hates Black people. He hates progressive Black people even more. He […]

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Could the Pandemic Prompt an ‘Epidemic of Loss’ of Women in the Sciences?

Like many women during the pandemic, Alisa Stephens found working from home to be a series of wearying challenges. Dr. Stephens is a biostatistician at the University of Pennsylvania, and the technical and detail-oriented nature of her work requires long uninterrupted stretches of thought. Finding the time and mental space for that work with two […]

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Matt Gaetz Tried To Pin His Sex Scandal On The ‘Deep State’ And People On Twitter Weren’t Buying It

We live in a time when conservatives breathlessly espouse personal freedoms but come up curiously empty on personal responsibility for just about anything of consequence, and no politician seems to embody that more these days than Matt Gaetz. The Florida congressman is currently embroiled in a scandal that’s grown to include allegations of a relationship […]

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Twitter Is Enabling Saudi Arabia’s Brutal Crackdown on Dissent

Over the years, Saudi investors, chief among them Prince Al Waleed bin Talal, the country’s most famous business mogul, have bought up shares in U.S. tech companies like Twitter. In December 2015, an FBI agent visited Twitter headquarters in San Francisco to tell them they had a Saudi espionage problem. While Abouammo was gone, Alzabarah […]

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Online Scammers Have a New Offer For You: Vaccine Cards

SAN FRANCISCO — On Etsy, eBay, Facebook and Twitter, little rectangular slips of paper started showing up for sale in late January. Printed on card stock, they measured three-by-four inches and featured crisp black lettering. Sellers listed them for $20 to $60 each, with a discount on bundles of three or more. Laminated ones cost […]

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