Don’t believe that fake viral photo of Emma Gonzlez ripping up the Constitution

March 28, 2018

Emma Gonzalez attends March For Our Lives on March 24, 2018 in Washington, DC . Image: Noam Galai/ WireImage Emma Gonzalez’s arresting lecture at the March for Our Lives is one we won’t forget for years to come. But, as Gonzalez and millions of people marched to demand legislation to prevent gun violence, fake images of the activist ripping the U.S. Constitution were being circulated by self-professed NRA advocates. SEE…


Inside Twitters Bot Purge

March 20, 2018

Over the past 24 hours, Twitter abruptly deleted millions of reports as part of a massive crackdown on automated bots on the platform. The pulldown took place quite literally in the middle of the darknes, without warning or rationale from the company. Leading right-wing trolls and conspiracy theoreticians, many of whom woke up this morning has found that their follower amounts had immersed by the thousands, kicked off and outrage…


Zoos and aquariums are reviewing their animals and it’s kind of adorable

March 13, 2018

Image: francois guillota/ AFP/ Getty Images Zoos are giving swine Amazon-esque species ratings, and it’s candidly various kinds of great. The trend started Friday with the Oregon Zoo in a tweet hashtagged #rateaspecies. Other animal conservancies got in on the fun- including aquariums- informative ratings for people looking to, er, buy the products. SEE ALSO: We’re calling ‘fake news’ on the report that ‘Black Panther’ caused increases in black cat…


How Liberals Amped Up a Parkland Shooting Conspiracy Theory

March 11, 2018

The shooting at Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Valentine’s Day inspired an energetic group of young activists to weigh in on the national debate on grease-guns, security, and personal freedoms. But as they found their voice, plot theories purporting that this organization is “crisis actors”–frauds pretending to be students–spiraled across social media and into the mainstream. As documented elsewhere, this idea of “false flag” operations and performers being…


Pro-Gun Russian Bots Flood Twitter After Parkland Shooting

February 21, 2018

Each new violating news situation is an opportunity for trolls to grab attention, provoke excitements, and spread propaganda. The Russian government knows this. Fake-news manufacturing teenagers in Macedonia know this. Twitter bot founders know this. And thanks to data-gathering activities from groups like the Alliance for Securing Democracy and RoBhat Labs, “the worlds” knows this. In the wake of Wednesday’s Parkland, Florida, academy shooting, which culminated in 17 fatalities, troll…


Yelp reviewers found the perfect word to describe Trump hotels

February 8, 2018

Since The Washington Post reported that Donald Trump allegedly requested lawmakers, “Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here? ” during a White House discussion on America’s immigration deal, the president has been getting dragged. Trump’s offensive words struck a chord with people from El Salvador, Haiti, and countries in Africa, along with many others, and regrettably for him, some of those disappointed people have Howled…


Why Twitter wont remove Trumps nuclear tweet

January 28, 2018

Trump’s tweet raising the prospect of nuclear war with North Korea isn’t in violation of Twitter’s guidelines, the company says, and will remain online. In the tweet, Trump boasted that his “Nuclear Button” is “much bigger” and “more powerful” than the one are subordinate to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un- a combative and childish taunting that heightens serious doubts about Trump’s fitness for office, as well as to what…


Pro-Kremlin Twitter Trolls Take Aim at Robert Mueller

January 27, 2018

The dense network of pro-Kremlin Twitter accounts tracked by the group Alliance for Securing Democracy has spent the past year spreading chaos and discord about topics as diverse as NFL musicians refusing to stand during the national anthem and Al Franken’s alleged sex wrongdoing. It was simply a matter of time, then, before the troll army gave its visions on special attorney Robert Mueller. On the website Hamilton6 8, the…


Twitter Tried to Curb Abuse. Now It Has to Handle the Backlash

January 23, 2018

Conservative activist James O’Keefe has returned. In a series of illicitly filmed videos with current and former Twitter employees, the right-wing provocateur claims to have uncovered partisan bias at the social network. The offensive may have been inevitable. While O’Keefe’s Project Veritas has mainly focused on the means and liberal organizations, recent moves by platforms like Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube to more aggressively moderate customer content have left them exposed…


Donald Trump defended his mental stability and Twitter has some thoughts on that

January 13, 2018

Image: Jabin Botsford/ The Washington Post via Getty Images 2018 sure is off to a running start in Trumpland. The 45 th President of the United States kicked off a busy weekend of gathers at Camp David on Saturday with a brief, fiery tweetstorm that — even at this early point in 2018 — is already a surefire candidate for the year’s most memorable. SEE ALSO: Why ‘Fire and Fury’…


Feds Bust Designers of the Botnet That Crippled the Internet

January 12, 2018

A federal courtroom in Alaska unsealed evidences Tuesday showing that a number of young men have entered plea arrangements over their alleged roles in a huge, malicious network of internet-of-things devices. Mirai, as the botnet was known, was used in massive onslaughts throughout 2016. Josiah White, who applied the hacker handles Lightspeed and thegenius, helped generate the Mirai botnet, according to court records. A second man, Paras Jha, who cybersecurity…


15 of the most savage J.K. Rowling Twitter burns of 2017

January 5, 2018

J.K. Rowling is having absolutely none of it . Image: Ben Pruchnie/ Getty Images Another year, another commotion of Twitter-based badassery from everyone’s favourite wizard Queen. SEE ALSO: 14 times J.K. Rowling perfectly annihilated Donald Trump on Twitter J.K. Rowling doesn’t ordinarily take any absurdity from anyone on social media. In the past she’s hit out at the Daily Mail , Rupert Murdoch, and the Westboro Baptist Church, to call…


NOW delete your account: Black Lives Matter deletes Trump poll after it backfires HILARIOUSLY

November 27, 2017

After Trump bragged about the results of a Twitter poll( the president always seems to do well with Twitter polls ), a Black Lives Matter account attempted to do their own Trump Twitter poll over five days. Yup, FIVE DAYS. And it didn’t go hot for them. Did you know Black Lives Matter (@/ usblm) is conducting a poll on @POTUS‘ concert thus far? You do now. | #RedNationRising…


Thirty countries use ‘armies of opinion shapers’ to manipulate democracy report

November 26, 2017

Governments in Venezuela, the Philippines, Turkey and elsewhere use social media to affect elections, drive schedules and counter commentators, says report The governments of 30 countries around the globe are using legions of so called sentiment shapers to meddle in elections, improvement anti-democratic schedules and repress their citizens, a new report shows. Unlike widely reported Russian attempts to influence foreign elections, most of the offending countries use the internet to…


Twitter is testing Bookmarks, a feature to privately flag Tweets for later

November 26, 2017

Last month, Twitter started work on a new “save for later” feature for Tweets in your timeline that it wished to pennant to refer back to in the future. Now it’s given the aspect a name — it will be called Bookmarks — and is running tests with it. The news was made public last nighttime in a series of Tweets from Tina Koyama, a personnel product designer at the…


Twitter Has Turned Over Zero New Russian Troll Accounts to Congress

November 24, 2017

Twitter has not supplied the House and Senate Russia investigations with any additional Kremlin-backed imposter reports and bots since at the least Nov. 1, The Daily Beast has confirmed. The lack of new revealing comes as evidence continued to mount that inauthentic Russian activity resumes apace on the microblogging platform. Twitter firstly determined 201 non-bot accounts tied to the St. Petersburg-based troll farm known as the Internet Research Association on…