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  • Maisie Williams makes Twitter request, gets more than she bargained for

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    LONDON — Arya and Sansa Stark may be total badasses these days, but it wasn't always that way. Long before they were battle-hardened by the endless, freezing misery of Westeros, everybody's favourite Game of Thrones sisters were... well, they were just sort of small and adorable. SEE ALSO: Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner just took friendship goals to a whole new level On Monday afternoon, Maisie Williams tweeted the following request for old photos of herself and BFF Sophie Turner. Can u pretty please send me funny pictures of Sophie and I when we were well young? They make me laugh so much — Maisie Williams (@Maisie_Williams) January 16, 2017 And boy, did the internet deliver: @Maisie_Williams pic.twitter.com/mMXBvtCTDR — michael (@EMPAYDEE) January 16, 2017 @Maisie_Williams pic.twitter.com/M8ina2mJeb — michael (@EMPAYDEE) January 16, 2017 @Maisie_Williams my personal fave pic.twitter.com/jtvtrv2sFj — nadine ❄️ (@fatsophieturner) January 16, 2017 @Maisie_Williams pic.twitter.com/6PVpB6WQLH — lauren (@dexter_mch) January 16, 2017 @Maisie_Williams pic.twitter.com/FEq8m0Guri — ㅤjessica (@cerseilcnnister) January 16, 2017 @Maisie_Williams oh my god maisie pic.twitter.com/arvM7W9JP6 — alessia (@elliestarkss) January 16, 2017 @Maisie_Williams best picture ever pic.twitter.com/bSz2YXZzvj — Alexandre Monteiro (@maxthewild) January 16, 2017 @Maisie_Williams pic.twitter.com/2a6RSiMNdU — n (@breakerofchajns) January 16, 2017 @Maisie_Williams caption this!! pic.twitter.com/4VZ1BMKlTx — emma (@gayrobb) January 16, 2017 @Maisie_Williams pic.twitter.com/tgzA5WU7bD — lauren (@dexter_mch) January 16, 2017 @Maisie_Williams pic.twitter.com/FQy4sec4RE — lauren (@dexter_mch) January 16, 2017 @Maisie_Williams pic.twitter.com/RdsgNOv2Mc — - ̗̀ eleonora ̖́- (@LlGHTOFTHESEVEN) January 16, 2017 @Maisie_Williams pic.twitter.com/GUooZkPm3t — n (@breakerofchajns) January 16, 2017 There are many, many more where those came from too. What have I done — Maisie Williams (@Maisie_Williams) January 16, 2017 When you ask the internet for help, you had better be prepared for the internet to deliver. BONUS: Watch Maisie Williams prove she is the queen of spoofs...as if we had any doubt.

    Mon, 16 Jan 2017 11:25:11 -0500
  • Mark Hamill Records Donald Trump's Meryl Streep Twitter Rant as The Joker

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    Mark Hamill is continuing to troll President-elect Donald Trump. Last week, Hamill debuted The Trumpster, a supervillain alter ego who reads Trump tweets in the voice of The Joker, who Hamill voices in the DC animated universe. On Saturday, Hamill shared audio of himself reading the tweets Trump aimed at Meryl Streep after she was critical of him in her Golden Globes speech, which became the most buzz-about moment from the Jan. 8 awards show.

    Mon, 16 Jan 2017 11:16:26 -0500
  • Inauguration in sight, Trump continues Twitter assault

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    NEW YORK (AP) — His inauguration days away, President-elect Donald Trump is continuing to lash out at critics in the intelligence community and Democrats in Congress who are vowing to skip his swearing-in ceremony.

    Mon, 16 Jan 2017 10:17:25 -0500
  • Antonio Brown Posted Mike Tomlin's Fiery Speech About 'A**hole' Patriots Live On Facebook

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    Following the Steelers 18-16 victory over the Chiefs in Kansas City, Antonio Brown went live on Facebook from inside the Pittsburgh locker room to share his jubilation over advancing to the AFC Championship game.

    Mon, 16 Jan 2017 08:35:48 -0500
  • Facebook’s bid to eradicate fake news will start in Germany

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    Facebook is finally rolling out its fake news identification tools, starting in Germany. The company's decision comes on the back of mounting criticism against the social network in the country.

    Sun, 15 Jan 2017 20:07:45 -0500
  • Facebook introduces measures to tackle fake news in Germany

    BERLIN (AP) — Facebook says it's introducing measures to tackle the spread of fake news in Germany, months before the country holds a national election.

    Sun, 15 Jan 2017 16:15:28 -0500
  • Facebook announces 'fake news' offensive in Germany

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    Social media giant Facebook announced Sunday that it will introduce new measures to combat fake news in Germany, as Europe's largest economy and most populous nation enters an election year. German politicians have warned that populist parties and foreign nations could use fake news to try and influence parliamentary elections slated for September or October. Facebook's new German initiative targets "unambiguously wrong reports" being shared on the social media platform.

    Sun, 15 Jan 2017 11:07:51 -0500
  • Facebook Germany says it will start tackling fake news in weeks

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    Facebook said on Sunday it would update its social media platforms in Germany within weeks to reduce the dissemination of fake news. "Last month we announced measures to tackle the challenge of fake news on Facebook," the U.S. technology company's German-language newsroom said. "We will put these updates in place in Germany in the coming weeks." German Justice Minister Heiko Mass has repeatedly called on Facebook to respect laws against defamation in Germany that are stricter than those in the United States.

    Sun, 15 Jan 2017 10:37:57 -0500
  • Facebook announces 'fake news' offensive in Germany

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    Social media giant Facebook announced Sunday that it will introduce new measures to combat fake news in Germany, as Europe's largest economy and most populous nation enters an election year. German politicians have warned that populist parties and foreign nations could use fake news to try and influence parliamentary elections slated for September or October. Facebook's new German initiative targets "unambiguously wrong reports" being shared on the social media platform.

    Sun, 15 Jan 2017 09:24:22 -0500
  • Le Pen follows Trump's lead on social media bombardment

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    Domination of social media was a key weapon in Donald Trump's rise to the US presidency, and now France's far-right leader, Marine Le Pen, is looking to follow suit, analysts say. Le Pen has more than a million followers on both Twitter and Facebook, giving her a bigger social media platform than any other candidate for the French presidency. "The advantage of social media", says political communication expert Christian Delporte, "is that you don't have any opposition.

    Sun, 15 Jan 2017 00:40:04 -0500
  • Trump unleashes Twitter attack against civil rights legend

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump tore into civil rights legend John Lewis on Saturday for questioning the legitimacy of the Republican billionaire's White House victory, intensifying a feud with the black congressman days before the national holiday honoring Martin Luther King Jr.

    Sat, 14 Jan 2017 22:28:32 -0500
  • On sensitive U.S. stopover, Taiwan leader connects to Twitter

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    By Jane Lanhee Lee SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen, carving a careful diplomatic path on her stopovers in the United States, visited the headquarters of micro-messaging service Twitter Inc on Saturday and reactivated an old account. "Had a great visit to @Twitter HQ today. A source at the meeting said Tsai met with Twitter General Counsel Vijaya Gadde and that CEO and co-founder Jack Dorsey was not present.

    Sat, 14 Jan 2017 22:09:06 -0500
  • On sensitive U.S. stopover, Taiwan leader connects to Twitter

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    By Jane Lanhee Lee SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen, carving a careful diplomatic path on her stopovers in the United States, visited the headquarters of micro-messaging service Twitter Inc and opened her official account on Saturday. A source with knowledge of the president's travel through San Francisco told Reuters she met with the "head of Twitter" but declined to confirm if that person was CEO and co-founder Jack Dorsey. The source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, did not provide further details of her meetings in the U.S. tech capital.

    Sat, 14 Jan 2017 17:16:16 -0500
  • Twitter competitor App.net shuts down after years of struggle

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    The bell tolls for App.net. Five years after the ambitious app first launched, with high hopes of becoming the Twitter alternative, it has thrown in the towel. You have until March 17 of this year to export your data.

    Sat, 14 Jan 2017 16:27:54 -0500
  • How to turn off video autoplay on iOS or Android for Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram

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    Most social media apps can display images as well as videos. More often than not, however, these videos automatically play in your timeline. Here's how to disable the autoplay feature in both Android and iOS.

    Sat, 14 Jan 2017 16:15:06 -0500
  • School employee fired for tweet aimed at student's spelling

    FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — A school system employee in Maryland who had a lighthearted quarrel with a student on Twitter over the student's spelling has been fired.

    Sat, 14 Jan 2017 15:56:46 -0500
  • Boston police scrap plans for social media combing software

    BOSTON (AP) — Boston's police commissioner is backing off plans to purchase high-tech software designed to comb social media for criminal activity.

    Sat, 14 Jan 2017 12:01:30 -0500
  • After Trump tweet, ethics office to U.S. employees: do not endorse products

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    By Emily Stephenson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A day after President-elect Donald Trump encouraged supporters to "Buy L.L. Bean," a U.S. ethics watchdog on Friday warned federal employees they must not endorse products or companies. The U.S. Office of Government Ethics (OGE) said on its official Twitter account: "All executive branch employees must refrain from misuse of position, including endorsements." No mention of Trump was made in the tweet, and many rules for federal employees do not apply to the president. The office's endorsements message drew attention on Twitter, though, because it came after Trump posted support for the Maine catalog retailer known for its backpacks and rubber-bottomed boots.

    Fri, 13 Jan 2017 17:31:49 -0500
  • Tesla removes Autopilot speed limit after users whine on Twitter

    Tesla has rolled out a software update for its cars that removes a speed limit on Autopilot mode. Since a previous update, which was unveiled shortly before Christmas, drivers had been forced to travel at the posted speed limit when in Autopilot mode on non-divided roads. Prior to that update, Autopilot let you cruise at 5mph over the posted speed limit, more in line with how people actually drive on the highway. The initial update that forced Autopilot to be legal was rolled out because Musk claimed that people were driving "too fast in general" on winding roads. When it was first released, Autopilot was only supposed to be used on divided highways, but people started deploying it on undivided roads quickly, and a spate of near-miss dashcam videos soon followed on YouTube. But after Tesla limited Autopilot to the speed limit on non-divided roads, users quickly took to Twitter to shout at poor Elon: https://twitter.com/michael_markham/status/815661894694486019 https://twitter.com/chimichomko/status/814957759229788161 https://twitter.com/Benfrank48390/status/812736199467167744 https://twitter.com/johnp_powell/status/812541957821976576 Similar comments sprung up on Twitter forums and Facebook owner groups. Luckily for owners, it looks like Tesla has reverted the change with a new software update. In the new version, Tesla once again allows Autopilot to go 5mph over the posted speed limit, but also monitors traffic conditions more closely. If the car doesn't like heavy traffic conditions, for example, it may ask the driver to take over or limit its own speed.

    Fri, 13 Jan 2017 16:46:33 -0500
  • Facebook Just Made It Harder To Catch People Who Edit Posts

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    Fortunately, Facebook at least marks posts as “edited” when shifty people hop on sports bandwagons, take down fake news links, or otherwise try to hide their mistakes. The Verge did some experimenting and discovered Facebook now hides any edit data under a drop-down menu.

    Fri, 13 Jan 2017 16:30:41 -0500
  • Syrian selfie refugee sues Facebook for 'defamatory' posts

    By Luke Mintz LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A Syrian refugee whose selfie with German Chancellor Angela Merkel went viral is suing Facebook for defamation, his lawyer said, after the social networking site failed to take down a series of posts accusing him of being a militant and criminal. Anas Modamani, a 19-year-old refugee from Damascus, was pictured in September 2015 taking a selfie with Merkel during her visit to a refugee shelter in Berlin's Spandau district. The image came to define Germany's response to the refugee crisis, when Merkel opened the country's borders to hundreds of thousands of asylum seekers.

    Fri, 13 Jan 2017 16:24:55 -0500
  • The Killers are no longer feuding with Panda Express on Twitter

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    The Killers and Panda Express are coming out of their feud and they're doing just fine. The fast food chain settled their broccoli beef with the band over using their lyrics for fortune cookies without permission by proving they've got a soul and vowing to make a charitable donation.  SEE ALSO: Spotify offers Barack Obama a gig as President of Playlists I'm thinkin' orange chicken for life and we'll let you off the hook for using our stuff. pic.twitter.com/3gJ9FebZVD — The Killers (@thekillers) January 8, 2017 The Killers initially demanded Orange Chicken for life when they called out Panda Express on Twitter, but both parties were able to settle on an even better solution. .@TheKillers We’ll do you one better and put our food where our tweets are  Have a charity in mind that could use some #OrangeChickenLove? — Panda Express (@PandaExpress) January 12, 2017 The Killers recommended a donation to Serving Our Kids Foundation, an organization that feeds homeless and at-risk youth in The Killers' hometown of Las Vegas.  @PandaExpress Glad to know good things can come from twittersphere. Donate here: @servingourkids — The Killers (@thekillers) January 12, 2017 A BIG thank you to @thekillers for recognizing a need for young children in the Vegas Valley! We are grateful for the support! @pandaexpress — Serving Our Kids (@servingourkids) January 12, 2017 And now the kids will be smiling like they mean it, bringing everything full circle.  BONUS: Viral video of road being paved is unbelievably satisfying to watch

    Fri, 13 Jan 2017 12:50:56 -0500
  • The Funniest Twitter Reactions To The Nintendo Switch Presentation

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    Nintendo gave a live presentation on Thursday night to show us their $299 Nintendo Switch and the games we can look forward to playing way too much on March 3rd and onward. We already did an in-depth breakdown of those features and games, so let’s move on to the jokes. Twitter was on hand, as always, to live tweet the event.

    Fri, 13 Jan 2017 07:00:26 -0500
  • Twitter partnering with PBS NewsHour to live-stream Trump’s inauguration

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    President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration will stream live on his favorite social platform: Twitter. PBS NewsHour will be the exclusive broadcast partner for the six-hour event.

    Fri, 13 Jan 2017 03:42:52 -0500
  • A Kings Fan Is Naming His Firstborn Child After DeMarcus Cousins Because Of Twitter

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    Twitter “bets” circulate around timelines almost constantly. On January 6, a big one popped up – a Sacramento Kings fan named Ivan Jarugui promised on Twitter that his wife would let him name their firstborn child DeMarcus Cousins if he successfully reached 25,000 retweets. My wife said if I get 25k Retweets, we can name our first child DeMarcus Cousins.

    Thu, 12 Jan 2017 21:54:26 -0500
  • New species of gibbon named after Star Wars character, and Twitter can't cope

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    The Force is strong with this adorable newly-discovered gibbon species. Thanks to some Star Wars-loving scientists, the new species in southwest China has been named in honor of our favorite hero from a galaxy far far away, Luke Skywalker. SEE ALSO: Monkeys mourning the 'death' of a robot monkey will hit you right in the feels Following the announcement, the Skywalker hoolock gibbon — aka "Simian Skywalker," "Jungle Jedi" and of course, the scientific name, Hoolock tianxing — was warmly and appropriately welcomed by proud actor Mark Hamill, who portrayed Skywalker in the classic films. So proud of this! First the Pez dispenser, then the Underoos & U.S. postage stamp... now this! #GorillaMyDreams #SimianSkywalker #JungleJedi https://t.co/JKCe5kZFmJ — Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) January 11, 2017 And then Twitter couldn't contain itself. Users are doing their best to call attention to the newly-discovered species, tweeting silly side-by-side photographs of apes and Hamill's character at him. .@HamillHimself I can defintely see a resemblence! ❤️ #MonkeyMark #CheekyChimps #ZoologicallyIncorrectHashtags pic.twitter.com/Kk4UHn6zaX — Haminals (@HamillAnimals) January 11, 2017 It's uncanny really!  #JungleJedi pic.twitter.com/ok6SknBzpj — Haminals (@HamillAnimals) January 11, 2017  pic.twitter.com/UNK5xpM8Ha — Haminals (@HamillAnimals) January 12, 2017 Ok maybe just one more...  pic.twitter.com/QplELVm61a — Haminals (@HamillAnimals) January 11, 2017 According to CNN , Professor Fan Pengfei from Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou along with a team comprised of experts from the Zoological Society of London ZSL, had been studying the small apes since 2008. Though the experts already had knowledge of two existing species of hoolock gibbons, the Western and Eastern hoolocks, they determined in an American Journal of Primatology paper, that due to differences found in the apes' teeth, coats and genetics, a third species was present. "Skywalker refers to the distinctive gibbon behavior of moving rapidly through the forest canopy, and it also refers to the ancient Chinese belief that gibbons were highly venerated and almost mystical beings that were above other mortal animals," Samuel Turvey, a member of the ZSL research team, told CNN. However, he added, "Skywalker" also pays homage to the pop-culture icon. Though this is an exciting new discovery for scientists and Star Wars fans alike, the scientists feel the new species should be categorized as Endangered under IUCN criteria — estimating less than 200 of the species are currently in China. Turvey told CNN that unfortunately the species "faces the same grave and imminent risk to its survival as many other small ape species in southern China and Southeast Asia due to habitat loss and hunting." While researchers are still uncertain of exactly how many of the Skywalker hoolock gibbon reside in areas surrounding China, Turvey told CNN, "Increased awareness of the remarkable ecosystem of the Gaoligong mountains and improved conservation is essential, to ensure we have time to get fully acquainted with this exciting new species before it's too late." Long live the Skywalker hoolock gibbon. BONUS: 'Rogue One' roundtable: A spoiler-filled debate

    Thu, 12 Jan 2017 19:41:40 -0500
  • Police: Man posted on wife's Facebook to cover up killing

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Investigators say a Florida man killed his wife and tried to cover up the crime by making posts on her Facebook page.

    Thu, 12 Jan 2017 15:41:59 -0500
  • GoFundMe page for Facebook Live torture victim has already raised $160,000

    Last week, a Chicago woman took to Facebook Live in order to broadcast her and her friends brutally attacking, beating and torturing an 18-year-old man with special needs. The shocking story and accompanying graphic video sent shock-waves across the country and inevitably reached news stations across the globe. Quickly after the video began circulating online, four individuals were arrested for their involvement in the attack and are currently being held without bail. All of the individuals involved, who range in age from 18 to 24, are being charged with felony aggravated kidnapping, aggravated unlawful restraint and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. They are also being charged with committing a hate crime on account of some racially-charged comments made by one of the assailants. With the victim still struggling to recover from his traumatic experience, which included him effectively being held captive for 48 hours, a GoFundMe campaign for the victim has already generated more than $160,000, far more than the $10,000 the campaign was initially seeking. "People from all 50 states have donated on the site," the Chicago Tribune reports , "which was established last week by Reddit user Razor Sheldon. A company representative said GoFundMe will make sure the funds reach the 18-year-old's family." Neal Strom, an attorney for the victim's family, said that the money will immediately be used to help detect and subsequently deal with any manifestations of PTSD.

    Thu, 12 Jan 2017 15:18:06 -0500
  • More than $160,000 raised for victim of Chicago attack filmed on Facebook Live

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    A GoFundMe campaign has raised more than $160,000 in just one week for an 18-year-old who was recently held captive and assaulted by four people in Chicago. A widely circulated Facebook Live video — which has since been removed — appeared to show the young man being tied up, beaten, cut, and verbally assaulted with anti-white slurs by a group of young African-American men and women. Last week, police arrested and charged four suspects with hate crimes, as well as counts of aggravated kidnapping, aggravated unlawful restraint, and aggravated battery.

    Thu, 12 Jan 2017 11:25:25 -0500
  • Zimbabwe telecoms hike draws charges of social media crackdown

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    By MacDonald Dzirutwe HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe's biggest mobile telephone company has pushed up data charges by a multiple of 25 in line with new regulations, prompting critics to complain that President Robert Mugabe's government is trying to throttle the use of social media. Econet Wireless's new cheapest data package, which came into effect on Wednesday night, will see users get 10 megabytes for $1, compared with 250 megabytes for the same amount previously. Last year, activists used the Internet to mobilise the biggest anti-government protests in a decade, bypassing traditional opposition parties as anger grew over Mugabe's handling of a failing economy.

    Thu, 12 Jan 2017 11:15:47 -0500
  • Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner just had yet another adorable Twitter exchange

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    LONDON — Nothing can stand in the way of Mophie. On-screen sisters Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner may still be painfully separate in Game of Thrones , but they're more than making up for it in real life. SEE ALSO: 'Game of Thrones' sisters Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams got matching tattoos It's only been a few days since they shared glorious proof of their BFF status on Instagram, and now they've had yet another adorable social media interaction. This time, it started when one fan spotted a rogue caption on a photo of Williams included in an Entertainment Tonight Golden Globes red carpet slideshow: @Maisie_Williams @SophieT hope you guys had a lovely wedding xx pic.twitter.com/9PomaUcDia — lauren (@sansastcrk) January 10, 2017 "Maisie Turner". The tweet drummed up a fair few retweets, and it doing so it clearly caught the attention of the acting duo. First to respond was Turner: @sansastcrk @Maisie_Williams was a lovely, intimate ceremony. Thank you for your well-wishes — Sophie Turner (@SophieT) January 11, 2017 Five minutes later, Williams got involved too. @SophieT got dinner in the oven, see u soon petal x — Maisie Williams (@Maisie_Williams) January 11, 2017 If one of these two gets killed off in the next season of Thrones , many, many hearts will be broken. @Maisie_Williams @SophieT the pic looks so beautiful, I'm so glad for you two  #LoveIsLove pic.twitter.com/SY0cSxhjyD — lou stark (@westhoeros) January 11, 2017 BONUS: 'Game of Thrones' cast blows up social media with Season 7 news

    Thu, 12 Jan 2017 10:46:16 -0500
  • US tweet riles Turkey over Kurdish fighters

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    A tweet sent by US Central Command insisting its Kurdish allies in the fight against IS in Syria are not linked to outlawed militants in Turkey whipped up a storm Thursday, with Ankara asking if Washington had "lost its senses". Relations between the United States and Turkey have become increasingly bitter in the last month, with Ankara expressing hope of a "new chapter" under President-elect Donald Trump. Turkey argues the Kurdish fighters backed by Washington in the fight against Islamic State (IS) jihadists in Syria are a branch of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), while Washington insists they are part of a legitimate multi-ethnic opposition group called the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

    Thu, 12 Jan 2017 04:58:14 -0500
  • Fifth Pakistani social media activist reported missing

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    A fifth Pakistani rights activist has gone missing, his colleagues said Thursday, as the United Nations raised concerns over shrinking freedoms for campaigners. Samar Abbas, a middle-aged IT worker and head of the anti-militancy Civil Progressive Alliance, disappeared under mysterious circumstances after arriving in the capital Islamabad from the southern port city of Karachi on Saturday, January 7, according to Talib Raza, a colleague from his organisation.

    Thu, 12 Jan 2017 02:27:46 -0500
  • Facebook now lets select publishers curate multiple Instant Articles in one post

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    Facebook is expanding upon its Instant Articles publishing tool by allowing select publishers to package multiple articles into one post. The feature sounds a lot like the social network's take on Snapchat Discover or Twitter Moments.

    Wed, 11 Jan 2017 22:47:02 -0500
  • Facebook now lets Pages go Live from desktop, adds more Live Video tools

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    Facebook is giving Pages the option to live-stream from a desktop or laptop. The feature, which the social network began testing in September, is now rolling out more widely — although it is still not available to general users.

    Wed, 11 Jan 2017 20:33:13 -0500
  • Trump news conference sets worldwide social media afire

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    By Melissa Fares NEW YORK (Reuters) - In his first news conference since the Nov. 8 election, President-elect Donald Trump set social media ablaze on Wednesday with remarks including harsh criticism of the press and a defense of his goal to improve ties with Russia. The session, held in the lobby of his Trump Tower headquarters in Manhattan, featured a number of viral moments, like an exchange with a reporter whom Trump accused of peddling "fake news." "I'm not going to give you a question," Trump told the journalist from CNN, which reported on Tuesday that the Republican president-elect had been briefed by U.S. intelligence agencies about allegations that Russian operatives had compromising information about him. "You are fake news!" he told the reporter in a moment that reverberated on Twitter.

    Wed, 11 Jan 2017 20:14:25 -0500
  • Facebook takes on a bigger role in journalism

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook is launching a journalism project aimed at strengthening its ties with media organizations to help them expand their audiences, come up with new products and generally promote trusted news in today's "post-truth" era.

    Wed, 11 Jan 2017 18:09:15 -0500
  • Facebook launches project to improve ties with news media

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    The launch comes less than a week after the company said it was hiring former CNN reporter, anchor and host Campbell Brown to lead its news partnerships team. As part of the new project, Facebook said on Wednesday it would focus on improving its current storytelling formats such as Live, 360, and Instant Articles. Facebook said it would test a feature using Instant Articles to allow readers to see multiple stories at a time, as a package, from their preferred news organizations.

    Wed, 11 Jan 2017 14:11:06 -0500
  • Sorry, Trump, everyone on Twitter still cares about your tax returns

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    Donald Trump gave his first press conference in seven months on Wednesday, and of course it was dominated by Tuesday's bombshell reports alleging Russian interference in the election and hidden cameras capturing certain liquid-based fetishes.  There was another issue, though, that was very much on everyone's mind even if Trump wouldn't admit it: his tax returns. SEE ALSO: In stunning exchange, Trump refuses to answer question from CNN reporter Speculation was rife that the binders full of paper on the dais would offer a torturously belated insight into Trump's financial affairs. Alas, it was not to be. In fact, Trump insisted that no one outside the media could care less about the issue. “The only one that cares about my tax returns are the reporters,” he said. “I won.” "I don’t think they care at all. I think you care,” he added, confrontationally. That doesn't seem to be the case. In fact, many of the 74% of likely voters who said they wanted to see Trump release his returns in an August poll were pretty vocal on Twitter as the conference continued. #TaxReturns began trending pretty quickly Wednesday morning, amassing 135,000 tweets in the U.S. alone within a couple of hours as people vehemently disagreed with the assertion they weren't interested. Hey @realDonaldTrump, I am not a reporter and I would like to see your tax returns! — Marisue (@PastryNerd67) January 11, 2017 @realDonaldTrump I want to see your tax returns. I'm not a reporter nor do I work in media! #taxreturns — maria phillis (@mariaphillis) January 11, 2017 @BBCBreaking people tweet on his Twitter page asking for his tax returns on a daily basis. — Karan (@hesterfunnel) January 11, 2017 We all care about your tax returns, you idiot. #TrumpPressConference — Michael (@Home_Halfway) January 11, 2017 American citizens care far more about your tax returns than we ever did about Obama's birth certificate. #TrumpPressConference — Nick Jack Pappas (@Pappiness) January 11, 2017 @realDonaldTrump I am American and would like to see your tax returns, thanks! — Devon Kors (@DevonKors) January 11, 2017 Hey @realDonaldTrump, I care to see your tax returns so it's not "just the reporters". — Cinderjaya (@ethnicninja) January 11, 2017 Donald Trump: "The only one who cares about my Tax Returns are reporters." #TrumpPressConference pic.twitter.com/vpTtO85bcW — MJ⛳️ (@MJGWrites) January 11, 2017 Numerous celebs, writers and politicians were keen to see the returns too. RT If you wanna see Trumps tax returns — lily allen (@lilyallen) January 11, 2017 Hey @realDonaldTrump, I am not a reporter and I would like to see your tax returns. PLEASE RETWEET IF YOU AGREE. https://t.co/RjmV5bZrS6 — Jodi Picoult (@jodipicoult) January 11, 2017 RT if you're an american citizen who wants to see @realDonaldTrump's tax returns. — ADAM ROSE (@RealAdamRose) January 11, 2017 RELEASE YOUR TAX RETURNS — Andy Cohen (@Andy) January 11, 2017 Trump said Americans don't care about seeing his tax returns. Are you kidding me? RT this if you're one who does. — Seth Moulton (@sethmoulton) January 11, 2017 Of course, reporters were interested too. And they took the temperature online. "Only ones who care about my tax returns are the reporters."Retweet this if you're not a reporter, but you care about Trump's tax returns. — Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) January 11, 2017 It looks like Trump's tax returns, like many other controversies still swirling, aren't going away soon.

    Wed, 11 Jan 2017 13:31:38 -0500
  • President Obama’s farewell address is the first bona fide social media hit of 2017

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    President Barack Obama's final speech to the American people attracted the most social media activity of any televised event of 2017 -- so far. In the speech, he warned of the adverse effects of technologies like automation on middle-class workers.

    Wed, 11 Jan 2017 13:26:25 -0500
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