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CNN's #AskACop Doesn't Go So Well (for Cops)

Yes, another hashtag fail; yes, Don Lemon

(Newser) - It's been a year of epic hashtag fails: first #MyNYPD , then #CosbyMeme , and now CNN's #AskACop. In advance of the station's "Cops Under Fire" town hall segment last night, hosted by Don Lemon, CNN put a call out for people to tweet questions to its panel... More »

#illridewithyou Triumphs Amid Hostage Situation

Australians come out against anti-Muslim sentiment

(Newser) - In the midst of ominous developments this morning in Sydney, Australia, one encouraging storyline has emerged: Australians are coming out en masse on social media to proclaim that intolerance will not be tolerated. The #illridewithyou hashtag has rapidly gone viral, with residents streaming online to express an eager willingness to... More »

CIA's New Hobby: Fact-Checking Katherine Heigl Show

In case you were wondering, 'State of Affairs' doesn't seem super-accurate

(Newser) - If you've been watching Katherine Heigl's new TV show, State of Affairs, surely the foremost question on your mind is, "How accurate is this?" Well, the CIA is here to help. Heigl plays a CIA analyst on the NBC drama, and TMZ notes that the actual CIA... More »

NYPD Suffers Massive Twitter Fail—Again

Backlash follows tweet about 'rebuilding public trust'

(Newser) - The New York City Police Department's attempt at "an uncensored exchange" with Twitter users has failed miserably—again. Apparently having learned nothing from a disastrous social media campaign earlier this year, a communications officer sent out this tweet last night in response to backlash from the Eric Garner... More »

#CrimingWhileWhite: White Privilege Tales Flood Twitter

White people tell of lenient police via 'Tonight Show' writer's hashtag

(Newser) - New York City wasn't the only site of protests last night after a grand jury decision not to indict a police officer in Eric Garner's death. On Twitter, Tonight Show writer Jason Ross started the #CrimingWhileWhite hashtag to draw attention to the preferential treatment police give white people,... More »

RL Stine Tweeting New Story Tonight

'Goosebumps' author promises Halloween tale

(Newser) - Fans of Goosebumps author RL Stine—and the Bustle thinks this includes "every teen, twentysomething, and thirtysomething"—will want to tune in to his Twitter feed . Stine today promised this : "For Halloween, I'll be writing a story live on Twitter this evening. Hope you'll join... More »

Walmart: Sorry We Advertised Costumes for 'Fat Girls'

Company switches label to 'Women's Plus-Size'

(Newser) - Walmart is feeling the heat after Twitter users caught an alarming label on the company's website: It advertised plus-size Halloween outfits in a category dubbed "Fat Girl Costumes," Time reports. "This never should have been on our site. It is unacceptable, and we apologize," the... More »

What the Queen's First Tweet Said

She signed it 'Elizabeth R'

(Newser) - Queen Elizabeth II has sent her first tweet —though not from a personal Twitter account, and it's unclear if she even personally wrote it. Today's course of events: While opening a new gallery in central London's Science Museum, the 88-year-old monarch removed a glove and used... More »

How a 23-Year-Old Makes $500K Off Twitter

Kris Sanchez started UberFacts after joining Twitter to follow Britney Spears

(Newser) - If you're one of its more than 7 million Twitter followers, then you're already familiar with UberFacts , the account that bills its tweets as "the most unimportant things you'll never need to know." What you might not know is that its founder, Kris Sanchez, started... More »

Uber Driver's Tweet Gets Him 'Fired'

The company called it 'hateful'

(Newser) - Be careful what you tweet. When Uber driver Christopher J. Ortiz wrote "Driving for Uber, not much safer than driving a taxi," in August, he wasn't expecting the statement to cause any problems with the San Francisco startup. The journalist drove for Uber in May and June... More »

Chris Brown: Ebola Is a 'Form of Population Control'

That's what he thinks, at least, 'bruh'

(Newser) - You've probably had a burning desire to know what Chris Brown thinks about the Ebola outbreak, right? Well, the singer has finally made his theory known, and—surprise, surprise—it's a controversial one. He tweeted last night, "I don't know ... But I think this Ebola epidemic... More »

US Hostage's Mom Tries to Reach ISIS via Twitter

'How can we reach you?' mother of Abdul-Rahman Kassig asks militants

(Newser) - Abdul-Rahman Kassig's family has already released a letter from him in which he said he was "scared to die" and posted a series of YouTube videos begging for his freedom from his ISIS captors. Now mom Paula Kassig has taken to Twitter to directly address "Caliph Abu... More »

Tweeter: JetBlue Booted Me Off Flight for Griping

Apparently, you'd better mumble about delays under your breath

(Newser) - Apparently, airlines are watching what you tweet and are unamused by your antics : A woman says JetBlue gave her the boot from a flight out of Philly after she began tweeting about her delayed flight yesterday—which she says was further delayed by a passenger joke. "It had been... More »

Twitter Suit: Gov't Won't Let Us Talk About Data Requests

Tech giant's complaint says restrictions violate its First Amendment rights

(Newser) - First rule about government requests for information: Don't talk about government requests for information. That's one rule Twitter doesn't want to play by, leading to a lawsuit filed today that claims the US government is violating the company's First Amendment rights by forcing it to keep... More »

Woman Who Abused McCanns Online Found Dead

She was confronted by reporter over Twitter messages

(Newser) - A woman accused of taking part in an online hate campaign against the parents of missing girl Madeleine McCann has been found dead days after she was confronted by a reporter. Brenda Leyland, a 63-year-old described by the Daily Mail as a "church-going mother," was found in a... More »

Taliban Suffers Tweet-Fail, Blames 'Enemy Plot'

Afghanistan spokesman accidentally gave away his location, wasn't in Afghanistan

(Newser) - The perils of modern technology can prove too great even for one of the world's leading terrorist organizations: The Taliban's spokesman in Afghanistan, Zabihullah Mujahid, was busily tweeting about an attack on Friday when he suffered an apparent tweet-fail: The tweet contained geolocation data indicating that he was... More »

Trump Tricked Into Retweeting Serial Killer Pic

Twitter user tells him 'parents' found him inspirational

(Newser) - "I guess this teaches you not to be nice or trusting," Donald Trump complained yesterday after he was fooled into retweeting a picture of notorious British serial killers Fred and Rosemary West. The tycoon says he may sue the "jerk" who told him his "parents who... More »

Twitter Sleuths Help Track Down Hate-Crime Suspects

Online detectives piece together clues in Philadelphia assault

(Newser) - A gay couple strolling around Philadelphia's Center City last week was harassed and assaulted by "a group of preppy-looking young adults," NBC 10 reports—but thanks to some social-media Sherlocks, police have made great headway in solving the case. A group of about a dozen people approached... More »

Rihanna Has Some Words for CBS, NFL

And they're not exactly happy ones

(Newser) - Last week, CBS dumped a Rihanna song from the first of its Thursday night NFL broadcasts, partially thanks to the Ray Rice situation and Rihanna's own connection to domestic violence at the hands of Chris Brown. Now, apparently, the network wants to include the song in this week's... More »

9/11 Predated Facebook, and That Might Be a Good Thing

Gabrielle Birkner: Digital mourning doesn't always cut it

(Newser) - The 9/11 attacks took place years before the dawn of Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and the iPhone, which is why Gabrielle Birkner's memories of New York City in the aftermath are so "tactile" and "analog," she writes at Quartz . She remembers the posters of missing people posted... More »

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