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UN News Arm Scrubs Tweet Asking People to Stop Trump

It was a mistaken message to 8 million expats

(Newser) - First the US Army sent out an embarrassing anti-Trump tweet in error. Now the United Nations' official news agency has scrubbed a similar online offensive against the GOP nominee, also claiming it was a mistake, Politico reports. The now-vanished tweet, which posted at 9:14pm EDT Thursday and called for... More »

Google May Be Interested in Buying Twitter

The money-losing social media site could still sell for up to $30 billion

(Newser) - Google could be preparing a formal offer to buy Twitter, and a sale of the social media company could happen by the end of the year, CNBC reports. A source tells Reuters that multiple tech companies are looking into purchasing Twitter, which—despite being a force in news and popular... More »

Demands of College Roommate From Hell Go Viral

Ashly seems like a sweetheart

(Newser) - There's no better way to start off college than by proving yourself to be a "ticking time bomb"—or being forced to live with one. The latter is UCLA freshman Winnie Chen's predicament. Less than 48 hours after Chen and her two future roommates, Guistinna and... More »

Amtrak Hilariously Flubs Response Over Stuck Elevator

Still there? it asks, seven months later

(Newser) - Amtrak is taking its lumps after a Twitter misfire. In response to a woman's tweet about being stuck in an Amtrak elevator at Baltimore-Washington International Airport, Amtrak tweeted on Wednesday, "We are sorry to hear that. Are you still in the elevator?" Well, no. Amanda Carpenter's plea... More »

AP Deletes Controversial Clinton Foundation Tweet

2-week-old tweet was deemed misleading

(Newser) - After more than two weeks of controversy, the Associated Press has deleted an Aug. 23 tweet about the Clinton Foundation that critics—including Hillary Clinton—said was misleading. "More than half those who met Clinton as Cabinet secretary gave money to Clinton Foundation," read the tweet. Politico notes... More »

Twitter Not Being Kind to Serial Sexter Weiner

Plus: Weiner and Abedin have reportedly been 'estranged' for about a year

(Newser) - Huma Abedin is separating from Anthony Weiner after his latest online sexcapades, this time involving a series of sexts apparently sent between Weiner and an unnamed "40-something divorcee." But a source said to be close to Abedin tells Politico the couple had already been "estranged" and... More »

Irish Woman, Friend Live-Tweet 48-Hour Trip to Get Abortion

Tens of thousands of others like her in Ireland have had to leave the country to do so

(Newser) - The @TwoWomenTravel Twitter account has just 28 tweets, but it had quite a turnout over the weekend, racking up more than 25,000 followers as one of the two women live-tweeted her journey to get an abortion, the Belfast Telegraph reports. The Irish woman and a friend documented their 48-hour... More »

900 Students Skipped School After Twitter Threats

Four Orlando-area schools were named

(Newser) - More than 900 students were absent from Orlando-area schools on Thursday after authorities say a man on Twitter threatened to shoot students and put pipe bombs inside campuses, per the AP . There were reportedly 379 absences at Orange's Liberty Middle School, 357 at Orlando's Boone High School, 174... More »

Ellen Insists She's Not Racist After Controversial Bolt Tweet

She tweeted picture of herself riding the sprinter

(Newser) - Ellen DeGeneres is in hot water after tweeting a photo Monday showing her riding on the back of Usain Bolt. The photo of the Jamaican sprinter grinning back at his competitors as he won gold in the 100-meter dash in the Rio Olympics quickly got turned into quite a few... More »

Teen's Tweeted Olympic Dream Comes True 5 Years Later

Morolake Akinosun is heading to Rio after prophetic posting years ago

(Newser) - In the summer of 2011, a 17-year-old heading into her senior year at an Illinois high school started thinking more seriously about her future, and she determinedly announced her plans via social media. "In 2016 I will be 22, graduated from a school I have not chosen yet, and... More »

Trump Fires Back at Clinton Acceptance Speech

He says he wanted to 'hit' several DNC speakers

(Newser) - "A man you can bait with a tweet is not a man we can trust with nuclear weapons," Hillary Clinton said in her acceptance speech to the Democratic convention Thursday night—and it wasn't long before the man she was talking about fired back on Twitter. In... More »

Threat to Rape 5-Year-Old Forces Columnist Off Social Media

'That this is part of my work life is unacceptable'

(Newser) - Guardian columnist and feminist writer Jessica Valenti is off social media for awhile—after a death and rape threat was directed toward her 5-year-old daughter. Valenti says the vile threat she woke up to on Wednesday has forced her online exit, at least temporarily, the New York Daily News reports.... More »

Erykah Badu Will Read Your Palm on Twitter

And her readings are pretty funny

(Newser) - A fan's random decision to ask singer Erykah Badu for a palm reading has led to a pretty awesome string of tweets, Time reports. The fan made the request on Twitter Monday, Badu in turn requested a picture of the fan's palm, and more palm pictures and requests... More »

The One Word Hillary Tweeted After Her Nomination

'History'

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton shattered a major glass ceiling tonight , and took to Twitter to mark the moment. Her first tweet after she became the Democratic Party's official nominee reads simply, "History." Then, along with the message "Stronger together," she tweeted a video of Bernie Sanders asking... More »

Leslie Jones Doesn't Let Racists Win, Returns to Twitter

'Who else is gonna live tweet Game of Thrones,' asks the 'Ghostbusters' star

(Newser) - It appears it will take more than a bunch of racists to keep Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones off social media. The New York Daily News reports Jones quit Twitter "with tears and a sad heart" this week after what she describes as a barrage of "evil" tweets directed... More »

Twitter Bans Breitbart Editor Over Leslie Jones Abuse

Site is cracking down on 'targeted abuse'

(Newser) - Twitter has promised to crack down on "targeted abuse and harassment," and it appears to be serious about it: A conservative writer accused of leading a hate campaign against Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones was banned from the site Tuesday, BuzzFeed reports. Milo Yiannopoulos, Breitbart.com's tech editor,... More »

Ghostbusters Star Exits Twitter Over 'Evil' Tweets

Wow

(Newser) - As Slate notes, the stars of the new Ghostbusters have been on the receiving end of some pretty mean comments from internet denizens who aren't happy the ghost-busting team is made up of all females this time around—but Leslie Jones, who is black, has had it the worst,... More »

Celebs Pile On Piers Morgan After He Slams Jennifer Aniston

He says she's a hypocrite for her recent column

(Newser) - Chrissy Teigen and Piers Morgan are at it again . Morgan responded to Jennifer Aniston's recent diatribe against the tabloid media's obsession with scrutinizing women's bodies with a column in the Daily Mail in which he says Aniston and other female celebrities "deliberately perpetuate the myth of... More »

Calvin Harris Puts Taylor on Blast on Twitter

Whoa

(Newser) - It would appear that story about Taylor Swift secretly writing Calvin Harris' "This Is What You Came For" is true. It would also appear Harris isn't super pleased about the way the story was reported (Swift was said to be unhappy with Harris' comments after the song came... More »

Chelsea Manning Tweets After Suicide Attempt

'I'm glad to be alive'

(Newser) - Chelsea Manning's attorneys confirmed Monday that she had indeed tried to commit suicide last week, but Manning herself sent a message out Monday night to reassure those worried about her, CNN reports. "I am okay. I'm glad to be alive. Thank you all for your love, I... More »

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