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Student's Tweet Perfectly Calls Out Cynical Stepfather

EMU student Daivon Reeder's tweet is blowing up on social media

(Newser) - In a moment of reflection on the eve of graduating from Eastern Michigan University, student Daivon Reeder struck a chord on social media with a tweet that has since gone viral. Alongside a photo in his cap and gown, Reeder wrote Thursday: "My step dad told me it was... More »

'Despair' Led to College Prof's 'Trump Must Hang' Tweet

And to Lars Maischak's paid leave from Fresno State

(Newser) - An ill-advised tweet about President Trump has led to a "voluntary leave of absence" for a history instructor at Fresno State, per a university statement cited by the Fresno Bee . Fresno State President Joseph Castro says Lars Maischak will spend the rest of the spring semester doing research instead... More »

A Teen's Joke Tweet May Set a Record

Carter Wilkerson is in quest of a year's supply from Wendy's

(Newser) - A 16-year-old from Nevada who apparently really likes Wendy's chicken nuggets is closing in on the record for the most retweets ever thanks to a random idea he decided to act upon, reports the Guardian . Last Wednesday night, Carter Wilkerson took to Twitter to ask: "Yo @Wendys how... More »

Government Wants Info on Anti-Trump Twitter Account

Twitter has sued the government to protect the anonymous user

(Newser) - Twitter has sued the federal government after US Customs and Border Protection demanded user information for an account critical of the Trump administration, the Verge reports. Multiple Twitter accounts claiming to be run by disillusioned members of various government agencies sprung up following Trump's inauguration. One of them, @ALT_uscis... More »

Kendall Jenner's 'Tone-Deaf' Pepsi Ad Not Going Over Well

Twitter doesn't take kindly to demonstrators' issues being diffused with cans of cola

(Newser) - "Live Bolder. Live Louder. Live for Now" may be the slogan Pepsi wanted everyone to remember from its new ad starring Kendall Jenner, but the phrases actually being bandied about include "shallow," "cringeworthy," and "tone deaf." The nearly three-minute video was posted Monday... More »

White House Advised to Keep Deleted Trump Tweets

National Archives reassures senators

(Newser) - The National Archives wants to preserve all of President Trump's tweets for the historical record—including ones deleted because of misspellings. Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero wrote in a letter to Sens. Claire McCaskill and Tom Carper that the White House has been advised to "... More »

The Age of the Twitter Egg Is Over

Say hello to 'gumdrop head'

(Newser) - The ubiquitous Twitter egg has finally hatched, revealing a ... "vaguely human placeholder," as Boing Boing calls it. On Friday, Twitter replaced its eggs, which have served as the default photos for users of the social media site for seven years, with what the Verge has dubbed "gumdrop... More »

FBI Chief's Secret Twitter Account Is Secret No More

Gizmodo's Ashley Feinberg appears to have found it with some sleuthing

(Newser) - Even the FBI chief struggles with online privacy. After James Comey mentioned during a speech that he had a secret Twitter account, Ashley Feinberg of Gizmodo did some internet sleuthing and appears to have found it. Behold: https://twitter.com/projectexile7 . It took her all of four hours. Oh, and she... More »

Prof 'Tries Not to Vomit' as Passenger Gives Seat to Soldier

Tweet by Drexel's George Ciccariello-Maher isn't going over well

(Newser) - As a first-class airline passenger gave up his seat to a service member on a recent flight, many of his fellow passengers applauded, but an associate professor at Pennsylvania's Drexel University took the less popular route: He tweeted that he was "trying not to vomit or yell about... More »

John Legend Jumps to Kim Kardashian's Defense

When ex-Romney strategist slams her on Twitter

(Newser) - Kim Kardashian wants a third baby , and as that fact made headlines this week, the former top strategist to Mitt Romney managed to get into a one-sided Twitter feud with John Legend about it. "Sometimes it seems the Chinese might have been on to something," Stuart Stevens tweeted... More »

Val Kilmer Addresses Cate Blanchett Lovefest

He doesn't think it was weird at all

(Newser) - Val Kilmer doesn't think his weekend-long string of tweets declaring his undying admiration for Cate Blanchett was strange at all. "I don’t know why loving an actor that’s so talented is creepy, but I guess I’m creepy," said Kilmer, 57, at a film screening... More »

Val Kilmer's Cate Blanchett Tweets Are Raising Eyebrows

'Once I flew all the way to Australia just to talk to Cate Blanchett'

(Newser) - Val Kilmer is no stranger to unexpected headlines (witness this and this ), but this may take the cake. Multiple outlets are taking note of the actor's days-long series of starry-eyed tweets about actress Cate Blanchett. ("Verging on the creepy," proclaims Mashable .) First, the two stars... More »

Trump Aides: Judge Jeanine Tweet Just 'Coincidental'

She called for Paul Ryan to step down

(Newser) - President Trump has a good relationship with Paul Ryan despite the American Health Care Act fiasco—and despite a tweet from Trump urging people to watch Judge Jeanine on Fox, who called for Ryan to quit , aides to both men say. On Saturday night, host Jeanine Pirro opened her show,... More »

Now It's Arnold's Turn to Troll Trump's Ratings

'Wow. Now you're in the thirties?'

(Newser) - President Trump took a few swings at Arnold Schwarzenegger's low Apprentice ratings, but the tables have turned. Schwarzenegger posted a video on Twitter Tuesday morning mocking Trump's low approval ratings—"you got swamped," he says. "Wow. Now you're in the thirties? "—and... More »

GOP Rep Accused of White Nationalism After Tweet

Steve King praises far-right Dutch pol, rails against 'somebody else's babies'

(Newser) - GOP Rep. Steve King, who recently courted controversy by trying to keep Harriet Tubman off the $20 bill , found himself at the center of new outrage Sunday when he brought Twitter "to a screeching halt" with what the BBC calls an "inflammatory" post complimenting far-right Dutch politician Geert... More »

Spicer Slammed for 'Flat-Out Not True' Gitmo Claim

He makes new error correcting Trump tweet

(Newser) - Like many things these days, it started with a tweet from President Trump: He claimed Tuesday that 122 "vicious prisoners" released from Guantanamo by the Obama administration had returned to the battlefield. All but nine of those had in fact been released under George W. Bush, Politico reports, but... More »

Disturbing ISIS Tweets Cost Le Pen Immunity

After EU Parliament vote, French prosecutors can now dive into investigation of postings

(Newser) - French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen lost EU parliamentary immunity Thursday by "a large show of hands," Reuters reports, giving prosecutors more leeway to investigate tweets she posted in December 2015. The offending tweets included graphic imagery of executions carried out by the Islamic State, the Guardian reports,... More »

Get Revenge on Twitter Trolls— With Your Wallet

New app Trigger lets you donate to charity with a reply tweet

(Newser) - After President Trump's election, there was a boost in donations to the American Civil Liberties Union and Planned Parenthood. Now so-called " rage donations " like these are easier than ever, reports Thrillist . Trigger , which Mashable calls "an amazingly passive-aggressive Twitter-based app," allows registered users to complete... More »

Chelsea Takes on Trump on His Favorite Platform: Twitter

Former first daughter has been lighting up her Twitter account

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton has occasionally emerged from semi-seclusion to zing President Trump on Twitter , but it's another Clinton who's really having at the president. Politico reports that Chelsea Clinton (who the site notes used to keep her tweets trained on more "anodyne" subjects ) has been fired up... More »

Hounded by Trolls Over Son's Death, Lily Allen Quits Twitter

Singer says 2010 stillbirth caused PTSD

(Newser) - "My timeline is full of the most disgusting, sexist, misogynist, racist sh--. Really new levels. I'm no masochist so I'll be back x." Singer Lily Allen exited Twitter thusly after a particularly ugly exchange in which trolls blamed her for the 2010 stillbirth of her son.... More »

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