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Twitter CEO Getting Majorly Blasted Over Meditation Retreat

Jack Dorsey's Twitter thread about Myanmar is being called tone deaf

(Newser) - Jack Dorsey is under serious fire on his own platform thanks to some ill-advised tweets about his birthday present to himself. The Twitter CEO traveled to Myanmar to enjoy a 10-day silent meditation, and he shared all about it in what many are calling a tone deaf series of tweets.... More »

Trump, 'Totally Cleared'? George Conway Reacts

Kellyanne Conway's husband fires off a missive

(Newser) - "Totally cleared"? That was President Trump's take on news about sentencing recommendations for his ex-attorney, Michael Cohen—but Kellyanne Conway's husband sees it his own way, reports the Huffington Post . To recap: "Totally clears the president. Thank you!" the president tweeted after federal prosecutors... More »

After Ultimatum, Kevin Hart Is Out as Oscar Host

He apologizes for homophobic tweets

(Newser) - The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences ended up looking for a new host for the 91st Academy Awards less than 36 hours after naming Kevin Hart for the slot. The comedian, who had faced a major backlash over homophobic tweets from 2011 and earlier, announced Thursday night that... More »

Celeb Most Tweeted About in US Isn't American

K-Pop band BTS nabs most mentions in 2018

(Newser) - Twitter data once again shows that South Korean boy band BTS is indeed a "global phenomenon," per Billboard . Year-end stats released by the site identify the K-Pop group as the most tweeted about celeb in the US for a second year in a row. One individual member also... More »

Giuliani Misses a Space on Twitter and Things Spiral

'G-20.In' looked like a hyperlink to Twitter

(Newser) - It's a question that fervently divides us: one space after a period or two ? For Rudy Giuliani, the big issue is that there were zero. What started as a Friday typo has spiraled into a prank and then accusations of a conspiracy. Here's the timeline:
  • On Friday,
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Trump Congratulates Himself on Falling Gas Prices

''Thank you President T'

(Newser) - President Trump congratulated himself for falling oil prices. He chided the Federal Reserve over interest rates. He claimed Central American countries are trying to dump "certain people" into the United States. Trump's Florida holiday stay came to an end Sunday with a visit to his golf club for... More »

Trump Takes Pushback Against Chief Justice Into 2nd Day

Calls 9th Circuit Court of Appeals 'a complete & total disaster'

(Newser) - "HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL!" was President Trump's early morning Turkey Day tweet to America, sandwiched in between a post about the "mean & nasty world out there, the Middle East in particular" and a continuation of his public pushback against Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts.... More »

Ariana Grande Takes Down Piers Morgan on Twitter

Brit criticized band for posing nude

(Newser) - Piers Morgan clashed with Ariana Grande and Ariana Grande's mother on Twitter Wednesday—and it did not go well for the British TV presenter. In what Cosmopolitan calls a "spectacular takedown," Grande stepped in after her mother criticized tweets from Morgan in which he accused the band... More »

Online Mystery: Fox News Has Stopped Tweeting

One report says it's to protest how Twitter has handled Tucker Carlson being doxxed

(Newser) - A weekend head-scratcher comes courtesy of Raw Story , which reports on an online media mystery. It appears that since shortly after 2pm on Thursday, Fox News hasn't tweeted anything on its official Twitter account (the same for its Fox News Research arm ), and the internet is trying to... More »

NRA: 'Anti-Gun' Doctors Should 'Stay in Their Lane'

The doctors are pushing back

(Newser) - The NRA apparently doesn't like doctors weighing in on gun violence and gun control. On Wednesday—just hours before news of the Thousand Oaks, Calif. , broke—the gun lobby nonprofit voiced its displeasure with the medical community's assessments via a reprimanding tweet, reports USA Today . "Someone should... More »

Kanye Gets Dissed by Burger King

After he professed his love for McDonald's in a tweet

(Newser) - Kanye West has been out of the headlines for [checks notes] at least six days , but a tweet about fast food has catapulted him right back into the thick of it. Fox News reports on Ye's latest kerfuffle, which started when he posted a brief message to his Twitter... More »

Twitter Apologizes for 'Kill All Jews' Trending Topic

Says it was a result of social medial discussion of synagogue vandalism

(Newser) - Among the phrases that appeared in Twitter’s local trends section for many New Yorkers on Friday were “#JobsReport,” “#FridayFeeling,” and “Kill all Jews.” That last one, Twitter says in a statement, “should not have appeared in trends, and we’re sorry for... More »

Ex's SNL Promo Seemed to Get Ariana Grande's Goat

Was Ariana subtweeting former fiance with 'relevancy' post?

(Newser) - Although it was "very sad," the breakup of Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson at least seemed to be civil. Apparently that tenuous detente has ended, at least per the buzz around the 25-year-old singer's recent tweets. People reports on an SNL promo that dropped this week featuring... More »

Trump Gives His Read of the 14th Amendment on Twitter

He zeroes in on 5 key words

(Newser) - Whether President Trump can end birthright citizenship with an executive order comes down to one's reading of the 14th Amendment. As NPR explains in a fact-check piece, a "small but vocal group of conservative legal scholars" have zeroed in on five crucial words, bolded here: "All persons... More »

Elon Musk: $20M Tweet Was 'Worth It'

Tesla CEO also says he's taking a break from Twitter for a while

(Newser) - Elon Musk apparently has no regrets about a tweet that set him and Tesla back each $20 million . In a tweet late Friday—just before tweeting that he would be taking a break from Twitter—Musk responded to a question about his ill-fated tweet claiming he would take the company... More »

Cyclist Calls Loss to Transgender Rival 'Not Fair'

Canadian competitor Rachel McKinnon became the first trans woman world champion

(Newser) - An American woman has cried foul after losing out in the Masters Track Cycling World Championships to a transgender rival from Canada. The controversy began after Rachel McKinnon won gold this month, edging out competitors including bronze finisher Jennifer Wagner. When a conservative media UK media personality expressed outrage over... More »

Trump Backers Online Have New Term to Mock Liberals

'NPC' is a gaming term, but it's being used by Trump supporters on Reddit, 4Chan

(Newser) - Twitter has been making a series of moves to improve its platform, and one in particular has drawn attention by raising the profile of a pro-Trump meme used to troll liberals. If you've been seeing lots of references to "NPC," this would be why. Kevin Roose of... More »

Top Tech CEOs Bicker Over Chronic Homelessness

Jack Dorsey, Marc Benioff trade barbs on Twitter

(Newser) - Two of the world's top tech CEOs disagree about how to ease homelessness in San Francisco—a city where extreme wealth glitters alongside roughly 7,500 living on the streets, the Guardian reports. At issue is a proposed tax on wealthy city businesses that Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff supports... More »

She Made Her Son the Face of #HimToo. He Pushes Back

'We all have crazy parents,' says Pieter Hanson, who says he supports the #MeToo movement

(Newser) - President Trump said Brett Kavanaugh was the victim of a "hoax." Conservative commentators said he wasn't the only one, using the hashtag #HimToo to paint men as victims of a feminist witch hunt, per Wired . University of Central Florida student Pieter Hanson unknowingly became the face of... More »

Kanye Has a New Shock for Twitter Followers

The performer was under fire for "13 amendment" tweet

(Newser) - Looking for Kanye West's Twitter and Instagram accounts? Sorry, they no longer exist—again. In the wake of his pro-Trump speech on SNL and a tweet suggesting "we abolish the 13th amendment" (which outlawed slavery), West received sharp responses from the likes of Chris Evans and Lana Del... More »

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