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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 »

ISIS Tweets: Death to Twitter Employees

Extremists warn of 'lone wolf assassins'

(Newser) - ISIS has got a social media problem and it seems to think it can kill its way out of it. A Twitter account linked to the extremist group has called for the assassination of Twitter employees, apparently in response for the site's attempts to shut down ISIS accounts, reports... More »

Twitter Gets a 'Buy' Button

Test of online shopping icon appearing on some feeds

(Newser) - You may see something odd on Twitter today—a "Buy" button on tweets from Home Depot and Brad Paisley, the Wall Street Journal reports. "This is an early step ... to make shopping from mobile devices convenient and easy, hopefully even fun," the company announced today . Exclusive offers... More »

CeeLo Quits Twitter Amid Furor Over Rape Tweets

'If someone is passed out they're not even with you'

(Newser) - CeeLo Green's Twitter account has disappeared after a series of tweets on the definition of rape, Sky News reports. The comments came after Green pleaded no contest following an accusation that he'd slipped a woman ecstasy; his no-contest plea, however, was to voluntarily sharing ecstasy, not secretly slipping... More »

Map Shows Russians What's Russia, What's Not

Canadian NATO delegation fires tweet at Mother Russia

(Newser) - Canadian officials had a message for Vladimir Putin this week: Here's where Russia isn't. NATO delegates from Canada tweeted a simplified map Wednesday that delineates Russia's borders, calling Russia "Russia" and Ukraine (including the Crimean region) "not Russia," the AP reports. "Geography can... More »

Richard Dawkins: Keeping Fetus With Down's Is 'Immoral'

Renowned atheist sparks a Twitter war

(Newser) - What to do when you're pregnant with a fetus that has Down's syndrome? Simple, tweeted Richard Dawkins: "Abort it and try again. It would be immoral to bring it into the world if you have the choice." The renowned evolutionary theorist and atheist later apologized for... More »

Think Tank Sorry for Telling Amnesty to 'Suck It'

CSIS apologizes, says intern thought he was using personal account

(Newser) - An intern at a Washington, DC, think tank was just supposed to monitor its Twitter account, not tell Amnesty International to "suck it." The human rights organization was making a point about the uproar in Ferguson, Mo., over the shooting death of Michael Brown, tweeting yesterday: "US... More »

Twitter to 'Improve Policies' After Zelda Williams Bullied

Family members to get more support, site says

(Newser) - Twitter has promised to take a look at its policies after some sickening abuse over her father's death forced Zelda Williams off the site . After she tweeted a touching tribute to her father, the grieving daughter received messages on Twitter and Instagram blaming her for her father's death,... More »

Oops: Ninja Turtles Make 9/11 Gaffe on Movie Poster

Paramount Australia tweets poster, promptly deletes it

(Newser) - Raphael, Donatello, Michelangelo, and Leonardo have a bit of explaining to do. That’s because the Australian film poster for the release of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles features the famous turtles falling from a burning building that has apparently just been rocked by an explosion ... and the opening date, prominently... More »

Stranger Returns Mark Ruffalo's Lost Wallet

'Another point for the decency in people,' Ruffalo tweets

(Newser) - Mark Ruffalo has a new hero: a stranger by the name of Ross McHale. Ruffalo apparently lost his wallet in Chicago last week while in town to serve as a grand marshal at a race at Chicagoland Speedway, Us reports, and McHale just happened to find it. Though he didn'... More »

Bill Maher Posts 'Sexist' Tweet About Israel and Hamas

HBO host likens Hamas to woman 'you have to slap'

(Newser) - Bill Maher, America's favorite sort-of liberal, has jumped into the debate over Israel's latest conflict with Hamas —by writing a tweet that best speaks for itself:
  • "Dealing w/ Hamas is like dealing w/ a crazy woman who's trying to kill u - u can only
... More »

Jason Biggs Apologizes for Malaysia Air Jokes

Ends up deleting controversial tweets

(Newser) - Jason Biggs apparently hasn't yet taken What Not to Tweet 101. Yesterday the Orange Is the New Black and American Pie star tweeted, "Anyone wanna buy my Malaysian Airlines frequent flier miles?" He followed that up with a slightly less controversial tweet ("In all seriousness, tho- HOW... More »

Pistorius Emerges, Quotes Holocaust Survivor

Twitter appearance jibes with his legal strategy, paper says

(Newser) - Oscar Pistorius broke his radio silence last night by appearing on Twitter with quotations about love, religious feeling, and a possible allusion to suicide, the Telegraph reports. In his first tweets since killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp last year, Pistorius started with a quote from Psalms 34:18: "The Lord... More »

Robin Thicke's Twitter Q&A Goes Terribly Wrong

People want to #AskThicke the questions you might expect

(Newser) - Someone at VH1 came up with the brilliant idea of hosting a Twitter Q&A with Robin Thicke using the hashtag #AskThicke. What could possibly go wrong? Well, between the backlash over his controversial hit "Blurred Lines" and the spectacle he's made of himself trying to win back... More »

Delta's 'Ghana Giraffe' Ignites Twitter Fury

There are no giraffes in Ghana

(Newser) - Delta Air Lines is getting an earful from the Internet over a postgame tweet. After the US beat Ghana in yesterday's World Cup match, Delta congratulated the American team with a pair of pictures, since deleted but viewable here . One showed the Statue of Liberty with the US score;... More »

The CIA's First Tweet Is...

...pretty darn cheeky, the Wall Street Journal says

(Newser) - The CIA joined Twitter today with a message that the Wall Street Journal calls "cheeky": "We can neither confirm nor deny that this is our first tweet." Within an hour the agency had more than 85,000 followers, and the tweet had been retweeted 70,000 times—... More »

Cindy McCain Has Harsh Words for Gwyneth

She slams actress over her latest unfortunate comment

(Newser) - Gwyneth Paltrow's latest ill-advised comment , which seemed to compare the traumatic experience of reading mean online comments about oneself to the similarly traumatic experience of war, has made her a new enemy. Cindy McCain tweeted her displeasure at Paltrow's comments Wednesday, then went on HLN yesterday to discuss... More »

Why Scout Willis Walked Around New York Topless

She's protesting Instagram's anti-breast policy

(Newser) - Scout Willis spent Tuesday walking around Manhattan, sans top, while a professional photographer followed her around taking pictures, which Willis then tweeted with the hashtag #freethenipple. Why? She's mad at Instagram. Willis, Bruce and Demi's 22-year-old kid, had one of her photos removed by the picture-sharing site last... More »

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