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Slow Down on the Tweets After Terror Attacks

Social media gives terrorists the publicity they crave: Emily Dreyfuss for 'Wired'

(Newser) - After the suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert on Monday, thousands turned to social media to share information and offer their condolences. In doing so, they played right into the terrorists' hands, Emily Dreyfuss writes at Wired . At least one aim of attacks like the one in Manchester, England,... More »

This Photo Prompted One of Ted Cruz's Best Jokes Ever

It involves Chuck Schumer, Ben Sasse, and ... male rompers

(Newser) - A caption contest on Twitter this week ended up pulling in Ted Cruz, Chuck Schumer, and a romper for men that's inexplicably all the rage. Mashable reports on a photo tweeted out Thursday by the Washington Free Beacon that showed a somewhat disheveled-looking Schumer chatting with Nebraska Sen. Ben... More »

Chelsea Manning's First Tweet Upon Release

'First steps of freedom!!'

(Newser) - Now that she's a free woman , Chelsea Manning is letting the world know. "First steps of freedom!!" she tweeted Wednesday upon her release from military prison, along with a photo of her feet. Manning also issued a statement picked up by NBC News , which read in part:... More »

Lawmaker Ruffled by Duck Ramp Told to 'Duck Off'

Rep. Mark Walker's complaint about government waste wasn't well received

(Newser) - The president of a non-profit that helps animals in Washington, DC, calls it a lifesaving measure. Rep. Mark Walker calls it a waste of government funds. Such is the debate raging over a simple duck ramp installed by government officials at the Capitol Reflecting Pool, which is drawing quite a... More »

United Tries to Get in on Nugget Tweet, Unsuccessfully

Airline can't escape its other headlines

(Newser) - Fast-food gourmands rejoiced with Carter Wilkerson when he recently broke the Twitter retweet record and earned himself a year's worth of chicken nuggets from Wendy's. Also excited, apparently, was United Airlines, which had been closely following Carter's story on its own since tweeting last month that if... More »

Trump Up Late Railing on Hillary via Twitter

Tuesday night's tweets centered on James Comey and Clinton's 'many bad deeds'

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton spoke at a Women for Women event Tuesday and took "absolute personal responsibility" for mistakes that may have led to her 2016 election loss to Donald Trump, though she says her political demise was helped along by misogyny, Russia's WikiLeaks interference, and James Comey's ill-timed... 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 »

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 »

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 »

In Twitter Feud vs. JK Rowling, Piers Morgan Kid Abandons Dad

'Harry Potter' author seems to be winning against Brit who shall not be named

(Newser) - The Guardian reports on the newest feud between "two of Britain’s best known international exports:" It all started when JK Rowling tweeted early Saturday regarding Piers Morgan's appearance on Bill Maher's talk show, noting that watching Morgan being "told to f--- off on live... More »

NYT Reporter Told Off for Melania 'Hooker' Comment

Supermodel called reporter out for 'slut-shaming'

(Newser) - Referring to the first lady as a prostitute is not OK, a New York Times reporter was told by the paper after being called out by supermodel Emily Ratajkowski. She tweeted Monday that she'd been told "Melania is a hooker" by the reporter at a New York Fashion... More »

Trump-Kanye Bromance Appears to Be Done

Kanye has deleted his pro-Trump tweets

(Newser) - Kanye West startled fans late last year by announcing his support for Donald Trump (even though he didn't vote in the election), even taking a meeting with the president-elect at Trump Tower in December. But the performer has apparently had a change of heart and erased all of his... More »

Anyone Know What This @PressSec Tweet Means?

Could be a butt-dial, a cry for help, his Twitter password ...

(Newser) - Was one of Sean Spicer's kids messing around with his cellphone? Or did Vicente Fox's latest tweet rattle the new White House press secretary? Speculation is running rampant, per the Daily Dot , after Spicer sent out a cryptic early-morning tweet Thursday that has since been deleted, but …... More »

Trump Tweets Praise to Wrong Ivanka

He directs 20m followers to British woman instead of daughter

(Newser) - Even a Twitter user as prolific as Donald Trump can have the occasional slip-up: A British woman called Ivanka Majic likely woke up Tuesday to thousands of unexpected notifications after Trump mistakenly tweeted praise to her as Ivanka Trump's CNN interview aired, the Guardian reports. " @Ivanka Trump is... More »

Trump Lashes Out at CIA Director

He suggests Brennan was 'leaker of Fake News'

(Newser) - Soon-to-be-former CIA Director John Brennan strongly criticized Donald Trump on Sunday for reckless tweeting and for failing to understand the threat from Russia—and the president-elect took to his communication medium of choice to react. "'Outgoing CIA Chief, John Brennan, blasts Pres-Elect Trump on Russia threat. Does not... More »

Trump Kicks Back at LL Bean Boycott

Tweets support for Linda Bean, company family member who donated to his campaign

(Newser) - On the Grab Your Wallet website , you'll see scores of companies the site's founders found they "could no longer in good conscience shop at" because of ties to Donald Trump; the site encourages other people to boycott these companies, too. But when GYW added LL Bean to... More »

Trump Goes After 'Overrated' 'Hillary Flunky' Meryl Streep

After Streep called him out at Golden Globes for mocking disabled reporter

(Newser) - Eyes now automatically turn to Twitter after anyone criticizes Donald Trump, and Meryl Streep's dig at the president-elect during Sunday's Golden Globes did indeed elicit a Trump response. Streep used her time onstage while accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Award to talk about when she first saw Trump... More »

GM Doesn't Take Trump's Tweet Sitting Down

Trump threatened to slap tax on automaker for importing Cruzes

(Newser) - After swinging at China Tuesday morning on Twitter, President-elect Donald Trump set his sights on this continent, tweeting , "General Motors is sending Mexican made model of Chevy Cruze to U.S. car dealers-tax free across border. Make in U.S.A.or pay big border tax!" Politico reports... More »

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