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Facebook Finds Fresh Batch of 'Bad Actors'

The social media giant deletes accounts from Iranians

(Newser) - Been sharing politically charged memes online? You might have Iranians to thank. Facebook said Friday that Iranians posting politically charged messages on Facebook and Instagram have had their accounts deleted, USA Today reports. The social media giant axed more than 80 accounts that were posting about President Trump, immigration, race,... 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 »

Serena Sings Topless— But for a Cause

The tennis star aims to raise breast cancer awareness

(Newser) - Last month, Serena Williams was mad as hell . Now she's adding a sweet lilt to The Divinyls' classic "I Touch Myself" in a video she produced to increase breast cancer awareness, the Guardian reports. "Yes, this put me out of my comfort zone, but I wanted to... More »

Lindsay Lohan Gets 'Punched' in Odd Video

The actress accuses family of 'trafficking children'

(Newser) - Lindsay Lohan has shocked the world before, but not like this. The 32-year-old actress posted an Instagram Live video (now deleted, but viewable here ) in which she approaches a homeless family asleep outside at night, says they're Syrian refugees, and turns belligerent when they don't accept her... More »

Urban Outfitters 'Jumps the Shark' With Halloween Costume

The social media 'influencer' outfit comes with leggings and a pseudo-sports bra and costs $59

(Newser) - Paying $59 for "a package of crap" is how the Verge describes the experience of buying Urban Outfitters' newest Halloween costume . The good news, though, if you pony up the cash for a pair of grayish leggings and "sports bra" (really a very short crop top with zero... More »

Instagram Co-Founders Abruptly Resign

They're ready for the 'next chapter'

(Newser) - The co-founders of Instagram are resigning their positions with the social media company without much in the way of warning. Chief Executive Kevin Systrom said in a statement late Monday that he and Mike Krieger, Instagram's chief technical officer, plan to leave the company in the next few weeks... More »

Ariana Grande: 'I'm So Sad I Don't Know What to Do'

The singer opens up about ex-boyfriend Mac Miller's death

(Newser) - Ariana Grande is expressing her feelings for the first time about the death of ex-boyfriend Mac Miller—in a note written directly to him, Time reports. "I adored you from the day I met you when I was nineteen and I always will," the 25-year-old singer writes along... More »

Ariana Grande Shuts It Down

The singer was blamed on Instagram for Mac Miller's death

(Newser) - Ariana Grande has had enough. Blamed by some Instagram followers for ex-boyfriend Mac Miller's death on Friday, the 25-year-old disabled comments on her social media feed, reports People . Commenters hurled lowballs like "You lowkey evil," "Damn u killed the homie," and "I HOPE YOURE... More »

Sam Smith Disses Michael Jackson, Does Not Go Over Well

26-year-old singer caught on video saying he wasn't a fan

(Newser) - Michael Jackson's fans wanna be startin' something with Sam Smith after an online post showed him dissing the King of Pop. People reports the British singer was recently kicking back on a boat with American Idol finalist Adam Lambert and other friends when Lambert started recording their conversation, at... More »

GOP Rep Resigns After Ex Says He Used Nude Pics to Catfish

Former girlfriend says Ill. state Rep. Nick Sauer posted 'sexually explicit' pics of her online

(Newser) - Illinois state Rep. Nick Sauer is out of a job after his ex-girlfriend accused him of posting her nude photos on a fake Instagram account, then impersonating her in "graphic" conversations when men corresponded with who they believed was Kate Kelly, Politico reports. "As a result of the... More »

Facebook Wants to Help You Break Your Cellphone Addiction

You can now track time spent, set limits, and mute notifications

(Newser) - Facebook and its photo sharing property, Instagram, are rolling out new features designed to help mobile app users spend less time scrolling mindlessly through news feeds. That's right, the folks who draw so many of us in with notifications for every message, like, comment, and more now want us... More »

Bahamas Photo Op Turns Scary for Instagram Model

Nurse shark chomps down on Katarina Zarutskie's arm

(Newser) - California native Katarina Zarutskie grew up doing water sports and had seen photos online of people swimming with nurse sharks, which Exuma Online deems "typically harmless to humans." But the 19-year-old Instagram model and University of Miami student still had a frightening experience with one during a Bahamas... More »

They Sought Adventure, Died While Pursuing It

Travel vloggers die in fall from BC waterfall

(Newser) - Three Canadians who shared their love of travel with 1.1 million subscribers on Instagram and another 500,000 subscribers on YouTube died this week after tumbling over a waterfall. The content creators for High on Life were swimming in a rock pool above Shannon Falls near Squamish, BC, around... More »

Autopsy: One of 2 Pilots on Doomed Plane Had Drugs in System

But it's still not clear which pilot was flying plane that crashed in Scottsdale in April

(Newser) - Pieces are slowly coming together regarding an April plane crash in Scottsdale in which all six aboard were killed. At the front of the six-seat Piper PA-24 Comanche, which included as its passengers several young Instagram stars, were student pilot James Pedroza and certified airline transport pilot Erik Valente, though... More »

Bourdain's Ex Posts Photo of Their 'Brave' Daughter

Ariane, 11, is Bourdain's only child

(Newser) - A bittersweet Instagram post from Ottavia Busia-Bourdain is grabbing attention. It's a photo of Ariane, her daughter with ex-husband Anthony Bourdain, in which the 11-year-old's head is turned toward her left shoulder as she holds a microphone. The caption reads: "Our little girl had her concert today.... More »

Sarah Palin Really Wants You to Drink This 'Skinny Tea'

But did she get paid as an 'influencer' to promote it on Instagram?

(Newser) - Move over, Beyonce and Dwayne Johnson : There's apparently a new Instagram influencer in town. That would be Sarah Palin, per CNN , who only showed up on the social media platform in October, yet already has more than 26,000 followers and has now taken to promoting a "skinny"... More »

She Documented Her Exotic Trip on Instagram, Now Heads to Prison

Mélina Roberge sentenced to 8 years for drug trafficking

(Newser) - "She wanted to be the envy of others," said an Australian judge of Mélina Roberge. There's little to envy now: The 24-year-old was on Wednesday sentenced to eight years for drug trafficking, in a case that involved $20 million of cocaine, an exotic cruise, and social... More »

Instagram Star Killed in Plane Crash Shared Eerie Video

It showed smiling faces minutes before Monday's accident

(Newser) - An eerie video posted to social media by one of six victims of a fatal plane crash in Arizona Monday night shows a smiling group, packed into the six-seat plane, minutes before disaster struck. The Arizona Republic identifies three of the victims: James Pedroza was a VIP host at the... More »

Lorde Posted a Pic of a Bathtub. Her Fans Were Outraged

They didn't like the apparent reference to Whitney Houston

(Newser) - There's apparently a lot of crossover between Lorde fans and Whitney Houston fans: The 21-year-old singer's followers were outraged Thursday when she posted on Instagram a picture of her waiting bath captioned with the Whitney lyric "And iiii will always love you," USA Today reports. They... More »

Man Accused of Murdering Wife Dressed Up as Serial Killer

Documents allege Matthew Phelps posed as 'American Psycho' killer on Instagram

(Newser) - The Sept. 1 killing grabbed national headlines in part because of Matthew Phelps' unusual defense: The 29-year-old told a 911 dispatcher he thought he had stabbed to death his wife of less than a year in his sleep after taking more cough and cold medication than he should have. Now,... More »

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