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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 »

Jessica Chastain Gives Random Woman $2K

They didn't even agree on politics

(Newser) - Jessica Chastain celebrated International Women's Day by donating $2,000 to a woman who was apparently in need , reports ABC News . The Molly's Game actor had engaged in an Instagram exchange with Karin Schulz, who said she was short of money for a fertility treatment. The two didn'... More »

BlackBerry to Facebook: You Stole Our Messaging Tech

Company sues social media giant, including its Instagram and WhatsApp subsidiaries

(Newser) - BlackBerry Limited has long been proud of its messaging app—so much so that it's now suing Facebook and its Instagram and WhatsApp subdivisions for ripping off key features. The Verge notes a "sprawling" 117-page complaint filed Tuesday for patent infringement, alleging that hallmark innovations of BlackBerry Messenger,... More »

'Is It Possible This Is Just a Troll to Get People Off Social Media?'

App goes from new Instagram to #DeleteVero in days

(Newser) - Is Vero the new Instagram or just another Ello ? The social media app launched in 2015 but is suddenly—and semi-mysteriously—blowing up, Time reports. Like Instagram, Vero is centered around sharing photos and videos. But unlike Instagram and its parent company, it presents posts chronologically, not based on... More »

Kim Cattrall's Latest Instagram Post Is a Distressing One

'Sex and the City' star asks public for help in finding her missing brother, Christopher Cattrall

(Newser) - Kim Cattrall's Instagram is sprinkled with pictures of landscapes and fun times with family, but the Sex and the City star put up a more disturbing post over the weekend asking for help from the public, per TMZ and People . "This is my brother Christopher Cattrall or Chris... More »

Star Announces Pregnancy With a Onesie, Kisses

First baby on the way for America Ferrera, husband Ryan Piers Williams

(Newser) - America welcomed its first baby of 2018 in Guam. Now another America shares her own first-baby news. That would be America Ferrera, who announced she's pregnant on New Year's Eve in what HuffPost calls the "cutest" way. The 33-year-old Ugly Betty and Superstore star put up an... More »

Iran Cracks Down, Blocks Social Media

Instagram, Telegram blocked after protesters use it to coordinate, publicize mass demonstrations

(Newser) - Iran state TV is reporting that authorities have blocked Instagram and the messaging app Telegram, reports the AP . State TV's website reported the decision Sunday, citing an anonymous source who said it was "in line with maintaining peace and security of the citizens." The source said: "... More »

'Butt Selfie' by 2 Americans Leads to Arrests in Thailand

San Diego couple to be charged with public nudity over photo near temple

(Newser) - The State Department cautions US travelers to understand foreign laws —a warning that a San Diego couple apparently failed to heed before arriving in Thailand, where a "butt selfie" has landed the pair in an immigration detention center. Thai authorities tell the BBC that a photo posted to... More »

Uma Thurman Posts Chilling Message for Harvey Weinstein

'You don't deserve a bullet'

(Newser) - Weeks after saying she was waiting for her anger to subside before she spoke out on Harvey Weinstein, Uma Thurman delivered a chilling Thanksgiving message that appeared to confirm that she is among those sexually harassed or assaulted by the producer. "I said I was angry recently, and I... More »

He Helped the 49ers Win, Then Revealed He Lost His Baby

Marquise Goodwin played amid tragedy on Sunday

(Newser) - A tale of heartache and strength in the sports world: Wide receiver Marquise Goodwin blew a kiss toward the heavens Sunday as he scored an 83-yard touchdown that helped the San Francisco 49ers trump the New York Giants 31-21, reports ESPN . Later, he revealed what had happened hours earlier. In... More »

Treasury Secretary's Wife Reacts to Backlash Over Instagram Post

Louise Linton had gone after commenter who railed into her over luxury lifestyle

(Newser) - Louise Linton had her "let them eat cake" moment , but now she's eating crow. The Scottish actress and new wife of Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin issued a short apology Tuesday after posting a picture of herself on Instagram disembarking from a military jet (she'd accompanied Mnuchin on... More »

Internet Loses It After Chris Brown Comments on Rihanna's Instagram

Most of her fans think he should stay away

(Newser) - Rihanna is in Barbados for Carnival , and on Monday she posted a photo to Instagram of herself sporting blue hair and a bejeweled bikini for the occasion. One of the people who commented on said photo? Chris Brown. The comment, posted from his official Instagram account, was simply the "... More »

Husband's Post About Curvy Wife Backfires

Robbie Tripp probably wasn't expecting this

(Newser) - An Instagram post about his wife's beauty did not go the way Robbie Tripp likely thought it would. The self-described entrepreneur and "husband to a curvy goddess" posted a picture of himself and his bathing-suit clad wife Sarah to Instagram last week, where he explained that though he... More »

Bieber Nixed His Tour So He Could Be 'SUSTAINABLE'

He offers a rambling explanation on Instagram

(Newser) - Justin Bieber has explained his abrupt cancellation of the rest of his world tour. Sort of. In a very long Instagram post that appears to be a picture of a Microsoft Word document, Bieber says that it all has to do with sustainability and his future plans for a family,... More »

Cops: Teen Driver Livestreamed Crash That Killed Little Sister

Obdulia Sanchez is charged in accident

(Newser) - An 18-year-old in California faces charges of vehicular manslaughter in a crash that killed her younger sister—and a key piece of evidence against her may be an Instagram video she was livestreaming before, during, and after the crash, reports KFSN . Police also accused Obdulia Sanchez of drunk driving. The... More »

Why This Man's Legs Are Freaking Folks Out on Instagram

Pawel Poljanski shows what the grueling Tour de France can do

(Newser) - Just how onerous is it to cycle 2,200 miles in 23 days with just two days off? A "freaky" photo leaves no doubt, per Mashable . Sixteen stages into the Tour de France, 27-year-old Polish rider Pawel Poljanski posted a photo to Instagram showing what he says are his... More »

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