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Beauty Queen Loses Her Crown Over Tweets

Kathy Zhu says she's 'seen this happen before'

(Newser) - For one beauty queen, her tweets meant her crown. Kathy Zhu, 20, has been told she's no longer Miss Michigan 2019 because her "social media accounts contain offensive, insensitive and inappropriate content." Zhu blames her remarks about hijabs and black violence for the uncrowning: "I have... More »

Trump's 'Go Back' Tweet Called 'Worst Error of Presidency'

Few conservatives are defending him

(Newser) - With a tweet widely denounced as racist, President Trump has apparently managed to do what Nancy Pelosi was struggling to accomplish—unite the squabbling Democratic caucus. Pelosi and other Democratic lawmakers were among those slamming Trump for his remark that four progressive Democratic congresswomen should "go back and help... More »

Court to Trump: No Blocking Critics on Twitter

Federal appeals court upholds earlier ruling

(Newser) - Bad news for President Trump when it comes to his social media use: A federal appeals court has ruled he can't block his critics on Twitter. "The First Amendment does not permit a public official who utilizes a social media account for all manner of official purposes to... More »

Twitter to Limit the Spread of Politicians' Abusive Tweets

Users will have to click past a warning to read

(Newser) - Just in time for election season, Twitter has changed the rules for politicians. Tweets containing "controversial content or behavior which may otherwise violate our rules" will be hidden behind a warning label, Fortune reports. The label will say that the tweet goes against Twitter's guidelines about abusive behavior,... More »

Keeping Beyonce Happy Is a Twitter Game You're Bound to Lose

FYI: Wet hair before a show is a no-no

(Newser) - Twitter is playing host to a hit new game, all about whether you could survive a day as Beyonce's assistant without getting fired. "They gotta start giving pulitzers for tweets," New York Times reporter Astead W. Herndon wrote of the choose-your-own-adventure-style thread created by 19-year-old student Landon... More »

John Cusack Apologizes for 'Careless Dumb' Tweet

'Say Anything' star: I shouldn't have shared 'anti-Semitic' cartoon, it was due to a 'bot'

(Newser) - John Cusack, star of Say Anything and Being John Malkovich, doesn't keep his politics to himself on Twitter, but a meme he shared Monday got him into hot water, drawing accusations of anti-Semitism, Fox News reports. The offending picture (see it here ), which Cusack retweeted along with the... More »

Actress Sends Defiant Message to Hacker Over Nude Images

Bella Thorne posts NSFW images of herself to take away his power

(Newser) - Actress Bella Thorne became the latest celebrity to have personal photos fall into the hands of a hacker—but the 21-year-old decided to beat him to the punch. Thorne posted nude images of herself, declaring, "F--- u and the power u think you have over me," reports USA ... More »

OJ Joins Twitter, Talks About 'Getting Even'

A parody account causes even more controversy

(Newser) - Just before Friday turned into Saturday, Twitter gained a new account. It appears OJ Simpson can now be counted among those who tweet, and his very first (and so far only) post has already raised eyebrows. Simpson posted a short video announcing his entry online, and it included what Inquisitr... More »

Daily Show Runs Ads on Fox News to Reach Trump

He's cordially invited to their Washington, DC, pop-up experience

(Newser) - President Trump turns 73 on Friday, and the Daily Show With Trevor Noah is not letting the milestone go unnoticed. Deadline reports the show's pop-up exhibit, the "Donald J. Trump Presidential Twitter Library," will be open Friday through Sunday at Washington, DC's Showroom on 14th Street... More »

Trump Not Too Happy About Invented Quote

The president reacts to pundit who says it was purposely 'ludicrous'

(Newser) - A leading political scientist attributed a fake quote to President Trump—apparently in jest—and Trump kinda noticed, the Washington Post reports. Ian Bremmer, a think tank leader and cable news pundit, posted the quote on Twitter: "President Trump in Tokyo: 'Kim Jong Un is smarter and would... More »

Army Tweet Gets Thousands of Tragic Responses

All the Army asked was, 'How has serving impacted you?'

(Newser) - For the US Army, this might have come as a surprise. It tweeted a video last week of Pfc. Nathan Spencer talking about how service has positively influenced his life, and wrote the question: "How has serving impacted you?" Some of the roughly 10,000 responses touched on positive... More »

Guy Says Musk Saw His Sheep Meme, Gave Him a Job

It all started with an 'absolute unit' of a ram

(Newser) - A guy tweeted a photo of an "absolute unit" of a sheep and now claims he's Tesla's social media strategist. It's a fascinating story best digested once CEO Elon Musk's passion for Internet culture is understood. It turns out Musk spotted a reference to the... More »

First, Comey Took on Rosenstein. Now, a New Target

Comey accuses AG Bill Barr of 'sliming' the DOJ

(Newser) - James Comey has been embroiled in a very public feud with ex-Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Now the former FBI director is adding the current AG into the mix. Business Insider reports that Barr appeared on Fox & Friends Friday morning and repeated his assertion that there may have been... More »

Trump: I Am 'Monitoring and Watching, Closely!'

The president reacts to new social-media bans

(Newser) - President Donald Trump criticized social media companies after Facebook banned a number of extremist figures, declaring that he was "monitoring and watching, closely!!" Trump, who tweeted and re-tweeted complaints Friday and Saturday, said he would "monitor the censorship of AMERICAN CITIZENS on social media platforms." He... More »

Trump's Predawn Tweetstorm Spurred by Biden Endorsement

'I've done more for Firefighters than this dues sucking union will ever do'

(Newser) - At least one poll has Joe Biden as the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination, and he's starting to acquire some endorsements. One in particular appears to have riled President Trump, who fired off a predawn tweetstorm Monday addressing it. The International Association of Fire Fighters gave Biden its nod... More »

Trump Accuses Twitter of Bias, Meets With CEO Hours Later

Jack Dorsey met with POTUS at Trump's invitation

(Newser) - During President Trump's latest Twitter rampage early Tuesday, he accused the social media platform of being biased against conservatives. Within hours, he was praising Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey after meeting with him personally. The details:
  • Trump's first tweets: "'The best thing ever to happen to Twitter
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Warner Bros. Gets Trump Video Pulled From Twitter

Campaign clip yanked after Warner Bros. complains about use of 'Dark Knight Rises' music

(Newser) - President Trump posted a 2020 campaign video on Twitter late Tuesday afternoon, and in just a few hours it racked up more than a million views, per BuzzFeed . But if you haven't seen it by now, you may not get to anytime soon, as legal action from Warner Bros.... More »

Twitter Is All Emotional Over Mailman's Dog Story

When Gretchen died, her owners knew who should get her dog treats

(Newser) - A bittersweet, "I'm not crying, you're crying" type of story picked up by BuzzFeed is going viral. Twitter user eyelean posted last week that her dad is a mailman who enjoys giving out treats to the dog friends he's made along his route. When he got... More »

They Competed for a Parking Spot... for More Than an Hour

Viral Twitter thread documented the drama in Los Angeles

(Newser) - It's not exactly clear how it started, but on Monday night in Los Angeles' Koreatown neighborhood, two cars ended up in a standoff over a parking spot ... and it lasted for more than an hour. As the New York Post explains, Twitter user Chicken Tikka Mariah first noticed the... More »

Tom Brady's First-Ever Tweet Is a 'Bad Joke'

New England Patriots QB pretends he's retiring

(Newser) - Tom Brady is now on Twitter , and being that he sent his first tweet on April 1, it's only fitting that it was an April Fools' Day joke. "I'm retiring. In my spare time, I'll be tweeting #LFG," the New England Patriots quarterback tweeted . The... More »

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