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She Gave the #VanLife a Go, and It Was Pretty Dismal

But Caity Weaver's recap of it is a delightful read

(Newser) - "That sounds bad." So pronounced Caity Weaver's husband when she told him she was going to give the #VanLife that's so popular on TikTok and Instagram a go for a week and write about it for the New York Times Magazine . The piece that resulted is...

In Russia, It's Goodbye Instagram, Hello 'Sadgram'

Black-and-white social media alternative asks users for gloomy photos

(Newser) - Criticizing the invasion of Ukraine, or even calling it a war instead of a "special military operation," is a crime in Russia, but citizens are still allowed to express their sadness. With Instagram now banned in the country, alternatives are sprouting up, including "Grustnogram," which translates...

Ye's Instagram Privileges Have Been Revoked

Rapper temporarily banned for bullying on Wednesday

(Newser) - The rapper formerly known as Kanye West has been forced into a 24-hour Instagram hiatus. Instagram temporarily banned Ye's account Wednesday for violating policies on hate speech, bullying, and harassment—but the posts in question had nothing to do with Ye's most recent foe , Pete Davidson. The rapper...

Starting Monday, No More Instagram in Russia

After same move on FB, nation bans social media site due to 'calls for violence' against Russians

(Newser) - Earlier this month, Russia blocked access to Facebook. Now citizens are about to lose access to Instagram, a widening of the net that's "squeezing the free flow of information online for Russians," per NPR . Insider reports that Roskomnadzor, Russia's media overseer, announced Thursday that starting Monday,...

Estee Lauder Exec Fired for Post Causing 'Widespread Offense'

Company says firing was due to John Demsey's Instagram post that featured the n-word

(Newser) - An Estee Lauder executive's 30-year stretch with the company has come to an end, after a social media post that the company says caused "widespread offense." CNN Business reports that John Demsey has been fired and will be exiting his job this week, after recent posts on...

Aaron Rodgers Is Going Through Some Things Online

Green Bay QB gushes over ex Shailene Woodley, leaves 'cryptic' hints on NFL future

(Newser) - Aaron Rodgers and fiancee Shailene Woodley reportedly split up last week, but it seems the Green Bay Packers quarterback is still processing his feelings, and in a very public way. He also may have dropped a hint about his uncertain NFL future. Page Six reports that the 38-year-old posted an...

Commenter Mocks Abigail Breslin's Mask, Gets an Earful

Actress has no patience for that

(Newser) - Abigail Breslin's dad died in February of COVID-19. So the 25-year-old actress minced no words when a commenter mocked her for wearing a mask in an Instagram photo she posted Monday. "Who's the pathetic loser wearing a mask?" wrote the commenter on the photo of people riding...

Patton Oswalt's Message on Dave Chappelle Backfires

Comedian insists he's an 'LGBTQ ally' after post about his longtime friendship with Chappelle

(Newser) - The comedy business can be a somewhat insular one, where everybody knows everybody and ties stretch back decades. So it's not surprising that comedian Patton Oswalt has known Dave Chappelle for more than three decades, and his New Year's Eve post on that topic is now drawing heat....

Artist: 'Metaverse' Insta Handle Blocked After FB Name Change

Australia's Thea-Mai Baumann used the 'metaverse' handle, then suddenly got blocked

(Newser) - For nearly a decade, Thea-Mai Baumann, once the owner of an augmented-reality company called Metaverse Makeovers, used the Instagram handle "metaverse" to showcase her creative work. Last month, however, the Australian artist says she suddenly wasn't able to access her Insta, and she suspects Facebook's recent rebranding...

Britney Spears Reveals Her Feelings on That Diane Sawyer Interview

Yep, she thought Sawyer was out of line

(Newser) - Britney Spears is speaking out on that infamous 2003 interview with Diane Sawyer—and it turns out she found it just as problematic as many viewers are now finding it . In a since-deleted Instagram post Monday, Spears took Sawyer to task for the way she treated the pop star, who...

Facebook: Scientist Behind Misinformation Doesn't Exist

Account claimed US was pushing its scientists to blame virus on China

(Newser) - A disinformation network with ties to China used hundreds of fake social media accounts— including one belonging to a fictitious Swiss biologist—to spread an unfounded claim that the US pressured scientists to blame China for the coronavirus, Facebook said Wednesday. The company based in Menlo Park, California, did not...

Madonna Sees Sexism as Instagram Removes Photos

Image showed the singer's nipple

(Newser) - Madonna is ticked at Instagram after the platform removed photos in which she bared a nipple. The 63-year-old called out the company as she reposted the images with a tactfully placed heart emoji, reports Cosmopolitan . “It is still astounding to me that we live in a culture that allows...

Teen Brand Quits Social Media: 'Something Has to Change'

Lush will shutter IG, FB, TikTok, Snapchat on Black Friday, won't come back til user safety is improved

(Newser) - While most brands are revving up their social media for Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and the rest of the holiday shopping season, one teen favorite just made a shocking announcement: It's shuttering its social media entirely on the day after Thanksgiving. At least for now, says Lush Cosmetics—known...

Bipartisan Group of AGs Is Investigating Instagram

They say Meta ignored research about dangers posed to young people

(Newser) - A group of state attorneys general is investigating the photo-sharing platform Instagram and its effects on children and young adults, saying its parent company Facebook—now called Meta Platforms—ignored internal research about the physical and mental health dangers it posed to young people. The investigation is led by a...

Browns Cut Star Receiver After Dad's Instagram Post

Odell Beckham Jr. is out, with video critical of QB apparently the last straw

(Newser) - Odell Beckham Jr. has run his last route for the Browns. The polarizing wide receiver is being released by the Cleveland Browns, who are cutting ties with Beckham after a drama-filled stay that ended with him being told to stay home from practice, per the AP . Beckham's unceremonious exit—...

After 22 Years in Jail, Dad-Daughter TikTok Dance Goes Viral

Justine Tuckett reunites with dad Bill Lorance

(Newser) - Justine Tuckett was 5 years old when her father was sent to prison for murdering his stepfather in 1999. Over the next 22 years, Bill Lorance would miss her many dance recitals and her wedding. "When I was younger every time I blew out my birthday candles, I would...

Slain Journalist's Dad Blasts Facebook's Murder Videos

Alison Parker's parents file FTC complaint, appeal to Congress for removal of footage of her killing

(Newser) - The family of a journalist killed during a live news report in Virginia in 2015 is asking the Federal Trade Commission to take action against Facebook, which hosts footage of her murder. Videos of the killing of WDBJ-TV reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward regularly appear on Facebook and...

Whistleblower Tells Senate Facebook Is Dishonest

Former project manager at the social media giant says its practices are dangerous

(Newser) - Facebook isn’t to be trusted. That’s the main point whistleblower Frances Haugen made to the Senate Tuesday. Haugen said the social media giant knows the potential harm of its products but prioritizes profits over safety, Politico reports. One of her chief concerns was the company’s failure to...

Facebook, Instagram Go Down Worldwide
Facebook, Instagram
Start to Return

Facebook, Instagram Start to Return

Company's share price crashed after outages

(Newser) - Update: Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram began slowly returning to the internet Monday evening, about six hours after crashing. A tweet from Facebook around 6:30 ET said they were "coming back online now," CNN reports. "Thank you for bearing with us," the tweet said. The restoration...

After Big Win in Court, a NSFW Celebration for Britney

Spears posts topless, nude photos of herself on Instagram while on vacation

(Newser) - "Having the time of my life here!" Britney Spears wrote on Instagram Thursday from an undisclosed tropical location, just one day after a Los Angeles judge replaced her dad, Jamie Spears, as conservator of her estate. But that wasn't Spears' only post—the 39-year-old singer also put...

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