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Leagues Ask Zuckerberg, Dorsey for 'Human Decency'

English soccer officials cite inaction over racist abuse of players, coaches and referees

(Newser) - The leaders of English soccer have asked the heads of Facebook and Twitter to show "basic human decency" by taking more robust action to eradicate racism and for users' identities to be verified. There has been growing outrage that players in leagues including the Premier League and the Women'...

Instagram Bans Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

RFK Jr.'s vaccine posts get him booted

(Newser) - Robert F. Kennedy Jr. isn't just a Kennedy, he's a well-known anti-vaxxer —and now that stance has gotten him banned from Instagram. "We removed this account for repeatedly sharing debunked claims about the coronavirus or vaccines," a spokesperson for the social media site's parent...

Social Media's Treatment of Trump Upsets Macron

French president doesn't like private companies making the decision to cut a president off

(Newser) - French President Emmanuel Macron says he was "very upset" by the way social networks muzzled Donald Trump at the tail end of his presidency. Speaking in a recorded video chat with scholars, Macron cited Trump's example in arguing for more government regulation of social media platforms. The comments,...

There's a Dark Side to the Viral Silhouette Challenge

Videos are being edited to better reveal their sometimes-naked subjects

(Newser) - The "silhouette challenge" is the latest viral craze sweeping social media sites like TikTok and Instagram, this one meant to empower women. Women post videos of themselves dancing, often partially or completely nude, with their bodies appearing in silhouette. Outlets like Cosmopolitan and the Sun explain how to copy...

The Horror: Influencers Give Girls Similar Odd Names

Baybi, meet Baby

(Newser) - If your pastimes including mocking celebs who saddle their kids with atypical names and Instagram influencers, this is the story for you. It centers around two mommy influencers—or, more specifically, their daughters. All My Friends Are Models blog founder Sasha Benz gave birth nearly three years ago to Baybi...

Chrissy Teigen Update Goes Wildly Viral in One Hour

Model shares the complex feelings she's still wrangling with after miscarriage in the fall

(Newser) - When Chrissy Teigen lost her baby Jack earlier this fall due to pregnancy complications, she penned a heart-wrenching essay sharing her grief. Two months later, she has an update, and it's one that racked up a million likes in just one hour, Newsweek reports. Teigen's Wednesday post on...

'Zombie' Teen Gets 10 Years

Sahar Tabar was arrested in Tehran after posting distorted images of herself on social media

(Newser) - The crime: posting on Instagram. The sentence: 10 years. An Iranian court has sentenced teenager Sahar Tabar to a decade behind bars after she posted distorted images of her face on social media, Metro reports. The 19-year-old was celebrated for the Instagram posts, in which she resembled a "zombie"...

46 State Attorneys General Sue to Break Up Facebook

Social media giant accused of using its dominance to crush the competition

(Newser) - When it comes to taking on Facebook, bipartisanship is alive and well. Attorneys general from 46 states, along with Guam and Washington, DC, filed an antitrust against the social media giant Wednesday, accusing it of using its dominance to crush competition, NPR reports. The lawsuit is being led by New...

Trump Jr.'s Dilemma: 'Only So Many Guns I Can Clean'

The president's son seeks Netflix recommendations

(Newser) - Donald Trump Jr. is seeking Netflix advice and cleaning his guns while enduring self-isolation in upstate New York, TMZ reports. "Apparently I got the 'rona," he said in an Instagram video. "Maybe it's a false positive, maybe not, but you know, I'll follow the...

Wasn't Me, Says the Pope After 'Like' of Risque Photo

The Holy See wants some answers from Instagram

(Newser) - Of all the "likes" on a racy photo posted by Brazilian model Natalia Garibotto, one stood out. It came from Franciscus, which just happens to be the Instagram account of none other than Pope Francis, reports the Catholic News Agency . The "like" disappeared when CNA asked the Vatican...

Rupert Grint Gets 1M Instagram Followers in 4 Hours, a Record

'Harry Potter' star breaks the record just set by Sir David Attenborough

(Newser) - Four hours and one minute after he joined Instagram , Rupert Grint had a million followers— breaking the record just set by Sir David Attenborough, who took four hours and 44 minutes to reach the same milestone when he joined the social media network in September. (Prior to the English naturalist,...

Emma Roberts: I Blocked My Mom Online for Her Big Mouth

'Scream Queens' actress 'kind of got in a fight' with mother

(Newser) - Many young people can relate to having non-tech-savvy parents. Actress Emma Roberts can now count herself among them. The Scream Queens and American Horror Story star appeared on Jimmy Kimmel's show Monday and told the late-night host that she blocked her own mom, Kelly Cunningham, online after Cunningham inadvertently...

David Attenborough Joins Instagram, Smashes a Record

Naturalist reaches 1M followers faster than anyone else

(Newser) - Sorry, Ms. Aniston. Sir David Attenborough has just taken your Instagram record . The 94-year-old naturalist debuted on Instagram Thursday and reached 1 million followers in a little more than four hours, according to Guinness World Records . That broke Aniston's mark of 5 hours, 16 minutes, reports Mashable . As of...

Suicide Video Prompts a TikTok Move

Company suggests tech 'partnership' could help tamp down on harmful content

(Newser) - TikTok says "groups operating on the dark web" engaged in a "coordinated effort" to share a graphic suicide video across its platform. Now it's asking other social media giants for help. The video of a US man shooting himself was live-streamed on Facebook in late August before...

Navalny's Latest Pic Shows His 'Clear Path' to Recovery

Russian opposition leader posts photo of himself walking in Berlin hospital

(Newser) - What a difference a few weeks make. Alexei Navalny is not only out of his coma and communicating with family and medical staff in the Berlin hospital where he's being treated—he's also out of bed. Per Reuters , the 44-year-old Russian opposition leader, who it's now widely...

Kim Kardashian Joins Facebook, Instagram Boycott

She says she's freezing accounts for 24 hours

(Newser) - One of the Kardashians is going to be harder to keep up with than usual on Wednesday. Kim Kardashian West says she is freezing her Facebook and Instagram accounts for 24 hours as part of the #StopHateForProfit campaign to protest misinformation and hate speech, the Guardian reports. "I can’...

Chris Evans Posts More Than You Might Want to See

That is America's ... no, not that part

(Newser) - If Chris Evans wanted the world's attention, he got it. The Knives Out star became a Twitter trending topic Saturday after apparently posting a pic of his junk by mistake, Us Weekly reports. The 39-year-old put photos on his Instagram Story of him and his pals playing the game...

Jennifer Garner Watched The Office, and Wow

Actress records herself crying after the finale, accidentally in slo-mo

(Newser) - Jennifer Garner just finished watching the entire run of The Office with her kids during the pandemic, and it gave her all the feelings. She began to cry when recording a video about the experience, and she accidentally recorded it in slo-mo, she explains in an Instagram post . She decided...

Instagram Launches 'Uncannily Similar' TikTok Rival

Reels also allows users to share 15-second videos

(Newser) - Instagram has launched its own rival to TikTok—days after President Trump gave TikTok's owners a deadline either sell its US operations to a US firm or have the app shut down. The new feature, Reels, is part of Instagram instead of a standalone app, but it strongly resembles...

Influencer, 24, and Her Unborn Baby Die Suddenly

Nicole Thea was 8 months pregnant with a boy

(Newser) - Dancer and influencer Nicole Thea was eight months pregnant with a son she and her partner had named Reign when tragedy struck suddenly. Both the 24-year-old and her unborn child died Saturday morning, Thea's mom posted on the social media star's Instagram account . "As a family we...

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