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We All Want to Photograph This. It's Costing a City $278K

People need somewhere to pee in Perth

(Newser) - "Instagram-worthy, that is all." Such is one traveler's review of the Crawley Edge Boatshed on TripAdvisor. The Perth, Australia, attraction—if it can be called that—is a house colored an Instagram-perfect shade of blue sitting on the Swan River. CNN reports it's the "most... More »

Results of an Instagram Poll May Have Spurred Tragedy

Malaysian girl apparently killed herself after asking online if she should live or die

(Newser) - A gruesome online poll, with a tragic aftermath. It happened in Malaysia, where a 16-year-old girl decided to survey the masses on whether she should live or die. The Guardian reports that, per police, the teen put up her poll on Instagram, with the comment: "Really Important, Help Me... More »

Alex Jones, Yiannopoulos Respond to Facebook Ban

Right-wing figures and Louis Farrakhan, known for anti-Semitic comments, permanently banned

(Newser) - After years of pressure to crack down on extremist content, Facebook has banned Louis Farrakhan, Alex Jones and other extremists, saying they violated its ban against hate and violence, the AP reports. The company also banned right-wing leaders Paul Nehlen, Milo Yiannopoulos, Paul Joseph Watson, and Laura Loomer, along with... More »

In Sea Change, Zuckerberg Now Says 'the Future Is Private'

He announces major Facebook overhaul

(Newser) - "I know that we don't exactly have the strongest reputation on privacy right now, to put it lightly," Mark Zuckerberg quipped at the annual F8 Facebook developer's conference—but he promised that the company will turn it around. In his keynote address, the CEO announced a... More »

The CIA Posts an Image That's Loaded With Clues

Looks like intelligence agents can have fun, too

(Newser) - The CIA kicked off its Instagram account Thursday with an image of a desk and a simple clue: "I spy with my little eye..." The challenge, it seems, is to interpret the meaning of objects in the photo—like a wig, a clock set for 8:46, and... More »

Miley Cyrus Scolded Over Joshua Tree Stunt

Singer finds the 'drama' she hoped to avoid by climbing one of the the iconic trees

(Newser) - Miley Cyrus thought she could avoid "all the petty drama" from up in a tree. She couldn't have been more wrong. The pop star caused a ruckus this week in sharing two photos of herself sitting on the branch of a Joshua tree. "Looking down at all... More »

New Facebook Rule: No White Nationalism Allowed

Enforcement starts next week

(Newser) - Facebook is cracking down: On both Facebook and Instagram, "praise, support and representation of white nationalism and separatism" are banned starting next week, the company announced Wednesday . The move comes two weeks after the gunman in New Zealand's mosque shootings streamed the massacre on Facebook. As Variety explains,... More »

Luke Perry's Daughter: Stop 'Shaming Me' for How I'm Grieving

Sophie, 18: 'I am going to laugh and smile and live my normal life'

(Newser) - It's been just over a week since Luke Perry died after a massive stroke, and even though his 18-year-old daughter, Sophie, put out a heartfelt message asking fans to bear with her as she navigated her dad's tragic death, some have been less than understanding, per People . In... More »

Ariana Grande Isn't Just Queen of the Charts

Singer becomes most followed woman on Instagram

(Newser) - There's a new Instagram queen, and Selena Gomez doesn't care. Ariana Grande has nabbed the crown of the most followed woman on the social media site. Mashable puts her tally at more than 146,355,000 followers, with Gomez behind by about 60,000. Grande has added more... More »

Here's What Famous Instagram Egg Was Really All About

Mental health, as it turns out

(Newser) - After a random picture of an egg smashed Kylie Jenner's Instagram record a month ago, people have wondered who or what is behind the account. On Sunday night, they found out. The "world_record_egg" account, which goes by just EGG GANG on Instagram, posted the first picture Jan. 4,... More »

Berlin Police Are Looking for Woman—in a 'Creepy' Way

Instagram story being called 'stalkerish'

(Newser) - Berlin Police are searching for a woman. No, she's not missing, she just caught the eye of one of the city's officers. "Please contact me," read an Instagram story posted to the police force's official account . "You were at the U-Bhf Halleschen Tor [metro... More »

Egg Smashes Kylie Jenner's Instagram Record

She fires back with cracking response

(Newser) - Kylie Jenner was the queen of Instagram—until somebody hatched a plan to dethrone her. The social media platform's most-liked post is now a photo of a plain brown egg , posted by the " world_record_egg " account Jan. 5 with the stated intent of setting a world record and... More »

HBO Warned Trump Not to Mess With Trademark. Here We Go Again

He won't stop making 'Game of Thrones' memes, and this time fans are snickering

(Newser) - We know President Obama is a Game of Thrones fan ; we're pretty sure President Trump isn't, or at least he hasn't seen the end of the seventh season yet. As part of what the Week calls Trump's "fixation" with memes from the hit HBO show,... More »

LeBron James Apologizes for Quoting Song Lyric

Referred to 'getting that Jewish money'

(Newser) - LeBron James likes to share music lyrics on Instagram, but a recent one has led to a public apology, reports USA Today . In an Instagram story, the Los Angeles Laker star quoted a lyric from the song "ASMR" by 21 Savage: "We been getting that Jewish money, Everything... More »

Russians 'Fluent in American Trolling Culture'

Reports say they went after Mueller following the election

(Newser) - After Robert Mueller was appointed to investigate alleged Russian election interference, the same Russian operatives that worked to divide the American people and help President Trump get elected made the special counsel a target, according to two reports prepared for the Senate Intelligence Committee. Researchers say the Russians used Facebook,... More »

The 'Kiss of Death' for Dolce & Gabbana in China

D&G products scrubbed from e-commerce sites after insulting comments against country

(Newser) - Dolce & Gabbana goods disappeared Thursday from Chinese e-commerce sites as the fallout grew over remarks insulting to China that were apparently made by two of its Instagram accounts. The company has blamed hackers. Searches for Dolce & Gabbana turned up no items on major online retailers such as Alibaba'... More »

Mommy Blogger Laments 6-Year-Old's Lack of Popularity Online

Katie Bower's post has critics pouncing

(Newser) - One of Katie Bower's five kids turned 6 on Saturday , and the mommy blogger is taking flak for bemoaning that he's never gotten as many "likes" as the rest of her kids. Bower, who runs the Bower Power blog, also has more than 53,000 followers on... More »

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 »

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