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Twitter Fails Test Of Its Own 'Zero Tolerance' Policy on Hate Speech 8

Twitter Fails Test Of Its Own ‘Zero Tolerance’ Policy on Hate Speech

More than 40 million tweets were posted during Donald Trump’s inauguration, a good number of them hate-filled. Yet, Twitter failed its “zero tolerance” policy on hate speech over and over again, including on this repulsive, Nazi-inspired anti-Semitic image. I posted the Tweet while watching the anointing of our country’s first fascist regime; it made me weep for us all....
'Birdman' Win, 'American Sniper' Loss Sparks Oscar Uproar on Social Media 10

‘Birdman’ Win, ‘American Sniper’ Loss Sparks Oscar Uproar on Social Media

“Birdman,” the offbeat Alejandro G. Iñárritu film, won Best Picture at the 87th Academy Awards today (Feb. 23) and immediately sparked a backlash on social media by fans of “American Sniper,” including ugly racial remarks. The controversy also took on political overtones. Protesters were mostly conservative, pro-military types who were fanned by Fox News and Sean Hannity. Protesters blamed everyone from President Obama to “liberal Hollywood” for what they saw as “American Sniper’s” snub....
Taylor Swift Dodged One Nude Photo Scandal; Will She Do It Again? 12

Taylor Swift Dodged One Nude Photo Scandal; Will She Do It Again?

Taylor Swift has laughed off claims today (Jan. 27) that hackers discovered nude photos in her Twitter and Instagram accounts, which were compromised. But it’s not the first time she’s faced similar claims. In 2011, when she was still an up-and-coming country sweetheart, a topless photo leaked onto the Internet that was supposedly hers. The photo was never conclusively identified as her. ...
Robert Pattinson Gal Pal FKA Twigs Lashes Out at Twitter Hate (photos) 14

Robert Pattinson Gal Pal FKA Twigs Lashes Out at Twitter Hate (photos)

Robert Pattinson’s new gal pal, Tahliah Debrett Barnett, a UK singer also known as FKA Twigs, is seeing some downside to her new found publicity. She spoke out on Twitter over the weekend because of a rise in racists tweets. Twigs vaulted into the spotlight three weeks ago when she was spotted out with Pattinson during the first week in September. Pattinson, of course, is famously known for his relationship with “Twilight” cast mate Kristen Stewart....
Elton John Sparks Uproar With Christ Gay Marriage Claim (video) 16

Elton John Sparks Uproar With Christ Gay Marriage Claim (video)

Elton John has touched off a social media storm with his claim that Christ would support gay marriage. He made the statement during a Sky News interview in the UK and caused Twitter to rain fire and brimestone. “Our theology should not come from heathens,” thundered one religious critic. The conversation got started when John, who is married to his long-time partner David Furness, was asked about church rules...
Kim Kardashian Actually HATED Her Vogue Cover; Believe It? (photos)  20

Kim Kardashian Actually HATED Her Vogue Cover; Believe It? (photos)

Kim Kardashian wanted a Vogue cover; it was her dream. But the Vogue cover she got wasn’t hers. It was Anna Wintour’s. Kim was merely a prop, and she HATED the result, according to a startling new report. Vogue released the cover last week and touched off a torrent of criticism on social media. But Kim was said to have loved it. But behind the scenes, it was a different story....
Kate Upton, a Creature of Social Media, Defines Selfie Era (photos) 26

Kate Upton, a Creature of Social Media, Defines Selfie Era (photos)

Kate Upton hardly invented the “selfie,” no telling who did that. But she’s helped define it with her beyond breath-taking sexuality and her amazing sense of humor. No wonder everyone is doing what used to be the domain of self-promoting reality stars like Paris Hilton, Kim Kardashian and Tila Tequila. But now just about every media celebrity, musical artist, Young Hollywood starlet and high-fashion model is in on the trend....
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Cannibal Cop Gilberto Valle Guilty, Or Thought Crime Victim?

Gilberto Valle, the NYPD officer who became known as the cannibal cop, even though he never actually ate anyone, was found guilty today (Mar. 12) and faces life in prison. Has justice been done, or was Valle convicted for a thought crime? It's hard to engender much sympathy for someone who fantasized about committing the worst kinds of crimes, but the question is critical in the age of the Internet....
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