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Homeless Man Shaving on Train Goes Viral Because Humans Are Terrible and Social Media Was a Mistake Homeless Man Shaving on Train Goes Viral Because Humans Are Terrible and Social Media Was a Mistake

The world is a cruel place. And nobody knows that better than Anthony Torres, a 56-year-old man in New York who was recently the butt of jokes when a video of him shaving on a train went viral. Torres talked with the Associated Press and explained that he doesn’t have a home right now and had just spent a few days in…

Drama Over Shirtless Selfie in Houseplant Hobby Group Inspires Wave of Plant Nude Trolling Drama Over Shirtless Selfie in Houseplant Hobby Group Inspires Wave of Plant Nude Trolling

Since the dawn of time, human beings have been covering their naughty bits with flora—or at least that’s what the classicist motif of putting fig leaves over nudity would have you believe. This age-old practice recently saw a social media resurgence, with dozens of Facebook users posting their own semi-nude plant…

The Washington Post's Analysis of Star Wars' Toxic Fandom Doesn't Go Deep Enough The Washington Post's Analysis of Star Wars' Toxic Fandom Doesn't Go Deep Enough

This morning, the Washington Post published an article titled “Who hates Star Wars for its newfound diversity? Here are the numbers.” It comes to the perhaps unsurprising conclusion that, as ferocious as it has become lately, the toxic subculture that has developed in Star Wars fandom is a vocal minority. But its…

Now Jeff Sessions Is Also Really Worried About the Social Media Now Jeff Sessions Is Also Really Worried About the Social Media

The President recently came out and accused Jeff Sessions of aiding the Democrats and reportedly calls the Attorney General a “dumb Southerner” behind his back. Despite all that, the very stable genius president has kept this traitorous moron in one of the most powerful positions in government. Sessions needs some red…

Ajit Pai Is Suddenly Very Concerned About Whether Tech Companies Are Censoring Conservatives Ajit Pai Is Suddenly Very Concerned About Whether Tech Companies Are Censoring Conservatives

Federal Communications Commission chair Ajit Pai, the Donald Trump administration plant behind the repeal of net neutrality, is now very concerned about the neutrality of other tech companies.

Report: Jack Dorsey Overruled Staff to Keep Alex Jones, White Supremacist Richard Spencer on Twitter Report: Jack Dorsey Overruled Staff to Keep Alex Jones, White Supremacist Richard Spencer on Twitter

Twitter, the social media site for people who like getting angry at things, has long been a haven for misogynistic harassers, white supremacists, and garden-variety trolls. The site has claimed to be working on this, but its supposed commitment to change has been repeatedly undermined by their decision to do things…

Feud Week, Dungeons & Dragons, Shooting Bigfoot, and IFA 2018: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week Feud Week, Dungeons & Dragons, Shooting Bigfoot, and IFA 2018: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

Here at Gizmodo, we’ve just wrapped up Feud Week: A series on personality and business clashes in the tech world, scientific disputes, and whether or not to shoot Bigfoot. (I say let the big guy do his thing, unless it turns out it’s kidnapping people with mind-waves to make more Bigfoots.) Some have said that a Nice…

Anti-Semitic Vandalism Lists New York as 'Jewtropolis' on Snapchat, CitiBike, and More [Updated] Anti-Semitic Vandalism Lists New York as 'Jewtropolis' on Snapchat, CitiBike, and More [Updated]

Anti-semitic vandalism has turned New York City into “Jewtropolis” on a number of online platforms, including Snapchat, CitiBike, and StreetEasy. The problem appears to stem from the mapping software that the platforms are using, called Mapbox, which pulls data from OpenStreetMap.

Twitter Briefly Tested a Feature Suggesting Who Users Should Unfollow Twitter Briefly Tested a Feature Suggesting Who Users Should Unfollow

Twitter, which has been alternately scrambling around reassuring users it is working to address its well-known trolling problem and fumbling doing just that, briefly tested a feature suggesting who users should unfollow.

Google Calls BS on Trump's Claim It Blacklisted His 2017 and 2018 'State of the Union' Speeches Google Calls BS on Trump's Claim It Blacklisted His 2017 and 2018 'State of the Union' Speeches

On Wednesday, Donald Trump escalated his war with major U.S. tech companies he and other prominent conservatives have been baselessly accusing of censoring right-wingers. In a video with an ominous soundtrack posted to his Twitter account, the president’s team accused search giant Google of featuring links to live…

Cool, Looks Like Facebook Has a James Damore Now Cool, Looks Like Facebook Has a James Damore Now

Last year, a Google engineer named James Damore triggered an entirely unnecessary and ultimately unproductive controversy after his internally published 10-page memo decrying “Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber” became a matter of public record. Damore, who more or less used the pretense of science to imply some of his…

Dude Who Tried to Shake Down Mark Zuckerberg Caught in Ecuador After Three Years on the Run Dude Who Tried to Shake Down Mark Zuckerberg Caught in Ecuador After Three Years on the Run

A few years ago, a man named Paul Ceglia filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit against Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, claiming that the two signed a software development contract in 2003 with provisions conveniently giving Ceglia retroactive co-ownership of the site. Authorities later alleged that Ceglia, an upstate New…

Report: It Doesn't Sound Like Elon Musk Really Thought Out That 'Funding Secured' Tweet Report: It Doesn't Sound Like Elon Musk Really Thought Out That 'Funding Secured' Tweet

Earlier this month, Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk added to his seemingly never-ending drama by announcing via Twitter that he had “funding secured” to take Tesla private at $420 a share. The tweet quickly blew up in his face, drawing Securities and Exchange Commission attention and generating chaos for the company.…

Google France Shuts Down Its Own Page on Popular Social Network Google+ Google France Shuts Down Its Own Page on Popular Social Network Google+

Despite the irrefutable success of Google’s flagship social media network, a great tragedy has befallen Google+, because this weekend, Google France says it is shutting down its own page on Google+ for good.

President Trump Weighs in on Reality Winner Sentencing, Calls Her Leak 'Small Potatoes' President Trump Weighs in on Reality Winner Sentencing, Calls Her Leak 'Small Potatoes'

President Trump is awake, angry, and tweeting this morning, which wouldn’t normally be newsworthy. But Trump just weighed in on a case that strikes close to his legitimacy as president: The Reality Winner leak. And he seems to think that it wasn’t a big deal.

Facebook Pulls Its Data-Harvesting Onavo VPN From App Store After Apple Says It Violates Rules Facebook Pulls Its Data-Harvesting Onavo VPN From App Store After Apple Says It Violates Rules

Facebook has yanked its vampiric Onavo Protect service—which purports to be a privacy-enhancing Virtual Private Network (VPN) but is by all indications data-harvesting Facebook spyware—from Apple’s App Store. The Wall Street Journal reports that a source said Facebook was compelled to remove the app after Apple “ruled…

Elon Musk Explains Why He Quit Instagram: 'I Didn't Like It' [Updated] Elon Musk Explains Why He Quit Instagram: 'I Didn't Like It' [Updated]

It looks like Tesla founder and tortured workaholic Elon Musk has deleted his Instagram account. “Finally!” you might say, if you’ve been following the 47-year-old’s controversial behavior on social media lately. “But wait you have to give me back my phone!” Azealia Banks might say, since she demanded Musk return the…

HUD Makes It Official, Files Complaint Alleging Facebook Ad Tools Allow Housing Discrimination HUD Makes It Official, Files Complaint Alleging Facebook Ad Tools Allow Housing Discrimination

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has filed an official discrimination complaint against Facebook, saying the site’s dizzying array of advertising tools makes it simple for advertisers to illegally exclude wide swathes of the population from seeing housing ads, Politico wrote on Friday.

Move Over Fake News Media, Trump Hates Social Media Too Now Move Over Fake News Media, Trump Hates Social Media Too Now

The president has a lot of fervent grievances—everything from the “enemy of the people” news media to the “angry Democrats” supposedly on special counsel Robert Mueller’s team—but social media has now apparently earned his lasting enmity.

This Keeps Happening, and It Fucking Sucks This Keeps Happening, and It Fucking Sucks

The CW’s new Batwoman, Ruby Rose, is the latest high-profile actor to quit social media after facing harassment from so-called fans over her role in a nerdy project. It’s becoming more common for actors and creators to leave social media platforms because of online abuse, enough that it’s starting to feel like an…

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