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Donald Trump Fret-Tweets About Michael Cohen’s Recording But Reassures, “Your Favorite President Did Nothing Wrong!”

President Donald Trump took out his latest frustrations on his keyboard today, tweeting about the news that his former personal lawyer secretly recorded their pre-election conversation about a payoff to a Playboy bunny who claims an extended affair with citizen Trump. The woman in question is Karen McDougal, a one-time Playboy centerfold model who was paid $150,000 in August 2016 by the parent company of the National Enquirer. Ostensilby, the payment was for story rights… Read

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Facebook Suspends Analytics Firm As It Investigates Data Practices

Facebook confirmed it has suspended a Boston-based social media analytics firm while it investigates how it collects and shares public data. Crimson Hexagon touts itself as one of the world’s leading providers of insights, drawn from public online data. The firm analyzes public Facebook data for clients, which include a non-profit with ties to the Kremlin and U.S. government agencies including the Department of Homeland Security, the Wall Street Journal reports. After the… Read

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Roseanne Barr Screams “I Thought The Bitch Was White” In Video Explaining Racist Valerie Jarrett Tweet

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Roseanne Barr, following through on her pledge to bypass “stressful & untrustworthy” TV interviews, has posted a promised YouTube message to explain “what happened & why” with regard to her tweet about Valerie Jarrett – the one that compared the former Obama aide to a Planet of the Apes character and torpedoed Barr’s sitcom Roseanne. “I thought the bitch was white,” Barr screams at the top of her voice, directly into the camera, in this short video. “Goddammit! I thought… Read

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Mark Duplass Rescinds Ben Shapiro Recommendation; James Gunn, Glenn Beck & Twitterverse Answer The Call

Today’s Twitter brouhaha over Mark Duplass’ apology for suggesting liberals interested in “crossing the aisle” might consider following the right-wing pundit Ben Shapiro is still going strong. Glenn Beck has just weighed in, if you were waiting (he thinks it’s “sad” that Duplass was “swayed by the mob”). Last night, Duplass, actor and co-creator (with brother Jay Duplass) of, among other credits, HBO’s Togetherness, in a since-deleted tweet, wrote, "Fellow liberal: If you… Read

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AMC Theatres And Facebook Team For Ticketing Via Social Media

AMC Theatres and Facebook have teamed up for a new service that enables the purchase of movie tickets in the U.S. via the social-media platform. The exhibition giant is the first theater chain to set a pact with Facebook, though the social media company is working with Fandango and Atom Tickets. With all of these partnerships, customer payments are processed by AMC, Fandango, or Atom Tickets. While box office has been brisk this summer, the movie business remains in an… Read

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Mark Zuckerberg Clarifies Remark About Holocaust Deniers Following Online Furor

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is once again in damage-control mode after remarks that seemed to suggest Holocaust deniers have a place on the social media platform. Zuckerberg was describing how the social media company makes decisions about what content to remove; drawing a distinction between inflammatory hate speech that might incite violence in countries like Myanmar and Sri Lanka, and media operations like InfoWars that peddle in conspiracy theories. "The principles… Read

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Mark Zuckerberg Defends Facebook’s Stance On InfoWars

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Mark Zuckerberg defended the social network’s decision to keep InfoWars on the platform, illustrating the tension between Facebook’s mission to allow people of all viewpoints to express themselves while also preventing harm. In an interview with Recode Decode host Kara Swisher, the 34-year-old chief executive talked about the conspiracy site as occupying a place where those goals collide. “The approach that we've taken to false news is not to say, ‘You can't say something… Read

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Hollywood & Beltway On Summit: Schwarzenegger Calls Donald Trump “Little Wet Noodle, Little Fan Boy” – Update

Refresh for updates Even for Twitter. Even for Hollywood. Even for Beltway pundits and Democratic politicians – the social media response to President Donald Trump’s apparent siding with Russia’s Vladimir Putin over United States intelligence agencies has been nearly as astounding as Trump’s history-making words. Standing next to Putin in Helsinki today, Trump was asked by reporters about Russia’s meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, as outlined Friday in… Read

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InfoWars Dustup Exposes Facebook’s Unease With Conservative News Sites

Facebook is again drawing criticism for its handling of fake news on the platform — this time, around its tentative treatment of InfoWars, one of the Internet’s leading peddlers of conspiracy theories. The social media giant’s executives said Alex Jones’ media operation, which traffics in bogus theories like one recent report about Democrats starting a Second Civil War on July 4, should have a place on Facebook. It’s a question of free speech. “We just don’t think banning… Read

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Instagram Blames “Bug” For Widespread Outage

Instagram blamed a “bug” for causing a problem that rendered users around the world unable to access the photo- and video-sharing network. Users turned to Twitter to complain about being unable to access Instagram, either through the app or desktop. The outage appeared to have been widespread, touching thousands of users in North America, South America and parts of Europe, according to outage reports tracked by the site DownloadDetector. A spokesperson for the Read

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Scarlett Johansson Exits ‘Rub & Tug’ Amid Outcry Over Playing Trans Man

Scarlett Johansson, who endured cries of whitewashing when she played the lead in last year’s Ghost in the Shell, this time has given in to public pressure. The actress today exited Rub & Tug, the Rupert Sanders-directed film in which she was to play the trans owner of a massage parlor. Johansson’s role in the project was met with immediate backlash from the transgender community and others who objected to her casting. Following the initial uproar, the actress responded wi… Read

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News Shows From BuzzFeed, Bloomberg And NowThis Come To Facebook Watch

As the first slate of news shows produced exclusively for Facebook Watch debut next week, the social network today announced a fresh slate of programs from publishers including Bloomberg, BuzzFeed and NowThis. Shows from CNN, Fox News, ABC owned stations, Univision and ATTN begin airing on Monday in a new section of Watch dedicated to news. It which will feature news videos from national and local news pages, personalized to reflect the publishers that users typically… Read