Fake Cop Instagram Account Gets an OK From NJ Judge

In October this year, a case came under legal scrutiny when a DEA agent created a fake Facebook account of Sondra Prince, even using photos of her and her young son and niece to create the digital forgery. Facebook denounced the action as a serious breach of its terms and policies. But Instagram, it seems, is a… » 12/21/14 10:00am 12/21/14 10:00am

Google+ Now Handles Gender Way Better Than Facebook

Google+ just announced a simple tweak to its profile settings that lets you completely customize the gender field in your profile. In the past, you could select male, female, or other. Now, Google offers male, female, decline to state, and custom which prompts you to describe your gender however you'd like. Good job… » 12/10/14 10:14am 12/10/14 10:14am

Showing off on social media is a stupid game

If life was a video game right now, it'd be a pretty terrible one. That's because it'd just be levels of Facebooks and Twitters and Instagrams and social networks that would encourage us to pimp our lives for likes. And push us to hashbrag what we do. And to make sure the world sees our selfies. Team follow back.… » 12/09/14 11:37pm 12/09/14 11:37pm

White House: Enough With the Damn Selfies Already

President Obama had a meeting with Prince William in the Oval Office today. Sitting under the a portrait George Washington, the two men chuckled and acted like old pals. They did not, however, take any selfies. And neither did any of the reporters present because they were explicitly asked not to take selfies in the… » 12/08/14 4:20pm 12/08/14 4:20pm

The Horrifying Job of Facebook Content Moderators

Isn't Facebook great? (It's not.) But isn't it nice and clean and kid friendly? This is true for a very specific reason: the social media giant outsources the gnarly task of finding and deleting inappropriate content. In the November issue of Wired, Adrian Chen offers a peek into the darkest corners of the industry.… » 10/23/14 3:56pm 10/23/14 3:56pm

The Sad, Weird World of Unseen YouTube Videos

Embarrassing open mic nights, topical parodies, gaming tutorials—these are the YouTube videos we know. The ones we replay and the ones we send to our friends, coworkers, families, and everyone we know. But YouTube has another layer. One where view counts sit at zero and bizarre bits of film rot away in indifference.… » 10/20/14 1:24pm 10/20/14 1:24pm

Snapchat's First 'Non-Creepy' Ad Is For A Horror Movie

Snapchat recently announced that it was getting ads, and it's followed through on that promise, with the first paid-for ephemeral advertisements landing this weekend. However, I'm not so sure that Snapchat's made good on its promise for its ads to be 'non-creepy', since horror film Ouija was the first subject. » 10/18/14 9:00pm 10/18/14 9:00pm

How to Get All of Your Social Media Updates in One Place

You log into Facebook and check your updates, switch to Twitter to do the same, then to Snapchat, then Instagram, then Tumblr, then WhatsApp, then two or three more. Save yourself from social media fatigue and earn back some productivity points by consolidating all your incoming feeds into one place—here are some… » 10/14/14 1:32pm 10/14/14 1:32pm

The #1 News Station in Memphis Accidentally Tweeted a Pornhub Link

If you're wondering about the rain and storms in Memphis, you might have gotten a big surprise in your Twitter feed today. WREG News Channel 3 briefly directed its Twitter followers to a link that not only had zero radar information about the #memstorm—it was a PornHub user's profile. » 10/07/14 11:27am 10/07/14 11:27am

Facebook Says Whoops, Updates Rules for News Feed Manipulation (Updated)

A few months ago, the world found out that Facebook made its users into test subjects, showing some folks artificially happy (or artificially sad) News Feeds to see if it affected the emotions in the user's own posts. The internet was not happy about that. Now, Facebook says it's updated its research guidelines in… » 10/02/14 2:06pm 10/02/14 2:06pm

Ello Experiences Its First DDoS Attack (Update)

Ello, the upstart social network that's grown in massive popularity of the past week, is currently down. Whether for maintenance or more nefarious purposes, it isn't outwardly explicit. According to its current status page, the site is investigating the cause but is leaning toward a possible denial of service (DDoS)… » 9/28/14 4:40pm 9/28/14 4:40pm