Facebook Finally Stops Trying To Restrict What Gender You Can Choose

A little over a year ago, Facebook finally did away with its highly restrictive gender options. (It was male, female, or nothing.) But instead of being open-ended, the social network would still only let you choose from among a list of 56 options. Now, after catching some flak, Facebook is finally offering infinite… » 2/26/15 1:58pm Thursday 1:58pm

Music Is Dead. VH1 Is Going Behind the Tweet 

For many a 90s kid, VH1's Behind the Music offered you your first glimpse into the rockstar lifestyle—highs, lows, laxatives, and all. But now that the internet has rendered us effectively dead inside, VH1's new parody series is giving us the only thing that matters any more: Twitter. Yup, it's time for Behind the… » 2/12/15 10:30am 2/12/15 10:30am

A Horrifying Short Film About How Facebook Could Turn Even Creepier

From Argentina, this ghostly horror short from director Andrés Borghi examines the ways in which Facebook affects relationships ... particularly those that Just. Won't. Die. Though it has some familiar stylistic elements, it's eerie, well-paced, and has a supremely creepy score. » 2/05/15 5:58pm 2/05/15 5:58pm

Don't Quit the Social Networks You Hate. Bend Them to Your Will

We get it: No one likes Facebook. Twitter is full of trolls. Social networks can be a pain, but they're also great ways to stay in touch with friends and talk to new people. Even so, every few weeks we hear from someone who wants to just "quit" Facebook altogether. Here's why that's a silly idea, and what you can do… » 2/04/15 12:26pm 2/04/15 12:26pm

Facebook's Newsfeed Is Our Lowbrow Psyche Staring Back at Us

Facebook's Newsfeed is a broken mess. It's meant to be a personalized news ticker, but it can look like a relentless stream of Ice Bucket Challenges and dog photos. Facebook has already tried to banish clickbait and hoaxes, yet many Newsfeeds are heavy on the meaningless filler and viral froth. To fix its flagship… » 2/02/15 2:05pm 2/02/15 2:05pm

The British Army is Creating a Battalion of "Facebook Warriors"

Warfare is a constantly changing landscape, from the weapons that are used to the battlefields they're fought on. Amidst mountains of Snowden leaks from the NSA and GCHQ, it's no longer a mystery that the digital warfare is advancing quickly, and the British Army just upped its digital artillery. » 2/01/15 11:18am 2/01/15 11:18am

Woman Discovers Her Photos Have Been Used to Catfish Others for Years

Most of our discussions of catfishing are limited to the catfishers and catfishees, but there's a third category we often forget about: the unwitting catfish-complicit, whose pictures and deets make the catfishing possible, and whose lives also get crappy and complicated when sucked into the mix. » 1/26/15 2:29pm 1/26/15 2:29pm

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