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Rihanna, Justin Bieber, and more are standing up for bullied kid Keaton Jones

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By now, you’ve probably seen the name Keaton Jones or #StandWithKeaton, regarding the Tennessee boy whose video about his terrible bullying experience went pretty viral this weekend. 

The heartbreaking video, in which Jones describes how he’s bullied in school, created an instant outpouring of support and love from all corners of the internet. Many, many people shared their own stories, words of encouragement, and his video with others. Celebrities were definitely among them.

Celebrities have reached out on Twitter and Instagram showing Jones their own love and support with invitations to hang out, and simply spreading awareness of how serious and hurtful bullying really is. Read more…

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This was the year we turned on social media

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With each passing day comes yet another reason to question the notion that the long arc of the universe bends toward justice. However, this year, in particular, has made it resoundingly clear that — regardless of the direction of that arc — the process by which it bends manifests with stuttering jolts and fits. Things seem one way to many people, until, for whatever reason, all of the sudden everyone realizes they’re not. 

It is a similar reckoning that has befallen the do-no-wrong darling of the tech industry: social media. Long heralded by its profits as a digital panacea for our fractured world, services like Facebook and Twitter have instead come to both represent and fuel our darker natures.  Read more…

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Aussies on Twitter this year cared most about politics, marriage equality and of course, BTS

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Turns out 2017 ended up being a good year for fans of K-Pop and marriage equality.

Twitter has released its Australian year in review, revealing what the country’s users have been talking about.

Unsurprisingly, the country’s vote to allow LGBTQ couples to marry was among the most discussed topics on the platform. The hashtag #marriageequality, ranked second behind #auspol (short for Australian politics) in Twitter’s top list.

The country’s most retweeted post was one by Australian Marriage Equality on Nov. 15, which came shortly following the announcement that a majority of the country had voted yes. Read more…

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My ‘trickle down economics’ tweet went crazy viral and here’s a play-by-play

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I’ve tweeted over 60,000 times, but I’d never seen anything like this. 

As of this writing, one of my tweets has collected 100,000 likes and over 42,000 retweets, and counting. All in less than 24 hours. 

The tweet is not extraordinary. It’s a simple pictograph, a sort of word illustration, that offers my perspective on one particularly pervasive piece of economic theory.   

Trickle Down Economics
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— Lance Ulanoff (@LanceUlanoff) December 2, 2017 Read more…

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Reddit found this dude’s stolen car in a matter of hours

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Getting your car stolen is one of the worst things, but finding it can be MUCH easier than it was a decade ago.

Over Thanksgiving week, Sebastiaan de With, a freelance designer and photographer, got his Land Rover Defender stolen in the San Francisco Bay Area, after just having purchased it a little over a year ago.

Desperate to find any help in locating his car, de With decided to post about it on Twitter and Reddit, asking people to contact him if they happen to see it.

“I thought it’d be pointless to post it, but on the other hand, I really wanted to find my car,” de With told the SF Gate. “They’re extremely hard cars to find in the U.S., and I was waiting on an appraiser to come around to get full coverage, full-value insurance. So it being gone meant I had absolutely nothing, not even a claim payout.” Read more…

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Matt Lauer’s Twitter account vanishes day after sexual harassment allegations

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Matt Lauer’s Twitter is gone. 

Just a day after sexual harassment allegations surfaced and led to his ousting from NBC, his account is no longer available on the social network. 

Newsweek reporter Ryan Sit tweeted about the development, showing an error page for Lauer’s former account on the Twitter mobile app. 

Looks like Matt Lauer’s twitter account is gone 💨 @mlauer pic.twitter.com/Ih2dsiAy7B

— TheRyanSit (@TheRyanSit) November 30, 2017

J.D. Durkin, White House correspondent for Cheddar, also tweeted about the development with a screenshot from a desktop computer.  Read more…

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Here’s a $30 tool that uses competitor data to improve your social media game

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Just to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission.

Social media is an integral component to any marketing strategy. Or it should be. Knowing your way around Facebook, Instagram, and other social media platforms isn’t just a perk anymore — it’s a must. And to be at the top of your game, you need to know what your competitors are up to.

Enter Social Insider, a tool used by more than 4,000 companies, including Blitzmetrics, Skyscanner, and Vice. Social Insider lets you see your competitors’ posts, content performance, engagement metrics, audience growth, boosted posts, hashtags, and more — making it easier for you to see what works and what doesn’t. Read more…

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Man who deactivated Trump’s Twitter account thought it wouldn’t actually work

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The identity of the Twitter employee who briefly deactivated Donald Trump’s Twitter account is no longer a secret.

The former Twitter employee has finally come forward to share his perspective on what happened that day. Speaking to TechCrunch, Bahtiyar Duysak, who worked as a contractor at Twitter’s San Francisco HQ, says he now thinks his actions were a “mistake.” 

More surprising, though, he says he didn’t think his actions would actually result in Trump’s account being deactivated.

While Duysak, a German national, doesn’t offer much explanation about why he chose to remove the account in the final minutes of his job at Twitter, he apparently thought Trump’s twitter was “was essentially protected from being deactivated over Terms of Service violations.” Read more…

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The horrors of ‘Animal Crossing’s secret cults and prison camps

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We’ve long suspected that a dark underbelly lay hidden beneath the cute veneer of Animal Crossing, a Nintendo game about friendship, cute critters, and paying off mortgages (allegedly). Now, new evidence from the recently released Pocket Camp mobile edition is finally revealing the truth.

You’re actually the director of a labor cult on par with Scientology’s Sea Org, you sick bastard. Well, some of us are, anyway.

Most players probably thought the “camp” the game put them in charge of was the fun kind — you know, with summer activities. But they were wrongKotaku reporter Gita Jackson compiled several accounts documenting a much harsher reality involving cult-like forced labor and even animal imprisonment. Read more…

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Pakistan reportedly blocks Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube amid protest crackdowns

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Pakistan has reportedly blocked Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter amid a broader crackdown on protests. 

The blockages come after six people died and 200 others were injured after authorities attempted to clear Islamist protests from highways near the capital of Islamabad, according to the Associated Press

Pakistan also instituted a media blackout, with many of its major TV stations going off the air

We are aware of reports that the Pakistani government has taken action to block Twitter service, as well as other social media services, and that users are having difficulty using Twitter in Pakistan. We are monitoring the situation and hope service will be fully restored soon.

— Twitter Public Policy (@Policy) November 25, 2017 Read more…

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Someone help Chrissy Teigen get her lost Nintendo Switch back

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Model and proud Nintendo Switch super-player Christine Teigen made a mistake. And it’s gonna take a holiday miracle to fix it.

Like many of us, Teigen’s been obsessively playing (and posting amazing Twitter content about) Super Mario Odyssey since its release last month. 

But tragedy struck on Friday, Nov. 24, when she forgot the portable console in the Courtyard Marriott in Springfield, Ohio. Now, she needs her own blue overall-wearing hero to materialize from a green pipe because, “I need my moons back.”

I left my Nintendo at the courtyard marriott in Springfield please I need a Christmas miracle. I need my moons back

— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) November 24, 2017 Read more…

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Someone on Twitter made a Lena Dunham apology bot

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Lena Dunham just issued a somewhat hollow apology for defending a Girls writer accused of rape.

It’s not the first time Dunham has apologised for a controversial statement after backlash, as many on Twitter have pointed out.

So, recognising a theme, two Australians have made a Twitter bot that can generate satiristic Dunham apologies.

Hailing from Melbourne, Jess Wheeler (creator of popular bot “Aus Gov Just Googled”) and Liv Croagh, have created a Twitter bot called “Lena Dunham Apologizes,” which generates fabricated apologies from the Girls creator. Read more…

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