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Facebook for the web is updating your inbox to the Messenger interface

Facebook for the web is updating your inbox to the Messenger interfaceFacebook is rolling out a messaging update on the web version of its platform. The social network is doing away with its traditional facebook.com inbox in favor of its Messenger web interface.



Twitter is pissed after guy takes selfie with Nick Cave, but doesn't know who he is

Twitter is pissed after guy takes selfie with Nick Cave, but doesn't know who he isTwitterer and comedian James Malcolm was hit with a particularly bad case of FOMO while waiting for a flight at Wellington airport, recently.  But it was soon to be replaced with mass public shaming, due to his lack of ~serious music~ knowledge. SEE ALSO: Your selfies might be leaving you vulnerable to hackers The 21-year-old noticed that a lot of people around him were taking selfies with a long-haired man sitting at the back. He had no idea the suited gentleman was Australian musician, author, screenwriter and all around living legend, Nick Cave. He reached out to Twitter for help identifying the mystery man, but initially didn't get much of a response. Does anyone know who this is? People keep asking him to sign their t shirt pic.twitter.com/Md4fU1uKZD — James Malcolm (@DieJamesMalcolm) January 17, 2017 "I only had like two replies on that photo — both jokes," Malcolm explained to Mashable over Messenger. Undeterred, the he decided to just get a selfie with the "stranger." According to Malcolm, Cave seemed happy to be snapped.  "He was smiling and chatting to people a little bit — he was bloody loving it IMO," Malcolm said. Can someone please tell me who this celeb is? Everyone was asking him for pics and I didn't wanna feel left out pic.twitter.com/s67vF5rZKZ — James Malcolm (@DieJamesMalcolm) January 17, 2017 The response to Malcolm's selfie was swift. Some people reached out to educate the Kiwki, others still to chide him. @DieJamesMalcolm @jowrotethis His name is Nick Cave. He’s a bad seed, kid. — Tim Goodman (@BastardMachine) January 18, 2017 @DieJamesMalcolm Jesus lord help us all. Get a fucking late pass. — CEDRIC BIXLER ZAVALA (@cedricbixler_) January 18, 2017 Some tweeters even decided that the situation called for a deep critique of celebrity culture. @DieJamesMalcolm Why would you have bothered if you didn't know who he was? Serious question. — Mike McGrath-Bryan (@mike_mcgb) January 18, 2017 @DieJamesMalcolm Cave is an artist, not a 'celeb'. Bit of a line between the two, don't you reckon? — Mike McGrath-Bryan (@mike_mcgb) January 18, 2017 .@DieJamesMalcolm pic.twitter.com/LXhY4Zs1je — KJ Shepherd (@testinghistory) January 18, 2017 Others still thought it called for good old bit of trolling.  @DieJamesMalcolm Nic CageHe was in Connair — Jay K. Cagatay (@jayktweets) January 18, 2017 @DieJamesMalcolm That's John Travolta mate. pic.twitter.com/Ii4JGdaFKf — Rusholme Ruffian (@lev_yashin) January 18, 2017 @DieJamesMalcolm His name's Boaby, he runs a pub in Glasgow, Scotland. pic.twitter.com/6MIGJyXCa0 — Kenny Stewart (@Kenny__Stewart) January 17, 2017 @DieJamesMalcolm @TheMichaelMoran it's Gene Simmons from KISS! — David Wells (@dagwells) January 18, 2017 @DieJamesMalcolm Elrond from Lord of the Rings. pic.twitter.com/0hFnSGv0lk — Adrian Legg (@memenow) January 17, 2017 @DieJamesMalcolm when u a mysterious celeb pic.twitter.com/bI4QYJZJsU — Weston David Pagano (@wpazzurri) January 18, 2017 So has Malcolm had the chance to listen to a bit of Cave's music since? "No I haven't! I know that's bad — I probably should," he said. "I'm fairly certain it won't be my cup of tea though ... I love Miley Cyrus, Melanie Martinez and just about anything Top 40s. I'm basic AF." Don't change, Malcolm.  BONUS: Get the perfect selfie lighting with this smart makeup mirror



Man posts incredibly dumb maths 'problem' and Twitter descends into chaos

Man posts incredibly dumb maths 'problem' and Twitter descends into chaosSome men just want to watch the world burn. When twitter user @SandalShagger (yes, really) posted a nonsensical statement about children born in 2005, he may not have known how many people it would reach but he certainly knew it would annoy those it did.   SEE ALSO: Politician picks fight with 'The Simpsons' meme page, gets roasted Behold: A contender for the world's most infuriating tweet. A kid born in 2005 is now 20 years old. Let that sink. — MK (@sandalshagger) January 16, 2017 "Let that sink" indeed. It's like a multi-car pileup of logic, sense and reason. But it doesn't end there.  Before long the internet did what it does best: Made a messy situation even messier. Some quickly concluded it was a troll move and played along. @sandalshagger people who are bad at mathematics will say 12. — k (@therealsnorky) January 16, 2017 RT @sandalshagger: A kid born in 2005 is now 20 years old. Let that sink. pic.twitter.com/uJsy3CoqzT — Razor Ramon (@HW_TRK) January 16, 2017 RT @sandalshagger: A kid born in 2005 is now 20 years old. Let that sink. pic.twitter.com/tdJtkO65do — Jonathan Rogers (@SKEJayRogers) January 16, 2017 "@sandalshagger: A kid born in 2005 is now 20 years old. Let that sink." pic.twitter.com/mQQEwHnEIw — Empty Seats Galore (@EmptySeatsPics) January 18, 2017 But many, many others still fell for it hook, line and sinker. @pakitrump how dafuk? I was born in 1998 and I'm turning 19 this year. — Mishaal. (@MishaalNaeem) January 16, 2017 @ForensicWow @Asensiazo @sua9rez @sandalshagger he said "now" aka present tense therefore his statement is incorrect — ANNA (@queenslaaaaaaay) January 18, 2017 RT @sandalshagger: A kid born in 2005 is now 20 years old. Let that sink. pic.twitter.com/19Z79RSbzu — desp (@bigracks) January 16, 2017 @sandalshagger pic.twitter.com/4yhxlZ0mhF — #LetMyPeopleGLO ⚡️ (@MichellCClark) January 17, 2017 RT @sandalshagger: A kid born in 2005 is now 20 years old. Let that sink. pic.twitter.com/CWI75gEpwR — Dangerous Danae™ (@iHateDanae) January 16, 2017 It didn't help that @Sandalshagger soon decided to jump back into the fracas and confuse things even further. wow holy fuck, just realised we're in 2017 and not 2020, probably explains the confusion, how embarrassing  — MK (@sandalshagger) January 17, 2017 That is how the world ends then. Not with a bang, but with total and utter tweet-based chaos. @MishaalNaeem @pakitrump that's your personal problem — Normachos #5H2017 (@Normachos) January 16, 2017 Eventually, Twitter user @ForensicWow summed it all up quite nicely. @queenslaaaaaaay @Asensiazo @sua9rez @sandalshagger Yeah it's a very stupid tweet. — Forensic Wow (@ForensicWow) January 18, 2017 BONUS: This is what happens when you binge-watch Black Mirror



Twitter is finally ditching its neglected “Buy” button once and for all

Twitter is finally ditching its neglected “Buy” button once and for allTwitter is killing off its “buy” button as it moves away from ecommerce for good. The feature never really took off on the platform despite mobile-commerce features gaining traction on the likes of Messenger and Pinterest.



Google grabs Twitter app platform Fabric

Twitter has been in a reorganization phase as it seeks to hit profitability for the first time, and to boost user growth which has been stagnating in comparison with other social networkGoogle is acquiring Twitter's mobile application developer platform Fabric, a move which could give some breathing room for the social network after charting an independent path without a suitor. Twitter last year was in talks to sell itself with several firms including Google parent Alphabet, but without a deal decided to continue on an independent path, cutting jobs and refocusing on its core services. The sale of Fabric will shift to Google the platform used by developers for mobile apps.



Beckham tops NFLer on Twitter, Kaepernick 49th
NEW YORK (AP) — Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. , had the most engagement on Twitter among NFL players this season, while Colin Kaepernick was only a surprising 49th.
Study illustrates Facebook's growth as campaign news source

Study illustrates Facebook's growth as campaign news sourceDonald Trump and Hillary Clinton voters had different media diets, but a study finds common ground in Facebook as an important news source — even if their individual feeds bore little resemblance to each ...



Facebook dismissive of censorship, abuse concerns, rights groups allege

A 3D-printed Facebook logo is seen in front of a displayed stock graph in this illustration takenNearly 80 rights groups on Wednesday accused Facebook of "racially biased censorship" and failing to be more transparent about its removal policies and cooperation with law enforcement, adding to criticism the company has faced in recent months over its management of content on its network of 1.8 billion users. The sharp rebuke, sent in response to a December letter from Senior Vice President Joel Kaplan, reflected increasing impatience among advocacy groups that say Facebook has inadequately addressed their concerns despite repeated promises of action from senior executives.



On Leaving Social Media In Order To Salvage Your Sanity

On Leaving Social Media In Order To Salvage Your SanityThen Facebook opened up! And Twitter! And Instagram! And you could link them. Social media has brought us all together. Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and Instagram make it easier than ever to plug in and experience a firehose of anger, joy, fear, and “like” (love is a little strong, perhaps) with the tap of a thumb or a few keystrokes.



Americans want Trump to cut back on Twitter, poll finds

Americans want Trump to cut back on Twitter, poll findsPresident-elect Donald Trump is known to have an itchy Twitter finger, and says he plans to continue his use of the social media platform after he takes the oath of office. The survey, conducted Jan. 12 to 15, found a vast majority of Democrats (89 percent) have a negative view of Trump’s use of Twitter. In November, Trump said he would be “very restrained” in his use of Twitter as commander in chief, but will reserve the right to use it as a “method” to combat what he perceives as negative stories about him.



Is there a method behind Trump’s Twitter madness — and does it really matter?

Is there a method behind Trump’s Twitter madness — and does it really matter?It goes something like this: The president-elect of the United States tweets something no president-elect has ever said, and certainly never tweeted, before. All of this raises a number of questions as this president-elect becomes president: Is his unfiltered spew of thought really unprecedented? Just before the controversial nomination of Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., to head the Department of Health and Human Services, for instance, Trump tweeted that flag burning should be illegal.



Fret not Vine fans, Twitter now looping short videos

VineVine may be dead, but parent company Twitter has developed a new feature that mimics the short-looping video experience.



Facebook's Zuckerberg questioned at trial over virtual-reality technology

File photo of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg during a town hall at Facebook's headquarters in Menlo Park, CaliforniaBy Lisa Maria Garza DALLAS (Reuters) - Facebook Inc chief executive Mark Zuckerberg took the witness stand in Dallas federal court on Tuesday and denied an allegation by a rival company that the virtual-reality technology of Facebook's Oculus unit was stolen. Zuckerberg, the founder of one of the world's largest companies, faced hours of tough, public questioning about where Oculus obtained its ideas and how much he knew about the startup when Facebook bought it for $2 billion. A jury is hearing evidence in a civil lawsuit brought by videogame publisher ZeniMax Media Inc against Oculus in 2014, in the middle of the Facebook-Oculus deal.



Facebook plans to invest $3 billion in virtual reality over the next decade

Facebook plans to invest $3 billion in virtual reality over the next decadeVirtual reality isn't doing as well as Facebook expected, according to the company's CEO Mark Zuckerberg. But it has a plan to change that, and it involves a massive investment to improve the tech.



Facebook’s first startup incubator to open inside massive Station F in Paris

Facebook’s first startup incubator to open inside massive Station F in ParisFacebook is putting its stamp on the world’s biggest startup space. Station F in Paris — which was formerly a railway depot — will be home to the social network’s first business incubator, dubbed “Startup Garage from Facebook.”



'Sad Dogs Outside Shops' Facebook page is a must-follow for pupper lovers

'Sad Dogs Outside Shops' Facebook page is a must-follow for pupper loversThere's something really endearing about sad-looking dogs waiting for their owner outside a shop. There they are. Tied up and waiting for their owners to return, while you contemplate patting them to help them with their separation anxiety. SEE ALSO: Happy pups take owner for a joyous snowboarding ride in a winter wonderland Now there's an Instagram and Facebook page called "Sad Dogs Outside Shops," dedicated to pictures of these pooches.  The account was started by an Irish guy living in Australia named Andy. He's been putting up pictures of sad dogs online for a few years now. "One thing I noticed when I moved over was the amount of dogs tied up at shops! I've always loved dogs and liked to pet them to cheer them up a bit so when I saw them and I thought other people would get a kick out of seeing them online too," he told Mashable via Messenger.  A photo posted by @saddogsoutsideshops on Jan 12, 2017 at 1:40pm PST Andy now gets most of his images from submissions, which come from around the world including Spain, Canada, U.S., UK, Ireland and of course, Australia. A photo posted by @saddogsoutsideshops on Jan 16, 2017 at 11:56pm PST "I just got our first Russian sad dog this morning which is great. It's like the people, once they were made aware of the dogs, realised that they see them all the time," he said. A photo posted by @saddogsoutsideshops on Jan 16, 2017 at 12:17am PST The account is of course "really just a bit of fun" and "an antidote to all the rubbish" that's on Facebook and Instagram nowadays, "where people are just putting up stylised versions of themselves," according to Andy. A photo posted by @saddogsoutsideshops on Jan 13, 2017 at 2:53am PST We'll take sad dogs over pretty humans any day. A photo posted by @saddogsoutsideshops on Jan 6, 2017 at 10:12pm PST A photo posted by @saddogsoutsideshops on Dec 26, 2016 at 10:49am PST [h/t Buzzfeed ] BONUS: NBD, just a massive alligator out for a stroll



Facebook may shift its focus away from live video and onto original shows

Facebook may shift its focus away from live video and onto original showsFacebook is reportedly not planning on renewing its Live Video deals with publishers. Instead the company is chasing longer, premium video content in the vein of Netflix — which could see it fork out billions for original shows.



Twitter roasts MLB player for mansplaining birth control to Jessica Chastain

Twitter roasts MLB player for mansplaining birth control to Jessica ChastainIf you come at the Queen, you best not miss. That's the important lesson MLB player Matt Garza learnt when he tried to "educate" actress, activist and all around boss, Jessica Chastain, on birth control. SEE ALSO: Requests for IUDs are up 900% at Planned Parenthood It all went down after Chastain tweeted her dismay about changes to U.S. health insurance policy. #BirthControl is no longer covered by health insurance. Congrats USA, you're doing your part to keep women out of the work force. #smfh  — Jessica Chastain (@jes_chastain) January 13, 2017 If you are not ready to provide for a family, if you want to finish school, if you want to build a career, protect yourself. #IUD @PPact — Jessica Chastain (@jes_chastain) January 13, 2017 Garza, evidently a champion mansplainer, decided to jump in. It's called abstinence, a word that has been forgotten amongst this generation... it's the best contraceptive... #juatsaying https://t.co/OgKg1qQmln — Matt garza (@Gdeuceswild) January 13, 2017 There's a lot to unpack in that one tweet. Luckily, Twitter was up for the job. The first and most obvious criticism was that Garza himself became a father at the tender age of 18. How's that for hypocrisy?  .@Gdeuceswild Yeahhh. How many ppl do you know who are abstinent? Don't lecture women about abstinence...especially when you had a kid at 18 — Nick Bolton (@NickBolton13) January 13, 2017 Matt Garza has 6 kids and became a father when he was a teenager. This generation tho, man. https://t.co/M0F6OJCFf8 — bobby daniels (@BobbyJDaniels) January 13, 2017 BECAUSE MATT GARZA, FATHER OF 6, (FIRST CHILD AT 18) IS THE REAL SPOKESMAN OF ABSTINENCE ONLY  — e. (@NIIGHTWlNGS) January 13, 2017 So @Gdeuceswild knocks up a girl at 18 and then preaches to @jes_chastain about abstinence? Smh 樂 — Animal Farm Magazine (@AnimalFarmMag) January 16, 2017 The second cluster of criticism centred around the audacity of a man lecturing a woman about her body on the internet — something that seems to happen only once every half a second. @iFlopSets @Gdeuceswild @jes_chastain so glad you know what is good and bad for girls PLEASE TELL ME MORE pic.twitter.com/lju49p4nTS — Stangle's Kid (@lisasaurstomp) January 13, 2017 @EthanBearman I take birth control due to an illness, not for pregnancy prevention. Matt Garza is a knob. — Miss Goodas (@missgoodas) January 17, 2017 @iFlopSets @lisasaurstomp @Gdeuceswild @jes_chastain awesome advice from a guy that doesn't have a uterus! — Rad Wolf MacAwesome (@RadMacawesome) January 13, 2017 Thanks Matt Garza! I really needed some Grade A mansplaining today. — Keely Flanagan (@keely_flanagan) January 13, 2017 @Gdeuceswild good point. I just have a hamper full of filthy socks and my wife sits on the washing machine 12-6 pm and we're doing great — Brandon McCarthy (@BMcCarthy32) January 13, 2017 And finally, as things got messier and messier, people just started dragging Garza's playing. @Gdeuceswild Matt, if you ever get to the postseason on your trash team, maybe abstain from giving up 4 runs in six innings like you did last time. — Wesley Funcrusher (@wesleyfuncrushe) January 13, 2017 @Gdeuceswild You play for the Brewers. What do you know about birth control OR baseball? — Caroline Dohack (@CarolineDohack) January 14, 2017 Oooof. That is a perfect storm of criticism you've just endured, Matt. Nobody messes with Chastain. how on earth did I miss this Matt Garza thing, and also, why did I have to see this Matt Garza thing — keithlaw (@keithlaw) January 14, 2017 BONUS: Facebook stalkers confess their dark secrets



Steelers coach Tomlin contrite, but irked by Brown Facebook faux pas

Head coach Mike Tomlin of the Pittsburgh Steelers walks the sideline during the first quarter of the game against the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Divisional Playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 15, 2017 in Kansas City, MissouriPittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday he regrets the language he used in discussing upcoming NFL playoff foes New England in a locker room speech, but he'll punish receiver Antonio Brown for streaming it live on Facebook. In a fiery, and he believed private, address to his players after their victory over the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, Tomlin said the Steelers had "spotted those assholes (the Patriots) a day and a half" of preparation time for next Sunday's AFC championship game.



Facebook's Zuckerberg questioned at trial over virtual-reality technology

File photo of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg during a town hall at Facebook's headquarters in Menlo Park, CaliforniaBy Lisa Maria Garza DALLAS (Reuters) - Facebook Inc chief executive Mark Zuckerberg took the witness stand in Dallas federal court on Tuesday and denied an allegation by a rival company that the virtual-reality technology of Facebook's Oculus unit was stolen. Zuckerberg, the founder of one of the world's largest companies, faced hours of tough, public questioning about where Oculus obtained its ideas and how much he knew about the startup when Facebook bought it for $2 billion. A jury is hearing evidence in a civil lawsuit brought by videogame publisher ZeniMax Media Inc against Oculus in 2014, in the middle of the Facebook-Oculus deal.



Mike Tomlin Had Some Harsh Words About Antonio Brown Posting The 'A**hole' Speech On Facebook

Mike Tomlin Had Some Harsh Words About Antonio Brown Posting The 'A**hole' Speech On FacebookThe Steelers escaped Kansas City on Sunday night with an 18-16 win in their Divisional Round matchup with the Chiefs to set up an AFC Championship matchup with the Patriots. After the game, a fired up Mike Tomlin stood in front of his team in the locker room and delivered a passionate, profanity-laced speech about how they’ll be ready for the AFC Championship game despite the Patriots having more than a full extra day of rest on Pittsburgh. In the speech, he referred to the Patriots as “those a**holes” which sent the football world into a tizzy about the perceived slight at the Pats.



Fraudsters use sham UK charity appeals to steal money via emails, social media
By Magdalena Mis LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Fraudsters have been using social media and emails to trick British corporations and members of the public to donate money to fake charity appeals, the UK's charity regulator said on Tuesday. In one case, emails purporting to be from Migrant Helpline - a genuine charity supporting migrants - were sent to individuals and businesses with a link containing malware to steal banking details, the Charity Commission said. The emails contained details of a bogus donation to Syrian families and invited recipients to clink on a link to retrieve more information about their donation, Migrant Helpline said in a warning posted on its website.
Jordan charges 2 senior ex-officials in social media protest
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan's state security court has charged a former member of parliament, a retired major general and six others with incitement after they joined social media protests against expected price increases.
Fraudsters use sham UK charity appeals to steal money via emails, social media
By Magdalena Mis LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Fraudsters have been using social media and emails to trick British corporations and members of the public to donate money to fake charity appeals, the UK's charity regulator said on Tuesday. In one case, emails purporting to be from Migrant Helpline - a genuine charity supporting migrants - were sent to individuals and businesses with a link containing malware to steal banking details, the Charity Commission said. The emails contained details of a bogus donation to Syrian families and invited recipients to clink on a link to retrieve more information about their donation, Migrant Helpline said in a warning posted on its website.
Facebook bets on Paris with start-up incubator
By Gwénaëlle Barzic PARIS (Reuters) - Facebook gave the French tech scene a vote of confidence on Tuesday by picking Paris as the location for its first start-ups incubator, a boost for the city as European capitals compete to attract firms post-Brexit. The U.S. social media group said it would set up the scheme at the Station F site on the Left Bank - an ambitious project backed by French billionaire Xavier Niel and set to become the world's largest start-up campus when it opens in April. "Paris has always been a city of new ideas where people come together to break new ground, to do new things," Facebook's Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg told reporters at the vast, listed former railway depot still under renovation.
Soccer-Sagna fined and warned for social media post
Manchester City defender Bacary Sagna was fined 40,000 pounds ($49,236.00) on Tuesday and warned about his future conduct after a post on social media that appeared to accuse a referee of bias. The French international was charged with misconduct by the FA for his "10 against 12... but still fighting and winning as a team" Instagram post after City beat Burnley 2-1 in the Premier League on Jan. 2. Referee Lee Mason sent off City midfielder Fernandinho in the 32nd minute and the FA alleged that Frenchman Sagna's comment, which was later deleted, questioned the official's integrity.
Donald Trump praises wrong Ivanka in Twitter shout-out

FILE - A Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016 file photo showing US President elect Donald Trump greeting his daughter Ivanka Trump during the grand opening of Trump International Hotel in Washington. Trump wanted to praise his daughter on Twitter — instead he accidentally sent his message to another Ivanka. The message was directed to a woman named Ivanka Majic in Brighton, southern England. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)LONDON (AP) — U.S. President-elect Donald Trump wanted to praise his daughter on Twitter — instead he accidentally sent his message to another Ivanka.



'Bridget Trump's Diary' is the parody Twitter account we all need in our lives

'Bridget Trump's Diary' is the parody Twitter account we all need in our livesLONDON — It is a truth universally acknowledged that Donald Trump LOVES Twitter.  In fact, his stream of consciousness tweets and personal musings could be considered a pithy Bridget Jones-esque diary about the ups and downs of life as PEOTUS.  SEE ALSO: Calling Bridget Jones one of the most influential women of the past 70 years is problematic One comedian has created a parody Twitter account dedicated to Donald Trump diary entries written in the style of Bridget Jones' Diary. And, it's the stuff of magic. Tiff Stevenson — a standup comic based in London — got the idea for the account in early January when she observed that one of Trump's tweets bore a similarity to Bridget Jones' Diary . She decided to turn Donald Trump tweets into diary entires written in the style of Bridget Jones. From there, Bridget Trump was born. "It's remarkable how little you have to change," says Stevenson.  Resolution 1: Obviously will lose twenty pounds. Number 2: Repeal Obamacare WILL NOT borrow money off dadN.B. Poker chips aren't edible — BRIDGETTRUMPSDIARY (@BRIDGETTRUMPSD1) January 8, 2017 Stevenson believes that Jones and Trump have remarkable amount in common.  "There are so many parallels between Bridget and Donald. They are both utterly consumed with how other people see them and they are constantly chasing after the wrong guy," says Stevenson.  "They share a love of words and exclamation marks too, such as vile!, tremendous!, media!, winning!, stupid!, weak!, smart!, loser!, love!" Stevenson continues.  Bridget Trump's Diary touches on a variety of issues that have plagued Trump in recent weeks.  Of course, there are several entries relating to Meryl Streep's Golden Globes speech.  Kelly Anne told me Vile Meryl said a awful thing about me at an awards do. Heard she is a democrat, very cruel race. Ate pudding from M&S — BRIDGETTRUMPSDIARY (@BRIDGETTRUMPSD1) January 9, 2017 Hate dishonest Meryl! Must center myself more. Will ask Pence about appropriate self-help book, possible Eastern-religion-based. Weight-270 — BRIDGETTRUMPSDIARY (@BRIDGETTRUMPSD1) January 10, 2017 Naturally, Theresa May and Nigel Farage get several mentions.  Invited to Theresa May's turkey curry buffet. Nigel F will be there apparently he is top human rights abolitionist that mother is keen on — BRIDGETTRUMPSDIARY (@BRIDGETTRUMPSD1) January 11, 2017 Money is also of the utmost importance to Bridget Trump.  I WILL NOTWaste money on: unaffordable health care , tax , planned parenthood, moving to Washington or exotic underwear — BRIDGETTRUMPSDIARY (@BRIDGETTRUMPSD1) January 13, 2017 And, Bridget Trump even revealed a lack of knowledge about Brexit in one entry.  Lovely catch up w/ GoveTold him 'Bridget Trump thinks Brexit is tremendous'**Don't really know what Brexit is but enjoy sounding important — BRIDGETTRUMPSDIARY (@BRIDGETTRUMPSD1) January 16, 2017 And, of course, the inauguration line-up is deeply troubling to Bridget Trump.  Why oh why doesn't anyone want to play at the inauguration? What if I die alone & am found 3 weeks later half eaten by an Alsatian? — BRIDGETTRUMPSDIARY (@BRIDGETTRUMPSD1) January 15, 2017 In addition to the parallels between the two of them, Stevenson believes that Trump could learn a lot from Bridget Jones.  "I think Trump could learn a lot from Bridget because she is likeable and when she makes a mistake she owns it rather than point the finger of blame at others," says Stevenson.  "Also, Bridget is always trying to improve herself and reach higher. Donald thinks he is tremendous (just the way he is) and won't tolerate any difference in that opinion," she continues.Perhaps we should all take a leaf out of Bridget's book.  BONUS: Bridget Jones is on the property ladder, here's what her flat looks like now



Facebook moves to head off tougher regulation in Germany

Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer of Facebook, delivers a speech during a visit in ParisBy Caroline Copley and Eric Auchard BERLIN/MUNICH (Reuters) - Facebook is stepping up efforts to head off tougher regulation by Germany, a fierce critic of the social media network operator, with top managers visiting Germany and saying they would do more to combat fake news and hate speech. Top German lawmakers are planning legislation this year to force Facebook to remove incitements to hate crimes from its web pages within 24 hours or face fines, a push that could force the social media giant to bear more responsibility for content posted by users. Facebook's COO Sheryl Sandberg visited Berlin on Sunday to meet with German government officials considering new regulations on Facebook, according to a Berlin-based source at a rival Internet company.



Teenage Bollywood actor faces vicious social media abuse and no one knows why

Teenage Bollywood actor faces vicious social media abuse and no one knows whyShe's sixteen, talented, newly famous. And unfortunately, facing vile abuse on social media.  Zaira Wasim, the young actor who dazzled audiences with her flawless debut in Dangal — India's highest-grossing film ever — posted an inexplicable "confession/apology" on Facebook last night.  And then, she deleted it in no time.  SEE ALSO: 'Dangal' becomes the highest-grossing Bollywood film of all time Not before screenshots had been taken though.  Shocking open letter by #Dangal actress @zairawasim apologizing for her work. Was she harassed and threatened by the extremists in #Kashmir? pic.twitter.com/cHl2HhkzA2 — Aditya Raj Kaul (@AdityaRajKaul) January 16, 2017 Her note reeks of fear and coercion. And sadly, submission too. She says she is "sorry for what I did" and wants to "make it very clear that I do not want anyone to follow in my foot steps or even consider me as a role model."  What has she "done"? No one knows. Yet. But there's enough conjecture.  Going by the comments surfacing on social media, she's either being bullied for meeting Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister (CM) Mehbooba Mufti or being criticized for her supposedly "un-Islamic" act of joining films.  Scores of abusive comments have flooded her Facebook page.  This is the filth people filled up the comments section with, on a Facebook post about #Dangal star @zairawasim meeting @MehboobaMufti pic.twitter.com/CEM60KrXo9 — Swati Goel Sharma (@swati_gs) January 16, 2017 She's apparently being vilified for this meeting with the state CM.  Chief minister Mehbooba Mufti today meets young Kashmiri girl @ZairaWasim who is playing the role of Aamir khan's dangal. pic.twitter.com/Bsa6SVar0C — Srinagar Times (@SrinagarTimes_) January 14, 2017 However, there's a silver lining. Almost.  The hate comments have been outnumbered by the empathetic ones. All sections of Indian society from politicians and media-persons to film personalities and sportsmen, and of course, the masses have come out in loud support of the Kashmiri actor.  Noted among them is a comment from former Jammu & Kashmir CM and Mufti's political rival, Omar Abdullah.  I've a problem with @MehboobaMufti trying to userp other peoples success to cover up her own failures but why punish/troll people she meets? — Omar Abdullah (@abdullah_omar) January 16, 2017 Support from the film industry has been noticeable too, with Dangal 's lead actor Aamir Khan releasing a Twitter statement this afternoon, appealing "everyone to leave her alone".  pic.twitter.com/Ynu3VvdRs0 — Aamir Khan (@aamir_khan) January 17, 2017 Some veteran actors have insisted that Wasim is their "role model". Dear @zairawasim! Ur apology letter is sad but full of courage. It exposes d cowardice of people who made u write it.But u r my #RoleModel. pic.twitter.com/fCF2zlzvzC — Anupam Kher (@AnupamPkher) January 16, 2017 And some others have reminded her that she didn't need to apologize. Those who shout AZADI from the roof tops don't give an iota of AZADI to others .Poor Zaira Waseem had to apologies for her success Shame !! — Javed Akhtar (@Javedakhtarjadu) January 16, 2017 #ZairaWasim u dont need 2 apologise 2 faceless losers. They r narrow minded cowards. U ARE a role model for ALL young girls & u shud b proud — Swara Bhaskar (@ReallySwara) January 16, 2017 The youths of #Kashmir should come out on the streets & and announce that we don't want to be stone throwers but achievers like @zairawasim — Ashoke Pandit (@ashokepandit) January 16, 2017 "Leave her alone." Yes, please! She is Sixteen, Going on Seventeen.. & this is the Sound of Bullying. So very CRUEL what @zairawasim has been put through. LEAVE HER ALONE — barkha dutt (@BDUTT) January 16, 2017 This Indian poet recalled a similar incident from 2013 when an all-girl band in Kashmir had been issued a fatwa for playing music .   Chilled to the bone, also, by the cadences of @zairawasim's 'apology': it reads like a heretic's forced recantation in mediaeval Europe. — Ranjit Hoskote (@ranjithoskote) January 16, 2017 Thinking of #ZairaWasim, I think also of Pragaash, the Srinagar girl band that was silenced in 2013. Women suffer more in the culture wars. pic.twitter.com/TuXu7MCeu0 — Ranjit Hoskote (@ranjithoskote) January 16, 2017 Sportspeople, including Indian wrestler Geeta Phogat, whose role Wasim essayed in Dangal , have voiced their support and concern. #ZairaWasim we are proud of you dear don't worry and stand strong  pic.twitter.com/6bHQZHXou9 — geeta phogat (@geeta_phogat) January 16, 2017 Men will be men. Insecure 2 see a girl like @zairawasim get wings. Sadly we think "Maahri Choriyan AAJ B Choron se kum hain." @aamir_khan — Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) January 17, 2017 Mass support continues to pour in as people tweet with the hashtag #StandWithZaira.  #ZairaWasim you don't owe it to anyone. You have made all of us proud by your sheer talent & hard work. You need not to be apologetic. Bravo pic.twitter.com/QiMgTblFkq — Mubassir Latifi مبصر (@Mubassir_Latifi) January 16, 2017 It must take extra courage to go after a 16 year old debutante. @zairawasim, you're awesome and don't let this get to you — Tanmay Bhat (@thetanmay) January 16, 2017 Shocking & unfair that 16-year-old Dangal actor Zaira Wasim forced to apologise by trolls. She met the CM, not Hafiz Saeed! #StandWithZaira — Sayoni Aiyar (@sayoniaiyar) January 16, 2017 Why should a talent be suppressed, abused, trolled and made to apologise. On @zairawasim some answers I need from kashmiris. #Kashmir pic.twitter.com/3RFsScAnU7 — Sajid Yousuf (@sajid_Yousuf_) January 16, 2017 Zaira Wasim is a talented young girl to who has brought laurels to her community. She ought to be celebrated not demeaned #StandWithZaira — Shakir Mir (@shakirmir) January 16, 2017 BONUS: Facebook stalkers confess their dark secrets



'Fifty Shades Darker' tops social media buzz week ending Jan. 15

'Fifty Shades Darker'The release of the movie soundtrack playlist for "Fifty Shades Darker" helped generate 152,000 new conversations on social media last week making it the most talked-about film on the web for the week ending Jan. 15, according to media-measurement firm comScore. 



Conservative decries Volleys ad for being "all about rooting" and Twitter is obsessed

Conservative decries Volleys ad for being "all about rooting" and Twitter is obsessedWhen the folks over at Volley Australia dreamt up their 2016 #Grassroots campaign, it's likely they were mostly just trying to sell shoes. But according to Wendy Francis, a prominent member of the Australian Christian Lobby, they had something much more insidious on their mind: A bit of good ol' fashioned rooting. That's "doing the sex" in Australian speak. Naturally, Twitter's response to the Helen Lovejoy-style concerns over a campaign "all about rooting" was swift. SEE ALSO: Manny Gutierrez becomes Maybelline's first male campaign face While it's not clear which images in particular Francis was responding to, some have guessed the staunchly anti-marriage equality campaigner might be taking issue with the campaign's inclusion of non-heteronormative affection. Parents be aware Dunlop Volley still sell sandshoes for school kids, but their website has R rated images as they're now "all about rooting" — Wendy Francis (@wendyjoyfrancis) January 17, 2017 As Samuel Leighton-Dore, one of the campaign's models, told Mashable via Messenger, "I'm not sure she's offended by the images so much as what they seem to represent, which is freedom, sexuality, and ... footwear." the ACL is worried about the "R rated images" on this Dunlop campaign about safe sex. Do NOT share these images, repeat DO NOT pic.twitter.com/SZFy5rt9GN — Josh Butler (@JoshButler) January 17, 2017 Leighton-Dore believes shocked responses like Francis' will soon be a thing of the past, however.  "I think when recognisably Australian brands start to embrace diversity and sexuality in their branding, it's a sign that organisations like ACL are fighting the tide," he said. Meanwhile, Twitter is having a grand time taking Joy to task, particularly focusing on her use of the phrase "all about rooting." 'they're now "all about rooting"' has to be the most Australian version of "Won't Somebody Think of the Children!" ever. https://t.co/xkQxlnCytn — ❄️Snowflake❄️ (@WildBilbo) January 17, 2017 As a parent, I too am all about rooting and sandshoes, or something https://t.co/igN9RiF8GV — tim burgess (@burgotastic) January 17, 2017 saddened to admit that i too am all about rooting pic.twitter.com/XW0WSnFoFc — Colley (@JamColley) January 17, 2017 me: *gets "all about rooting" tattooed right above my crotch* nice — Callum Rae Jepsen (@glctcsm) January 17, 2017 Early Jan but calling it anyway. "Volleys: All About Rooting" has to be the marketing campaign of 2017. https://t.co/MBC9z4AOQf — Jon Wardle (@wardlejon) January 17, 2017 I am still losing it at "all about rooting" — Nick Evershed (@NickEvershed) January 17, 2017 Root on, Twitter. Root on. Mashable has contacted Volley's for comment. BONUS: Someone made VR shoes and it's as weird as it sounds



The Trump transition, tweet by tweet

Since winning the presidency, Donald Trump has leaned heavily on social media as a promotional tool -- including to his 19.8 million Twitter followersSince winning the presidency, Donald Trump has exploited Twitter to make administrative announcements, weigh in on foreign policy -- and hurl barbs at anyone who crosses him. During his presidential transition, he has picked fights on Twitter with China, Mexico, Lockheed Martin, Toyota, the media, President Barack Obama, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Meryl Streep and the cast of "Hamilton," among others. -- Hillary Clinton eventually won the popular vote by nearly 2.9 million votes.



The 'How I Met Your Mother' Facebook page rewrote MLK's 'I Have a Dream' and it is bad

The 'How I Met Your Mother' Facebook page rewrote MLK's 'I Have a Dream' and it is badBarney Stinson might be funny for his unapologetic womanizing on How I Met Your Mother. But mixing his character with revered civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. seems destined to go wrong. SEE ALSO: Why everyone is pissed the FBI is celebrating MLK Day on Twitter The Facebook page for the TV show — which ended in 2014 — published a post on MLK Day, appropriating King's revered "I Have a Dream" speech, but in the character of Stinson.  It's tacky as hell, featuring lines like "I have a dream that one day all bros will rise up and live out the true meaning of their creed: 'We hold these truths to be self-evident - that all are boobs are created pretty good.'" Or a dream that "black and white chicks will come together in my bed" and "all tee-shirts will be wet and boob jobs will be free." Yep. The comments were less than forgiving, but there were also a few people who didn't see the problem. Image: facebook Image: FACEBOOK Image: FACEBOOK Image: FACEBOOK Sure, if Stinson was a real person, maybe he'd say all this. But rewriting King's speech in the words of a TV character famed for his misogyny and sociopathy is asking for trouble. Neil Patrick Harris, who plays Stinson, tweeted a much more tactful quote from King earlier on Monday.  'I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.' - Martin Luther King, Jr. — Neil Patrick Harris (@ActuallyNPH) January 16, 2017 Mashable has contacted CBS for comment. BONUS: Glowing bike path in Dutch town is like a moving Van Gogh painting



Facebook launches startup programme in Paris campus

French businessman and founder of start-up incubator Station F Xavier Niel attends a press conference at "Station F" headquarters in Paris on January 17, 2017Facebook launched its first ever startup support programme in Paris Tuesday, in a massive tech incubator funded by a French telecoms billionaire. "Entrepreneurs are the engine of economic growth here in France and around the world," she said.



Facebook moves to head off tougher regulation in Germany

File photo of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg during a town hall at Facebook's headquarters in Menlo Park, CaliforniaBy Caroline Copley and Eric Auchard BERLIN/MUNICH (Reuters) - Facebook is stepping up efforts to head off tougher regulation by Germany, a fierce critic of the social media network operator, saying on Monday it would do more to combat fake news as its chief operating officer met with officials in Berlin. Top German lawmakers are planning legislation this year to force Facebook to remove "hate speech" from its web pages within 24 hours or face fines, a push that could force the social mediagiant to bear more responsibility for content posted by users. Germany's strict libel and slander laws are meant to protect citizens by making it a crime to defame others.



Tom Brady Responded To Antonio Brown Posting Mike Tomlin's 'A**holes' Speech On Facebook

Tom Brady Responded To Antonio Brown Posting Mike Tomlin's 'A**holes' Speech On FacebookOnly historians will ever be able to properly place Antonio Brown’s Facebook Live video into proper context. Well, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin was the victim of Brown’s odd choice, and now the world knows his secret — he doesn’t like the Patriots, who are the Steelers’ opponent in the AFC Championship Game this Sunday.



Nighttime social media use is affecting the sleep of 1 in 5 young people finds new study

Nighttime social media use is affecting the sleep of 1 in 5 young people finds new studyNew UK research has found that as many as 1 in 5 young people regularly wake up in the night to use social media. Carried out by Professor Sally Power, Co-Director (Cardiff) Wales Institute for Social & Economic Research, Data & Methods (WISERD), the research looked at more than 900 school pupils aged between 12-15 years, who were asked to complete a questionnaire on their sleep and nighttime social media habits. The students were asked about their bedtimes and waking times as well as how often they woke up at night to check social media.



Maisie Williams makes Twitter request, gets more than she bargained for

Maisie Williams makes Twitter request, gets more than she bargained forLONDON — Arya and Sansa Stark may be total badasses these days, but it wasn't always that way. Long before they were battle-hardened by the endless, freezing misery of Westeros, everybody's favourite Game of Thrones sisters were... well, they were just sort of small and adorable. SEE ALSO: Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner just took friendship goals to a whole new level On Monday afternoon, Maisie Williams tweeted the following request for old photos of herself and BFF Sophie Turner. Can u pretty please send me funny pictures of Sophie and I when we were well young? They make me laugh so much — Maisie Williams (@Maisie_Williams) January 16, 2017 And boy, did the internet deliver: @Maisie_Williams pic.twitter.com/mMXBvtCTDR — michael (@EMPAYDEE) January 16, 2017 @Maisie_Williams pic.twitter.com/M8ina2mJeb — michael (@EMPAYDEE) January 16, 2017 @Maisie_Williams my personal fave pic.twitter.com/jtvtrv2sFj — nadine ❄️ (@fatsophieturner) January 16, 2017 @Maisie_Williams pic.twitter.com/6PVpB6WQLH — lauren (@dexter_mch) January 16, 2017 @Maisie_Williams pic.twitter.com/FEq8m0Guri — ㅤjessica (@cerseilcnnister) January 16, 2017 @Maisie_Williams oh my god maisie pic.twitter.com/arvM7W9JP6 — alessia (@elliestarkss) January 16, 2017 @Maisie_Williams best picture ever pic.twitter.com/bSz2YXZzvj — Alexandre Monteiro (@maxthewild) January 16, 2017 @Maisie_Williams pic.twitter.com/2a6RSiMNdU — n (@breakerofchajns) January 16, 2017 @Maisie_Williams caption this!! pic.twitter.com/4VZ1BMKlTx — emma (@gayrobb) January 16, 2017 @Maisie_Williams pic.twitter.com/tgzA5WU7bD — lauren (@dexter_mch) January 16, 2017 @Maisie_Williams pic.twitter.com/FQy4sec4RE — lauren (@dexter_mch) January 16, 2017 @Maisie_Williams pic.twitter.com/RdsgNOv2Mc — - ̗̀ eleonora ̖́- (@LlGHTOFTHESEVEN) January 16, 2017 @Maisie_Williams pic.twitter.com/GUooZkPm3t — n (@breakerofchajns) January 16, 2017 There are many, many more where those came from too. What have I done — Maisie Williams (@Maisie_Williams) January 16, 2017 When you ask the internet for help, you had better be prepared for the internet to deliver. BONUS: Watch Maisie Williams prove she is the queen of spoofs...as if we had any doubt.



Mark Hamill Records Donald Trump's Meryl Streep Twitter Rant as The Joker

Mark Hamill Records Donald Trump's Meryl Streep Twitter Rant as The JokerMark Hamill is continuing to troll President-elect Donald Trump. Last week, Hamill debuted The Trumpster, a supervillain alter ego who reads Trump tweets in the voice of The Joker, who Hamill voices in the DC animated universe. On Saturday, Hamill shared audio of himself reading the tweets Trump aimed at Meryl Streep after she was critical of him in her Golden Globes speech, which became the most buzz-about moment from the Jan. 8 awards show.