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We need to start caring when sex workers are murdered

Last week, Tjhisha Ball and Angelia Mangum, two teenage girls and best friends from Tampa, Florida, were found dead together by the side of a road in Jacksonville. They were found naked and in a pool...

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Police bust pot farmer who posted grow updates to YouTube

In a country where the push to legalize marijuana appears to have unstoppable momentum, it’s all too easy to forget that growing the stuff is, more often than not, against the law. One state that...

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'Twilight' fans harass Robert Pattinson's girlfriend with racist tweets

The cult of Twilight is a curious one, and its two main stars—Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart—have become flesh-and-blood vessels for fans’ own romantic, often obsessive fantasies. So when they...

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A romantic breakup could cost you 20 Twitter followers

This past July, a study claimed that heavy Twitter use could be detrimental to a marriage. Could the dissolution of a romantic attachment likewise affect one’s standing online? A new paper, “From ‘I...

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How publishing's biggest troll kept harassing women for so long

There’s a strange, magical little corner of Twitter and the rest of the Internet you may not have heard of unless you’re an author or an enthusiastic reader: the world of book bloggers. It’s where...

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Tweet study reveals what people in the Middle East really think about the U.S.

We could argue the pros and cons of U.S. air strikes against Islamic State terrorists until we’re blue in the face. But new research shows the people of Syria and Iraq are unlikely to thank us for...

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Why black women are taking over TV

How to Get Away with Murder is turning out to be a runaway success, counting 20.3 million viewers during its premiere episode; this includes the largest DVR numbers in history—adding over six million...

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This dress is made out of Twitter trending topics

There’s a dress that displays tweets in LEDs. There’s a dress that turns transparent when you tweet. Now, thanks to Project Runway alum and designer Christian Siriano, we have a dress that’s made out...

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The alt lit scene's 'dirty little non-secret'

The publishing industry is perhaps no more rampantly incestuous than most, with one critical difference: sexual scandal, gossip, abuse, and betrayal among its members will almost always, one way or...

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Billy Ray Cyrus tricked into retweeting photo of infamous pedophile Jimmy Savile

Legendary country singer Billy Ray Cyrus has become the unintentional laughingstock of the Internet Friday morning, after being duped into retweeting a photo of the infamous British pedophile Jimmy...

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Turkey's president says he's 'increasingly against the Internet'

During a recent meeting between top Turkish leaders and a delegation from a pair of journalism advocacy groups, Turkish president Tayyip Erdoğan did not mince words. "I am increasingly against the...

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Alex Day breaks his silence on abuse allegations

“Um, hi. Hello, the Internet. I’ve missed you. Kind of.” Sitting in an open field, that’s how Alex Day—a YouTube musician who’s largely avoided the Internet ever since no fewer than 14 women accused...

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Can you solve J.K. Rowling's bizarre 'Fantastic Beasts' riddle?

J.K. Rowling has returned to her playful habit of teasing her fans with riddles, puzzles, and fun hints about what's to come in the future of the Harry Potter universe. The queen of the Wizarding...

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Instagram and Pinterest are infected with fake Ebola cures

With nearly 4,000 deaths attributed to an ongoing outbreak of the Ebola virus—far more than have been recorded in the last 40 years combined—misinformation is spreading about as fast as the disease...

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#Obola: The anti-Obama meme going viral on conservative Twitter

There is a disease infesting this country. We welcomed it into our homes in 2008 and again in 2012, and now it is gripping our land like a scorpion with its pincers wedged deep into the American...

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John Cusack wants to set the record straight about the 'Say Anything' reboot

Yesterday, news broke that NBC had closed a deal for a script commitment for a Say Anything TV series. The show would be the result of a partnership between NBC and 20th Century Fox TV, with Aaron...

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Twitter takes U.S. to court over government transparency

Twitter is ramping up its fight for greater government transparency. In a meeting last January with the U.S. Justice Department (DOJ), Twitter sought meaningful transparency concerning the steady...

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The 9 rules for responding to criticism on the Internet

Making art of whatever sort is undeniably tough, and even the most skilled and seasoned artist is routinely plagued by doubt and feelings of futility. A creative life can be a lonesome and dispiriting...

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Sam Smith proves he has no idea how Twitter works

It’s a good thing he can sing, because Sam Smith would make a terrible social media manager: The British R&B star tweeted last night that he didn’t feel well enough to stick around and greet fans...

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Google, Facebook, Twitter to help E.U. deal with ISIS threat online

As fears of online extremism rise alongside the threat posed by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the world's largest technology companies are set to meet on Wednesday with representatives...

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