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Why Twitter's new app Periscope is obsessed with fridges

Over the weekend, I watched a man eating pasta with his family in Dubai, a car sitting in line at a Taco Bell drive-thru, the bird’s-eye view of a DJ seamlessly spinning Kanye West into Bob Marley, a...

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Scientology is using Twitter ads to harass its critics

The Church of Scientology has a bizarre online response to the HBO documentary Going Clear, which accuses the group of harassing former members and critics alike. To counter the documentary's...

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The Magnetic Fields' Stephin Merritt is the biggest troll in the online...

Stephin Merritt, a musician best known as the creative force behind deadpan indie-pop band the Magnetic Fields, has entered the arena of literary criticism—and readers are up in arms. At issue is...

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Everyone who is boycotting Indiana over its anti-gay religious-freedom law

Last week, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) signed the state's Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) into law. Then, as you might have heard, the legislation made a lot of people very upset. RFRA gives...

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How social media changed the conversation on America's fraternity problem

BY ABBY JOHNSTON The camera shook as the bus bumped along. It made it hard to make out the blur of young men and women decked in formal attire who, aside from Levi Pettit, bounced in and out of the...

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The 11 best jokes from the Justin Bieber roast

You have to hand it to Justin Bieber—the boy’s got a thick skin. Comedy Central’s roast of the 21-year-old Canadian bad boy/pop icon hit the Biebs high, low, and everywhere in between Monday. Roasters...

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Can new 'Daily Show' host Trevor Noah survive these damning jokes?

The Internet might want to put its celebration of Trevor Noah on hold. On Monday night, it emerged that the next host of The Daily Show had tweeted some very offensive things about women, Jews, and...

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Comedy Central defends Trevor Noah, calls judgment based on tweets 'unfair'

In the span of a day, newly announced Daily Show host Trevor Noah experienced both the highs and the lows of being thrust into the national spotlight. Noah's post-announcement honeymoon period ended...

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The 4 types of people who still use Klout

The Internet has always been a popularity contest. It’s a dirty, secret we all live by, and no one wants to admit it. The more Facebook friends and Twitter followers you have, the more people care...

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Patton Oswalt throws a Twitter tantrum in defense of Trevor Noah

If you hadn’t already done yourself the favor of unfollowing comedian Patton Oswalt on Twitter, you probably saw that he threw one of his trademark tantrums there last night. Buckle up, social justice...

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Netflix just brought back 'The Big Lebowski'

New shit has come to light, and no, it wasn’t an April Fools’ Day gag: U.S. Netflix users can once again stream The Big Lebowski, the Coen brothers’ 1998 slacker-noir cult comedy. This is bigger than...

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Pro-ISIS tweets land Philadelphia woman in FBI custody

Twitter has played a key role in the undoing of yet another alleged would-be Islamic State recruit.The FBI announced Friday arrested Keonna Thomas, a 30-year-old Philadelphia woman, for allegedly...

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Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning is now tweeting from prison

Chelsea Manning, likely the most famous imprisoned American whistleblower in recent history, is now tweeting from behind bars. She’s doing it indirectly, of course. Manning, the former Army...

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For women in sports media, the uphill battleground lives online

Kavitha Davidson has hate-readers. The Bloomberg View sports columnist will write a story for the website, and as soon as it publishes, she knows the trolls are waiting to bubble up from underground...

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People talk about Ferguson differently on Twitter and Instagram

The national conversation about police brutality in Ferguson, Mo., plays out differently depending on what social network you use, according to new research.The Pew Research Center found that Twitter...

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Twitter just fixed the biggest problem with retweets

Twitter is rolling out an update to its quote-retweet feature that makes the process of sharing someone else's 140-character message easier and cleaner.The feature adds a second way of retweeting to...

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Artist faces death threats over controversial Lucille Ball statue

Since 2009, a bronze sculpture of actress Lucille Ball has stood in Celoron, N.Y.’s Lucille Ball Memorial Park, the heart of the late TV comedian’s quaint hometown. Since 2012, an anonymous citizen...

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Celebrate #NationalBeerDay with these 7 little-known brews

In 2015, every day on the Internet is a holiday you’ve never heard of. Today is no exception: Welcome to #NationalBeerDay, apparently! Seems a bit soon after St. Patrick’s Day, but whatever. Thing is,...

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Twitter won't stop arguing about a 3-month-old NFL play

Twitter has a long memory. If you follow major sports websites like @ESPN, @SportCenter, @SportsNation, and @BleacherReport, you'll notice that the conversation over one specific NFL play just refuses...

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Beyoncé superfan gives her boyfriend a do-or-die Queen Bey quiz

Ask any woman to describe her ideal mate and she'll likely rattle off a list of descriptors including smart, funny, ambitious, and kind. But none of those are high on the priority list for Allie...

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