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  • Twitter mocks JK Rowling for revealing Dumbledore’s sexual past

    JK Rowling has reportedly confirmed that her fictional characters Albus Dumbledore and Gellert Grindelwald had a sexual relationship. A report by Radio Times revealed that the Harry Potter author mentioned the information in a Blu-ray special feature for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. While the news excited the minds of some, Twitter found the information tired. After all, many feel that the author's exposition is often made up in an attempt to stay relevant. https://twitter.com/tribranchvo/status/1107435725593735168 In fact, her own fans find her revelations needlessly dramatic. https://twitter.com/ira/status/1107421568664104960 https://twitter.com/marquitasade/status/1107379826657099776 https://twitter.com/JimbobTV/status/1107370567282421765 Seemingly, the general consensus is that Rowling throws outlandish "facts" at her fans faces when none of...

  • Facebook removed 1.5 million videos of the Christchurch shooting in 24 hours

    The world is still reeling after the terrorist attack that took place in Christchurch, New Zealand last Friday. The mass shooting was live streamed via Facebook by the shooter himself, and showed him entering a mosque and opening fire on everyone in sight. On Friday, Facebook took down the video. "We're also removing any praise or support for the crime and the shooter or shooters as soon as we're aware." the company noted further. https://twitter.com/fbnewsroom/status/1106417244412624896 Before the company could take action, users had already shared and copied the video, leaving Facebook and other social platforms with the task of removing them all. In a tweet...

  • Facebook to use AI, ML to stop the spread of revenge porn on its platform

    Facebook will be implementing new detection technology to help curb the spread of revenge porn, it announced on Friday. "To protect victims, it’s long been our policy to remove non-consensual intimate images (sometimes referred to as revenge porn) when they’re reported to us," the company said on its blog. The new detection methods will use artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) to reach this new level of security. "This means we can find this content before anyone reports it, which is important for two reasons: often victims are afraid of retribution so they are reluctant to report the content...

  • The internet believes PewDiePie inspired the Christchurch mosque shooting

    YouTube's most followed creator PewDiePie is being accused of inspiring Friday's mass shooting in Christchurch, New Zealand. This comes after one of the perpetrators reportedly yelled "subscribe to PewDiePie" before opening fire in a mosque. The video of the incident, which was also livestreamed by the perpetrators, was available on YouTube and other social media before it was taken down. Many on the internet now believe that PewDiePie inspired the attack... https://twitter.com/mistertodd/status/1106386072299339776 https://twitter.com/Harry1795s/status/1106451629304213504 ...but a slew of others expressed their "disgust" that people could suggest the idea. https://twitter.com/BikiniBodhi/status/1106455321868988416 https://twitter.com/DrShafbonculous/status/1106460744881786882 https://twitter.com/PrisonPlanet/status/1106484821117812737 https://twitter.com/suicidesquidi/status/1106473760440221696 https://twitter.com/BrotherMaku/status/1106478698524364800 PewDiePie himself addressed the outcry, saying that he was "sickened" that the attacker used his name. https://twitter.com/pewdiepie/status/1106419935390171136 If these terrorists really...

  • Two top Facebook executives leave the company, Zuckerberg announced

    Mark Zuckerberg has revealed that two Facebook executives have decided to leave the company. In a blog post, Zukerberg referred to the news in an update to Facebook's new goal for a more "privacy focused" platform. The two executives in question are Chris Cox and Chris Daniels, the company's chief product officer and head of WhatsApp respectively. "While it is sad to lose such great people, this also creates opportunities for more great leaders who are energized about the path ahead to take on new and bigger roles," Zukerberg said. In the wake of these resignations, the Facebook founder also announced...

  • Mass shooting in New Zealand sparks global outrage

    A mass shooting, which took place at two mosques in the New Zealand city Christchurch on Friday morning, has sparked global outrage on social media. The terrorist attack, reportedly targetting Muslim citizens, was live streamed on Facebook by one of the perpetrators. Facebook, Twitter and YouTube removed all traces of the footage, and asked users not to share it. Though many details have not yet been confirmed, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Arden assured the public that more would be revealed as the truth unfolded. "There is no place in New Zealand for such acts of extreme and unprecedented violence," she said...

  • The latest ‘Avengers: Endgame’ trailer leaves Twitter emotional

    Marvel has dropped another Avengers: Endgame trailer, just a over a month before the movie premieres. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TcMBFSGVi1c The sombre video features black and white flash backs from previous Iron Man, Captain America and Thor movies, as well as the infamous death scenes from Infinity War. In present day, we see remaining members of the Avengers prepare for battle against Thanos in an attempt to undo his mass genocide. At the end of clip, we get our first glimpse of Captain Marvel with the Avengers, an encounter that has excited many fans. https://twitter.com/ImAnilMahapatra/status/1106176643733827587 The hashtag #avengersendgame began trending on Twitter within an hour of the trailer's...

  • Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram suffer global meltdown (and so do their users)

    Last night Facebook and its "family of apps" went down for a large number of global users, with many unable to post updates or send messages. https://twitter.com/facebook/status/1105888649676111877 While some users could not gain access to Instagram and Facebook, others reported that they couldn't send or receive messages and images over the platforms. This included WhatsApp in some cases. People naturally flooded Twitter with concerns and reactions using the hashtags #Facebookdown and #instagramdown, which continued to trend well into Thursday morning. https://twitter.com/OhSN4PitsLOUI3/status/1106020268412162055 Naturally, everyone was a bit concerned. https://twitter.com/thatspapib/status/1106019622946512896 https://twitter.com/lilhomielaina/status/1106024713468477441 https://twitter.com/TheKingInPerson/status/1106020084626132992 https://twitter.com/httpsjosephh/status/1106022103000772608 After over ten hours of pandemonium, all platforms seemingly returned to normal. "Anddddd... we're back." Instagram confirmed...

  • The internet’s now pro-Johnny Depp, anti-Amber Heard after new evidence surfaces

    Johnny Depp has been on the receiving end of the infamous online cold shoulder since ex-wife Amber Heard accused him of physical abuse. However, new evidence obtained by tabloid The Blast suggests that Depp may have been on the receiving end of the abuse too. Documents reportedly obtained by the publication detail accounts of glass-bottle tossing and finger-severing. Depp is also suing Heard for $50-million in a defamation case filed earlier this month, which calls her accusations an "elaborate hoax". With this and supposed evidence that suggests Depp was the abused and not the abuser, fans all over Twitter are coming out of...

  • YouTube Music is now available in South Africa for R59pm

    YouTube Music is now available in South Africa, this after Google confirmed the news in a press release late Tuesday. The service was first teased in late 2017, when it was dubbed "Remix". It officially launched in May 2018 under its current moniker, but failed to debut in any African countries. YouTube Music is the company's latest answer to Spotify, offering a free ad-supported tier and "hard-to-find music you can only get on YouTube". And like its green Scandinavian rival, YouTube Music also has a Premium tier, which allows users "background listening, downloads and an ad-free experience". This will fetch R59.99 per...

  • Danny K is ‘bewildered’ by white South Africans and Helen Zille is touched

    A tweet made by South African singer Danny K last Friday has blown up on Twitter after former DA leader Helen Zille commented on it. The tweet in question read, "I'm totally bewildered with the lack of empathy shown by many white South Africans." https://twitter.com/dannykmusic/status/1104116143197949957 Zille took it upon herself to call out the musician on his spelling, rather than address the content of the post. https://twitter.com/helenzille/status/1105189678490234881 Danny K found Zille's reaction pretty questionable. https://twitter.com/dannykmusic/status/1105195463173722114 The exchange got the attention of the rest of South African Twitter, and the singer trended on Tuesday morning. Opinions were varied. https://twitter.com/True_Thando_/status/1105138516122513410 https://twitter.com/SizweDhlomo/status/1105353884460089346 https://twitter.com/MaS1banda/status/1105106220065656832 https://twitter.com/ex_post_facto/status/1105134091597426688 https://twitter.com/AskMalume/status/1105121285909241856 https://twitter.com/wesleyfestersa/status/1105072456056885248 The artist took it all in his stride. "Thank...

  • Donald Trump called Tim Cook ‘Tim Apple’ to ‘save time and words’

    Late last week during a meeting of business executives at the White House, US President Donald Trump referred to Tim Cook -- Apple's CEO -- as Tim Apple. Of course, the internet just couldn't deal with the leader of the free world's latest gaffe, and a slew of beautiful memes were born. Hell, even Tim Cook himself joined in on the fun, changing his Twitter name to Tim Apple in jest. But on Monday, Donald Trump suggested that he knew Tim Cook's actual name, and decided to rename the head of the technology firm to "save time & words". "At a recent...

  • Twitter reacts to woman who tried to take a selfie with a jaguar

    This weekend a woman was attacked by a jaguar at an American zoo after she climbed over protective barriers to take a selfie with the wild animal. According to multiple reports, the woman sustained a minor injury to her arm, which is probably nothing in comparison to the injury to her pride after Twitter found out. In fact, the word "Jaguar" trended at number one for most of Monday morning, with users finding the selfie-taker's antics laughable. https://twitter.com/wagush/status/1104940443610038273 Understandably, most were more concerned about the jaguar's feelings. https://twitter.com/KidFury/status/1104942857255903233 https://twitter.com/DamourJr/status/1104906696261021696 https://twitter.com/christina_b56/status/1104871018450116608 https://twitter.com/DanielleDASH/status/1104863948619292672 https://twitter.com/zoldyckdevin/status/1104863001230884870 If you're wondering what happened to the big cat, this isn't one of those stories where human...

  • Facebook wants to stop spreading fake news about vaccines

    Facebook has revealed its plans to help stop the spread of fake information about vaccines on its platform. This comes after the rise of anti-vaxxers, a group determined to stop vaccinating their children, putting them and everyone else at risk of serious disease. "We are working to tackle vaccine misinformation on Facebook by reducing its distribution and providing people with authoritative information on the topic," Facebook said on its website. The company intends to do this by rejecting ads with false information, not showing or recommending pages in News Feed who contribute to the issue, and countering the fake news with...

  • Donald Trump just called Apple CEO Tim Cook ‘Tim Apple’

    President Donald Trump got himself trending all over social media on Wednesday when he called Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, Tim Apple. The slip-up took place at an American Workforce Policy Advisory Board meeting at the White House, so it was caught on camera and shared widely. https://twitter.com/Complex/status/1103428494636269568 With almost 100 000 tweets, Tim Apple has got people in stitches. https://twitter.com/BrandyLJensen/status/1103427658027859978 https://twitter.com/suppeIsa/status/1103452454497275905 https://twitter.com/jon_prosser/status/1103456316402491392 It wasn't long before Trump's thinking was applied to other well known public figures. https://twitter.com/Muna_Mire/status/1103427455295995904 https://twitter.com/kalebhorton/status/1103479698938458113 https://twitter.com/wskinne3/status/1103426970568646656 There were, however, certain individuals who understood where Trump was probably coming from. https://twitter.com/chrisgeidner/status/1103452226339639296 https://twitter.com/DanaSchwartzzz/status/1103438917284507648 Whether the American President made a mistake or genuinely believes that Tim Cook is Tim Apple remains...