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  • PewDiePie flamed on Twitter for using n-word in livestream

    Don't look now, but the Swedish YouTube star known as PewDiePie has done something stupid on camera yet again. 27-year-old Felix Kjellberg was this weekend livestreaming a playthrough of sandbox-shooter PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, when he blurted a racial slur at another player in his line of fire. "What a f**king n****r," he scoffed. "Sorry but what the f**k? What a f**king a*****e," he continued. @pewdiepie RACIST?? @KEEMSTAR @JohnScarce pic.twitter.com/ulAz45ZN28 — Felipe Diaz (@ThatFelipeDiaz) September 10, 2017 A snippet of the stream was republished on Saturday to Twitter, where users flamed the Swedish YouTuber for his choice words. He didn't mean to tho so it's ok 👌🏾💀 pic.twitter.com/dShFZ9QBbO —...

  • #Uber: South Africans take to Twitter to support attacked Sandton drivers

    Three cars were torched in Sandton Thursday evening in a suspected protest between metered taxi drivers and Uber. According to provincial spokesperson Captain Mavela Masondo, preliminary investigations showed two of the cars belonged to Uber, and the third was a metered taxi. No one was harmed. Images and videos of the incident poured onto Twitter as #Uber hit top trending spot nationally. .@TimesLIVE richest square km in Africa (Sandton) is burning as metered and uber drivers set each others vehicles alight pic.twitter.com/GtpJw9FKSV — Graeme Hosken (@GraemeHosken) September 7, 2017 Sitting in Sandton watching the chaos.Getting ugly. #uber drivers fighting back.chased away all metre taxi drivers from...

  • Kenny Kunene unfazed by Twitter criticism of shooting

    Businessman Kenny Kunene found himself the target of online scorn this past week after rumours that he survived being shot at by 21 bullets -- but he's told News24 that he doesn't let the criticism get to him. A rare picture of Kenny Kunene just minding his own business ., who knew 😁😁😂 #KennyKunene pic.twitter.com/cj73Cfx5VR — Issa Hotep™ (@N01Skelm) September 6, 2017 Kunene says he was travelling Tuesday evening in a BMW when he was approached by four men who opened fire on him and the woman he was with. The two quickly drove away, and neither were harmed. The car was allegedly hit by...

  • Hurricane Irma, Jose and Katia now have personal Twitter accounts

    Twitter has become an important tool in disseminating news of the Atlantic's current bout of extreme weather, but some aren't using the social network for as serious purposes. All three hurricanes --Irma, Jose and now Katia -- now have personal "official" Twitter accounts, tweeting the daily thoughts of a storm hurtling towards land. Katia and Jose were upgraded in the early hours of Thursday morning, while Irma has been a category 5 storm for over 24 hours now -- a record in itself. Irma's first tweet appropriately used the #NewProfilePic trope, but it became a novel way to showcase the power of...

  • Twitter’s night mode now available on desktop

    Twitter's night mode is heading to a desktop near you. Available on Android and iOS since July and August respectively, night mode is now coming to the company's website. Notably, this feature has been available on a number of other services for a while. TweetDeck is probably the best example. But if you prefer the simplicity of the website, you now needn't burn a hole through your eyes with its piercing white background. It's simple to switch on too. The company explains: To enable night mode via twitter.com, click on your profile photo, then select Night mode from the drop-down menu. To disable...

  • Bafana Bafana disappoints South Africans yet again

    South Africa's 2018 World Cup dreams have been shattered as Bafana Bafana lost the third round of the World Cup qualifiers against Cape Verde last night -- and Twitter did not let it happen quietly. By Wednesday morning, the team was trending in the top spot on Twitter, with Cape Verde in sixth, as South Africans cracked jokes to mask their pain. Bafana Bafana is by far the most emotionally abusive relationship I will ever get myself into — Siya Sowati (@Siya705) September 5, 2017 Many made the connection between the under-performing team and the South African government. Are #Bafana bafana players like government...

  • The internet welcomes third #royalbaby by ribbing Prince William

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Kate, are expecting their third child, and Twitter has welcomed the new addition to the British royal family with open arms and similar jokes. Back in 2013, the arrival of Prince George set the world's heart aflutter, but two kids later (Princess Charlotte was born in 2015), the novelty and subsequent enthusiasm has worn off. Read the press release in full ↓ pic.twitter.com/vDTgGD2aGF — Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) September 4, 2017 The Duchess is currently less than twelve weeks pregnant, but made the announcement early when cancelling a planned engagement due to morning sickness. The hashtag #royalbaby...

  • #19YearsLater: Twitter celebrates Harry Potter’s epilogue day

    In the epilogue of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, readers are taken to King's Cross Station one last time to watch Harry's son Albus Severus board the Hogwarts Express for the first time. The epilogue happened 19 years after the Battle of Hogwarts in 1998 -- meaning today, 1 September 2017, is that very day. Today's the day Albus Severus Potter boards the Hogwarts Express at King's Cross for the first time #19yearslater⚡️ — J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) September 1, 2017 Naturally, fans took to Twitter with the hashtag #19YearsLater (armed with its own Hogwarts Express emoji) to get emotional about the momentous occasion. Today is the...

  • Female ‘Lord of the Flies’ reboot garners online scorn

    Warner Bros has made a deal to produce a female-led Lord of the Flies adaptation and the concept has raked in the criticism already. Set to be helmed by Scott McGehee and David Siegel (What Maisie Knew), the film will remain faithful to William Golding's classic novel in which students stranded on an island descend into savagery -- except for the small change that the students will be girls. "Taking the opportunity to tell it in a way it hasn't been told before, with girls rather than boys, is that it shifts things in a way that might help people see the story...

  • NSFAS sent a student R14m, she loses it by going viral

    Update: The university told EWN yesterday that she had the money for five months, while the student and chief executive of IntelliMali told The Star she acquired the funds in June. Original article: It's a common meme among students that they're looking to get hit by a car so they can sue, pay off their loans, and get a good amount of time away from school. But one lucky student in the Eastern Cape didn't even need the pain to get that pleasure. The Walter Sisulu University in the Eastern Cape has confirmed it accidentally sent a student R14-million straight to her debit account -- and only noticed when she...

  • Man documents ‘haunted’ apartment via viral Twitter threads

    Almost a month ago, Twitter user Adam Ellis posted a thread about how the ghost of a young child was trying to kill him in his own apartment. So, my apartment is currently being haunted by the ghost of a dead child and he's trying to kill me. (thread) — ˗ˏˋ ᴀᴅᴀᴍ ᴇʟʟɪs ˊˎ˗‏ (@moby_dickhead) August 7, 2017 The child (known as Dear David) apparently first started appearing in dreams, until he manifested in Ellis' real life. He had a huge misshapen head that was dented on one side. I did my best to draw it: pic.twitter.com/AJizlw7qXe — ˗ˏˋ ᴀᴅᴀᴍ ᴇʟʟɪs ˊˎ˗‏ (@moby_dickhead) August...

  • #VMAs 2017 according to South African Twitter

    The VMAs may have started at a local time of 2am Monday morning, but that didn't stop it from trending nationwide by the time most of the country was waking up. MTV offered what Vox called "an extremely boring show" at the same time as the much-anticipated Game of Thrones finale, yet still managed to crack a trend ahead of the HBO show. So just who were South Africans talking about? Kendrick Lamar Rapper Kendrick Lamar put on a political performance that started with news footage from an incident of police brutality interspersed with Fox News coverage. Lamar has always been vocal about race issues in the US -- last...

  • #LookWhatYouMadeMeDo: Taylor Swift divides the web with ‘edgy’ new single

    Taylor Swift has dropped her first single from her upcoming album Reputation, and it has split the web down the middle. Superfans have called "Look What You Made Me Do" "savage" and "grownup", while others have deemed it faux edgy and yet another play of the victim card. I'm so excited 🤗🤗🤗I love your new song @taylorswift13 ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️#LookWhatYouMadeMeDo — Aleksandraaa (@olly811) August 25, 2017 taylor might as well have named her album Yet Another Victim Card #Reputation#TS6IsComing#LookWhatYouMadeMeDo — ya girl (@aeslinn) August 25, 2017 Both the hate and the love work in Swift's favour, though, as she and the song trended in the top two spots...

  • Twitter uses #EFFFacts to both mock and praise party

    The EFF has long been the ruling party of Twitter, marketing itself well to the youth on the platform. One need only look at followers to recognise the popularity: leader Julius Malema has over 1.5-million followers, as opposed to DA leader Mmusi Maimane's 646 000, and President Jacob Zuma's 429 000. It's thus no surprise how often the party trends nationally, but it's not always positive. Thursday morning, #EFFFacts was trending in third place, ostensibly coined to make fun of everything for which the party gets credited. The first tweet seems to have come from user @bslekgoathi1. "Did you know that EFF members are the producers...

  • #Hashtag10: 10 favourite hashtags for 10 years

    Ten years ago today, the hashtag was born. how do you feel about using # (pound) for groups. As in #barcamp ? — ⌗ChrisMessina (@chrismessina) August 23, 2007 Since then, it's been a decade of political movements, silly trends and old people on Twitter not having a clue how to use them. So, in celebration, here's a list of ten of our favourite hashtags that have blessed us over the last ten years. #PopeBars God is the Father,but all yall are my sons, Pray I don't take your girl and make her one of my nuns #PopeBarspic.twitter.com/KyfxjvRhUF — TheNegroStableBuck (@NovaBordelon_) November 30, 2015 #PopeBars began in 2015...