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  1. Twitter Promotes Transphobic Tweets From 4Channer Impersonating Feminist Activist

    Today in "total garbage."

    Twitter has recently amped up efforts to prevent harassment, but terrible tweets promoted yesterday from a duplicate account indicate several areas where the platform still needs major improvements. [TW for transphobia, suicide and graphic language.]

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  2. After More Than a Decade, Christopher “moot” Poole Steps Down as Sole Administrator of 4chan

    The Internet is serious business.

    Whether you see 4chan as the necessary downside of the benefits of a truly anonymous internet, as a wretched hive of scum and villainy that should be nuked from orbit, or somewhere in between, the resignation of Christopher Poole, the website's founder (until now) and only administrator is still a pretty big deal.

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  3. Update: “Feminist” Is Most Likely Winning that Stupid Time Magazine Poll Because of 4Chan

    Commencing eyeroll sequence...

    Shhh... Listen. That's the sound of our abject surprise. Yes, it's supposed to sound like nothing, because it doesn't exist.

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  4. Intel Throws Its Chips In With Gamergate, Pulls Ads From Critical Site

    More like Dumbtel. Yeah, you heard me.

    When Zoe Quinn released 4chan #Gamergate logs earlier this month, it seemed like the movement might lose what dubious credibility it still had. But now, in the words of Boing Boing, an extremely misguided decision on behalf of Intel represents "a coup" for the manipulative movement.

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  5. It Gets Weirder: Emma Watson Nude Photo Threats Were A Hoax Invented By A Hoax

    Call us when this becomes less confusing.

    Wow, 4chan was actually right for once. Turns out that the threats to release stolen nude photos of Emma Watson in the wake of her stirring pro-feminist speech to the U.N. were actually a calculated plan to discredit the website all along. But by who? That's the really weird part.

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  6. Gullible People Are Microwaving Their iPhones Because of a Twitter Prank, Don’t Try This at Home

    Next year it'll be kinetic energy charging that powers it by throwing.

    As advertised, using the new "Wave" technology in iOS 8 will quickly fill your phone's battery—with fire, smoke, and explosions, that is. But that hasn't stopped wide-eyed Internet users for falling for the expensive prank.

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  7. 4chan Responds To Emma Watson’s U.N. Speech With #RIPEmmaWatson, Threats To Leak Nude Pictures

    I'm too sad for a Harry Potter reference. Way to go, Internet.

    This weekend, UN Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson delivered an eloquent speech in support of the HeForShe campaign, a solidarity movement spreading the message that feminism is a human rights issue requiring the participation of all genders--and in a textbook example of why feminism isn't just a women's issue, 4chan's response to Watson's words was unsurprisingly terrible. Trigger warning for threats and general idiocy.

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  8. Zoe Quinn Releases 4Chan #Gamergate Chat Logs, Further Tarnishing The Movement’s Reputation

    At least we have #GameEthics now, right?

    There's been another big development in the ongoing Gamergate discussion on Twitter, and it's a doozy.

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  9. [UPDATED] Female Game Journalists Quit Over Harassment, #GamerGate Harms Women

    "Ethics of game journalism" my ass.

    It's heartbreaking that another article about harassment in the gaming community is necessary, but the escalating and ongoing vitriol being spewed against women and their male allies who dare to criticize gamer culture or work in video games is continuing to take on new and disappointing forms.

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  10. Charity Rejects Donation From Scumbag Redditors Feeling Guilty About Posting Nude Celeb Photos [Update: Two Charities]

    HAH-ha! You're still assholes!

    This whole thing with nude photos of dozens of celebrities being stolen and distributed for any jackass with an Internet connection to ogle has been a wretched hive of scum and villainy from start to finish. But this is one update—just one—that makes me smile.

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  11. CNN Asks Tough Questions About The Nude Hacking Scandal, Like “Who Is This Four Chan Person Anyway?”

    Next at 11, "why does Emoji keep texting our teens?"

    Ohhh, CNN. We want to hate you for what you've become—that is, a shallow and irresponsible ratings grab which so often misses the mark when it comes to responsible journalism—but it's almost like trying to hold your bed-ridden racist grandpa to any kind of standard. At this point, it's easier and less head-ache deducing to have a nice inward chuckle at how obsolete you've become. Thanks for bringing some unintentional levity to what's actually been a total nightmare.

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  12. Large-Scale Hack Lands Stolen Nude Photos Of Jennifer Lawrence & Other Celebrities Online

    The internet is a cesspool, but at least we'll always have cat videos.

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  13. Lock Up Your Bronies, Hasbro May Be Claiming Creative Control Over My Little Pony‘s Adult Fans

    Friendship is magic an infringement on property rights.

    Frankly, I'm surprised it took this long: after four years of growing ubiquity, the good "Brony" name and all its accompanying fan-made creations may now be owned by Hasbro. Everyone put your hooves where I can see them and back away from Deviantart. Slowly.

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  14. Samuel L. Jackson Reddit Contest Concludes in Confusion

    Can't we all just get along?

    It all started out so well. Samuel L. Jackson began a contest on Reddit that would end with him saying a 300-word monologue that the users voted to the top. This was all done to draw attention to "one of [his] favorite non-profits, Alzheimer's Association[.]" Cool, right? Wrong. 4chan caught wind of it, and the remainder of the contest became a quick descent into madness.

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  15. You Can Make Samuel L. Jackson Say Whatever You Want!

    There's a contest where the winner gets to have Samuel L. Jackson say whatever they want? We truly live in a golden age.

    Getting Samuel L. Jackson to say something you've written would be a huge honor for anyone. That's because every word out of his mouth turns to solid gold. Then that gold sprouts angel wings and flies into your ears. Jackson announced on Reddit yesterday that he would record whichever 300-word monologue gets the most upvotes on his thread. Reddit handled it about as well as you might expect, which is to say not well at all. This is why we can't have nice things.

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  16. Sadly Not The Onion: Glorious Leader Kim Jong Un Wins Time’s Person of the Year Poll

    You would think that, by now, traditional businesses would have learned not to offer online polls. The Internet can quickly become a hive of trolls, wreaking havoc in whatever way they can. Yet Time's reader poll for Person of the Year went up, same as always, and didn't even include rudimentary measures to prevent folks from abusing the voting system. Now that the vote has concluded, it's pretty clear that something went awry. Kim Jong Un, the glorious leader of North Korea, won.

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  17. 4chan Tries To Dub The Dew, Trolls Mountain Dew

    Restaurant chain Villa Fresh Italian Kitchen innocently tried to crowdsource the name of its new green apple-flavored Mountain Drew concoction, letting people submit and vote for names online. Well, 4chan decided to take them up on their offer to "Dub the Dew," and results were highly educational. I didn't know there were so many ways to describe a carbonated beverage tasting faintly of green apple, and apparently, neither did Mountain Dew.

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  18. 4chan Hits /b/illionth Post

    4chan announced on Twitter this morning that it had just passed 1 billion total posts. Yay! It has been a really weird journey so far, 4chan, and we cautiously look forward to what your next billion posts will bring us.

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  19. 4chan Helps Burger King Maintain Food Safety Standards

    On Monday, this picture was uploaded anonymously on 4chan, smugly proclaiming "This is the lettuce you eat at Burger King". Yeah, well these Burger King employees might be good at balancing themselves on buckets of vegetation, but they're not very good at removing Exif data from their photos. The denizens of 4chan were quick to notice, and the very next day, the lettuce-stepper was fired.

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  20. Ludicrous Bill In New York State Senate Endeavors To End All Anonymous Posting On The Internet

    You know SOPA and you know CISPA, so you might think you have a good handle on crazy Internet legislation. You might think you've seen the crazy stuff, but unless you've seen Thomas F. O'Mara's bill S06779, you ain't seen nothin' yet. Currently sitting in the New York State Senate, 6779 proposes that any and all anonymous posts online should be subject to takedown by a webmaster if the anonymous poster refuses to attach their legal name to the post and verify their legal name, IP address, and home address. Luckily, this bill is probably too insane to pass, and definitely too laughably ludicrous to even enforce.

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