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  1. On #Occupotty And The Privilege Of Passing

    I’ve always been on the edge of acceptability. When I was young and pretending to be cisgender, I was bullied, and it pushed me into the world of computer and console gaming, where I could shut out a lot of the world. (Thank you ZX Spectrum 48k, your bouncy rubber keyboard helped me a lot.) Years later, me pretending to be cis went out the window. I was older when I started to transition; this is the standard pattern for transgender women - or at least it was.

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  2. #Occupotty Campaign Spotlights Unjust Bathroom Legislation in US and Canada

    Trans people take to social media to combat, ahem, crappy bathroom laws.

    Michael Hughes, a trans man in Minnesota, only wants to pee safely in the bathroom of his choice. Yet recent proposed legislation in his home state threatens Hughes' ability to do that. This proposed legislation dictates that high school students will be forced to use locker rooms and bathrooms based on the genders they were assigned at birth, which would clearly be problematic for (and unfairly targets) transgender students, and would set a dangerous precedent for public facilities elsewhere.

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  3. Brianna Wu, Margaret E. Atwood, Orphan Black, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, & More Included in 2015 Shorty Awards Nominations

    Also Bob Vila?

    The Hollywood Reporter has just revealed the nominations for this year's Shorty Awards for achievements on the internetz.

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  4. You Can Now Appoint a Facebook “Heir” to Run Your Account After You Die

    Surprise! Mortality!

    Rather than continuing to freeze the accounts of deceased users, starting today Facebook is giving members the option to elect a "legacy contact" to handle their profile posthumously.

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  5. Best Buy Capitalizes On Murder Of Teenage Girl In Callous Serial Tweet

    "Payphones" or "a competent social media team," I guess.

    Your daily corporate social media blunder: Best Buy capitalizing on the murder of an 18-year-old girl!

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  6. Scientific Researchers Are Using Social Media All Wrong, Probably Should’ve Done More Research

    Well, they're using it for research and not cat videos, so...

    Hey, you know how every day a new study seems to pop up that analyzes social media data to form its conclusion? It turns out those little eggs of knowledge that the Twitter bird is laying might not be all they're cracked up to be.

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  7. The Queen of England Sent Her First Tweet, Let’s Commemorate With 9 First Tweets of World Leaders

    We'll be eagerly awaiting her first Vine.

    The Queen of England, Queen Elizabeth II, sent her first tweet! She took off a glove to do it. I wonder if she then used it to smack the iPad and challenge it to a duel?

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  8. UK Lawmaker Proposes Maximum Two-Year Prison Sentence for Online Trolling

    An appropriate follow-up to all the GamerGate crap that just won't die—and CelebGate—man, it's just been a really bad few months, hasn't it?—if one UK lawmaker has his way, engaging in online harassment could land you in prison for up to two years.

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  9. Things We Saw Today: Groot Is Super-Buff In This New Avengers Variant Cover

    All that dancing really paid off.

    DO YOU EVEN BENCH, GROOT? (cover by Francesco Francavilla, via Comic Book Resources' exclusive reveal)

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  10. What Do You Do When You’re A 113 Year Old Woman Looking To Facebook? Lie About Your Age, Of Course!

    You'd think after you hit the century mark ladies could stop lying about their age to get ahead. Not if you want to get on Facebook, apparently.

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  11. Star Trek, Online Communities, And the Need for Strong Comment Moderation Policies

    Bigotry may not have a place on the Enterprise's bridge in the 23rd century, but here in the 21st it apparently has a place on the official Star Trek Facebook page, where a small number of very loud fans have decided to repeatedly share sexist, racist, and homophobic comments. Here's why it's not OK to sit back and let that happen.

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  12. Hoax Alert: Ello Does Not Classify #GamerGate as Hate Speech

    We're sorry.

    For the past few days, the Internet's been abuzz with invitation codes for Ello, which purports to be a considerate social media alternative that won't collect and sell your personal information (see, we italicized won't, ’cause it makes the competition look like...) Anyway, the mysteriousness of Ello's beta test has already set the stage for a lot of misinformation, including—well, this.

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  13. Facebook Can Now Serve You Legal Papers, Making Previous Facebook Changes Not Look So Bad

    "You don't like the new layout? Well sue me for trying to help." -Facebook

    Facebook is at it again with changing what the News Feed displays and how, but a court ruling has outdone them this time. Among the celebrity gossip and baby pictures Facebook serves you, it can now serve you legal papers, while the official changes to the News Feed algorithm are just another effort to prioritize the things you see in your feed. Dear courts: Facebook doesn't need any extra help junking up our feed with stuff we'd rather not see, thanks.

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  14. Today In Weird Tumblrs You Should Know About: Illustrated Twitter Typos

    With a special guest appearance from The Rock.

    It's been a weird week for some reason, and it's about to get weirder. Presenting: ILLUSTRATED TWITTER TYPOS, where Summer Ray gives visual form to the typos, misspellings, and general WTFery that pervades the Twittersphere. There's some surrealist brilliance to it, and also some The Rock. All the Oscars.

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  15. DiGiorno Pizza Gets In On #WhyIStayed Domestic Abuse Hashtag With Admittedly “Awful and Careless” PR Gaffe

    All the no in the world.

    Oof. The #WhyIStayed hashtag, if you're unfamiliar, has been a place for Twitter to examine issues of domestic abuse after video of (now-former) Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice beating his then-fiancée Janay Palmer hit the web. DiGiorno Pizza very much not realize that when they tweeted the above implication that you would stay with an abusive partner because they have pizza. To their credit, DiGiorno immediately deleted the tweet and apologized, both en masse and to individual users:

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  16. Five Ways Your Facebook Habit Actually Changes Your Brain

    Aside from changing how you feel after seeing all your Facebook "friends'" real opinions.

    Like your body, your brain adapts to the tasks it does most often. Here's how your brain will change if those tasks are mostly social media use. Maybe some day they'll figure out how to change our brains to not hate every new Facebook layout update.

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  17. Patton Oswalt Is Back With a Revelation From His Summer Away From Twitter

    Sadly, it's not that he's a wizard.

    Patton Oswalt had an incredibly visible Twitter presence until June of this year. He spent his time telling jokes, getting crap for telling jokes, joking that he'd made jokes that would've gotten him crap, and getting crap for those jokes. He needed a break from all the crap, so he took the summer off, and now he's back to tell us what we're all missing in the real world.

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  18. Study Says Social Media Is Making Us Unhappy and Distrustful

    I bet they just want the publicity, though.

    The written word has a lot of drawbacks in missing out on tone and intention, which makes it soooo easy to pick up on stuff like sarcasm, you guys. On the Internet, it also has the drawback of trolling, and it turns out these problems seem to be causing social media to make people miserable.

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  19. New Study Suggests Social Media Users Are Less Likely To Share Opinions

    On this, the Internet? HOW.

    One of the biggest criticisms against social media is that its users must think their opinions are the most important ones to ever have been held through all of history and that everyone must hear them all the time for the good of humanity. Not true! According to a recently published study, most of us are actually kind of shy online and will withhold our real opinions, because we don't want people to hate us.

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  20. Study Shows People Fake Their Social Media Image to Appear Authentic, Surprising No One

    Also, the sky is blue.

    It's important to project an authentic image of yourself on social media—and I mean yourself, because I, on the other hand, will be carefully tailoring the perfect public image that I'd like to project while judging you for doing the same. At least, that's what a new study (or anyone who's ever been through high school) says.

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