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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. Twitter Vows to Improve Anti-Harassment Policies After Trolls Go After Zelda Williams

    ABOUT. DANG. TIME.

    A lot of us got disgusted with the state of humanity yesterday after it came out that Robin Williams' daughter was bullied off social media in the wake of her father's death, in part by two scum-of-the-Earth trolls who sent her photoshopped pictures of her father's body. In the wake of such epic shitbaggery, Twitter has vowed to improve their anti-harassment policies, which have needed an overhaul for, well, years. I'm going to try real hard not to be cynical about this, you guys.

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