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Come Watch Storm and Negasonic Teenage Warhead Murder Peeta in the Tragedy Girls Trailer

The movie satirizes both social media and slasher flicks.

Tragedy Girls, the new slasher satire starring Negasonic Teenage Warhead (okay, Brianna Hildebrand) and Storm (okay, Alexandra Shipp), follows two teen girls who go on a murder spree to boost their joint social media account.

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Aspiring YouTubers’ Stunt Ends in Tragedy and a Charge of Second-Degree Manslaughter

The story of what happened to Pedro Ruiz III and Monalisa Perez is difficult to read. The young couple, who lived in Minnesota with their 3-year-old daughter, sought Internet fame at seemingly any cost. Ruiz paid with his life—and Perez is charged with second-degree manslaughter, after she was convinced to shoot her boyfriend point-blank in the pursuit of "more viewers."

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Don’t Be Garbage: How to Navigate Social Media When You’re Miserable

It’s difficult to navigate social media when you are unhappy.

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Addicted to Social Media? Pay a Mere $150 an Hour for Treatment

BBC Capital has an interesting story about the rise of social media addiction and the cottage industry of therapists, treatment options, detox centers, and—ironically enough—apps that have sprung up to help people get offline. The story has me feeling a lot of different feelings.

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Tomi Lahren’s Show Stops Production After Pro-Choice Comments Made on The View

After writing about Tomi Lahren back in December, I silently promised myself that I would never write about her again. I didn't want to give her any more of a platform than she already has. However, now that Trump has become President, I believe that examining the Tomi Lahrens of the world is especially important in that it allows us to navigate our increasingly fraught path toward gender equality.

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From W.E.B. Du Bois to Abraham Lincoln, Two Big Social Media Fails for the GOP

The Republicans are having a banner day on social media today, as both the Department of Education and the GOP's official accounts somehow made a mess out of celebrating Black History Month.

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Logging Offline Helped Me Conquer a Major Depressive Episode

I saw the world that despite my efforts, I couldn’t be a part of—which just reinforced the thinking that perpetuated my depression.

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Live Tweeting is “A Garbage Idea Perpetuated By Garbage People,” and Other Silly Ideas

The Hollywood Reporter recently did a survey of Fall Television with "a number of this year's top showrunners about their new series, making content in 2016 and the state of broadcast TV." Sure, we can talk about how only two of the sixteen showrunners surveyed are female. Or, we could talk about how of the sixteen showrunners surveyed here, all of them are white. But first, I want to talk about something really important: live tweeting.

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At Last, Twitter’s Character Limit Will No Longer Include Links, Photos, or Usernames

About five months ago, Twitter announced their plan to roll out some changes to the character limit and the reply structure. Today, at long last, the character limit changes have begun to roll out--for some users. Not everybody, yet. But it's coming. For real this time.

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Remember Google Plus? Yeah, We Didn’t Either. Anyway, It’s Getting an Update

Google keeps trying to make G+ happen. Is it going to happen?

How long has it been since you logged into your Google Plus profile? Probably a while. If you're one of the few that actually uses the service, however, you'll be pleased to hear that G+ will be getting an overhaul.

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Facebook’s News Algorithm Woes Continue; Mark Zuckerberg Insists They’re “Not a Media Company”

The Facebook news feed is one way that many people get their news. But Facebook isn't a news outlet. They're not, okay? They're just not! Or at least, they really don't want you to see them that way.

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Ben Affleck Posts Footage of Deathstroke on Social Media—Does this Mean He’s Appearing in Batman’s Solo Film?

Footage of Deathstroke runway stomping through a steamy hallway popped up on Ben Affleck’s social media and it’s raising a few questions.

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Science Says, If You Like Instagram’s ‘Inkwell’ Filter, You Might Have Depression

Can you tell whether someone has depression just from looking at their social media accounts? According to scientists from Harvard University and the University of Vermont, there are some telltale patterns.

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Since 2014, Online Harassment Has Gotten More Media Attention … But It Hasn’t Actually Decreased

Craig Newmark, founder of Craiglist, understandably cares a lot about online safety. So, he spearheaded a survey to document whether online harassment has decreased since 2014. Turns out? It... hasn't.

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Twitter Gets a “Night Mode” for Those Times When You’re on Your Phone & Should Be Asleep

You probably shouldn't be looking at your phone when you're lying in bed at night, and even if you are looking at your phone, you definitely shouldn't be looking at Twitter. But, if you must look at Twitter, you may as well save your eyesight by using the new "night mode" setting, now available for Androids.

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Instagram Introduces New Comment Moderation Options for Business Pages

Just as Twitter allows their "Verified" users to introduce some rudimentary filtering systems for the notifications column, so too has Instagram put together a similar idea. Luckily, you don't need to have a Verified Badge on Instagram in order to use it, but you do need to be identified as a "Business Page."

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Facebook Tweaks Newsfeed to Prioritize Friends Over Publishers, and—You’re Not Even Seeing This, Are You?

Cue existential crisis.

Facebook is essentially in control of the Internet. Along with Twitter (and Snapchat, and so on), it's basically the filter through which everything on the web passes before most people see it. However, the people at Facebook miss a simpler time when the social networking site was mostly for seeing what your friends and family were up to instead of blocking them for the debunked political conspiracy articles they share.

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Facebook Uses Your Location Data to Suggest New Friends. Does That Seem Weird To You?

Have you ever bothered to open up your "Location Services" settings on Facebook? If you haven't been paying attention to it, then it's probably still turned on. And it's probably affecting the friend suggestions that Facebook has been making for you.

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Facebook Will Train Their Employees to be Politically Unbiased. So, How Do You Teach That?

Facebook has had to consider its political stance multiple times this year. Are they biased? In whose favor? (Facebook is biased in Facebook's favor. Obviously.)

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Twitter’s New “Engage” App Will Help Out the Rich and Famous? Oh, Great

Twitter's new Engage app launched today, and although it's available to everybody, it's clearly designed with social media managers in mind. Or, better yet, "influencers."

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