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Unwanted Simulated 'Hugs' and 'Back Rubs' May Now Qualify as Harassment by FreeBSD Unwanted Simulated 'Hugs' and 'Back Rubs' May Now Qualify as Harassment by FreeBSD

Last week, open-source software developer FreeBSD Project updated its code of conduct to address nonconsensual “simulated physical contact” as a form of harassment. That means that sending someone descriptions of physical contact like a “hug” or a “backrub” without their consent, or after they have asked you to stop,…

Snapchat User Known as 'Lol Atyou' Charged With Sexual Assault in Revenge Porn Extortion Plot Snapchat User Known as 'Lol Atyou' Charged With Sexual Assault in Revenge Porn Extortion Plot

A 27-year-old man in London, Ontario, allegedly sexually exploited women online under the username “Adaskio” on Tinder and “El Hefe” and “Lol Atyou” on Snapchat.

Facebook Exec Is Very Sorry He Helped Trump's Ploy to Discredit the Russia Investigation  Facebook Exec Is Very Sorry He Helped Trump's Ploy to Discredit the Russia Investigation 

Facebook’s vice president of advertising, Rob Goldman, just learned an important lesson about tweeting—namely, that he should never do it.

To Fight Fake News, This Game Teaches Players How to Spread Misinformation To Fight Fake News, This Game Teaches Players How to Spread Misinformation

A video game intended to help people become less susceptible to misinformation just rewarded me for pretending to post a tweet from a fake NASA account warning of an incoming meteorite. The object of the new browser game, Bad News, is “to get as many followers as you can while slowly building up fake credibility as a…

Snapchat CEO Is Totally Chill About How You Hate the Redesign Snapchat CEO Is Totally Chill About How You Hate the Redesign

Hell hath no fury like a litany of teens shitting on an app redesign. And it seems that’s exactly what happened with Snapchat’s latest update, prompting over a million users to take some mild action in protest of the changes. But CEO Evan Spiegel is spinning this fury, somehow, as a sign of success.

1 Million People Take Mild Action in Protest of Snapchat Update 1 Million People Take Mild Action in Protest of Snapchat Update

People love to complain about app updates before eventually accepting the change and forgetting what the previous iteration was like altogether. But so far that is not the case with the latest Snapchat update. Some users are furious over the app’s “disruptive” redesign—and rightfully so, it’s a goddamn mess—and the…

Revenge Porn Is Officially Punishable by Law in New York City Revenge Porn Is Officially Punishable by Law in New York City

In November, the New York City Council unanimously voted to criminalize revenge porn. The criminal component of the law went into effect today, making it a misdemeanor offense in the city to share someone’s intimate photos or videos online without their consent. Perpetrators can face up to one year in jail and a…

Why This AI Chatbot Is a Risky Way to Document Workplace Harassment Why This AI Chatbot Is a Risky Way to Document Workplace Harassment

If you experience inappropriate behavior in the workplace, you have a number of different avenues you can consider. You can report the incident to human resources, hire an attorney, or, now, tell an unblinking machine. Spot, an AI-powered, browser-based chatbot for reporting workplace misconduct, launched out of beta…

Facebook Kids App Widely Criticized by Child Health Advocates Is Now Available to Even More Kids Facebook Kids App Widely Criticized by Child Health Advocates Is Now Available to Even More Kids

Messenger Kids, Facebook’s messaging service for children, is rolling out to Android users today. It’s a bold move, given that the app has gotten a lot of heat since its launch in December. Nearly 100 child health advocates signed a letter to Mark Zuckerberg last month urging him to delete the app, and Wired…

Facebook Tries to Make Going 'FB Official' Cool Again Facebook Tries to Make Going 'FB Official' Cool Again

Facebook really wants you to make it “FB official,” send your loved one a fuck-ton of cascading hearts, communicate in heart-eyes emoji, and keep tabs on your partner’s availability to chat. It’s almost as if Facebook has a fundamental misunderstanding of how people are using its platform.

YouTube's CEO Says Facebook Should 'Get Back to Baby Pictures' YouTube's CEO Says Facebook Should 'Get Back to Baby Pictures'

Facebook is reportedly trying to be more than just the landing page for conspiracy theories and election propaganda—it wants you to come for the videos, baby. It’s a play to rival YouTube, but its CEO, Susan Wojcicki, doesn’t seem too threatened.

Tech History Group Dedicated to Preserving Information Busted Deleting Apology Tweets [Updated] Tech History Group Dedicated to Preserving Information Busted Deleting Apology Tweets [Updated]

Everyone knows what you post online is never truly gone, but rarely are attempts to scrub something from the web quite this ironic—or infuriating.

Creeping on Instagram May Get a Lot Harder Creeping on Instagram May Get a Lot Harder

A feature that identifies who screenshots your public posts is not a bad feature, unless you learn about it the hard way—trying to creep surreptitiously. And it appears that Instagram is now quietly testing such a feature within Instagram Stories, the Snapchat-like service that lets users create a sequence of photos…

Man Who Traveled to Watch SpaceX Falcon Heavy Rocket Launch Found Dead In His Hotel Room Man Who Traveled to Watch SpaceX Falcon Heavy Rocket Launch Found Dead In His Hotel Room

Terry Hilliard traveled to from his home in Ocala, Florida, to Cocoa to watch in person the SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket launch that took place on Tuesday. The next morning, Hillard was found dead in his hotel room.

Silicon Valley Needs To Ban Forced-Arbitration Agreements. We Asked 10 Tech Companies If They Will Silicon Valley Needs To Ban Forced-Arbitration Agreements. We Asked 10 Tech Companies If They Will

Last year, after former Uber engineer Susan Fowler published her blog post alleging the company was rife with sexual harassment and discrimination issues, the allegations against Uber and other Silicon Valley companies began to pour out. These were issues that had plagued women and people of color in Silicon Valley …

AI-Generated Candy Heart Messages Let Your 'Sweat Poo' Know It's 'Time 2 Wank' AI-Generated Candy Heart Messages Let Your 'Sweat Poo' Know It's 'Time 2 Wank'

A lot of people are banking on a future ruled by artificial intelligence, but in its current form, AI can still be hilariously dumb.

Basically No One Is Getting Fined for Flying Drones Without a License Basically No One Is Getting Fined for Flying Drones Without a License

If you want to operate a drone commercially, you need to get a license. And yet, since the Federal Aviation Administration began requiring licenses in 2016, only one person has gotten in trouble for operating a commercial drone without one. And he was just given a slap on the wrist.

Former Principal Confiscated Students' Phones to Steal Their Nudes and Trade Them Online Former Principal Confiscated Students' Phones to Steal Their Nudes and Trade Them Online

A former high school principal in Kentucky was reportedly confiscating students’ phones in an attempt to steal their nude photos and then submit them to a Russian-based porn trading site. The principal, Stephen Kyle Goodlett, was just sentenced to nine years in federal prison after a judge found him guilty of…

Prankster Swaps High School's Website With Porn Link on Google Prankster Swaps High School's Website With Porn Link on Google

This week, parents looking for information on their kid’s AP exam registration might’ve instead ended up with a ton of dicks in their faces.

Here's the Disturbing Selfie of Dental Students at Yale With Severed Cadaver Heads Here's the Disturbing Selfie of Dental Students at Yale With Severed Cadaver Heads

In June, dental students and a University of Connecticut orthodontics professor took a selfie with severed cadaver heads during a medical training workshop at Yale which, according to the Associated Press, “focused on dental-related facial deformities.” The wire broke the story on Monday but declined to publish the…

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