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The sorrow of Biz Stone

 A friend of mine wakes up every morning and reports every single instance of crass, homophobic, and racist behavior she sees on Twitter. She sees it as her duty, an ordering of things in an unordered stream. Her efforts are quixotic at best because when she wakes up and rubs the sleep out of her eyes the firehose still rages. Why does she have to do this? Because of Twitter’s success… Read More

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Search and social media was filled with clickbait and propaganda in the wake of Vegas shooting

 Letting an algorithm cull links from the sewer of internet commentary, and then distributing that to millions of people, is a losing game. It’s another sign of how Facebook and the rest continue to abdicate responsibility. Read More

On Sunday morning the Commander/Tweeter/Golfer-In-Chief fired off several tweets about North Korea's Kim Jong-un — who he now apparently only refers to as "Rocket Man" or "Little Rocket Man" now — and casually called three former presidents failures like it was NBD.

*nervous laughter*

Trump kicked off the day explaining to Twitter users he told Secretary of State Rex Tillerson he's "wasting his time trying to negotiate with Little Rocket Man." Read more...

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Trump threatens North Korea and slams three past presidents in less than 140 characters

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It’s amazing (and truly terrifying) the things Donald Trump can accomplish with less than 140 characters to work with.

On Sunday morning the Commander/Tweeter/Golfer-In-Chief fired off several tweets about North Korea’s Kim Jong-un — who he now apparently only refers to as “Rocket Man” or “Little Rocket Man” now — and casually called three former presidents failures like it was NBD.

*nervous laughter*

Trump kicked off the day explaining to Twitter users he told Secretary of State Rex Tillerson he’s “wasting his time trying to negotiate with Little Rocket Man.” Read more…

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FEMA Administrator blames logistics for slow Puerto Rico relief, gets major Twitter reality check

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On Sunday morning, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Brock Long spoke with Fox News about the devastating post-Maria situation in Puerto Rico, and let’s just say things didn’t go so well.

In his discussion Long referred to the hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico as “the most logistically challenging event the United States has ever seen,” prompting the internet to ask the following question: “R u serious, bro?”

Long’s response came after Fox News host Chris Wallace played a clip of San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz shutting down Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke. Read more…

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Celebrity clapbacks and roasted trolls took center stage this September

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Social media is a place to document your thoughts, collect information and find the most epic clapbacks of 2017. And September proved to a beautiful month for clapbacks.

Essentially a clapback is a fiery comeback to someone’s insult or remark. Merriam-Webster, what are you waiting for? If you can add “troll,” “clapback” should be next—and get Google involved so the number one search for “clapback” isn’t just a 2003 album by Ja Rule. 

For celebrities like Rihanna and Cher, who are pros at speaking their minds on the internet, the world’s current dire situation has left many openings for them to put people in their place. Read more…

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President Trump was not amused with the outrage that erupted surrounded Price's swampy behavior, telling reporters on Wednesday that he was looking into the scandal and "not happy about it," according to Politico. Read more...

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Tom Price flies out of Trump’s White House, and everybody’s making fun of him

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Another one bites the dust at the White House.

Tom Price, now the former Secretary of Health and Human Services, resigned from his position in the Trump administration on Friday, after Politico reported last week that the cabinet secretary had been flying in private charter planes on the taxpayers’ dime. 

President Trump was not amused with the outrage that erupted surrounded Price’s swampy behavior, telling reporters on Wednesday that he was looking into the scandal and “not happy about it,” according to Politico. Read more…

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discussing Puerto Rico's poor infrastructure and financial problems. 

So there's no surprise he's adding the country's geography on the list of unhelpful things to talk about.

The president spoke at the National Association of Manufacturing in Washington about his Puerto Rico relief efforts on Friday. When explaining the difficulties of repairing areas, he had something to say. Something that maybe didn't need to be said. But that didn't stop him.   Read more...

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Trump said Puerto Rico is surrounded by ‘big water,’ and Twitter isn’t letting him forget

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Puerto Rico, in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, has not been helped by much President Trump

The U.S. territory has been suffering from a humanitarian crisis over the past week. And while the president hasn’t introduced any relief package to Congress, Trump hasn’t shied away from discussing Puerto Rico‘s poor infrastructure and financial problems. 

So there’s no surprise he’s adding the country’s geography on the list of unhelpful things to talk about.

The president spoke at the National Association of Manufacturing in Washington about his Puerto Rico relief efforts on Friday. When explaining the difficulties of repairing areas, he had something to say. Something that maybe didn’t need to be said. But that didn’t stop him.   Read more…

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Americans are horrified by DHS plan to track immigrants on social media

Starting October 18 the Department of Homeland Security will collect and store "social media handles, aliases, associated identifiable information, and search results" in the permanent files of all immigrants. This will include new immigrants, in add…

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Make a giant career change into digital marketing for just $20

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Just to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission.

The good news: social media and digital marketing can unlock massive conversion and revenue, taking your business to the next level of success. The not-so-good news: managing your own personal website and social media account won’t exactly prepare you for a marketing job at a big company, no matter how many followers you have.

If you want to become a marketing master, you’ll need to immerse yourself in the nuances of the industry—and there’s no better way to accomplish that than live classroom learning with a real instructor. Luckily, you don’t need to enroll in expensive college courses to do that. Purchase the Digital Marketing & Social Media Bootcamp for a fast, affordable crash course that will earn you two certifications and get your foot in the door at your first marketing job.  Read more…

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No, this NFL player didn’t burn a U.S. flag in the locker room

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Another day, another chapter in the ongoing feud between Donald Trump and NFL players who are taking the knee in protest against police brutality. 

You might have seen on Twitter or Facebook this picture that purportedly depicts an NFL player burning the U.S. flag in the locker room as his teammates enthusiastically look on:

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Besides the utter absurdity of the scene, it immediately pops to the eye that there’s something wrong with the hand holding the flag.

But that didn’t prevent many people from sharing it on Twitter:  Read more…

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