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How Americans Wound Up on Twitter’s List of Russian Bots

If you followed Rebecca Hirschfeld’s @Beckster319 account on Twitter in the weeks leading up to the 2016 election, you would have seen that she’s an actress, a huge fan of David Bowie but not so much of Donald Trump, and that she enjoyed anything flavored with pumpkin. Around the same time, if you looked at Markiya Franklin’s @internalmemer account, you would have gathered that she supports Black Lives Matter and is a K-pop diehard. Chris Osborne’s @skatewake1994 account was into surfing and snowboarding with a passion, along with saying a…

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This dexterous humanoid has robot fingers that almost perfectly mimic human hands

Pee after sex or you'll end up with a week-long cranberry juice cleanse.Image: Getty Images Twitter is doing a better job at teaching sex ed than most schools in the United States.  In case your high school education failed you, too, doctors recommend that people pee after sex to help prevent urinary tract infections. It’s become popular for Twitter users to leave wholesome nightly messages for each other, like reminding people to take off their makeup, leave trash exes on read, and pee after sex. After all, nobody wants to…

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Internet on edge as daredevil raccoon scales Minnesota skyscraper

Climbing raccoon prompts live stream, photos and hashtag #MPRraccoon as world watches Raccoons are not typically known for their bravery, but one is scaling the UBS tower in Minnesota with death-defying nerve. The raccoon was originally spotted on the roof of a nearby office block and was safely removed by maintenance workers. But rather than find safety elsewhere, it jumped over to the UBS tower, one of the largest skyscrapers in the city, where it has been scaling the building all day, and, at the time of writing, was over…

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Insanely Muscular Cat Conquers The Internet And The Memes Are Hilarious

Buff cat was first noticed on the streets of Montreal, Canada by a feline fan. His fan base has steadily grown to the point that his official Twitter page now has over 17k followers, and has spawned a whole load of hilarious memes. While some people are concerned that buff daddy might have some serious health issues going on, others have speculated that he may have a rare genetic disorder that causes some animals, usually cattle, to become ‘double muscled.’ Meet buff cat, literally the biggest feline sensation on the…

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Tom Cruise shares photo teaser for ‘Top Gun: Maverick’

Tom Cruise is ready for take-off.Image: Paramount/Kobal/REX/Shutterstock The Top Gun sequel is really happening – Tom Cruise tweeted a photo hashtagged #Day1 to indicate that production is underway.  The photo shows Cruise looking toward a waiting aircraft. A text caption briefly quotes one of the movie’s most famous lines: “FEEL THE NEED.” SEE ALSO: The internet has already got the plot for ‘Top Gun 2’ all figured out

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Its unconstitutional for Trump to block people on Twitter

A uniquely 21st-century constitutional question received a satisfying answer today from a federal judge: President Trump cannot block people on Twitter, as it constitutes a violation of their First Amendment rights. The court also ruled he must unblock all previously blocked users. “No government official is above the law,” the judge concluded. The question was an aspect of a suit brought by the Knight First Amendment Institute, which alleged that the official presidential Twitter feed amounts to a public forum, and that the government barring individuals from participating in it…

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Rage Against the Machine beats X Factor’s Joe to Christmas No 1

After an Facebook campaign against Simon Cowell's chart domination, music fans celebrate their victory In recent years, it had become as predictable as elections in North Korea singer wins X Factor, singer’s debut single goes to No 1. So when Joe McElderry won the TV talent contest, he was no doubt confident he would celebrate Christmas at the top of the charts. Alas for the 18-year-old from South Shields, it wasn’t to be: a song almost his own age denied him the top spot after a successful online campaign. Killing…

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These 10 GIFs Will Give You an Appreciation for Silent Era Filmmaking

For the last three years, Don McHoull has been faithfully uploading gifs from silent era films to Twitter under the handle @SilentMovieGIfs. Not surprisingly, the account heavily features the work of Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin, Harold Lloyd and Fritz Lang. McHoull also routinely adds context and supplemental information to the clips, fostering greater appreciation for the filmmaking and talent of the period’s most famous actors. The Sifter hopes the 10 gifs below will pique your curiosity and encourage you to check out more amazing silent film moments at @SilentMovieGifs on…

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Aging senators ask ‘Mr. Zuckerberg’ for tech support in hilarious Senate hearing meme

Image: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images In what will probably be the premise of The Social Network 2,Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was grilled by members of the U.S. Senate on Tuesday.  Zuckerberg answered questions about digital privacy in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal. And a lot of the senators asking the questions were old. Very old.  SEE ALSO: The best part of Mark Zuckerberg appearing in front of Congress was the memes “Senator, we run ads” is my new T-shirt. — drew olanoff (@yoda) April 10, 2018 It wasn’t just…

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Mystery dude saves Chrissy Teigen from a bike as she crossed the street

The man who saved Chrissy.Image: Raymond Hall/GC Images Buckle up, Chrissy Teigen stans, because we’re about to take you on a wild ride involving a fake baby, a total stranger, and a valuable lesson in pedestrian safety. On Tuesday morning, the model logged onto Twitter to reply to a fan sharing a curious photograph of her and an unknown man in the middle of a New York City street.  SEE ALSO: Chrissy Teigen live-tweeted her reaction to the Stormy Daniels interview “This looks like you have strapped a very small…

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Looking At People Trying To Sell Mirrors Is Our New Favorite Thing And Here Are 20+ Reasons Why

A viral Twitter thread is going around right now, with people posting and judging their attempts, and it’s becoming the unintentionally hilarious hit of the year. Some people have clearly gone to great lengths to hide themselves, others clearly don’t give a hoot. Others still see it as a chance for a little self-promotion. One guy was just browsing around when he noticed there’s something special about pics of people trying to sell mirrors: Read more: http://www.boredpanda.com/funny-people-sell-mirrors-reflections/

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The NRA tweeted a photo of an AR-15 while students nationwide walk out of school to protest AR-15s

Image: Max Herman/ Getty Images The NRA had a pretty tactless response to the National School Walkout on Wednesday.  March 14 marks one month since the tragic mass shooting in Parkland, Fla. that left 17 people dead, and students nationwide are walking out of classes to honor those who died and protest gun violence.   On a day being used to remember children killed by an AR-15, the National Rifle Association, a pro-gun lobbying group, tweeted a photo of an AR-15 with the caption, “I’ll control my own guns, thank…

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Tom from ‘Queer Eye’ is engaged to the love of his life and we’re totally not crying

Netflix’s reboot of Queer Eye might have only been eight episodes, but the stories of love and acceptance continue. SEE ALSO: Netflix’s ‘Queer Eye’ reboot is all about empathy at a time when we really need it Tom Jackson, the hero featured in the first episode is officially engaged to the love of his life, Abby. The couple broke up in February, according to Tom’s Twitter, but rekindled their relationship on March 6.  And yesterday night, Tom announced their engagement on Twitter.  Talk about a rollercoaster of emotions.  Everyone is…

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Bad Actors Are Using Social Media Exactly As Designed

When Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller announced criminal charges against Russian operatives for interfering with the 2016 presidential election, descriptions of how the Russians used modern communications technologies were all too familiar. Journalists referred to the ways in which Russia “manipulated social-media platforms,” and tech company executives like Facebook’s Rob Goldman decried “how the Russians abused our system.” WIRED OPINION ABOUT Joshua Geltzer is executive director and visiting professor of law at Georgetown Law’s Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection as well as an ASU Future of War fellow at New America writing a…

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Mark Hamill tweets ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ director about a part in next movie

Everyone's favourite Jedi may just have bagged a role in the next 'Guardians of the Galaxy' instalment.Image: Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for JumpLine Usually, decisions about who gets cast in a film take place behind the scenes. Obviously there are rumours and reports that circulate, but for the most part the whole process is done behind closed doors. SEE ALSO: 14 times Mark Hamill’s Twitter game was quite simply out of this world Not always, though. This is 2018, after all, pretty much everyone is on social media, and speaking to…

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