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Life in disaster-hit zones could improve with this multifunctional portable toilet

Logan Paul is many things, but thankfully he is not a flat Earther.  In a 50-minute, 2-second mockumentary that included a torrid affair with a Flat Earther, a betrayal from a roommate, and a rap that rhymes “NASA” with “I think I’m gonna passa,” the YouTube star announced that no, he doesn’t actually think the Earth is flat.  SEE ALSO: We watched the feature length Jake Paul docu-series finale so you don’t have to Sporting a newly grown beard, Logan’s scripted-ish movie takes a deep dive into the Flat Earth…

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The People Trying to Make Internet Recommendations Less Toxic

The internet is an ocean of algorithms trying to tell you what to do. YouTube and Netflix proffer videos they calculate you’ll watch. Facebook and Twitter filter and reorganize posts from your connections, avowedly in your interest—but also in their own. New York entrepreneur Brian Whitman helped create such a system. He sold a music analytics startup called The Echo Nest to Spotify in 2014, bolstering the streaming music service’s ability to recommend new songs from a person’s past listening. Whitman says he saw clear evidence of algorithms’ value at…

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In Case Youve Never Seen a Giant Jawbreaker Melted With a Blowtorch

YouTube channel LET’S MELT THIS honoured their namesake by melting a giant jawbreaker with a blowtorch. The torch can reach a max temperature of 1,900 degrees Fahrenheit (1,038°C) and the jawbreaker took 3 minutes and 46 seconds to completely melt. This footage was sped up so the melting would complete in one minute. Read more: https://twistedsifter.com/videos/melting-jawbreaker-with-blowtorch/

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I regret to inform you that Jake Paul’s new song is a bop

It’s with heavy hearts we declare Jake Paul’s new song “Im Single” as … kind of catchy actually.  There’s something especially soul-sucking about admitting that one of YouTube’s most despised, most popular, and wealthiest stars created something good. But Jake’s lowkey ballad about coming to terms with a break up is oddly refreshing, especially compared to his cringeworthy past songs like the Team 10 manifesto “It’s Everyday Bro” and its follow-up, “I Love You, Bro.”  A heavily autotuned Jake reflects on his very public breakup with Erika Costell late last…

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These paintings are literally made with love

There is nothing quite as pure as watching animals try to eat cumbersome people food. Dogs and peanut butter, hamsters and crackers — it’s a match made in viral video heaven.  But our personal favorite physical manifestation of cuteness comes in the form of turtles trying to eat strawberries. Their mouths are just too small to wrap completely around the strawberry, and their bodies too slow to chow down on the fruit. Adorable. SEE ALSO: 2018: The Year Humans Called Animals Hot If you need to purify your internet browsing…

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How to access YouTube’s secret dog Easter egg on your timeline

Image: screenshot by mashable YouTube hasn’t ever been one to skimp on the Easter eggs, but this is a new one for me. It’s hidden away on the timeline that charts your progress through a video. If you highlight that timeline and hold left — either left on an attached game controller, or the left arrow key — in certain versions of YouTube (I’ll get to that in a minute), you can summon a dog. SEE ALSO: Please enjoy these Pope-like dogs wearing Crocs on their impossibly small heads It…

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T-Series is actually the best thing to happen to PewDiePie

YouTube's most-subscribed channel, PewDiePie, is bigger than ever thanks to a rivalry with India-based music video production company, T-Series.Image: J. Countess/WireImage PewDiePie just surpassed a new YouTube milestone, and he has T-Series to thank for it. Felix Kjellberg aka PewDiePie just hit 80 million YouTube subscribers on Monday. The achievement marks the first time any YouTuber has reached this milestone. PewDiePie, the platform’s most well-known (and most controversial) video game vlogger, has been embroiled in a fierce rivalry in recent months with a music video channel from India, T-Series. Both…

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Google CEO admits company must better address the spread of conspiracy theories on YouTube

Google CEO Sundar Pichai admitted today that YouTube needs to do better in dealing with conspiracy content on its site that can lead to real-world violence. During his testimony on Tuesday before the House Judiciary Committee, the exec was questioned on how YouTube handles extremist content that promotes conspiracy theories like Pizzagate and, more recently, a Hillary Clinton-focused conspiracy theory dubbed Frazzledrip. According to an article in Monday’s Washington Post, Frazzledrip is a variation on Pizzagate that began spreading on YouTube this spring. In a bizarre series of questions, Rep. Jamie Raskin…

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Pranking the Media with a Photo of Justin Bieber Eating a Burrito Sideways

The guys at Yes Theory just revealed that they were the pranksters behind the viral photo of Justin Bieber eating a burrito sideways and that the entire thing was a hoax. To pull it off they flew a Justin Bieber lookalike to LA and then dressed him up, sat him in a park, and made him eat a burrito in a strange and bizarre way that triggered people in predictable ways. Read more: https://twistedsifter.com/videos/justin-bieber-burrito-prank-hoax/

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Its time for Facebook and Twitter to coordinate efforts on hate speech

Since the election of Donald Trump in 2016, there has been burgeoning awareness of the hate speech on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter. While activists have pressured these companies to improve their content moderation, few groups (outside of the German government) have outright sued the platforms for their actions. That’s because of a legal distinction between media publications and media platforms that has made solving hate speech online a vexing problem. Take, for instance, an op-ed published in the New York Times calling for the slaughter of an…

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