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X Is Ditching 'Perfectly Functional, Popular' Feature

Circles is being discontinued as of Oct. 31

(Newser) - Another big change at the site formerly known as Twitter: X says it is shutting down the Circles feature as of Oct. 31. The feature, introduced last year before Elon Musk bought the platform, allowed users to share posts with selected people instead of all their followers, the Verge reports....

Judges Find Administration Probably Violated Free Speech

Appeals panel limits reach of injunction on contacting social media sites over COVID posts

(Newser) - A federal appeals court delivered a mixed ruling to the Biden administration on its attempts to get social media sites to remove false information about COVID-19, cutting back a lower court's injunction on the issue while saying the actions probably infringed on First Amendment protections. A three-judge panel of...

Trump's Social Media Post Spurs Swift DOJ Response

Judge sets Monday deadline for defense's answer to special counsel's request for protective order on evidence

(Newser) - This story has been updated with the judge's deadline. When Donald Trump was arraigned on Thursday on felony charges that he tried to overturn results of the 2020 election, he was told he wouldn't be detained. The presiding judge warned the former president, however, that it was a...

Twitter May Have a Problem With Its Shiny New Logo

Trademark infringement questions arise over news that Meta, Microsoft also have 'X' registered

(Newser) - "X" may not mark the spot after all for Elon Musk in his attempted rebrand of Twitter. Although Musk has officially unveiled the 24th letter of the alphabet as his social media site's new name and identity, Insider reports that rival Meta appears to own the trademark for...

The Jig Is Up for TikTok's 'Dr. Roxy'

The Jig Is Up for
TikTok's 'Dr. Roxy'
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The Jig Is Up for TikTok's 'Dr. Roxy'

Ohio's Medical Board finds she 'put patients in danger for the social media world'

(Newser) - A plastic surgeon who made a name for herself in livestreaming procedures on TikTok can no longer practice in Ohio after the state's Medical Board found she'd neglected patients while focused on her viewers. The board voted Wednesday to strip Dr. Katharine Roxanne Grawe, better known as Dr....

LSU Gymnast Got 'Absurdly Large' Social Media Payout
LSU Gymnast Got 'Absurdly
Large' Social Media Payout

LSU Gymnast Got 'Absurdly Large' Social Media Payout

Influencer Olivia Dunne admits she received more than $500K in one particular brand deal

(Newser) - With more than 4 million followers on Instagram and 7.6 million fans on TikTok , it's not terribly surprising that LSU gymnast and Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover model Olivia Dunne has earned the "top female social media influencer" label, with an estimated worth of $3.3 million "...

Jack Dorsey Has Beef With Meta's Threads

Co-founder complains that Meta just ripped off his creation

(Newser) - There are legions of people bemoaning Mark Zuckerberg's new "Twitter killer" app (and millions of others signing on to it at a dizzying rate ), Threads , and one of them is predictably Jack Dorsey. The co-founder and former CEO of aforementioned Twitter griped about Meta ripping off his...

Threads Is Breaking Download Records

Zuckerberg says new app was downloaded 30M times in first day

(Newser) - "Round one of this thing is off to a good start," Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg remarked on the company's Threads social network Thursday. He said that, in "as good a start as we could have hoped for," the app, which went live Wednesday night, had...

Execs Say 10M Joined Threads in First 7 Hours

It was 'quite the first day,' Instagram CEO says

(Newser) - Threads, the new social media app from Instagram, went live Wednesday , 15 hours earlier than scheduled, and execs say the response was massive, with 10 million people signing up in the first seven hours. In a video posted on the platform, a clearly exhausted Adam Mosseri, chief executive of Instagram,...

Zuckerberg's 'Twitter Killer,' Threads, Goes Live

Meta boss announces launch with a dig at the competition

(Newser) - Threads, Meta's text-based messaging app that looks a lot like Twitter and is intended to challenge that platform, went live Wednesday. Mark Zuckerberg made the announcment in a post to his Threads account, including a shot at Twitter. He said his intention is for Threads to remain "friendly...

West's 'Lunch of Suffering' Is Going Viral in China

Images of plain, Western-style lunches are popular, either in ridicule or admiration

(Newser) - A trend has emerged on Chinese social media platforms such as Weibo and Xiaohongshu—users re-creating and reviewing Western-style packed lunches. The Guardian reports these lunches are called "bairen fan," or "white people food." The trend appears to be a way to understand or, often, satirize...

Internet Praises This 'Genius' DIY Air Purifier

Box fan, some air filters, and duct tape are what people are using to fend off wildfire pollutants

(Newser) - Social media users are sharing a surprisingly effective way to protect yourself indoors from the toxic wildfire smoke blanketing much of the East Coast: a box fan, four air filters, and a whole lot of duct tape. As searches for "air purifiers" spike on Google, people are posting on...

Foxx Reps Say Vax Claim Isn't True, Yet It Just Won't Die

Rumor that actor's mystery condition was caused by COVID vaccine continues to spread online

(Newser) - What's going on with Jamie Foxx's health is still largely a mystery —even an upbeat update from his daughter didn't provide many details—but one thing fans can now rule out is that he suffered medical complications from the COVID vaccine. That's according to reps...

Cops: Teen's Quest for Social Media Post Kills Him

It happened early Saturday on Los Angeles' 6th Street Viaduct

(Newser) - A 17-year-old boy fell to his death this weekend while climbing a Los Angeles bridge in an apparent social media stunt, police said. Police were sent to the 6th Street Viaduct around 2am Saturday and found the boy, who was pronounced dead at a hospital. His name wasn't immediately...

Skin Care Brand Sorry for Mention of Campus Shooting

In sponsored Biore video, TikTok influencer discussed MSU shooting

(Newser) - Skin care brand Bioré says it's sorry about a sponsored influencer video that critics said trivialized a school shooting. In the video, which was taken down from TikTok but can be seen here , former Michigan State University student Cecilee Max-Brown discusses both her anxiety after the campus shooting that...

On 'Defining Public Health Issue of Our Time,' a Warning

Surgeon General Vivek Murthy says social media is driving depression, anxiety in teens, kids

(Newser) - Few parents love seeing their kids hunched over their phones, scrolling like zombies through TikTok videos or Instagram posts, and a new warning from the nation's top doctor isn't about to alleviate those feelings. Per NBC News , Surgeon General Vivek Murthy has issued a new report on youth...

No, the Pentagon Didn't Blow Up Monday

But eerily realistic fake explosion pic, perhaps created by AI, circulated online, shook up stocks

(Newser) - Most of the tweets on the OSINTdefender Twitter account , which bills itself as an "open source intelligence monitor," have focused lately on the Russian invasion of Ukraine. A post on Monday morning, however, set off alarms closer to home, after a phony image circulated on social media depicting...

Musk Announces Twitter DM Change With Notable 'Acid Test'

He won't be able to see others' encrypted messages, 'even if there was a gun to my head'

(Newser) - Elon Musk says users of his social media platform will very soon be able to send private direct messages to each other that no one else can ever see—including Musk himself. In a Tuesday evening tweet , the Twitter CEO announced the launch of encrypted DMs, a feature that could...

After Mass Shooting in Texas, an Ill-Advised Facebook Post

Chamber of commerce post welcomed new member 'Pulling Triggers' after tragedy in Allen

(Newser) - Pulling Triggers and Pulling Corks is "the melding of two amazing worlds," per its website : guns and booze, with a mission of teaching its students firearms skills, as well as holding wine and whiskey events and tastings. What Texas locals didn't find amazing was a promo over...

Musk Makes 'Extraordinary Threat' to NPR

CEO warns he'll give media organization's Twitter handle to someone else if it doesn't start tweeting

(Newser) - NPR has stayed firm in not tweeting since Elon Musk's Twitter first labeled its account "state-affiliated media" last month, then "government-funded media." Those labels are now gone, but NPR has continued to stay silent online. Now, the news organization is reporting that Musk is threatening to...

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