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Meta Decides to Welcome Trump Back
Meta Decides
to Welcome
Trump Back

Meta Decides to Welcome Trump Back

Facebook, Instagram suspensions to be dropped 'in coming weeks'

(Newser) - Two years after former President Donald Trump was suspended from Facebook and Instagram over his posts supporting the insurgents who attacked the Capitol, Meta has decided to welcome him back. The announcement was made in a blog post by Nick Clegg, the company's president of global affairs, the BBC...

Madonna Deletes Instagram Feed; Epic Announcement Is Expected
Madonna Launching
a Greatest Hits Tour
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Madonna Launching a Greatest Hits Tour

It starts in July in North America, then moves on to Europe

(Newser) - The reason Madonna cleared out her Instagram feed before Tuesday is now clear: She has indeed announced a major new tour starting this summer. The 35-city "Madonna: The Celebration Tour" begins July 15 in Vancouver, British Columbia, followed by stops in cities including Detroit, Chicago, New York, Miami, Los...

Clause Doesn't Safeguard Meta From $414M Fine

Regulators ban company from forcing users to agree to personalized ads

(Newser) - European Union regulators on Wednesday hit Facebook parent Meta with hundreds of millions in fines for privacy violations and banned the company from forcing users in the 27-nation bloc to agree to personalized ads based on their online activity. Ireland's Data Protection Commission imposed two fines totaling 390 million...

A Messi Image Is Now the King of Instagram

Celebration photo has more than 62M likes

(Newser) - Lionel Messi vanquished France , and now he has vanquished the famous egg of Instagram. An image of Messi celebrating Argentina's dramatic World Cup victory had racked up more than 62 million likes as of Tuesday morning on on the soccer star's Instagram page , making it the most-liked image...

Twitter Disallows Links to Instagram, Other Rivals
Twitter (Briefly) Disallows
Promotion of Rivals
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Twitter (Briefly) Disallows Promotion of Rivals

New policy is deleted, replaced with a poll asking users their opinion on it

(Newser) - Once again, a new Twitter policy has been swiftly rescinded. On Sunday, the platform said it would no longer let users promote accounts on rival platforms. But after what CNN describes as an "immense backlash," Twitter removed the blog post and tweet thread announcing the new policy. Instead,...

Oversight Board Slams Meta's Unequal Treatment of VIPs

'Cross-check grants certain users greater protection than others'

(Newser) - An oversight board has found that Facebook and Instagram's VIP program creates an unequal environment where celebrities, politicians, and business partners receive preferential treatment. As NPR reports, "in some cases, their posts are exempted from Meta's rules entirely." Meta ordered a review of its "cross-check"...

Police: Teenager Charged After Showing Homicide Victim Online

16-year-old suspect texted for help disposing of girl's body, court documents say

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania teenager has been charged with homicide after police say he revealed in an Instagram video chat that he'd killed someone and showed the victim's legs covered in blood. A woman who said her daughter had received the video call reported it to Bensalem Township police on...

Ye Returns to Twitter, Immediately Gets Himself Suspended

Rapper violated social network's policies, company says

(Newser) - After Kanye West's Instagram account was suspended Friday for antisemitic content, the rapper took his rants to Twitter. On Sunday, Twitter announced that it, too, had locked the rapper's account . Ye, as the rapper is now legally known, had been away from Twitter for almost two years when...

Instagram Restricts Kanye West's Account

American Jewish Committee calls post anti-Semitic

(Newser) - Instagram has placed restrictions on Kanye West's account in response to posts criticized as anti-Semitic. A spokesperson for Meta, Instagram's parent company, told the Hollywood Reporter that the platform also has deleted some content posted on the @kanyewest account. Instagram said the restrictions were imposed for violations of...

Fallen Marine's Family Refiles Suit Against Alec Baldwin

Widow who attended says she's no insurrectionist

(Newser) - A defamation lawsuit against Alec Baldwin that was dismissed in Wyoming in May has been refiled in New York. The widow and two sisters of fallen Marine Rylee McCollum accuse the actor of making false charges against them, including calling Jiennah McCollum, who was married to Lance Cpl. Rylee McCollum,...

Jonah Hill Won't Be Out Promoting His New Film

'Superbad' actor is latest star to step back from social media for his mental health

(Newser) - Tom Holland isn't the only celebrity of late to ditch social media he finds "overwhelming." Superbad and Wolf of Wall Street actor Jonah Hill deleted his Instagram last week, around the same time he announced he's been suffering from anxiety attacks for almost two decades and...

GOP Tweet Saying to Shoot US Agents Brings Twitter Ban

Republican in Florida statehouse race suggests threat was taken out of context, though he stands by it

(Newser) - US officials, including the FBI director, have decried an increase in threats to federal agents. There have been attempts to carry out such threats , as well. Another one was posted Thursday on Twitter, saying: "Under my plan, all Floridians will be able to shoot FBI, IRS, ATF, and all...

Critics Fault Facebook Move on RFK Jr.'s Group: 'Too Late'

Children's Health Defense anti-vax nonprofit also booted off Instagram

(Newser) - Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has already been personally kicked off of Instagram. Now the social media platform—along with Facebook, also owned by Meta—has booted Kennedy's nonprofit, too, for repeatedly breaching rules on spreading misinformation about COVID-19, vaccines, and other pandemic health measures. The two platforms this week...

Actor Taking Break From 'Overwhelming' Social Media

Tom Holland of 'Spider-Man' fame says he needs the hiatus for his mental health

(Newser) - Even superheroes get anxious from social media. Just ask Spider-Man star Tom Holland, who announced over the weekend that he's been taking a break from social media to protect his mental health. Elle notes that the 26-year-old UK actor has deleted his Instagram in the past, but this time...

Tommy Lee's IG Posts Have Everyone Doing a Double Take

Motley Crue drummer's full-frontal pic fires up debate over why it was able to stay on platform for so long

(Newser) - If you missed Tommy Lee's full-frontal display on social media earlier this week, no worries—he's now sharing a painting of the photo instead. Meanwhile, some are wondering why Lee's original nude pic was able to stay up online for as long as it did in the...

Pugh to Detractors: 'Why Are You So Scared of Breasts?'

She addresses 'vulgar' criticism after wearing sheer gown to fashion event

(Newser) - Florence Pugh shared photos of herself in a sheer gown on Instagram Sunday—and fired back at men who criticized her body after she wore the dress Valentino haute couture show in Rome. She said many commenters "aggressively" told her about how she should be "embarrassed by being...

Instagram, Facebook Cracking Down on Abortion Pill Posts

And more abortion-related controversy related to the social networks

(Newser) - Shortly after Roe v. Wade was overturned by the Supreme Court, Instagram and Facebook were making headlines for more than one abortion-related reason. On Monday, Vice and other outlets reported that both Instagram and its sister company, Facebook, were removing posts from people offering to mail abortion pills. In some...

It's the 2nd Time Britney Spears Has Done This

Star's Instagram account has vanished again amid renewed drama with her father

(Newser) - On Friday, reports emerged that Britney Spears' father wants her to defend under oath the accusations she's been hurling at him on social media, with a request to a judge that Spears give a deposition. Now it appears the 40-year-old pop star may have vanished some of those posts,...

She Gave the #VanLife a Go, and It Was Pretty Dismal

But Caity Weaver's recap of it is a delightful read

(Newser) - "That sounds bad." So pronounced Caity Weaver's husband when she told him she was going to give the #VanLife that's so popular on TikTok and Instagram a go for a week and write about it for the New York Times Magazine . The piece that resulted is...

In Russia, It's Goodbye Instagram, Hello 'Sadgram'

Black-and-white social media alternative asks users for gloomy photos

(Newser) - Criticizing the invasion of Ukraine, or even calling it a war instead of a "special military operation," is a crime in Russia, but citizens are still allowed to express their sadness. With Instagram now banned in the country, alternatives are sprouting up, including "Grustnogram," which translates...

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