Monthly Archives: December 2017

Germany starts enforcing hate speech law

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Facebook is one of the social media companies affected by NetzDG Germany is set to start enforcing a law that demands social media sites move quickly to remove hate speech, fake news and illegal material. Sites that do not remove “obviously illegal” posts could face fines of up to 50m euro (£44.3m). The law gives the networks 24 hours to act after they have been told about law-breaking material. Social networks and media sites with more than two million members will […]

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Dave Chappelle just dropped two Netflix specials, but there’s a problem

Well that’s not good. Image: Lester Cohen/getty By Jack Morse2017-12-31 23:07:48 UTC Dave Chappelle is widely considered to be a comedic genius. So when Netflix announced it had released two Chappelle stand-up specials, people freaked. A little comedy to wrap up this bitter year has to be a good thing, right? Well, maybe. But maybe not. The specials just dropped, but there’s already some pushback when it comes to Chappelle’s thoughts on the transgender community.  Of the two videos, “The Bird Revelation” and “Equanimity,” it’s the latter […]

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The movies that transported and troubled us in 2017

Throughout the final week of 2017, culture writers from across Vox Media will be chatting about the best works of the year. In this installment, Vox’s Todd VanDerWerff, Alissa Wilkinson, and Genevieve Koski; The Verge’s Tasha Robinson; and Polygon’s Julia Alexander talk about the movies of 2017. Todd VanDerWerff: My favorite movies in 2017 weren’t escapism, not precisely, but they did take me so thoroughly out of my own point of view that reentering reality afterward could feel a little like resurfacing after a deep-sea dive. From […]

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Trump’s NYE bash has a ‘modern fantasy garden’ theme. We have some better suggestions.

The fantastical president. Image: Orlando Sentinel/Getty Images By Jack Morse2017-12-31 21:24:53 UTC President Donald Trump is often accused of living in his own personal fantasy world where white supremacists are “very fine people” and New Jersey muslims celebrated the 9/11 attack. So it is perhaps fitting that his New Year’s Eve celebration at Mar-a-Largo has, according to The Washington Post, a “modern fantasy garden” theme. And while we’re excited to see what mythical bullshit takes root in such a gathering of sycophants and enablers, we also can’t […]

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Hey, Pizzagaters: If you come at Chrissy Teigen, you best not miss

Watch out. Image: Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/Getty By Jack Morse2017-12-31 19:13:41 UTC Chrissy Teigen is not here for your bullshit, especially if that bullshit involves suggesting she and her husband John Legend are involved in a pedophile ring involving their own daughter.  On Saturday, Teigen laid into a conspiracy theorist on Twitter that had tweeted out pictures of her daughter and insinuated that she and husband John Legend were part of some sort of secret society of celebrity pedophiles.  This latest addition to the Pizzagate delusion began on Dec. 27. […]

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Emojis Of 2018: Bagels, Kangaroos, Redheads Are In. ‘Frowning Pile Of Poo’ Is Out

Dozens of new emojis are planned for 2018. One of the most popular additions? Redheads. Redheads are a step closer to becoming new emojis. Emojipedia hide caption toggle caption Emojipedia “People felt like they were getting left out,” says Jeremy Burge of the Unicode Emoji Subcommittee. It’s part of the Unicode Consortium, which sets the international standards for emojis, among other things. “Even though I don’t have red hair myself, that was the number one request we got for the last two years running. So I felt […]

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10 albums turning 10 years old in 2018

It is almost time for 2018, and that means it’s been 10 years since some very iconic music was released. Beyonce, Kanye West, and Coldplay were all making career shaping records back in 2008. While newcomers like MGMT, Adele, and Lady Gaga were also carving out lanes for themselves. Here’s a look back at career defining work from your favorite artists. 1. Kanye West – 808 and Heartbreak [embedded content] When Kanye won multiple Grammys for his sophomore album Late Registration, he gave a frantic speech. “Everybody […]

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The Verge 2017 tech report card: Apps

The biggest story about apps in 2017 was, well, stories. Snapchat still deserves the credit for coming up with the concept, and Instagram shamelessly ripped it off back in 2016, but this year, everyone got on board. WhatsApp added stories (and then later made them less prominent after users complained). Facebook added stories (and tried to guilt users into using them with digital ghosts of friends.) Medium — a largely text based app — added stories! YouTube added stories! It’s stories all the way down as far […]

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Iran shuts down Instagram, Telegram apps amid protests

The Iranian government is cracking down on certain apps in the wake of protests. Image: STR/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock By Marcus Gilmer2017-12-31 16:01:08 UTC The Iranian government has blocked access to messaging app Telegram and photo app Instagram amid several days of protests in what authorities say is a move “to maintain tranquillity and security of society,” according to state-run media.  Various media reports have stated that the apps were used to coordinate plans and share photos and videos of the demonstrations, which began as protests over economic inequality but […]

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Photos and videos reveal 2017’s extremely icy exit

In case you didn’t notice, it’s very cold across parts of the globe, stretching from a good chunk of the U.S. to the UK and Europe and even down into India this New Year’s Eve. The coldest in decades, in fact, and the chill is going to hang around for a bit.  While that makes it incredibly inconvenient to do anything that doesn’t involve being on your couch under around a dozen or so blankets, the weather does make for some interesting images and you can enjoy […]

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