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9 Brands That Should Delete Their Account After That Tweet

Every Twitter “scandal” has a similar progression. First, a brand tweets an offensive or objectively funny thing, like McDonald’s did when its corporate Twitter published threw shade directed at President Donald Trump. Then, typically, the brands will attribute the errant tweet to a hack or a rogue employee ― and occasionally they will issue an apology. Last but not least, the rest of the internet makes fun of them or promises to boycott, and then we all move on. But some Twitter campaigns should not be forgotten, because they are very bad, and also serve as a warning to the next generation of tweeters: Stop tweeting. Delete your account.

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11 Women Who Did Groundbreaking Things That Men Got The Credit For

The man who invented Monopoly did not invent Monopoly.  Charles Darrow made millions off the game that he sold to Parker Brothers ― 30 years after a woman named Elizabeth Magie created it. It’s a tale as old as time: A man took credit for a woman’s idea. We’ve seen this theme play out through history, with women’s work being erased from the labor movement, civil rights movements, and over and over again in science.  In the spirit of unearthing the “hidden figures” whose stories often go untold, we’re highlighting remarkable women who, despite their contributions, were sidelined by men. Happy Women’s History Month! This  Women’s History Month , remember that we have the power to make history every day. And in 2017, that feels more urgent than ever

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5 Tips to Help You Become a Better Communicator and Leader

For a few years, you couldn’t open your news feed without seeing an article dedicated… Read More

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Germany Considers Fining Social Media Sites For Hate Speech, Fake News

Germany is considering a crackdown on illegal social media content, including fake news stories, with threats to fine offenders up to $53 million if the lawbreaking material isn’t promptly removed. According to a law proposed Tuesday by German Justice Minister Heiko Maas, social media sites would be required to staff 24-hour helplines that would respond to user complaints flagging criminal content. The proposal could apply to hate speech, which Germany bans as criminal content, and to fake news articles if they’re slanderous, defamatory or libelous, Maas said, according to the BBC.  Anything deemed “obviously criminal” would have to be deleted or blocked within 24 hours, while less-glaring complaints would have to be resolved within seven days.  The proposal comes just one week after a Syrian refugee living in Germany lost a lawsuit against Facebook that sought the removal of a photo that wrongly identified him as a terrorist.

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More Than 50 Tech Companies Take On Trump’s New Travel Ban

Nearly five dozen technology companies have filed an amicus brief against President Donald Trump ’s revised executive order banning travel from six majority-Muslim countries, which is set to go into effect on Thursday. The brief, which was filed Wednesday, supports Hawaii’s lawsuit seeking to block the federal government from implementing the order. In total, 58 companies, including Airbnb, Dropbox, Lyft, Square and Wikimedia, signed on. Many of the same companies joined a similar brief in February in opposition to the first version of Trump’s ban. “The technological and scientific breakthroughs that fuel the economic engine of the country — search, cloud computing, social media, artificial intelligence, faster and faster microprocessors, the Internet of Everything, reusable spacecraft — were all made possible by the ingenuity, imagination and invention of newcomers to America, including Muslims from across the world,” the brief states. “Never in modern American history has that infusion of talent and passion and creativity been stanched, as it is vital to the lifeblood of our economy

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Hackers Attack High-Profile Twitter Accounts, Post Swastikas And Pro-Erdogan Content

Hackers gained access to many high-profile Twitter accounts on Wednesday and posted tweets in support of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Amnesty International, BBC North America, Duke University, Forbes, PBS Food, U-Haul and UNICEF USA were among the verified accounts affected by the hack. The cyberattack appeared to involve accessing the accounts and posting swastikas, comments in support of Erdogan and the hashtags  #Nazialmanya  (Nazi Germany) and #Nazihollanda (Nazi Holland). The tweets, which were written in Turkish, also included a link to a YouTube video featuring clips of Erdogan.   Amid an escalating row over Turkish officials’ access to the Netherlands.  Erdogan has suspended high-level diplomatic ties  and refused to allow the Dutch ambassador to Ankara to return to Turkey, CNN reported. According to Reuters, several of the hacked tweets mentioned the phrase “See you on April 16,” which is an apparent reference to the date of Turkey’s referendum to grant more powers to Erdogan

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Thinx Controversy Proves You Can’t Sell Feminism

Up until this week,  former CEO and founder of Thinx period underwear Miki Agrawal was lauded as a “visionary” and a “badass,”  who has helped change  the way we talk about women’s health . The company’s controversial ads ― grapefruits that look like vaginas, for instance ― and “period-proof” underwear racked up  significant and largely positive  media coverage , including in  this publication . And Argrawal’s been loud about her values and the way they fit into Thinx as a brand. “I have built a business that is centered around my beliefs in gender equality,” she declared in an essay last February.  But now Argrawal seems to be bumping up against the limits of her brand of product-based feminism.

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How Brianna Wu Went From Gamergate Victim To Congressional Candidate

Last week, Brianna Wu woke up to find a rock sitting on her living room floor, surrounded by shards of glass from the window it was thrown through. Sadly, for Wu, a video game designer and Head of Development at Giant Spacekat , this is nothing new. For almost three years, Wu has been the target of malicious abuse and harassment, predominantly online. In August 2014, Wu, along with other women in the video game industry like  Anita Sarkeesian and Zoë Quinn , became a target of the Gamergate controversy , in which some of the internet’s worst trolls unintentionally exposed the misogynist underbelly of the gaming community and its hostility toward women and minorities .  Gamergate was sparked after a smear campaign, led by Quinn’s ex-boyfriend, resulted in vicious online attacks against Quinn. Wu and Sarkeesian, who were both outspoken critics of the treatment of women in video games themselves and within the gaming industry, became targets soon after.  What at first looked like disagreement about the culture of the gaming community quickly revealed itself as a thriving microcosm of misogyny and rape culture: Wu, Sarkeesian and Quinn were (and continue to be) threatened with rape and murder, stalked, doxxed, and harassed.  The women found little to no support from law enforcement.

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