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04/28/2017 07:45 PM
Take a wild guess what Trump's favorite hashtag was in his first 100 days

Hint: Look at the woman's hat in the photo, above. 

President Donald Trump has been in office 100 days as of Saturday, April 29. In honor of the occasion, Twitter put out some stats about the president's use of Twitter. At this point, you really should have guessed his favorite hashtag: #MAGA. 

That acronym, of course, is short for Trump's "Make America Great Again" campaign slogan. The president also used a lot of #AmericaFirst, #USA, #Obamacare and, because he's just like a bunch of reporters on Twitter, #ICYMI. 

Image: twitter

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04/28/2017 03:33 PM
Malaysia wants to hold WhatsApp group admins responsible for fake news spread over chat

WhatsApp group admins could find themselves in trouble with the law in Malaysia, if the people in their groups spread fake news over the popular chat app.

A Malaysian minister has warned that existing media laws could be used to prosecute WhatsApp users for the links they share.

Deputy communications minister, Johari Gilani, was quoted by national daily, Berita Harian, saying that people could be hauled up if they "jeopardise national security."

Malaysia's Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 prohibits the spread of false information, defamation, incitement, fraud, and spreading official secrets.  Read more...

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04/28/2017 09:13 AM
The internet questions the logic of smuggling nukes in bales of weed

"What if Kim Jong-un snuck nukes into the U.S. ... in weeeed?"

No, that's not a question posed by a dude outside a Hardee's. It was a scenario imagined by a member of Congress. 

During a briefing Wednesday, Brad Sherman raised some concerns about North Korea with Vice President Mike Pence. Later, he tweeted out what was said, and while he made a few good points, the internet only remembers one of them. 

I raised two issues: No. Korea could smuggle nuke into U.S. rather than use ICBM. Could smuggle inside a bale of marijuana....(1/2)

— Rep. Brad Sherman (@BradSherman) April 27, 2017

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04/28/2017 05:34 AM
Teenagers are taking breaks from social media —but are you?

We've been led to believe that teens are always on their phones or glued to some sort of screen. 

But a study out Thursday shows that teenagers are better at monitoring their online lives than we thought. An Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research survey looked at how often and why teens step away from social media sites and platforms.

After talking to 790 teens between 13 and 17 years old last December, the researchers found that nearly 60 percent of teens have taken a break from social media. Half of the teens surveyed said their breaks last about a week or even longer. That's an entire week of no snaps, or tweets, or video updates.  Read more...

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04/28/2017 02:10 AM
Wake up, sheeple: Your favorite political insult is now officially a word

Listen up, sheeple — "sheeple" is now officially a word, so sayeth the shade-throwing master Merriam-Webster.

Wake up!

'Sheeple' is in the dictionary now

— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) April 27, 2017

If you've spent any time online, you know that "sheeple" is the word you use when you want to yell at an otherwise undefined group of people. It is the insult the blogging masses use to call someone a "dummy following a person or ideology without knowing why they're following said person or ideology."

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04/27/2017 07:47 AM
Twitter trolls Trump's anti-immigrant hotline with calls about space aliens

Seen a space alien lately? Maybe you should tell Donald Trump about it. 

On Wednesday, his administration unveiled  the Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement Office, or VOICE, which gave out a hotline number for those impacted by "criminal aliens." (Back to that in a second.)

Seeing as resources are already available for victims of crime, it seems odd to offer them specifically for victims of crimes by immigrants. As the editorial board of USA TODAY noted, "this country doesn’t create separate programs for victims of crimes by Jews or Catholics or African Americans or Asians or juveniles."  Read more...

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