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Google's Top Stories Promoted Misinformation About the Las Vegas Shooting From 4Chan [Updated]  Google's Top Stories Promoted Misinformation About the Las Vegas Shooting From 4Chan [Updated] 

On Sunday night, a gunman killed more than 50 people at a country music festival outside the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. On Monday morning, authorities identified the gunman as Stephen Paddock. But in an episode that has become sadly familiar in the immediate aftermath of such tragedies, amateur…

Once More Around the Trump Bullshit Merry-Go-Round

Escaping the shrieking maw of Twitter aboard the hashtag #CNNblackmail, a story started circulating today about the news network threatening to release the personal information of a 15-year-old who made a gif tweeted by Donald Trump. Every one of those details, however, is utterly false, as was the case with the last…

Sean Hannity Tweets Out Ludicrous Seth Rich Conspiracy From Kim Dotcom [Updated] Sean Hannity Tweets Out Ludicrous Seth Rich Conspiracy From Kim Dotcom [Updated]

Sean Hannity has hit a new low, but grasping the depths the Fox host is willing to go will take some explaining.

Pizzagate Shooter Pleads Guilty as Online Conspiracy Theory Winds Down [Updated] Pizzagate Shooter Pleads Guilty as Online Conspiracy Theory Winds Down [Updated]

Last December, Edgar Maddison Welch—a 28-year-old who claims he had only recently installed an internet connection in his North Carolina home—crossed state lines with several firearms. After arriving at a Washington DC pizzeria to “self-investigate” a conspiracy theory that the restaurant was involved in a child sex…

Coded 4chan Post Hinted at Westminster Attack a Day in Advance Coded 4chan Post Hinted at Westminster Attack a Day in Advance

Details are still emerging about an attack carried out near the UK’s Houses of Parliament on Wednesday. As officials try to determine the identity of a suspect who was shot by police, a 4chan thread from less than 24 hours earlier appears to announce the location of the attack that has claimed five lives so far.

Milo Yiannopoulos Proudly Declares Victory After Losing Everything Milo Yiannopoulos Proudly Declares Victory After Losing Everything

It’s been a bad week to be Milo Yiannopoulos, whose Wikipedia page is about to include the word “former” in front of just about every personal achievement.

YouTube Stars' Defense of PewDiePie Is Bullshit YouTube Stars' Defense of PewDiePie Is Bullshit

It’s been a rough week for YouTube’s biggest star. Felix Kjellberg—better known to his 53 million subscribers as PewDiePie—was dropped by Disney earlier this week after a Wall Street Journal inquiry regarding Kjellberg’s use of racial humor and Nazi imagery; yesterday YouTube itself cut his channel out of “Google…

YouTube 'Bug' Has Been Screwing Users' Subscriber Counts YouTube 'Bug' Has Been Screwing Users' Subscriber Counts

The trolls over on 4Chan’s politics board noticed a curious YouTube glitch this week that allowed them to drive down subscriber numbers on any channel their tiny hearts desired. Today, the Team YouTube Twitter account announced that uh, yeah, there’s a bad bug rapidly dropping subscriber counts.

How a Video Game Chat Client Became the Web’s New Cesspool of Abuse How a Video Game Chat Client Became the Web’s New Cesspool of Abuse

Over 25 million users have flocked to Discord, a text and voice platform for gamers, since its launch in May of 2015. Despite the company raising at least 30 million in venture capital funding, the company has only five “customer experience” personnel and no moderators on its staff. From what I’ve seen, users who…

The FBI's Colossal Failure Investigating GamerGate The FBI's Colossal Failure Investigating GamerGate

A member of Reddit GamerGate hub KotakuinAction filed a Freedom of Information Act request for documents pertaining to the FBI’s investigation of the online movement which they received last month. Now those documents have been made public, and amid its 173 heavily-redacted pages is one email chain encapsulating how a…

Here’s What It Takes to Get Banned From the Freest Free Speech Site Here’s What It Takes to Get Banned From the Freest Free Speech Site

Last year represented a breaking point of sorts for major online platforms. The swelling tide of abuse, hate-speech, and politicized misinformation finally grew too big to be ignored. But the ensuing crackdown—as painfully slow and largely ineffective as is—has led to a concurrent rise in largely-unknown sites and…

4chan Declares 'War' on ISIS 4chan Declares 'War' on ISIS

With the US election cycle over, the anonymous user of 4chan’s /pol/ (politically incorrect) board are antsy for something new to occupy their time. Last night that new target was confirmed as ISIS.

4Chan Claim About Inventing Trump Pissgate Report Is Complete Bullshit [Update] 4Chan Claim About Inventing Trump Pissgate Report Is Complete Bullshit [Update]

Yesterday evening Buzzfeed published an incendiary document alluded to in an earlier CNN scoop. The 35-page report, supposedly written by an ex-intelligence agent, alleged among other things, that President-elect Trump had hired “a number of prostitutes to perform a ‘golden showers’ (urination) show in front of him”…

That Story About Taylor Swift Voting for Trump Is So Very False That Story About Taylor Swift Voting for Trump Is So Very False

If like a huge number of Americans you get your news from social media, you’re likely to have seen a story this week claiming that pop star Taylor Swift is a proud Trump supporter. The report is completely fabricated—as is the image of Swift wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat.

Trump’s Troll Army Sets Its Sights on Europe Trump’s Troll Army Sets Its Sights on Europe

At approximately 2:30am EST, Donald J. Trump—a man who shares in common all the traits of burgeoning fascists through history—was declared the 45th president of the United States of America. He will take the office with a Republican majority in both the House of Representatives and the Senate. And the internet army…

Trump's Troll Army Is Having a Hard Time Voting Trump's Troll Army Is Having a Hard Time Voting

Today, America will decide whether it wants to preserve the semblance of a democracy we live in or burn the whole thing to the ground. And Trump’s loudest supporters have been making some rookie mistakes.

4Chan Is Going Broke Because of Ad Blockers [Update] 4Chan Is Going Broke Because of Ad Blockers [Update]

4Chan, the imageboard whose name has since become synonymous with internet villainy, celebrated its 13th year online this past Saturday. A day later, the site’s owner, Hiroyuki Nishimura, posted a thread titled, “Winter is coming.” The message was simple: we’re broke.

Conspiracy Theorists Are Very Concerned About Hillary's Mic Pack Conspiracy Theorists Are Very Concerned About Hillary's Mic Pack

Many of Trump’s supporters live in a colorful and exciting universe not burdened by the confines of reality. Among their favorite hobbies is inventing conspiracies about their chosen candidate’s opponent, Hillary Clinton, and until last night we had every reason to think Trump supporters would believe just about…

4Chan Creator Says He Works at Google Now and We Can’t Figure Out If He’s Trolling 4Chan Creator Says He Works at Google Now and We Can’t Figure Out If He’s Trolling

Is Christopher Poole, the creator of 4Chan who’s also known as “moot,” going to work for Google? If we’re to believe the latest blog post (and tweet) from the notorious community leader, that’s exactly what’s happening.

Whatever You Do, Don't Set Your iPhone To 1970 [Updated] Whatever You Do, Don't Set Your iPhone To 1970 [Updated]

The tech world loves their Easter eggs, from Adventure’s original hidden feature to Tesla’s various car tricks. But don’t fall for the recent claims for one hidden in your iPhone: if you attempt it, you’ll brick your device.

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