Horrible

Boy Commits Suicide After Being Bullied for Alleged Masturbation Video

Mr. Burdette. (Facebook)

This week in horrible news, a California teen has committed suicide after a video of him allegedly masturbating went viral on social media.

Matthew Burdette, 14, reportedly killed himself on November 29 — not long after a classmate secretly filmed him over the top of a bathroom stall, and shared the video on Snapchat and Vine. The video, which appeared to depict Mr. Burdette masturbating, went viral, and allegedly led other kids to bully him intensely. Now, Mr. Burdette’s parents are suing his school district for not doing enough to prevent the bullying. Read More

Oh Snap

Snapchat and Electric Daisy Carnival Team Up in Most Fitting Collab Ever

Obligatory girl in flower crown at festival. (Screengrab via Snapchat)

Not since Jay Z met Kanye has there been a collaboration that made so much sense.

Snapchat and Electric Daisy Carnival, the EDM music festival known for letting the good times roll especially hard, are teaming up this weekend to debut Snapchat’s new feature, Our Story. With Our Story, users who are at the same event can contribute snaps to the same story, Snapchat announced in a blog post.

It’s basically Snapchat Story (to which this reporter is now addicted after having derided it as stupid and self-indulgent), but for a huge group of people. Read More

tinder? but i just met her

Tinder Decides to Copy Snapchat Stories For Some Reason

Your new close friend? (Screengrab: iTunes)

Is it just us, or is every app trying to be more like Snapchat?

Tinder has jumped on the ephemeral messaging train with a new photo sharing feature called Moments, TechCrunch reports. The feature allows you to take or upload a photo — called a “moment” — and then broadcast it to all of your matches at once. If a match swipes right on your moment, the two of you can begin chatting. Read More

Facebook Faceoff

Snapchat’s Jealous Older Brother Facebook Developing Rival Video App

Facebook, just let Snapchat do its thing. (Getty)

In a continued desperate effort to stay relevant among today’s youths, Facebook is reportedly building a video chat app to rival Snapchat.

Facebook is internally referring to the messaging app as Slingshot, the Guardian reports. Slingshot is currently under development, but could be released as soon as this month — provided Facebook doesn’t remember what happened to its Poke app, and decide to scrap the project altogether. Read More

Law and Order

British Man Fined $800 For Drawing Dicks On a Snapchat Picture of a Cop

Cool dude Jordan Barrack (Twitter)

A British man who drew penises on a photo of a police officer and posted it to social media has received a pretty hefty punishment from a court.

Last summer, 20-year-old Jordan Barrack was taken to a local police station after witnessing a bar fight. While waiting to be interviewed, the bored witness secretly snapped a photo of police constable Charles Harris, drew a couple dicks on it, and shared it with his friends on Facebook and Snapchat. Read More