I Fought the Law

Here’s the Lawsuit Twitter Just Filed Against the FBI

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Tech giants like Google, Twitter, and Facebook have a surveillance problem on their hands: they have created some of the most ubiquitous surveillance networks in human history, and now the U.S. government is taking advantage of those systems by making them hand over their records. Now, Twitter is trying to tell the world exactly what’s been happening.

In a blog post called “Taking the fight for #transparency to court,” Twitters VP of Legal announced that they’re filing a lawsuit against the FBI and the Department of Justice:

It’s our belief that we are entitled under the First Amendment to respond to our users’ concerns and to the statements of U.S. government officials by providing information about the scope of U.S. government surveillance – including what types of legal process have not been received.

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Exit Through the GIF Shop

There Is a Silent, Feature Length Film Made Entirely of GIFs and It’s Transcendental

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The .GIF has taken over the Internet. Once the purview of Geocities sites and cheap Internet 1.0 shenanigans, they’ve made a Renaissance as a form of humor and communication in Tumblr posts, Buzzfeed listicles and ways to express our existential dread — they even have their own search engine.

This past Sunday, in a packed screening room in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, filmmakers Eric Fleischauer and Jason Lazarus showed the first feature length experimental gif documentary. The film, called twohundredfiftysixcolors, is a historical record of the gif-as-art-form from 1987 to 2013 as told by the medium’s strangest, most viral practitioners. The team behind twohundredfiftysixcolors spent years putting the film together, collecting the gifs by putting out open calls, contacting artists and building a database of over 3000 gifs organized by similar aesthetic themes. Read More

Keeping Up With the Kardashians

Parody Twitter Account Perfects the Fine Art of Kardashian Memes

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Remember back in 2012, when everyone was wild about that #whatshouldwecallme tumblr? You know the one I’m talking about — the posts would say something like “WHEN MY BEST FRIEND AND I CHECK OUT THE SCENE AT THE BAR,” and underneath there’d be a GIF of a sassy cartoon peacock saying “Haters to the left.”

It was funny and all, but you know what we always thought would make it better? If it were strictly comprised of Kardashian memes, obviously. Lo and behold, such a thing exists on Twitter in the form of the @KardashianReact account. Read More

When Cops Tweet

Police Tweeted Request for a Crime Free Night So They Could Enjoy MLB Playoff Game, It Worked

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Kansas City Royal fans have waited 29 years to watch their team make another post-season appearance, so when the opportunity presented itself last night, they were determined to see it.

To ensure that they’d be able to fully enjoy the game, the Kansas City Police took to Twitter to kindly ask that the people of their city drive safely and refrain from committing any crimes during the game. Read More

Government 2.0

Reddit Declares Itself a ‘Government’

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While government agencies try to intervene in the celebrity hacking crisis by chasing down the responsible black hat, most of the chaos surrounding the “Fappening” has already come and gone. The stolen photos hit the internet, entire communities popped up and moderators rushed in to control the mess as best they could.

In that moment of extralegal turmoil, responsibility fell on companies like Reddit, Twitter and 4chan, reminding us that the most important modern channels of communication are in the hands of a few private companies. Read More

criminal behavior

Hundreds of British Cops Busted For Acting Like Idiots on Facebook

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Hundreds of British cops are being investigating for acting naughty on social media.

For the past five years, cops over on Knife Island allegedly did a lot of stupid things on Twitter and Facebook, including send friend requests to victims, send Facebook messages that were seen as “abusive in nature” and posted pictures of their coworkers in “compromising positions.” Read More