What started as an innocent selfie turned into a nightmare for one Australian man, who was labeled a pedophile and received death threats after another parent was too quick to share a photo on Facebook.
The founder of one of the Internet’s most notorious sites is moving on. Christopher Poole, better known as ‘moot,’ the founder of infamous image board 4chan, announced in a blog post this morning that he is leaving the site after over 11 years as the site’s sole full-time employee. More
Kim Kardashian attempted to break the Internet a few weeks ago, but(t) failed miserably. But South Korean pop star Psy’s indomitable “Gangnam Style” actually did break the Internet over two years after its release, rendering YouTube’s view counter useless. More
While it’s still not possible to major in memes or get a Bachelor’s degree in Buzzfeed, one Ivy League university is offering a class called “Wasting Time on the Internet,” where, for three hours a week, students do exactly that. More
Bursting into the click-bait bubble, The Onion launched ClickHole this morning, a parody website closely mirroring many less-ironic efforts from around the web. “ClickHole has one and only one core belief: All web content deserves to go viral,” advertises the site, which synthesizes many of the most egregious Internet tropes on its front page.
We’re used to the idea that all websites are equally accessible. You’d probably be surprised if all of a sudden it was easier to access Buzzfeed’s content than it was to load up Gawker, regardless of which browser you used, or whether you used your phone, tablet, or laptop. But, if new regulations proposed by the Federal Communications Commission last week go through, that might be how the Internet of the future operates. More
First, do no harm. It’s one of the most basic tenets of good Internet citizenship. You don’t share malicious links or forward along emails that are obviously spam to your friends because you don’t want to subject them to harmful attacks, or at the very least waste their time with nonsense. But for some reason this same sort of thinking doesn’t apply to the content we share on social media, like this week’s viral video of choice, the cheating prank that backfired. In one day, it has already garnered 2.6 million views and counting. More