In a message posted on (where else) Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg announced that he and his wife, Priscilla Chan, are expecting a baby girl. Zuckerberg opened up about the couple’s previous difficulty with pregnancy: “We’ve been trying to have a child for a couple of years and have had three miscarriages along the way… it’s a lonely experience. Most people don’t discuss miscarriages because you worry your problems will distance you or reflect upon you—as if you’re defective or did something to cause this. So you struggle on your own. Read More
BY Olivia Harrison
on Jul 28, 2015
Thanks to one woman, the British retailer Topshop will no longer use its unrealistically thin mannequins.
When images of the new Topshop mannequins surfaced last October, many people were quick to point out that at taller than 6’0” and absurdly thin, the mannequins were unrealistic and ridiculous. Last week, after seeing the figures in a store in Bristol, a customer-service representative named Laura Berry posted a comment on Topshop’s Facebook page criticizing the negative effects the mannequins could have on female body image. Read More
BY Alice Lawton
on Jul 08, 2015
For years, the icons on Facebook have stayed the same. Last year it updated the notifications globe to be less America-centric. Depending on what region you’re viewing Facebook from, you’ll either see an Europe-centric globe, an Asia-centric globe or the original America-centric version. Now, Facebook has finally updated its people icons and it’s all due to one designer, Caitlin Winner.
Winner was looking at the icons one day when she realized the female icon had a chip in her shoulder. Read More
In news that will make you groan, people STILL get upset about women breastfeeding in public places. In Terre Haute, Indiana, for example, one young woman was publicly shamed by a man who took a photo of her (without her knowledge, yuck) breastfeeding in a T.G.I Friday’s. He then uploaded it to Facebook and Instagram. Read More
BY Jamie Bogert
on Apr 21, 2015
Along the right side of your Facebook homepage—among the sponsored ads of things you don’t need and the trending topics you don’t really care about—is the often perplexing list of People You May Know. These people could include: a friend of a friend who you saw at a party, your mom’s cousin, or the neighbor’s dog. This list is the product of a complex algorithmic web, and sometimes it's no big deal. But other times, it can knock the wind right out of you.
Kevin Kantor got gut punched by People You May Know. Read More
BY Evelyn Chapman
on Mar 18, 2015
Yet another frat has failed to surprise us with their disgusting behavior, this time unleashing their brazen stupidity in the not-so-private world of the Internet. Penn State's Kappa Delta Rho's "2.0" Facebook page—which shared members' pictures of nude, unconscious women, drugs, and hazing with its 144 members—has been under police investigation since mid-January.
The frat's first site (so cleverly named “Covert Business Transactions") featured similar images and was discovered and dismantled last year. Read More
BY Veronica Santos
on Mar 18, 2015
Yup, that’s right. This just took the VCC (Vulvar Clitoral Complex, let's make that a thing okay?) to another level. If you’re an open-minded/bare-all-and-don’t-give-a-shit-who-sees-it kind of person, these clit-themed Mac and PC track pads (3 sizes: small, medium, and large) are definitely one way to make that known.
So. Here they are.
Drawbacks: This item doesn’t really feature a diverse or realistic range of vaginas. Read More
BY Jamie Bogert
on Mar 16, 2015
Trolls beware: the days of harassment on social media might be a thing of your sad, sad past and, no, you can’t just hide away under a bridge behind your laptop—there probably isn’t WiFi under there anyway.
As of today, the team at Facebook is looking to clear up those fuzzy lines of their community standards, giving users better-defined guidelines for sharing and posting on the service. “We’re trying to strike the balance based on the way our community works,” Monika Bickert, Facebook’s head of global policy management, said in an interview. Read More
BY Veronica Santos
on Mar 09, 2015
Yes that’s right, Facebook has created a 'feeling Fat’ emoji option. As you may already know, when you post your status, Facebook gives you an option to show to your friends (the world, Mark Zuckerberg, etc.) just how you feel in that moment. They even allow you to create your own if the 120 options they give you do not fit your particular mood at that time.
However, this double-chinned emoji has raised quite a few other feelings on Facebook and outside of it. So many that an official petition on Change. Read More
BY PRINCESS WEEKES
on Feb 17, 2015
In sinister technology news, Facebook has announced that it will allow users to choose a “steward” to inherit their account when they die. The question is, who would be the best person to maintain your online ‘legacy’ once you’re gone?
According to this new policy whoever is chosen as the “digital heir” will be able to:
“[..]post an obituary, update information such as profile and cover photos, respond to new friend requests and moderate posts and messages left on the profile. Read More