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Woman Sues Facebook For $123 Million For Not Removing Her Likeness In “Revenge Porn”

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  • Meryem Ali, 28, of Houston, Texas, is suing Facebook for $123 million for failing to remove her likeness in “revenge porn” photos posted to their site. As she tells Cosmopolitan.com, a man she had hung out with three times created a fake profile with photos of Ali’s head photoshopped onto pornographic images.  Ali’s original contact with Facebook with pretty much ignored (as well as contact made by family and friends). Four-and-a-half months later, Facebook finally took down the offending content only after they were contacted by police. Ali is now suing the site for 10 cents for every one of Facebook’s 1.23 billion users. [Cosmopolitan.com] Keep reading »

Make It Stop: “My Friend Is A Charity Humble Bragger!”

Make It Stop is a new weekly column in which Anna Goldfarb — the blogger behind Shmitten Kitten and Shlooby Kitten — tells you what’s up. Want a fresh take on a stinky dilemma? Email anna@shmittenkitten.com with the subject “Make It Stop.” She’ll make it all better, or at least make you laugh. Girl Scout’s honor.

First up, how to cope with an attention-hungry Facebook humble-bragger:

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Sorority Sister Uses N-Word In Racist Snapchat, Gets Kicked Out

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  • A member of the Chi Omega sorority at the University of Alabama has been dismissed from the sorority after she posted a Snapchat with two friends which was captioned “Chi O got NO n***as!!!!!” (According to WVTM Birmingham, two Black women joined the sorority during this rush period.) The University of Alabama has been under scrutiny this past year for ongoing bigotry and discrimination in the Greek system. Some Greeks claim its their alumnae who pressure sororities to stay all-white, but clearly the problem is more wide-reaching and complicated. [Clutch Magazine; Alabamas13BuzzfeedThe Crimson White]
  • Tech startup impresario Gesche Haas revealed to the tech blog Valleywag a creepy and harassing email she received after meeting with a male investor. After a professional meeting with Haas, Pavel Curda sent an email asking to have sex. Haas went public with the email because she wanted others to know that this behavior exists. So brave. [Valleywag] Keep reading »

Watch A Bunch Of Celebrities Take The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve likely noticed everyone and their mom is posting videos of themselves to social media, in which they dump buckets of ice water on their heads. The point is to attract attention to Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), more commonly known as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease,” by challenging friends and loved ones to take the challenge or donate $100 to ALS research. Sometimes I find myself questioning how helpful these stunts actually are, but this one has really taken off, raising over $11 million as of this weekend. Not to mention, I just spent 10 minutes reading the ALS Wikipedia page. Anyway, lots and lots and lots of celebs have gotten in on the action, including Lena Dunhama, above. See more after the jump! Keep reading »

Zelda Williams Leaves Social Media Over Fake Images Of Her Dead Father

  • Last night, Robin Williams’ daughter Zelda announced she is abandoning Twitter — although the account is still up — after at least two users posted digitally altered photos claiming to be the body of her dead father. (The accounts spreading the images have since been suspended.) On Zelda’s Instagram account, she also said she would be leaving the app for awhile and told users that mining her account for photos or judging her was “cruel and unnecessary.” Come the fuck on, people. [InstagramDaily Mail UK]
  • Frances Bean Cobain, who knows a thing or two about losing a famous parent to suicide, reached out to Zelda Williams letting her know she’s there for her anytime. [Daily Mail UK]
  • Williams’ two other children, sons Zak and Cody, have also  released statements following their father’s suicide on Monday. You can read more remembrances here and here. [US Weekly] Keep reading »

RIP Society: Black Cats Are Being Abandoned Because They Don’t Show Up In Selfies

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According to the RSPCA, a British animal charity, abandoning animals that aren’t photogenic has become “a national problem” in the U.K. Of the 1,000 cats currently living in RSPCA shelter, 70 percent are black. Between 2007 and 2013, there was a 65 percent increase in the number of black cats taken in at the Blue Cross animal charity. “Black animals tend not to photograph as well as other cats with more distinctive markings,” they told The Telegraph. Sadly, it seems that a pet’s ability to take a good selfie is worth a lot more to some people these days than how much love they can give. Many pet owners apparently complained when dropping the cats off at the shelter that they didn’t show up well in pictures, and prospective owners at the shelter requested to meet cats that were any color other than black. Meanwhile, orange and white cats, who show up better on camera, are being adopted left and right. This also makes it tough for the RSPCA to advertise the black cats in photos on their website. Even though these kitties were once thought of as bad luck, many Britons believe they bring the opposite, but their lack of photo cred seems to leave them in the dust. Come on animal lovers, we’re better than this! [CosmopolitanTelegraph UK] [Image via Shutterstock]

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