Katy Perry faces criticism over shoe design resembling blackface

(CNN)First it was Prada. Then Gucci. Now, Katy Perry is being called out for creating fashion that evokes blackface. The visage on the black shoes in both styles drew comparisons to blackface, the racist face-painting practice that started as a way for white performers to mock enslaved Africans in minstrel shows using black paint and exaggerated facial features. “Another one to add to your blackface file,” one person said on Twitter. Others sarcastically remarked that the shoes would go well with a black Gucci sweater that also evoked blackface. The Italian luxury brand apologized for its “wool balaclava jumper,” which pulls up over the nose and includes a cutout for the mouth with oversized red lips. Prada apologized for monkey-like …

Trump ejects India from $5.6bn tariff deal over ‘negative’ trade barriers

US officials say Indias measures create serious negative effects on commerce US president Donald Trump looked set to open a new front in his trade wars on Monday with a plan to end preferential trade treatment for India that allows duty-free entry for $5.6bn worth of the countrys exports to the United States. Trump, who has vowed to cut US trade deficits, has repeatedly called out India for its high tariffs. The US Trade Representatives Office accused India of bringing in a wide array of trade barriers that create serious negative effects on United States commerce. Trump said in a letter to congressional leaders: I am taking this step because, after intensive engagement between the United States and the government …

30 Funny And Cute Dog Snapchats That Will Hopefully Make Your Day (New Pics)

#2 If a dog recognizes you as a good boy, own it. Heck, you can even put that in your Tinder bio. #4 Even the sign on the gate is aware of its cuteness! #6 In a way, he never left her. #8 You know what else stayed constant? The amount of “awwwwwwwwwwww” these two evoke! #10 I bet I would nail every job interview if I dressed up for them as good as this little guy. Or if I took him with me. #12 What did we do to deserve dogs? #14 Disney princess in the making! #16 Come on, give that good boy a break! He was just trying to let you know that you’d been working too …

Russian Blogger Makes Parodies Out Of Celebrity Photos, And More Than 20,000 Followers On Instagram Approve

From time to time, while scrolling our Instagram or Facebook feeds, we come across some pictures of celebrities that just seem… too much. In most cases, we might just laugh it off, share it with our friends and move on, however, this hilarious blogger decided to take it to the next level. Yuriy Isterika is a fascinating character who shares his wholesome parodies on Instagram. He uses everything that comes to hand in order to create ‘improved’ versions of famous celebrities. Even though his ‘artwork’ mainly consists of Russian celebrities, every once in a while, he creates parodies of celebrities which are well-known worldwide. Everything started when Yuriy accidentally noticed a photo of two famous Russian stars. One of the …

Why 4-Panel Comics Now Dominate Our Screens

The aliens landed on February 4, and they landed on Reddit. Their vehicle: a four-panel comic strip. "Friends arriving soon," one large-eyed extraterrestrial said to another, checking their watch. "Let us store irregular shapes inside shapes with flat surfaces." "Your home is beautiful," two other aliens coo, appearing in the doorway. "Thank you," responds the first pair. "We own things but have hidden them." That was it. A simple strip that reframed a banal human tradition—cleaning the house in anticipation of guests, something countless people had done for the Super Bowl the day before—through the eyes of an interstellar anthropologist. Yet, Reddit welcomed its alien overlords with open arms: The strip, posted to the popular subreddit r/funny, received more than …

Should smartphones be banned at school?

Image copyright Peter Freeth Image caption Peter Freeth, here with his daughters, says “It’s too late to take phones off kids so get them using them for something valuable” “Schools expect children to do their homework on computers. They need to use apps in the classroom as part of the process, to watch videos, stream content, log attendance and participate in study groups. Basically, all the things that smart businesses do.” Image copyright Astrid Natley Image caption Astrid says there’s a hypocritical divide where adults “choose to reject the reality of the 2019 world and how so many people function and communicate” Astrid Natley, an English teacher at a secondary girls grammar school in Lincolnshire, incorporates phones into her classroom. …

From self-harm to terrorism, online recommendations cast a deadly shadow | John Naughton

The tragic case of Molly Russell has highlighted their malign influence My eye was caught by a headline in Wired magazine: Custodians of the Internet, Gillespies excellent book on the moderation of online content, I might also be interested in Safiya Umoja Nobles Molly Russell, the young teenager who sought out images of self-harm before she took her own life in 2017. It was later discovered, the authors report, that these images were also being delivered to her, recommended by her favourite social media platforms. Her Instagram feed was full of them. Even in the months after her death, Pinterest continued to send her automated emails, its algorithms automatically recommending graphic images of self-harm, including a slashed thigh and cartoon …

YouTube CEO Defends Its Efforts to Reduce Violent Content

YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki defended her company’s efforts to keep violent content off the video platform at the sixth annual Lesbians Who Tech Summit Friday in San Francisco. Wojcicki was interviewed by New York Times columnist Kara Swisher, who took the YouTube leader to task for the platform’s failure to keep dangerous content away from kids. Last week reports emerged that scenes describing how to commit suicide were spliced into YouTube videos aimed at children, only the latest example in a long list of troublesome content plaguing the platform. “We take kids’ safety incredibly seriously, and I would say that the last two years have really been focused on the responsibility of our platforms,” Wojcicki said. “I’m a mom, I …

America’s fight with Huawei is messing with the world’s 5G plans

Hong Kong (CNN Business)The US-led offensive against Chinese tech firm Huawei is creating big problems for mobile operators as they start building the next generation of wireless networks. The international rollout of 5G has become a front line in the broader clash over advanced technology between the United States and China that is reshaping the relationship between the world’s top two economies. The United States doesn’t have a heavyweight globalcompetitor to Huawei in telecommunications equipment. The Chinese firm’s biggest rivals are Ericsson (ERIC) of Sweden and Nokia (NOK) of Finland. But they have struggled for years with losses and job cuts while Huawei has powered ahead, generating annual revenue of more than $100 billion, building a strong base in China …

Teenager Gets Life-Saving Vaccines Behind His Parents’ Backs

We’re living in strange times, where parents go out and protest for their right to subject their children to painful and life-threatening preventable diseases, and their children are forced to sneak around behind their parents’ backs in order to protect their own lives. – One such teenager, Ethan Lindenberger from Ohio, asked for help from the Internet on how to get vaccinated after his parents refused to do so when he was growing up. “My parents think vaccines are some kind of government scheme,” he explained on Reddit. “It’s stupid and I’ve had countless arguments over the topic.” “But, because of their beliefs I’ve never been vaccinated for anything, god knows how I’m still alive. But, I’m a senior in high school …

How to Not Fall for Viral Scares

Who knows what the kids are doing online, right? They’ve got their TikToks and their Snapchats and their flop Instagram accounts, while parents are still posting on Facebook and Twitter. The disconnect between how the olds and their children use the internet leads to parental anxiety, and in the case of this week’s resurfacing of the viral fake Momo challenge, panic and misinformation. The Momo challenge, according to breathless news reports and posts from worried parents and law enforcement, is a game circulating on social media that encourages kids to engage in increasingly harmful behavior until, eventually, they’re supposed to commit suicide and upload the video to the internet. Momo is basically every parent’s nightmare. But as multiple outlets have …

Instagram to remove graphic self-harm images

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionInstagram boss Adam Mosseri says he hopes new technology will help to flag images All graphic images of self-harm will be removed from Instagram, the head of the social media platform has told the BBC. The move comes after the father of 14-year-old Molly Russell, who took her own life in 2017, said Instagram had “helped kill” his daughter. Molly’s family found she had been viewing graphic images of self-harm on the site prior to her death. Adam Mosseri said Instagram was trying to balance “the need to act now and the need to act responsibly”. He added the site was “not where we need to be on the issues of self-harm …

Momo challenge: The anatomy of a hoax

What is ‘momo’? Earlier this week, versions of the momo story went viral on social media. They attracted hundreds of thousands of shares and resulted in newspaper articles reporting the tale. According to the false story, children are contacted on WhatsApp by an account claiming to be momo. They are supposedly encouraged to save the character as a contact and then asked to carry out challenges as well as being told not to tell other members of their family. The UK Safer Internet Centre told the Guardian that it was “fake news”. Several newspaper articles claim the momo challenge had been “linked” to the deaths of 130 teenagers in Russia. The reports have not been corroborated by the relevant authorities. …

Parents, Heres How to Make YouTube Kids Safer

On Friday, a pediatrician and parenting blogger named Free N. Hess published a post about a series of disturbing videos she found on YouTube Kids, a stand-alone app that is supposed to make it “safer and simpler” for those under 13 to browse videos online. A number of news outlets quickly picked up on the clips Hess discovered, which included one where Minecraft–inspired characters carry out a school shooting. In another, an animated girl with long brown hair attempts to commit suicide after her dad dies and her boyfriend breaks up with her. These cartoons weren’t created for YouTube Kids—they were uploaded to the main YouTube platform and later slipped past filters designed to keep inappropriate content away from minors. …

Anthony Weiner has been released from federal prison

(CNN)Anthony Weiner has been released from federal prison and is serving out the rest of his sentence in a halfway house, records show. The Bureau of Prisons says residential re-entry centers are designed to reduce the chances that inmates will relapse into criminal behavior and are intended to provide assistance to inmates nearing release. CNN has reached out to the Brooklyn facility where Weiner was transferred but they declined to comment. In October, Weiner was granted a release date three months earlier than the initially scheduled date of August 2019 due to good behavior. The ex-congressman is set for a full release on May 14 this year. In addition to his prison sentence, Weiner is also subject to three years …

Arizona town apologises to preteen reporter after threat to arrest her

Hilde Lysiak was chasing down story in Patagonia, Arizona, when police officer stopper her and threatened to put her in juvey An Arizona town has apologized to a 12-year-old budding news reporter after a police officer threatened to arrest her for chasing a story. stopped by town marshal Joseph Patterson, who threatened to put her in juvenile jail. At a town council meeting on Wednesday night, Patagonias mayor story about it on her site. Patterson stopped her and asked for ID, and Lysiak told him she was a reporter. I dont want to hear about any of that freedom of the press stuff, the marshal said, according to Lysiaks Orange Street News account. Im going to have you arrested and …