Reddit CEO Offers Users Shitty Apology: "I Don't Have All the Answers"

Over the weekend, Reddit’s users had themselves a fit, shutting down almost all of the major subreddits and likening the site’s interim CEO, Ellen Pao, to as many genocidal dictators as they could manage. Now, Pao has come to the message board on bended knee to offer up a mea culpa of her own. And it’s a bad one. » 7/06/15 4:20pm Yesterday 4:20pm

Reddit In Chaos After Allegedly Firing AMA Coordinator Victoria Taylor

If you tried to visit r/IAmA (one of Reddit’s biggest subs) recently, you were probably greeted by the image above. And if you’ve been absolutely anywhere else on the site at all in the past few hours, you probably noticed that everyone is flipping their collective shit over speculation that Victoria Taylor, the… » 7/05/15 11:45pm Sunday 11:45pm

White Men Wave Their Butts in the Air for the Confederacy

Remember planking? Remember how tired and unfunny it got in such a short amount of time? Thanks to Vice co-founder and anthropomorphized subreddit Gavin McInnes, the terrible internet trend of our past is back. And this time, it’s here to speak out against the atrocious shaming and reverse racism currently oppressing… » 6/30/15 4:35pm 6/30/15 4:35pm

This Is What it Looks Like When a Computer "Hallucinates"

Artificial neural networks—systems of interconnected processors that attempt to mimic the structure of the human brain—are usually used for things like facial recognition. Feed a neural network enough photos of your own face, and soon enough, it will learn your dimples, your chin, the distance between your eyes—and be… » 6/25/15 12:10pm 6/25/15 12:10pm

The Beautiful Buffoonery of Craigslist Personal Ads

Let’s say you’re a straight woman who just moved to New York. You’d like to meet a guy, but your friend circle is too small for set you up; you hate the bar scene; and you can’t seem to get a match on Tinder. In your dark night of the soul, searching for any connection at all, you turn to the Craigslist personals.… » 6/22/15 3:30pm 6/22/15 3:30pm

"My Poor Toilet Bowl!!!!": Piping Hot Amazon Reviews of Laxative Tea

Everybody may poop, but there’s one, extra special corner of Amazon where everybody doesn’t just poop—they poop like goddamn clockwork. And they’re more than happy to share their shadooby-stained tales of nature’s call. A call they owe entirely to the laxative tea that they bought for their—uh, wives. Sure, yes. Their… » 6/21/15 11:56pm 6/21/15 11:56pm

QUIZ: Only Real '90s Kids Will Recognize These Classic Characters

The ‘90s, wow. Remember them? Simpler times, when kids had NSYNC and BSB instead of T-Swift and 1D, Yak Baks instead of Yik Yak, and good cartoons instead of bad ones. Cal Ripken, Moesha, Melissa Joan Hart. Chores. Allowance. Nickelodeon Magazine, Please! Remember? Do you? Well here’s a quiz that will definitely take… » 6/19/15 5:20pm 6/19/15 5:20pm

Nine Bizarre Videos From YouTube's Insane Conspiracy Theorists

YouTube, in addition to being a renowned cesspool of virulently racist and misspelled comments, hosts videos. Many of these videos seek to shed light on the many secrets that the sheeple of the world would keep locked behind closed doors. And almost every single one of them is absolutely, phenomenally, mind-numbingly… » 6/12/15 4:40pm 6/12/15 4:40pm

Redditors Stage Insane Nazi-Themed Protest After Admins Kill Abuse Site

Reddit took its first baby steps toward cutting down on harassment this week, banning five small subreddits built on personal attacks. That should have been a fairly uncontroversial move, but this is Reddit—and the admins’ good intentions have inevitably paved the road to a insane, sexist, Nazi-themed tantrum taking… » 6/11/15 1:20pm 6/11/15 1:20pm

Reddit Removes "FatPeopleHate," "CoonTown" Still Cool Though

Reddit, a 10-year-old internet community with 3.3 million users, somehow just got around to announcing an anti-harassment policy last month. Now the site, which usually leaves moderation decisions up to the community, has taken its first stab at banning pernicious subreddits under the new rules. Five subreddits have… » 6/10/15 4:50pm 6/10/15 4:50pm

Was Russia's Propaganda Troll Army Behind This New York Photo Exhibit?

The Kremlin’s network of professional propaganda-spewing internet trolls is large. According to one former insider, there are thousands of Russians who work full-time jobs publishing social media updates, internet comments, and blog posts specifically designed to foment hatred for the U.S. and support for the Russian… » 6/02/15 12:01pm 6/02/15 12:01pm

Seven Surreal Videos From YouTube's Strangest Karaoke-Singing Couple

For about the first 15 seconds of Bob and Bev Holwager’s rendition of “Blank Space,” you figure you’re watching a pretty ordinary fan-made Taylor Swift video. The background graphics are pretty trippy, yes, but you’ve seen weirder. Then the squished-up sports car drives past the ancient ruins and a rose-hued mushroom… » 5/29/15 5:40pm 5/29/15 5:40pm

Did British MPs Wipe Their Own Arrests and Sex Scandals From Wikipedia?

Want to create a Wikipedia article about yourself, or edit the article that’s already out there to make yourself look better? Go ahead: Wikipedia policy discourages the practice, but there’s nothing really stopping you, especially if you’re working from an anonymous IP address. Anyone can do it—even parliamentary… » 5/26/15 2:23pm 5/26/15 2:23pm

Celebrate 5 Memorial Days of the 80s and 90s With Perfect Old YouTubes

Happy Memorial Day. For some reason, instead of having fun outside with your friends, you are alone in front of your computer, reading a blog post. Maybe you didn’t get the day off work, or maybe you’re hung over. That’s OK. You can celebrate the Memorial Days of 1983, 1986, 1988, and 1992—all thanks to YouTube’s… » 5/25/15 10:00am 5/25/15 10:00am

Flickr's Auto-Tagging Feature Accidentally Labeled a Black Man "Ape"

Search for “ape” on Flickr and you’ll witness an endlessly scrolling cavalcade of primate photography, from monkeys glimpsed on safari to those held in captivity at the zoo. Until recently, you’d also see a portrait of a middle-aged black man named William. Flickr thought William was an ape, too. » 5/21/15 12:55pm 5/21/15 12:55pm