Teen YouTubers fake a pregnancy and then offer a very lame apology — and bad sex ed advice

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Two teenage YouTubers were the subject of concern this week after they announced they were expecting a baby and had gotten “married” in Las Vegas. After dragging their followers through a four-part, monetized series, they revealed that it was just a “prank” and issued a very YouTuber non-apology for coming off as insensitive.  

Danielle Cohn, who goes by Dani, is 15 years old. Her boyfriend and fellow influencer, Mikey Tua, is 16. After dropping cryptic hints throughout the weekend, Mikey posted a hidden camera video of the couple telling their families that Dani was pregnant. 

They raised eyebrows when the two posted a later video of their “wedding” in Las Vegas — which Dani’s mother clarified in a statement to BuzzFeed as only the two making a “promise” since Dani is too young to be legally married, even with parental consent. In the third installment, they visited a questionable doctor’s office for an “ultrasound” to find out the sex of the hypothetical baby and listen to Mikey’s father lecture them on responsibilities.  Read more…

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Why the hell is The Daily Caller ‘fact-checking’ for Facebook?

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Nothing goes together like “fact checking” and “Tucker Carlson,” right?

Facebook has a new fact-checking partner, Axios first reported Thursday: CheckYourFact.com, the fact-checking arm of The Daily Caller, a right-wing website founded by conspiracy theorist peddler Tucker Carlson.

SEE ALSO: Twitter wants advertisers to ditch Tucker Carlson after his latest xenophobic remarks

CheckYourFact.com describes itself as “editorially independent” from The Daily Caller. Its funding comes from The Daily Caller’s operating budget, ad revenue, and from a grant that’s ultimately funded by conservative political groups, according to Media Matters, a watchdog organization of conservative media.  Read more…

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Instagram could start hiding like counts

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Instagram might be changing up one of the most fundamental parts of its service: likes.

New screenshots suggest the company is testing a way to hide like counts in Instagram posts. Images uncovered by researcher Jane Manchun Wong reveal Instagram feed posts that no longer show exact like counts. Instead, you see that a post was liked by a few named handles “and others.”

“We want your followers to focus on what you share, not how many likes your posts get,” Instagram says in an in-app message explaining the change. “During this test, only the person who shared a post will see the total number of likes it gets.” Read more…

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Artists on Twitter are drawing their favorite shipping dynamics for this new meme

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Once you’ve binge-watched enough Netflix shows, you start to see a pattern in the characters you get invested in. You might even notice that certain types of romances have you hitting the “Next Episode” button faster than you can say “I ship it.” 

Even if you don’t actually read fanfiction in which romantic tropes are clearly defined and amped up to 11 (just check any of the tags on AO3.org or Fanfiction.net), there’s at least one fictional dynamic that hits ya right in the feels, every time. 

SEE ALSO: Artist recreates her Pokémon fan art from childhood

Enter the latest meme going around Twitter, which has artists drawing visual depictions of their favorite ships. Would you like a scoop of some unspoken mutual pining? How about a helping of rivals who actually admire each other? Or, my personal favorite, a cup of punlord versus someone who pretends to hate their puns but secretly loves them?   Read more…

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The internet banded together to find a homeless man’s lost pet rat. It worked.

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Good news, everyone: The homeless man whose pet rat was stolen has been reunited with his beloved fur baby!

Chris and Lucy are inseparable. The pair are often spotted around Sydney, Australia — while Chris chats with passerby, Lucy snacks on vegetables and naps. But on Apr. 6, Chris left Lucy on a milk crate while he used a nearby restroom. When he returned, Lucy was gone. 

A heartbreaking photo of a devastated Chris sitting on the street without Lucy was posted across social media. 

“My pet rat Lucy was stolen on Saturday,” his sign read. “Lucy is black and white with a bite of brown.” 

In a screenshot of an anonymous Facebook post posted to the subreddit r/trashy, a passerby said they were “genuinely distressed” to see Chris without Lucy.  Read more…

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Google to serve up rival apps to Android users as part of EU deal

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It’s not every day when a tech company recommends you check out its rival’s product. But Google is being forced to do just that in Europe.

To comply with an EU antitrust ruling, the tech giant will show Android users alternative browser and search engine apps on Google Play. The store will serve up two pop-ups: one for search apps, the other for browsers. For each category, users will see a list of the top five apps.

Google’s blog post on the upcoming update includes an example of what the pop-ups will look like. The image shows Google search and Google Chrome at the top of each list, followed by rival products such as Mozilla’s Firefox, Microsoft Edge, and DuckDuck Go. However, the actual app recommendations will be shown in random order, and will vary depending on the country, the company said. Read more…

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