Tag Archives: trolling

Rep. Ted Lieu: Vote For Me, I Can Also Drink Water

The Week reports: Rep. Ted Lieu, standing in front of a campaign sign and wearing a bright red tie, is shown using one hand to drink from a glass of water. He looks around, nods, brings the glass back up for round two, then tosses the remaining water. It’s a reenactment of Trump drinking a glass of water during his …

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Pope To Catholics: Try Giving Up Trolling For Lent

Reuters reports: During Lent, Catholics are called on to give up something, like sweets. On Wednesday, Pope Francis added a modern twist to the list of things to quit during the season and beyond: insulting people on social media. The pope made his appeal to tone things down while speaking to tens of thousands of people in St. Peter’s Square …

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NYT: Why Can’t Bernie Rein In His Abusive Supporters?

The New York Times today published a lengthy piece on the allegedly abusive tactics employed by some of Bernie Sanders’ most ardent supporters. An excerpt: When Mr. Sanders’s supporters swarm someone online, they often find multiple access points to that person’s life, compiling what can amount to investigative dossiers. They will attack all public social media accounts, posting personal insults …

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Twitter Rolls Out Anti-Troll “Hide Replies” Function

TechCrunch reports: Twitter’s radical “Hide Replies” feature, one of the biggest changes to how Twitter works since the invention of the Retweet, is now available to Twitter’s global user base. The company says the feature will roll out to all Twitter users across platforms by today, with only one slight tweak since earlier tests. Designed to balance the conversation on …

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Trump 2020 Website Trolls With Hillary Error Message

Just endless trolling and owning the libs. President Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign website mocks 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton by showing her as commander in chief when users reach an error page. The background of the campaign website’s 404 error page shows Clinton speaking into a microphone in front of the Capitol while standing at a lectern with the …

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Creator Of Fake Seal Celebrates The “Best Troll Ever”

The Washington Post reports: Charles Leazott hadn’t thought about the seal in months. The 46-year-old graphic designer threw it together after the 2016 presidential election — it was one part joke, one part catharsis. He used to be a proud Republican. He voted for George W. Bush. Twice. But Donald J. Trump’s GOP was no longer his party. So he …

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Trump Trolled At Right Wing Event With Presidential Seal Featuring Golf Clubs And Russian Icons [VIDEO]

The Washington Post reports: Following a 12-minute video illustrating Trump’s rise to the presidency, music blared as the president’s name flashed across a giant screen in a bold shade of red. Trump took the stage and soaked in the raucous cheers from hundreds of young supporters packed inside the Marriott Marquis in Washington. Charlie Kirk, Turning Point’s outspoken founder and …

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Right Wing Trolls Behind Online Dem Debate Poll Results

NBC News reports: Users from pro-Trump communities on 4chan and Reddit implored fellow members to vote for lower-polling candidates in online polls, specifically Tulsi Gabbard and Bill de Blasio, in the hours after Wednesday’s Democratic debate — a sign that digital manipulation efforts related to U.S. politics and elections remain very much alive. Users on 4chan’s anonymous far-right /pol/message board …

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KENTUCKY: Dem Trolls Abortion Bill With Amendment Requiring Women To Report Their Pregnancies To State

The Louisville Courier-Journal reports: Should pregnant women be monitored by the state? That’s what a Louisville lawmaker is proposing out of frustration with a flurry of bills in the current legislative session meant to restrict or eliminate abortion in Kentucky. “It’s so arrogant of a bunch of legislators,” said Rep. Mary Lou Marzian, a Louisville Democrat and supporter of abortion …

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Teenage Trolls Are Skewing Research On LGBT Youth

The Daily Beast reports: Scientists studying LGBT youth may have a big problem on their hands: meddling kids. More specifically, meddling kids who think it’s funny to identify as gay or lesbian on surveys—and who then give exaggerated responses to other questions about, say, substance use or eating habits. NYU economics professor Joseph R. Cimpian, whose new study in the …

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Ambien Maker: Racism Is Not A Known Side Effect

CNBC reports: Ambien maker Sanofi isn’t buying Roseanne Barr’s claim that she compared former Obama aide Valerie Jarrett to an ape because she was “ambien tweeting.” “While all pharmaceutical treatments have side effects, racism is not a known side effect of any Sanofi medication,” the French drugmaker posted to its American Twitter account on Wednesday. Ambien is used to treat …

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Iranian Leader Trolls Trump With Fire And Fury Photo

CBS News reports: Iran Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei shared an image of himself reading the Persian-language edition of Michael Wolff’s 2018 book “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” on Friday, just days after President Trump pulled the U.S. out of the Iran nuclear agreement. Wolff’s bombshell exposé on the Trump administration shot to the top of Amazon’s …

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Schumer Trolls Trump With Melania’s Hashtag

The Hill reports: Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y) trolled President Trump on Twitter on Thursday with the hashtag for first lady Melania Trump’s new positive social wellness campaign. Schumer’s comeback was a dig at Melania Trump’s new initiative, which is meant to “encourage positive social, emotional, and physical habits” among children and their well-being online. The first lady has …

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Russian Trolls Plead Not Guilty Of Pro-Trump Trolling

Politico reports: A Russian company tied to a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin entered a not-guilty plea Wednesday in a U.S. criminal case charging that it funded internet trolls and polarizing social media advertisements in a bid to boost Donald Trump’s chances of winning the 2016 presidential election. Prosecutors from special counsel Robert Mueller’s office allege that the …

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Mike Pence’s Hometown To See First LGBT Pride Parade

The Indianapolis Star reports: The face painting, rainbow S’mores on a stick and drag performances planned for Columbus, Indiana’s first gay pride festival are for fun. But organizers hope the April 14 event also will send a message of inclusiveness from the hometown of Vice President Pence, who has a long record of being on the opposite side of issues …

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John Oliver Explains Trump’s Trolling [VIDEO]

The Week reports: Trump is often staggeringly incoherent, but “the real damage isn’t in how he says things, but from three key techniques that he uses to insulate himself from criticism and consequence,” Oliver said: Delegitimizing the media, “whataboutism,” and trolling. “Despite Trump’s few real policy accomplishments to date, he has consistently achieved one thing, and that is making his …

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Monopoly Man Trolls Senate Equifax Hearing [VIDEO]

CNBC reports: The Monopoly guy has gone to Washington. A person dressed in a black top hat and bushy white mustache, occasionally putting on a monocle or dabbing forehead sweat with giant paper money, sat in the audience of the Senate Banking Committee hearing on the Equifax data breach on Wednesday. Former Equifax CEO Richard Smith didn’t seem to notice. …

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DC Chain Trolls Junior With Free “Nothing Burgers”

The Washingtonian reports: Good news for the cynics of the world. You’ve always said that nothing comes free. Well, this Tuesday at Z-Burger, that’s true. The Tenleytown location of the burger chain will offer free “nothing burgers” from 11 AM to 2 PM on July 18. The promotion was inspired by talk of Donald Trump, Jr.‘s email scandal and whether …

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Texas Gov Trolled With Photo Op: “How Will The Potty Police Know I’m Transgender If The Governor Doesn’t?”

The Associated Press reports: A transgender Texan has posted an all-smiles photo with Gov. Greg Abbott to protest a “bathroom bill” that state lawmakers will again consider during a special legislative session beginning Tuesday. Ashley Smith posed with Abbott after he announced his re-election campaign Friday in San Antonio. She later identified herself in the photo as “trans-woman” and posted …

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Nordic Prime Ministers Employ Soccer Ball To Troll Trump’s Glowing Orb Photo-Op With Saudi King

The Daily Dot reports: It’s official: The meme-worthy photo of President Donald Trump touching a glowing orb with Saudi Arabian King Salman is now being mocked around the world. The latest trolling came from a group of Nordic leaders. The photo, which gained attention on Twitter almost immediately, was a ceremonial gesture to mark the opening of a center dedicated …

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