Snapchat: Yeah, Our End of Slavery Filter Asking Users to Smile to Break Chains Was a Bad Idea

Snapchat received widespread criticism Friday for its Juneteenth filter that prompted users to celebrate the anniversary of the end of slavery in the U.S. by smiling to break chains. By mid-day, Snap quietly pulled the tone-deaf filter and the company has since issued a public apology. Apparently, this Lens was a beta version that went live by mistake, though I’m not sure if that’s more or less embarrassing. Read More >>

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224 Environmental Groups Endorse the Movement for Black Lives – But It Can’t End There

The environmental movement has had a reckoning coming its way for decades when it comes to its racist history. While it’s been inching toward it in recent years, the events of the past two weeks have thrown the floodgates wide open. Read More >>

Even Scientists Funded by Zuckerberg Are Dragging Facebook for Its Hypocrisy

Over the weekend, more than 140 scientists who have received funding from the Facebook CEO’s philanthropic group, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, sent a letter to Mark Zuckerberg denouncing his spineless response to the president’s most recent inflammatory comments. Read More >>

As the Punisher Skull Re-Emerges on Police in U.S. Protests, Marvel Comics Reckons With Its Imagery

The appropriation of comic book character Frank Castle’s skull emblem by police and the military has been an ongoing issue for Marvel Entertainment as it wrestles with the questionable embrace of the anti-hero’s extrajudicial violence by real state and federal employees. But as the “Punisher skull” has re-emerged on officer’s uniforms in current crackdowns on anti-racism and police brutality protests, the publisher is being forced to confront it once more. Read More >>

Facebook Purges Nearly 200 Accounts Linked to Hate Groups and Schemes to Infiltrate Protests

Facebook has purged nearly 200 accounts on its social media platforms associated with white supremacy groups, some of which pushed members to grab their weapons and crash protests against police brutality, according to a weekend Associated Press report. Read More >>

What Does the White House’s Underground Bunker Look Like?

On Friday, President Donald Trump hid in an underground bunker below the White House as hundreds of protesters demonstrated against police brutality in Washington, D.C. – demonstrations first started in Minneapolis after a white police officer killed George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man who was handcuffed on the ground. Unfortunately, we don’t have any photos of Trump retreating into the bunker on Friday, but we do have old photos from what was likely the last time it was used: September 11, 2001. Read More >>

Australian PM Calls for Investigation After U.S. Cops Assault Foreign Journalists

Australia’s prime minister, Scott Morrison, has contacted his country’s embassy in the U.S. to call for an investigation after police in Washington D.C. were captured on live TV assaulting journalists from Australia’s Channel 7 news network on Monday. The Australian journalists were covering the protests in Washington D.C., one of the many demonstrations first sparked when a white police officer killed a 46-year-old black man named George Floyd in Minneapolis last week. Read More >>

Jake Paul Swears He Wasn’t Looting, Just Being His Usual Shitty Self

Prominent vlogger Jake Paul (not to be confused with his equally obnoxious brother, the idiot behind the infamous “suicide forest” video) has landed in hot water again this weekend. Several widely circulated videos on Instagram and Twitter show him and his friends at an Arizona mall while looting is taking place, though it’s unclear from the footage whether they are participating themselves. Read More >>