The World Health Organization’s Making TikToks to Tackle Coronavirus Misinformation

On Friday the World Health Organization took the fight against online health misinformation to TikTok, the same day it elevated its coronavirus threat assessment to the organisation’s highest possible level. Read More >>

Politicians Paying Influencers for Memes Doesn’t Count as Political Advertising, says Facebook

Facebook has been very busy trying to present itself as a blameless arbiter of truth and fairness for the past couple of years, and one of its initiatives to try to correct the way it has arguably ruined society is to publicly list ads paid for by political parties and candidates, because transparency. Read More >>

Google Reveals Its Top Searches of the Year And, Yes, It’s Mostly Memes

The Game of Thrones Starbucks cup debacle. Watching Notre Dame go up in flames. The moment the world fell in love with Baby Yoda. Going through Google’s top searches of the year feels like flipping through a scrapbook of the internet’s collective obsessions. Released this week, the company’s annual “Year in Search” gives a snapshot of the most impactful celebrities, news, and trends of 2019 – at least, in terms of Google searches – and this year’s data illustrates one fact very clearly: in its first full calendar year in America, TikTok has become the new progenitor of memes. Read More >>

Boohoo Fashion Ad Banned for Misuse of “Send Nudes” Meme

A lone wolf complainer pretending to misunderstand a joke behind an advert was enough to get fashion retailer Boohoo told off by the Advertising Standards Authority this week, after the term "send nudes" was included in an online ad for a coat. Read More >>

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Climate Change Memes for Angry and Terrified Teens

As the youngest person on Gizmodo’s staff, our writers and editors frequently come to me with questions like “What do The Youth want?” and “What is a VSCO girl?” This has put me in a strange position as teens have yeeted themselves to the forefront of climate activism. On the cusp between Millennial and Gen Z, I’m a climate journalist who is sometimes mistaken for a young protestor at events – despite clearly wearing a press badge. Read More >>

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Naruto Run! Some Guy Who’s Probably Going to Get Himself Killed Is the First ‘Storm Area 51’ Meme

The original “Storm Area 51" Facebook invitation encouraged people to break into the secret government facility by doing a Naruto run. And now that the event is here (it was supposed to happen yesterday), it looks like some people are taking the instructions literally. Some random guy was seen on local TV news in Las Vegas yesterday doing a Naruto run in the background. Read More >>

If You Think 30-50 Feral Hogs Sounds Bad, Just Wait

Hey, it’s me, your local environmental reporter here to ruin all your feral hog fun. Read More >>

7 More Reaction Gifs Featuring Famous Hollywood Actor Robert Redford

Recently we learned that a lot of people think actor Robert Redford looks like comedian Zach Galifianakis. And honestly, it’s all very confusing. Read More >>

Ikea Has Made a Whole Font out of Sofas Based on Your Weird Memes

Ikea has seen your memes and is raising you an entire font based on its sofa planner. Read More >>

InfoWars Must Pay Pepe the Frog Creator £11,800, Never Sell Pepe Merch Again in Settlement

InfoWars founder, conspiracy theorist, and tainted supplement pitchman Alex Jones has settled with artist Matt Furie, creator of the unfathomably widespread Pepe the Frog meme, for $15,000 (£11,800) after InfoWars used the image on an obnoxious poster it sold during the 2016 elections, Vice reported on Monday. Read More >>

We Regret to Inform You Elon Musk Has Released a Rap Single About Harambe

If there’s something absolutely no one other than Elon Musk woke up this weekend thinking, it is “Elon Musk should release a rap single about Harambe, the tragically slain gorilla that became a meme nearly three years ago, after which said meme subsequently got treaded into the ground, and more than a few people began noting it might actually have been kind of racist.” Unfortunately, that is what he did, because Elon must. Read More >>

Facebook’s Secret Meme App for Kids Sounds Like an Embarrassment

With older generations turning away from Facebook after a litany of fake news, privacy, and security-related debacles, Facebook has renewed its efforts to capture and monetise the memes of teens in hopes of raking in future revenue streams. So following in the footsteps of Lasso, Lifestage, and Slingshot comes LOL, which might be Facebook’s most doomed app yet. Read More >>

The First Dumb Meme Accident of 2019 Is Here

We made it this far into 2019 without a meme-inspired accident, but that’s all over now. Someone has officially failed the “Bird Box Challenge.” Read More >>

Memes Make Teens Unhealthy, Says Party-Pooping Study

A bunch of lame adults from Loughborough University have declared that internet memes are ruining teenagers' lives, making them fat and prone to bullying. Read More >>