Influencers react to Instagram’s big outage: ‘It was a pain’

New York (CNN Business)Wednesdays are usually the best day to post on Instagram for Chelsie Petras, a 27-year-old social media influencer based in New York City. “It was a pain,” said Petras. “I had to shift my schedule and figure out how to still incorporate this post.” She wasn’t alone in having to delay paid posts. Influencer marketing agencies such as Village Marketing, which connects social media stars to brands for deals, said it had to move hundreds of posts to Thursday. A similar platform called Activate said brands had to delay campaigns or have influencers re-post content. It was a wake-up call for some users about how much power Instagram has. “[It’s] a reminder of the importance of cultivating …

Beto O’Rourke raises $6.1m in first 24 hours, smashing Bernie Sanders’ record

Stunning sum is more than every other Democratic challenger who has disclosed their first-day totals Democratic hopeful Beto ORourke raised an unprecedented $6.1m during the first 24 hours of his official run for the White House, his campaign announced on Monday. The stunning sum is more than rival Bernie Sanders and every other 2020 Democratic rival who has disclosed their first-day fundraising totals. ORourke brought in $6,136,763 in online donations from all 50 states and territories, his campaign said. It did not disclose the number of donors who contributed or the average size of the contributions. In just 24 hours, Americans across this country came together to prove that it is possible to run a true grassroots campaign for president …

YouTube Star Adam22 Held At GUNPOINT During Livestream – Perez Hilton

Adam22 was hosting his podcast at his bike shop, OnSomeShit, in Los Angeles when the scary incident went down. What’s even scarier is that the episode was being live streamed, and fans were watching the terrifying incident play out on video. The internet personality then makes some nervous sounds before scrambling away from the gunman. The rest mostly plays out off screen, but it appears someone in the background manages to subdue the gunman and verbally scold him. Many viewers initially believed it was a prank, but this seems to be the real deal. Just look at Adam and his cohost’s genuinely terrified reactions in the video (below): View this post on Instagram Thankfully, no one was injured. According to …

If You Thought College Admission Scandal Was Bad, This Womans Post About Rich People Buying Her Writing Services Will Show Its Worse

The American Dream has slowly but surely turned into the American Nightmare; the notion that anybody, regardless of wealth, race or social class, can make it to the top has become thoroughly discredited. Wealthy parents bribing and cheating to ensure their kids into elite schools is nothing new; the upper classes have long since rigged the system in their favor to ensure that the door remains closed to all but their own, often mediocre offspring. But while the concept of the 1% looking after themselves is well known, it’s not often that a concrete, infuriatingly obvious example of the process actually occurring is made public. The Olivia Jade, will If this kind of bribery and blatant cheating happens in schools …

The college admissions scam opens a new front in the affirmative action debate

(CNN)Pull yourself up by your bootstraps. What about the college cheating scandal? The outrage over the scam laid out by federal prosecutors has opened a new battleground in the affirmative action war. Opponents of the policy say the allegations bolster their arguments that elite colleges can’t be trusted to vet students impartially. Defenders of racial preferences say, “There’s a lot more kids at elite colleges because their parents are rich than because they’re brown or black.” Looming behind this debate is a big question that may take years to answer: Could revelations from the cheating scandal actually save affirmative action, if and when the US Supreme Court takes up the issue again? So far, there’s little indication to think the …

Reality check: life behind Insta-glam image of social media influencers

Online they feature in glossy posts as the epitome of cool. But that is often worlds apart from how they live their lives Standing amid the reeds and staring pensively into the distance, Jordan Bunker looks every part the moody model, dressed head to toe in black in a direct contrast with the setting. Another image from his portfolio shows him in industrial environs, sporting a minimalist brown trench coat as he looks directly at the camera. However, the reality for the 24-year-old is far from the glamour associated with the fashion world. In his pyjamas in bed hes fighting a cold at the home he shares with his parents in Leicester, Bunker says his set-up is worlds apart from …

Revisiting All The Shocking Moments From Michael Jackson’s 2005 Child Molestation Trial – Perez Hilton

There’s understandably been renewed interest in Michael Jackson and the continued accusations of child molestation ever since the Leaving Neverland documentary began airing on HBO this month. Wade Robson and James Safechuck, both of whom had previously defended Michael against accusations, have painstakingly related exactly how the singer allegedly groomed and abused them over the course of many years. Accusations against the King of Pop began in 1993. That same year he was investigated by police for allegedly molesting four children. No evidence was found and Michael denied any wrongdoing. However, in 1993, he also paid over $20 million to the family of Jordy Chandler, who accused Michael of molestation. This payment was revealed years later. And, as part of …

The gang killers who are YouTube celebrities

Image copyright YouTube/YTBYTN Image caption Several of YTBYTN’s music videos have exceeded 100,000 hits on YouTube YTBYTN’s tracks have an ominous feel, with bleak and gritty lyrical content that covers themes of street life, poverty and violence. Image copyright Instagram/YTBYTN Image caption A photograph on Instagram shows primary school age children posing with members of YTBYTN How Yenge, Davies and Calver came to be in court is a depressingly familiar story. Two rival groups of young males engage in a “turf war”, in this case J-Block versus Neno. They start trading insults and, before long, their exchanges become violent. On 2 June this culminated in the death of 17-year-old Tavis Spencer-Aitkens, who was repeatedly stabbed in a group attack involving, …

Taylor Swift Thinks Kanye West’s ‘Famous’ Music Video Is ‘Revenge Porn’?? – Perez Hilton

Taylor Swift is reigniting her feud with Kanye West! This week, the Shake It Off singer liked an Instagram post calling the rapper’s 2016 Famous music video “revenge porn.” The post in question is a screenshot of a tweet where a fan gave an “unpopular opinion” about the Yeezus musician. The Twitter message read: “The famous music video was straight up revenge porn. not to mention putting abuse victims next to their abusers and celebrating sexual assaulters. it was disgusting and he doesn’t get enough crap for it.” The IG post added: “It’s so weird to see how Kanye got away with putting realistic depictions of naked celebrities in his video. I was reading comments the other day and people …

What wealthy parents do to get their kids into elite colleges (legally)

(CNN)For many people, the most surprising part about the revelations that wealthy parents Hollywood celebrities, fashion designers, CEOs, lawyers and doctors paid to get their kids into college by cheating on tests and faking athletic records, was that these families didn’t get a leg up through legal channels available to those with money. For some, the answer is to pay a college consultant — which William Rick Singer, the alleged ringleader of the college admissions scandal, presented himself as — in order to match their child with an institution. At H&C Education, a college application consultancy based in New Haven, Connecticut, a full-year program for a student — including high school course selection, extracurricular development and test tracking — is …

College cheating scandal is the tip of the iceberg

(CNN)“We’re not talking about donating a building, we’re talking about fraud,” said Andrew Lelling, the US Attorney for Massachusetts, as he announced indictments in a massive scheme alleging that celebrities and other wealthy individuals used cheating, bribes, and lies to get their kids into elite colleges. The behavior described in this alleged fraud should be punished. But on a broader and more basic level, the case also sheds light on deep inequities in our college admissions system. Because if someone can get their kid into Harvard by buying a building, let alone by committing any of the alleged acts emerging from this case, the scandal isn’t just what’s illegal, but what’s legal as well. When it came to athletics, the …

Hawes twist in Comic Relief Bodyguard spoof

Skip Twitter post by @Misskeeleyhawes Busted! Happy #RedNoseDay everyone! #comicrelief2019 bodyguard ❤️ pic.twitter.com/ID2YHt29gM — Keeley Hawes (@Misskeeleyhawes) March 15, 2019 Report End of Twitter post by @McsEmma Skip Twitter post by @Jamesfilmcritic Excellent @comicrelief return for #Bodyguard meets @Line_of_duty! Full of lovely surprises! So great to see @_richardmadden & @Misskeeleyhawes reunited! Really hope Julia Montague is in Series 2! #Bodyguard #ComicRelief2019 🔴 — James Burgess (@Jamesfilmcritic) March 15, 2019 Report End of Twitter post by @CerysGoggin Skip Twitter post by @Baddiel "As a young Asian growing up in Crawley, that film really spoke to me." @RomeshRanga on Four Weddings is the funniest one-liner so far on #ComicRelief2019 — David Baddiel (@Baddiel) March 15, 2019 Image copyright Comic Relief Image caption …

LA financial executive tipped authorities to college admissions scandal for leniency in fraud case, report says

FELICITY HUFFMAN, LORI LOUGHLIN MOCKED BY FELLOW CELEBRITIES OVER COLLEGE ADMISSIONS CHEATING SCANDAL Tobin, who attended Yale University, told investigators that the Yale head women’s soccer coach had sought a bribe in return for getting his daughter into the Ivy League school, the news outlet said. His tip led to the recent revelations about the college consultant, William Singer. Federal prosecutors said Singer led a scheme in which wealthy parents bribed sports coaches and other officials to get their children entry to elite universities. More than 50 people have been charged — prominent among them were TV actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin. The colleges have cast themselves as victims and have moved to distance themselves from the coaches, firing or …

Attorney for brothers involved in the Jussie Smollett case says they were ‘betrayed’ by the celebrity

(CNN)Two brothers who authorities said took part in a staged attack on actor Jussie Smollett were “betrayed” by the celebrity, their attorney told CNN on Monday. She added: “We’ve seen a lot of stories in the news where celebrities think they might be above the law. It’s just not the case.”

‘We’re in the Business of Programming People’s Lives’

Josh Harris may have been the first internet millionaire in New York. As founder of Jupiter Communications and New York’s first online media portal, Pseudo.com, he rode the web 1.0 dotcom boom to a fortune of $85 million. But as the 1990s ramped up, his view of what the internet would do to us darkened, and he spent his fortune on a series of lurid social experiments aiming to demonstrate what he saw. The biggest was an ambitious millennial happening called Quiet, which Andrew Smith writes about in his new book, Totally Wired. 1999 … Where to start? Seventy-one IPOs in July alone, hundreds over the year. A veteran Silicon Valley investor describes meeting a young entrepreneur who was trying …

The elite college admissions scandal exposes the inequities in our supposed ‘meritocracy.’

The FBI has uncovered the biggest college admissions cheating scandal in history—and it’s a doozy. Fifty people, including high-profile celebrities and CEOs, NCAA coaches, and college exam administrators, have been indicted in a multi-million dollar cheating scheme to get wealthy kids admitted into elite colleges. Among those charged in the case are actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, and coaches at Yale, Stanford, Georgetown and USC. The parents in the case apparently paid a college admissions consultant named William Singer to help their kids get into certain schools. In their arrangements with Singer, parents, coaches, testers, and others knowingly cheated in order to make that happen. In some cases, stand-ins took students’ SAT or ACT tests for them. In others, …