Momo hoax: schools, police and media told to stop promoting viral challenge

Childrens charities say warnings about online suicide challenge have done more harm than good Britains media, schools and police forces were told on Thursday to stop promoting an online hoax about the so-called Momo challenge, amid fears that unjustified warnings about the supposed phenomenon risked doing more harm than good. The Momo challenge centres on false claims that a mysterious character is using WhatsApp messages to encourage children to kill themselves. After it moved from the fringes of the internet to the mass media, interventions from authority figures were blamed for creating a full-blown moral panic and genuine fear among children. Questions were raised in parliament on Thursday about what the government planned to do about the hoax, while hundreds …

Saturday Night Live: Stillers Cohen crosses Haders Jordan

Trumps sad-sack ex-lawyer is rich territory and John Mulaney a fine host: this is the best of the season As expected, we open with Michael Cohen (Ben Stiller) providing testimony to Congress, a turn of events that for any other president would be the most damning and humiliating moment of their lives, but for Trump its just Wednesday. Of all the guest stars the show has tapped to play Trumps cohorts and/or enemies, Stiller is the most consistently funny. Playing up the disgraced lawyers flop-sweat squirliness, hes actually managed to craft a real character, which is more than can be said of Robert DeNiros dull Robert Mueller or even Alec Balwdins hammy Trump. Stiller is able to present Cohen as …

Russian Blogger Makes Parodies Out Of Celebrity Photos, And More Than 20,000 Followers On Instagram Approve

From time to time, while scrolling our Instagram or Facebook feeds, we come across some pictures of celebrities that just seem… too much. In most cases, we might just laugh it off, share it with our friends and move on, however, this hilarious blogger decided to take it to the next level. Yuriy Isterika is a fascinating character who shares his wholesome parodies on Instagram. He uses everything that comes to hand in order to create ‘improved’ versions of famous celebrities. Even though his ‘artwork’ mainly consists of Russian celebrities, every once in a while, he creates parodies of celebrities which are well-known worldwide. Everything started when Yuriy accidentally noticed a photo of two famous Russian stars. One of the …

Gap and Old Navy are splitting up

New York (CNN Business)Gap and Old Navy have been trending in opposite directions for years. So they’re finally splitting up. Wall Street cheered the decision:Gap (GPS) stock was up 25% in after-hours trading. The separation is a tale of two vastly different businesses: Old Navy has thrived in recent years, and sales at stores open at least a year grew 3% in 2018. Meanwhile, the Gap has struggled — its sales fell 5% last year. Banana Republic has been closing stores, which has helped the company improve sales. “Old Navy continues to outpace Gap brand and Banana Republic, and is one the fastest-growing major apparel brands,” said Christina Boni, analyst at Moody’s. The Gap, which was founded in 1969, used …

Must-watch videos of the week

(CNN)The Oscar moment we all missed. The royal moment we’re all waiting for. And, the DNA results we couldn’t believe. These are the must-see videos of the week. Celebrities spend weeks finding the perfect outfit, days rehearsing an impactful acceptance speech and hours getting hair and makeup done — but they never anticipate this. Rami Malek, who won the best actor award for “Bohemian Rhapsody,” fell off the Oscars stage moments after the ceremony concluded. He was treated by paramedics, keeping a firm grip on his statuette. Wind, wind go away Plane sways midflight due to heavy wind A Gibraltar port employee stayed home from work because of weather concerns. He then unexpectedly spotted a nearby plane fighting strong wind, …

How’d the Cohen Hearing Go? That Depends on Your Filter Bubble

Donald Trump’s former attorney, Michael Cohen, is a flawed man with nothing left to lose, charting a path to redemption by finally coming clean about crimes and misdeeds allegedly committed by the president of the United States. Either that, or he’s a cheat and a crook who can’t be trusted, who’s already pleaded guilty to lying to Congress and isn’t above doing it again if it’ll help him land a book deal. These are the two interpretations of Cohen’s hearing before the House Oversight Committee that manifested online Wednesday. As they’ve done so many times before—during the Benghazi investigation, during Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s hearings—the internet’s tribal factions retreated to their corners over the course of the day to …

Little Mix’s Jade: ‘Poo chat is quite common’

“I’ve brought strawberry laces, chocolate digestives, rhubarb and custards… and actually it really helps when you’re really struggling during the walk.” But it’s a tweet from BBC Breakfast presenter Dan Walker which gets Jade laughing – of her coming back from the toilet. Skip Twitter post by @mrdanwalker The lovely Jade from @littlemix looking as glamorous as ever as she contemplates her poo behind a rock in the shadow of Kilimanjaro 😂💩 #PooWithAView The #ComicRelief challenge continues #ReturnToKiliSupport the Poo Queen at https://t.co/smhMW4DhYa @BBCRadio2 @ZoeTheBall pic.twitter.com/C1cG4nimTR — Dan Walker (@mrdanwalker) February 27, 2019 “Yeah, I had a bit of a struggle the other day, I’m not going to lie,” Jade says. “For the first time I had to do a …

Dooley hits back at Comic Relief criticism

Skip Instagram post by sjdooley View this post on Instagram Report End of Instagram post by sjdooley Image Copyright sjdooley sjdooley The Labour MP for Tottenham added: “My problem with British celebrities being flown out by Comic Relief to make these films is that it sends a distorted image of Africa which perpetuates an old idea from the colonial era.” Image caption Ed Sheeran visited Liberia as part of Comic Relief 2017 He said Dooley has “done some fantastic journalism”, but that “the image she wants to promote is her as heroine and black child as victim”. Mr Lammy added that he thought Comic Relief founder Richard Curtis should “use the platform responsibly”. Comic Relief said in a statement: “We …

5 things to know for February 25: Oscars, Venezuela, China, R. Kelly, plane crash

(CNN)Harry and Meghan (better known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex) started a whirlwind tour of Morocco, just days after her big baby shower in New York. Here’s what else you need to know to Get Up to Speed and Out the Door. (You can also get “5 Things You Need to Know Today” delivered to your inbox daily. Sign up here.) Who needs a host? The Oscars seemed to roll along just fine last night without a master or mistress of ceremonies. And, for this night at least, Twitter could put aside the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite, after a ceremony marked by diversity, inclusiveness and firsts. “Green Book” took home the Best Picture prize — beating out Netflix’s “Roma” — despite its …

Meet Tanzanian soccer freestyle queen who earned praise from President Trump

(CNN)Tanzania rarely features in discussions of Africa’s soccer hotspots. But that perception might be changing thanks to the skills of soccer freestyle queen Hadhara Charles, which are winning plaudits from celebrities across the world including US President Donald Trump. The star herself was pleased to receive acclaim from such high-profile quarters. “It feels good that Donald Trump shared the video,” Charles told CNN. “Here I am not paid. Sports doesn’t pay.” Charles, a mother of two, is a specialist in the art of freestyle soccer, which is based on juggling and tricks with the ball using any part of the body. Freestyle has become a popular pursuit around the world and the leading exponents compete in prestigious international championships. But …

Why did Trump need to employ a professional liar?

(CNN)Michael Cohen brought a series of bombshell allegations to his appearance Wednesday before the House Oversight and Reform Committee — and touched off a bizarre partisan battle in the room. CNN’s commentators weigh in on the hearing. The opinions expressed here are their own. The viewers will have to judge how much, if any, of Cohen’s testimony about President Donald Trump they accept. But I found the frantic efforts of Trump’s rabid defenders to dismiss Cohen as a “pathological criminal” curious in one major respect: This is the same man Donald Trump kept by his side for a decade, to handle his most sensitive assignments — to handle clandestine deals and make bad stories go away. Cohen was Trump’s fixer. …

Friends wear matching bikinis to make an important point about body shaming.

A recent study from the University of New South Wales and Macquarie University found that spending 30 minutes a day on Instagram can make young women negatively fixate on their weight and appearance. Instagram is even more damaging than unrealistic images found in advertisements or on television because the models appear to be living their everyday lives. These images are easier to relate to which makes young women more like to compare themselves to the models, celebrities, and influencers on Instagram. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Kylie (@kyliejenner) on Feb 25, 2019 at 10:38pm PST While looking at unrealistic imagery on Instagram can be damaging, being the target of body shamers for posting on the social …

30 Fake Viral Photos People Believed Were Real

#2 A Guy Creating An Amazing Fried Rice Wave One of the recent viral sensations was the ‘fried rice meme’ that showed a man making an incredible rice wave in his pan. The image quickly received a lot of attention online and people from all around the world starting photoshopping random things into the image. Unfortunately, the photo itself is already fake since the rice wave is a sculpture that is sold in a fake food shop in Tokyo. #4 The Mustache Wasn’t Enough, They Had To Add Those Angry Eyebrows The internet just loves animals, especially if they look weird or cute, or both at the same time. So there is no surprise that a photo of a cat …

A Brief History Of Khlo Kardashian’s Feud With ‘The Bachelorette’ Betches

With the entire mess that is Jordyn-Tristan-Khloé-Gate that was last week, poor Khloé hasn’t even had a minute to get her life together after her family blew up in flames. I take all of this bullsh*t as a personal insult because Khloé has long been my favorite and also, she just does not f*cking deserve this. We knew Tristan was a POS but it truly came out of left field that Kylie would be betrayed by her best friend/sugar baby. And Khloé treated this woman as a sister and let her star in her Good American ads! She is just trash. Throw them both away! Okay, rant over. That said, Khloé is obviously going through a horrible breakup. She is …

Get ready for a wild week

(CNN)If you thought this past week’s news cycle — dominated by President Donald Trump’s “Saturday Night Live” Twitter rant, former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe’s media blitz and court appearances by Jussie Smollett and Roger Stone — was a whirlwind, just wait for this coming week. While Trump wished Sanders well as a fellow rival of Hillary Clinton’s in his 2016 run, it’s unlikely the President will have too much time to focus on the Democratic candidates this week, as he heads to Vietnam for a second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. David Reynolds, Professor of International History at Cambridge University, saidin an exchange with CNN military and diplomatic analyst John Kirby that there are pros and …