The Social Network is a masterpiece—does it matter that it bent the truth?

It’s become widely accepted that a movie adapting a novel should use its source as a guide rather than a strict blueprint. If a change would improve the film, then that change should be made. The book isn’t sacred, nor should it be. This becomes more complicated when it comes to nonfiction. It’s one thing to tweak the…

John Oliver runs down the specific ways in which "Facebook is a toilet" on Last Week Tonight

After a blisteringly funny opening spent compiling all the new shapes into which conservative commentators are contorting themselves in their frenzied mission to excuse yet another powerful accused Republican sex creep (Jeanine Pirro really needs to stop trying to make “Democratic demon rats” happen), John Oliver…

If Mark Zuckerberg's going to talk so much, at least he could do it in a cute Scottish accent

It seems like Mark Zuckerberg can’t shut up lately. Admittedly, that’s at least partially because the Facebook CEO is getting yelled at pretty regularly at the moment, prompting an increased commitment to loudly apologizing to anyone he meets. Still, though: Dude’s got a Nathan Fielder voice with a severely…

Congressional inquiry reveals we'll believe any damn thing about Mark Zuckerberg, as long as it sucks

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was subject to one of the harshest punishments America can reserve for one of its rich white executives today, when the U.S. Congress forced him to have a five-minute, inescapable conversation with Texas senator Ted Cruz. Cruz—who seemed extremely upset at the idea that Facebook might have…

Zuckerberg issues another apology ahead of Congressional testimony

On any given day, it seems safe to assume that Mark Zuckerberg is probably very sorry. Maybe he’s sorry for how miserable Facebook makes us in general, maybe he’s sorry for allowing a firm working with the Donald Trump campaign to steal profile data from 50 million—make that 87 million—people, and maybe he’s sorry …

Whoops, the Facebook data breach was even bigger than previously reported

Things seemed bad enough for Facebook when it had to admit that a consulting firm working with Donald Trump’s presidential campaign had used an app to pull profile data from 50 million of the site’s users, a breach so bad that it forced Mark Zuckerberg to issue one of his usual unsatisfying apologies, prompted the FTC …

The next stop on Mark Zuckerberg's apology tour: Testifying before Congress

Attention, David Fincher: The framing device for the Social Network sequel we never really thought about until recently but sounds more intriguing every day has arrived. CNN Money reports that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has, in the news outlet’s words, “come to terms with the fact” that he’s going to have to testify…

Mark Zuckerberg's data breach apology has not exactly been well-received

Mark Zuckerberg has been having a bad week, which is something we can all relate to. Who among us, after all, has not had to face up to our massive social network allowing 50 million users’ personal information to fall into the hands of companies who then used that data to help elect Donald Trump as President Of The…

Watch normal person Mark Zuckerberg explain that he was once human

Mark Zuckerberg is going to run for president. He has subtly filtered out his less nationally acceptable views—disavowing his onetime atheism, for example—while hiring Hillary Clinton’s chief strategist and touring the country and spouting policy initiatives that pretty clearly transcend the scope of running a social…

South Park's "Franchise Prequel" is a decent video game commercial—and that's about it

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Even if Trey Parker and Matt Stone have always been shameless in their self-promotion, they’ve at least been able to turn it into a good joke. To sell more tickets to The Book Of Mormon tour, they tacked on an advertisement to the end of a Broadway-themed episode in Season 15 (one of their best), and their South Park:…

Like all of us, Ivanka Trump spent the weekend liking fan page Instagram photos of herself

Celebrities truly are just like us, spending their long Labor Day weekends idly scrolling through Instagram and liking photos that appear on weird fan pages about themselves, just as every boy and girl in America does. Like literally all of us, after a traditional Labor Day cookout and a few attempts to serve as a…

Facebook and Snapchat both want us living in emoji-slathered hellscapes

Ignoring the fact that most of us already spend the better part of our days with our eyes glued to our phone, typing in questions like, “Who was the guy in that thing?” “What song is this?” and “Why do my eyes bleed when I try to go to sleep every night?”, Facebook mastermind Mark Zuckerberg envisions a world in which…

Facebook has developed artificial intelligence to help identify suicidal users

Given how much time we all spend online, social platforms have unique opportunities to spot troubling behavior before it can manifest into physical violence or self-harm. Though it’s long had processes in place for those being reported for writing suicidal posts, Facebook has now taken a significant step forward by…

Hey hey, you you, Avril Lavigne doesn’t like Facebook’s Nickelback bullying

In a Facebook video posted earlier this week to reveal Mark Zuckerberg’s new AI companion Jarvis (a name taken from the Marvel movies, suggesting that The Social Network was pretty accurate with its depiction of Zuckerberg’s creativity), Zuckerberg asked the AI to play him “some good Nickelback songs.” The Morgan…