Friendship out-of-office messages are all very well until you find yourself in need | Coco Khan

A Twitter thread has tapped into a wider conversation about womens emotional labour, says commissioning editor for Guardian B2B, Coco Khan A friend in need is a friend indeed, but a friend who asks permission to talk is better. Thats at least according to Melissa Fabello, a US-based activist and writer who posted a now-viral thread that divided audiences online. Fabello lays out the benefits of this practice, such as recognising that a friend may have limited time or that the conversation may be upsetting, and encourages people to say no to their friends if they choose to. She even drafts a delete as appropriate template message that reads: Hey, Im so glad you reached out. Im actually at capacity/helping …

British parliament presses Facebook on letting politicians lie in ads

In yet another letter seeking to pry accountability from Facebook, the chair of a British parliamentary committee has pressed the company over its decision to adopt a policy on political ad that supports flagrant lying. In the letter Damian Collins, chair of the DCMS committee, asks the company to explain why it recently took the decision to change its policy regarding political ads — “given the heavy constraint this will place on Facebook’s ability to combat online disinformation in the run-up to elections around the world”. Facebook hired me to head Elections Integrity ops for political ads. I asked if we could scan ads for misinfo. Engineers had great ideas. Higher ups were silent. Free speech is b.s. answer when …

Instagram is killing its creepy stalking feature, the Following tab

Instagram is removing its Following tab, a feature that became better known as a stalking tool than one to aid with new account discovery, as the company had intended. Today, Instagram says that its Explore tab is the go-to place to find new people, places and hashtags to follow. Meanwhile, the Following tab is now only used by a small number of people on a regular basis. Combined, those factors were the key reasons behind its shutdown, we understand. But the Following tab wasn’t just unhelpful and therefore ignored by Instagram users — a number of people forgot, or never even knew, it existed in the first place. There are numerous stories of people’s illicit or private activities being outed …

Rapper Riff Raff Accused of Having Sex With High Schooler

Once a celebrated Vine stara kind of human meme, as two others have accused him of rape. But Regalbutos videos brought the issue to the surface once again. I mainly posted my one video just to get things off my chest but it blew up overnight, Regalbuto told The Daily Beast. When you hear other girls saying the same story, its sad but its also relieving, because its good to feel that youre not alone in a situation like this, she added. In a statement, Riff Raffs lawyer said he categorically denies these baseless allegations of a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old. The artist, whose real name is Horst Simco, has previously denied all other allegations of sexual misconduct. Regalbuto …