Select Page

McDonald’s Black Friday tweet is a classic social media fail

Incoming Twitter fail in 3, 2, 1…Image: Alain Le Bot/Photononstop/getty images For big name brands like McDonald’s, it’s crucial to get your marketing and promotion spot on — especially on big holidays. Mistakes do happen, though. SEE ALSO: Bad idea alert: Retail employees are trying to sell their uniforms for Black Friday shoppers On Friday morning, the official @McDonaldsCorp account posted what we’re guessing was probably a scheduled tweet. The idea was clearly to promote some kind of Black Friday offer. Unfortunately, things didn’t quite go to plan. Black Friday **** Need copy and link**** — McDonald’s (@McDonaldsCorp) November...

Read More

I Tried Moon Milk To Fall Asleep When I Was Sick & I Was Out Like A Light

You don’t have to dare me to try anything once when it comes to wellness trends, especially viral recipes and holistic remedies. When people on social media were adding spirulina powder by the scoop to their smoothies, I, too gave the gorgeous blue-green algae a try (and, TBH, I wouldn’t recommend it). I’ve sipped bone broth for my immune system, and I’ve snacked on no-bake protein balls for a healthy energy boost. Most recently, though, it was the pretty moon milk recipe ideas floating through my Instagram feed that piqued my interest, and once I came down with an...

Read More

Snapchat launches augmented reality developer platform Lens Studio

Snapchat is finally opening up so outside developers can help it offer infinite augmented reality experiences beyond those it designs in-house. Today, Snap launches the Lens Studio AR developer tool for desktops so anyone can create World Lenses that place interactive, imaginary 3D objects in your photos and videos. But brands, news publishers and developers will have to promote their own Lenses by marketing their QR Snapcodes that users scan to unlock an AR effect for 24 hours. That’s because Snapchat won’t display these Community Lenses in its camera unless businesses pay a partnered creative agency to build them a...

Read More

Abuse Of Power: GOP Senators Have Allowed The Dairy Lobby To Dip The Tax Bill In Milk

When the GOP rushed its tax plan through the Senate, many last-minute amendments were thrown in to appease corporate interests, but one amendment stands out as particularly egregious. Under pressure from their milk industry donors, Republicans have allowed the dairy lobby to dip the tax bill in milk. Wow, this lavish gift from the GOP proves just how much influence dairy farmers have over Washington. Before the tax overhaul was passed in a 2-a.m. vote Saturday morning, all copies of the bill were hastily immersed in buckets of whole milk to ensure they were sopping wet. Majority leader Mitch...

Read More

Inside the First Church of Artificial Intelligence

Anthony Levandowski makes an unlikely prophet. Dressed Silicon Valley-casual in jeans and flanked by a PR rep rather than cloaked acolytes, the engineer known for self-driving cars—and triggering a notorious lawsuit—could be unveiling his latest startup instead of laying the foundations for a new religion. But he is doing just that. Artificial intelligence has already inspired billion-dollar companies, far-reaching research programs, and scenarios of both transcendence and doom. Now Levandowski is creating its first church. Mark Harris is a freelance journalist reporting on technology from Seattle. ——— Sign up to get Backchannel's weekly newsletter, and follow us on Facebook,...

Read More

Cosmo Has Apologized For Publishing Its Controversial 10 Ways To Drive A Neo-Nazi Wild In The Sack List

While Cosmopolitan has never been a magazine that shies away from racy content, it seems like one of its latest pieces has really crossed the line. After receiving torrents of furious criticism from the public, Cosmo has apologized for publishing its controversial “10 Ways To Drive A Neo-Nazi Wild In The Sack” list. Yikes. Cosmo’s got a serious PR disaster on its hands. Cosmo’s controversial list, which ran in its November issue, immediately drew an outcry from both readers and the wider public, who accused the magazine of sympathizing with Nazis by spilling all the juicy details about the...

Read More

Flat Earth Society Responds To Elon Musk’s Tweet And We Just Can’t Even

If you think the Earth is flat, then you’re on the wrong website. Seriously, what are you doing here? Why aren’t you venturing to the icy mountainous rim around the edges, bravely peeking underneath and seeing what’s on the other side of this galactic space Frisbee? Incidentally, somewhere else that you don’t expect to see flat Earth peons is on Elon Musk’s Twitter profile – but this is 2017, where logic is about as relevant as witchcraft. Musk, a man known for his cosmic ventures, giant batteries, and curious, pun-filled tweet threads, openly wondered the other day why there isn’t...

Read More

As Sexual Abuse Accusations Rise, New “Allegations” Against Celebs Take Twitter by Storm

ShareTweet Since The New York Times first released an investigation of movie mogul Harvey Weinstein in October, it seems that every day is plagued with new accusations of sexual misconduct in the entertainment industry and beyond. Megyn Kelly has literally made a new career out of aggressively reporting the newest accusations on her morning stint with the Today show, and the more victims who come forward, the more light is shed on the magnitude of the problem. It’s an incredible time for our country in that, for so long, there’s been a stigma and a shame around being a...

Read More

Strong Evidence that U.S. Special Operations Forces Massacred Civilians in Somalia

Updated with Defense Department response appended, 1:30 p.m. EST, Nov. 29, 2017. MOGADISHU, SomaliaIt was around five in the morning when Abdullahi Elmi heard the gunfire. Sitting in his small home in Bariire, in southern Somalia, the farm administrator had been recording the names of the laborers who had worked the day before. Stacks of accounting books sprawled on the floor around him. Across the room, his wife sat with their 3-year-old son who dozed as his mother rocked him back and forth in her arms. When the sound of gunshots began, Abdullahi thought they were too far away...

Read More

This is the future if net neutrality is repealed; the creeping, costly death of media freedom

David Gorodyansky Contributor David Gorodyansky is the chief executive officer of AnchorFree. If you’re scared of a future America without net neutrality, I want to terrify you. The potential repeal of what should be a civic right should chill you to the bone. No, there is more than one future you should fear, and it isn’t just one that involves the (falsely reported) Portuguese internet where we pay $4.99 for access to streaming video. Don’t get me wrong – it’s totally possible, and not remotely the worst thing that could happen. After spending twelve years running a company that...

Read More