Peak Catfish: Woman Is Duped by the Same Person Twice

MTV's Catfish is quite possibly the most ridiculous show currently on television—making it one of my absolute favorites. Nev of the original Catfish film and his buddy Max travel around the country performing advanced google searches for people who don't want to face reality. While every episode is a rollercoaster of… » 6/26/14 1:20pm 6/26/14 1:20pm

Online Harassment Is So Bad, Not Even Cops Know How to Deal With It

It used to be that antisocial and threatening behavior was carried out through painstaking work like cutting out letters from magazines and pasting them together into scary missives, but those were the old days. Now all hostile jerks have to do is sign online and they're free to harass people from the relative… » 6/24/14 3:00pm 6/24/14 3:00pm

The People Who Google Their Dates the Most Are Definitely Media People

Over at The Cut, Maureen O'Connor has done another deep dive into the world of dating trends, writing about "the ultimate abstinence": people who abstain from googling their dates. What she doesn't mention is that the people who are the biggest offenders on this front are hashtag "media people." » 6/23/14 3:20pm 6/23/14 3:20pm

Sex Offenders Try to Censor Google Results Following EU Privacy Ruling

Last month in the landmark "right to be forgotten" ruling, Europe's highest court decided that European citizens now have the right to request that search engines remove links containing certain types of personal and sensitive material. Since then, Google has gotten over 41,000 requests for information removal — many… » 6/09/14 1:40pm 6/09/14 1:40pm

15 Utterly Deranged Wikihow How-To Guides

WikiHow is a popular community-based site comprised of user-generated of how-to manuals. It is filled with lots of useful information. But DID YOU KNOW: it is also a breeding ground for pure absurdity, populated with instructions that read as though they're written by and for gentle, confused apes who are trying to… » 5/09/14 12:00pm 5/09/14 12:00pm

Rape, Lies and the Internet: The Story of Conor Oberst and His Accuser

Last week, Bright Eyes musician Conor Oberst filed a lawsuit for libel against a reported "anonymous commenter" who posted on various websites that he raped her. But Joanie Faircloth was not anonymous—she left the original comments under her name, and her commenter account was linked to her Facebook. Her broad… » 2/28/14 2:45pm 2/28/14 2:45pm

British Dude Tries to Sell Girlfriend on eBay ‘As a Joke’

For all the strides the internet has made in its relatively short history, it's still primarily a bazaar populated by exclusively basement-dwelling people selling mostly useless crap, illicit crap, or actual crap crap. And the occasional human being, which, according to eBay's official policy, is forbidden. » 2/09/14 3:30pm 2/09/14 3:30pm