Mansplainers, you can go home now — J.K. Rowling has spoken

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LONDON — Another day, another man explaining something to a woman that knows hella more than he does on the topic.

This time, the players are UKIP donor Arron Banks (the ‘splainer) and renowned Cambridge University classicist Mary Beard (the ‘splainee).

Here’s how it went down. 

Banks, whose self-proclaimed credentials in Roman history include history lessons from his schoolboy days and regular visits to the city (oh, and he likes to watch Gladiator), made this assertion:

True the Roman Empire was effectively destroyed by immigrationhttps://t.co/V7H6zF2K5a

— Arron Banks (@Arron_banks) December 4, 2016 Read more…

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The trolls who believe Bana, 7-year-old Syrian girl, isn’t real

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The Twitter account of Bana Alabed, a 7-year-old Syrian girl, who in the past few months shared her experience of living in the besieged and war-torn city of Aleppo, has been targeted by trolls who claim she has fabricated her story. 

Tweeting in English with the help of her mother Fatemah, Bana offered a new, damning perspective on the daily life of those living under the bombs in Syria’s second city. The account — @alabedbana — has amassed more than 100,000 followers since it was started in September. 

Last week, the young girl told Mashable that she and her mother, a teacher, had been displaced from their home and feared for their lives.  Read more…

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Reddit CEO confesses to editing comments from Trump supporters

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Reddit CEO Steve Huffman is at the centre of controversy after confessing that he edited comments made about him on the site by Donald Trump supporters. 

Huffman, who co-founded Reddit with Alexis Ohanian in 2005 and goes by the username ‘spez’, admitted to changing abusive posts about him to mention the moderators of Reddit’s biggest pro-Trump subreddit, r/the_donald

“Yep. I messed with the “fuck u/spez” comments, replacing “spez” with r/the_donald mods for about an hour,” he said in response to a post in which users called him out for that.

“As the CEO, I shouldn’t play such games, and it’s all fixed now,” Huffman said. “Our community team is pretty pissed at me, so I most assuredly won’t do this again.”   Read more…

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