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What is Babe? Meet the site that published the Aziz Ansari allegation

Bringing a laptop to Saturday brunch isn’t the best look. But for Eleni Mitzali, it was a necessary faux pas. 

“I can’t bring myself to be away from it while all these responses are coming in,” the managing editor at Babe.net had texted a friend, explaining why she’d be glued to her computer during the social outing. She was fielding fact checks and edits for a story about sexual misconduct that would shake the entertainment world later that weekend. 

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At 7 p.m. that night, the little-known site published an account of sexual misconduct relating to actor Aziz Ansari, who won a Globe Globe for his Netflix series Master of None last week. At the time he wore a Time’s Up pin, supporting a movement battling sexual harassment in Hollywood and beyond. Now, he was being accused of pressuring a 23-year-old New Yorker into sex acts that made her uncomfortable. The woman, who Babe refers to by the pseudonym Grace and was 22 at the time, went on a dinner date with Ansari in September. She went to his apartment afterward and left crying in an Uber. Read more…

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Current Facebook wants to go back to being Old Facebook

Facebook wants to be for the people, even if that means people using Facebook less. 

Facebook on Thursday announced that it’s making big changes, heavily prioritizing stuff from your friends and family over companies and publishers you follow.

For the media outlets that spent years racking up millions of Facebook “likes” and creating new Pages, that’s bad news. Even Facebook’s Head of News Feed Adam Mosseri told the New York Times, publishers may have “anxiety.”

SEE ALSO: Facebook announces a big New Feed change — and just wants you to be happy

But for the Facebook user — no matter the demographic — Mark Zuckerberg’s big mandate is to put the social back in his social network. It’s a clear effort to return Facebook to what it used to be, a place for friends to stay up to date with each other and communicate. Read more…

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Facebook invented the perfect stalking tool — but it won’t let you have it

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Facebook is testing a simultaneously useful and creepy feature for profiles. 

I opened my Facebook profile Friday morning and discovered a tiny new box at the top, below my profile picture—a search bar.

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But doesn’t Facebook already have a search bar? Yes, they do, but this one apparently is limited to searching within my own profile. The search bar also appears on every one of my friend’s profiles for searching within theirs. 

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It’s not a new test, and unfortunately, or perhaps fortunately for all of us, it’s going to be discontinued, according to Facebook spokesperson.  Read more…

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Wikipedia cofounder Jimmy Wales’s quest to fill the internet with real facts and stories

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Jimmy Wales may be the reason you survived college, or book club, or a date. Wikipedia, which he cofounded along with Larry Sanger and others, has more than 5 million articles, just in English. In a sense it dominates the internet in terms of information. 

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Wales isn’t done in fixing the internet. In the era of fake news and alternative facts, Wales is launching a new venture: WikiTribune. It’s an online news site that will have articles reported and written by professional journalists. But in the flavor of Wikipedia, it will have volunteer researchers and fact-checkers as well as other community-focused aspects.  Read more…

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