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    NEW YORK (AP) — A New York man faces charges alleging that he threatened past and present political figures and media personalities on social media, authorities announced Friday. Rickey Johnson, 47, awaited an appearance in Manhattan federal court where he was charged in a criminal complaint with making threatening interstate communications and threatening U.S. officials. He was arrested Thursday night. A message seeking comment was sent to his lawyer. Manhattan U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss said in a news release that Johnson was charged with threatening to kill several cable news broadcasters, current and former U.S. senators, and members of the U.S. House “in rage-fueled posts on Instagram and in chilling private messages.” According to court papers, Johnson on Jan. 30 sent a private message to a cable news broadcaster saying: “you will all be held accountable . . . you will be killed.” The figures who were targets of the...
    Gina Carano will not return to ‘the Mandalorian’ nor to the Star Wars galaxy. Lucasfilm and Disney have announced the firing of the actress who plays Cara Dune in the popular Disney + fiction after she shared a post on his social media that equated being a Republican in America today to being a Jew during the Holocaust. Gina Carano « Gina Carano is not currently an employee of Lucasfilm and there are no plans for her to be in the future.« a Lucasfilm production company spokesperson said in a statement. » However, their social media posts that denigrate people for their cultural and religious identities are abhorrent and unacceptable. «  « Jews were beaten in the streets, not by Nazi soldiers but by their neighbors … even by children« Carano wrote on Instagram. » Because the story is edited, most people today don’t realize that to get to the point where Nazi soldiers could...
    Armie Hammer has been dropped by his agency WME amid his “cannibal” scandal, sources have confirmed to Page Six. The Hollywood Reporter initially reported the news. The “Call Me By Your Name” actor has already left various projects over graphic messages he allegedly sent several women over social media. Last week, Hammer, 34, exited “The Offer,” a series about the making of “The Godfather.” Before that, he was forced to resign from “Shotgun Wedding,” starring Jennifer Lopez. Josh Duhamel has since replaced him in the movie. A host of women have come forward to make claims that Hammer told them he wanted to eat their flesh during sexual encounters. Initially, a woman who said she had an affair with Hammer posted messages to a website, followed by other women who came forward. This week, Paige Lorenze posted alleged messages from Hammer where he told her he wanted her to be...
    Singer Halsey took everyone by surprise when she announced her pregnancy today. The Without Me singer posted a series of pictures showing off her baby bump and captioned it as ‘surprise’. Her fans were elated to hear the news and showered the singer with love. Many Hollywood celebrities also congratulated her and posted sweet messages for her on the post. Emily Ratajkowski, Sophie Turner, Olivia Rodrigo, James Charles, Zara Larsson amongst others expressed their happiness for Halsey and her embarking on the new journey. Halsey Announces Pregnancy, Shares Bold Photos Flaunting Her Baby Bump! Emily, who herself is pregnant posted a message on her post and wrote, “Yay” along with crown emoji Zara Larson said, “Congrats! You are glowing.” Sophie Turner posted a series of emojis including a pregnant lady emoji and heart emojis. Olivia Rodrigo wrote, “Sending so much love.” Singer Benny Blanco, Tiesto, January Jones, Jeremy Vuernick also commented...
    DENVER (CBS4)– Some teachers in Denver Public Schools posted messages to the district on Thursday, asking them to reconsider their plan to return to in-person learning for older students. They want DPS to work on their COVID-19 safety plan. (credit: CBS) The so-called “vigil” took place outside the DPS administration building in downtown Denver. They posted messages emphasizing the importance of a detailed plan for in-person versus remote learning. (credit: CBS) They say there’s no clear threshold for returning to remote learning, which makes it impossible to plan ahead. They say they want better communication. (credit: CBS) Last month, DPS posted a chart showing how health conditions will impact in-person learning. According to the chart, if Denver moves to Level Purple on the dial, schools will return to remote learning.
    Armie Hammer bragged to his inner circle about a lingerie-clad woman waiting for him in his bed and smugly posted about taking a hallucinogenic drug that goes undetected in drug tests in leaked videos from his private Instagram account, DailyMail.com can reveal. The 34-year-old posted to his secret Instagram account, followed by his close friends, a snippet of himself taking a drag from a vape box on December 16, writing: 'When you realize they don't test for DMT on drug tests.' He also shared a screenshot of what appears to be a court order that states he must take a drug test, as source revealed he is required to pass it before seeing his two young children with his estranged wife Elizabeth Chambers, 38. The couple announced in July they were ending their 10-year marriage and the children have been living with Chambers in the Cayman Islands. Hammer documented taking...
    Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster mother posted on social media that she had been receiving death threats directed at her son. After Smith-Schuster’s go-ahead touchdown with 7:38 to go in the fourth quarter in Pittsburgh’s 28-24 comeback victory over the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday afternoon, his mother, Sammy Toa-Schuster, posted a message to her Instagram story.  "I captured this moment after my son’s touchdown because this is my real emotions…after weeks of so many hate messages to death threats…I can’t help but cry when my baby scored his TD. y’all love him when we winning but hate when we are losing," Toa-Schuster wrote. Smith-Schuster had one of his most productive games in a while when he hauled in nine receptions for 96 yards and one touchdown. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM  "Please remember when y’all are sending me these hate messages…you also have a child that I...
    Gregory and Travis McMichael, accused in the shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia on Feb. 2020, listen via closed circuit tv in the Glynn County Detention center in Brunswick, Ga., on Thursday. AP Photo/Lewis Levine In a bond hearing for Travis and Gregory McMichael, who are charged in the killing of Ahmaud Arbery, prosecutors brought up a racist text message and social media post from Travis. The 25-year-old Arbery, who was Black, was killed in February in broad daylight, and the encounter was caught on a video that went viral in early May. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Travis McMichael, one of the three men indicted in the death of Ahmaud Arbery, made racist social media posts and sent racist text messages in the months before Arbery's killing, prosecutors said Thursday. The messages were brought up by Jesse Evans, a prosecutor at the Cobb County...
    An inquiry conducted by the New York City Council’s Oversight and Investigations Division has published a report that alleges that a high-ranking police official made racist rants online for years. Deputy Inspector James F. Kobel has denied he is the author of the racist messages posted on an online chat board called The Rant. The site is where NYPD officers “secretly” complain about their jobs. Online messages secretly posted by James Kobel (above), the New York Police Department’s now-former deputy inspector, attacked Blacks, Puerto Ricans and Hasidic Jews with deep-seated dislike. The author posted messages under the name Clouseau, the fictional name of bumbling Police Inspector Jacques Clouseau, a character featured in the Pink Panther films. According to The New York Times, Clouseau posted hundreds of The Rant messages attacking Blacks, Puerto Ricans and Hasidic Jews with deep-seated dislike and in which he referred to former President Barack Obama as...
    A  Florida teen is suing a church pastor there after someone posted revenge porn of her from a computer in the cleric’s home. The Palmetto High School student sued Pastor Jason B. Lane and his church Skyway Community Chapel, Inc. after someone blackmailed her for naked pictures using a computer in his home. When she didn’t give in to the demand, doctored nude photos of the teenager were sent to her classmates, which they gossiped about causing the teen “unbearable shame and embarrassment,”  the Herald Tribune reported. The Manatee County lawsuit from April came after the local sheriff’s office declined to bring criminal charges against the priest since detective’s weren’t able to determine who — of the multiple users on the IP address — sent the messages and photos. The then-16-year-old student received Snapchat messages from a user named “Eli” beginning in January 2019 including photos of her face —...
    SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office is dismissing more than a dozen criminal cases involving San Jose police officers who posted racist messages on a private Facebook group. The DA’s office said it sent out dozens of letters to defense attorneys and the Public Defender’s Office Thursday documenting the dismissals and offering to hear additional information on other cases handled by the officers to determine if more cases should be dismissed. Four San Jose police officers were placed on administrative in June after the discovery of the closed Facebook group where racist comments and posts were made. The existence of the Facebook group was first revealed in a post on Medium and revealed messages mocking the Black Lives Matter movement and describing members as “racist idiots” and “enemies.” One message read: “black lives don’t really matter.” Members of the Muslim community were also the...
    (CNN)The US Army said Wednesday that the official Twitter account of its Fort Bragg base had been hacked, after the account posted several lewd messages."This afternoon the Fort Bragg Twitter account was hacked and a string of inappropriate tweets were posted to the account," one of the Army units housed at Fort Bragg tweeted. Fort Bragg, North Carolina, is one of the Army's largest bases, housing more than 50,000 military personnel."When made aware, the Fort Bragg social media team deleted the tweets & temporarily moved the account offline," the tweet continued. "The matter is under investigation."The now-removed replies were responses to a lewd message and naked picture posted by another Twitter account featuring pornographic content. CNN has reached out to Twitter for comment about the alleged hack.Read MoreThe incident would mark the most recent high-profile hack on the site. According to an investigative report last week by New York regulators,...
    French police have raided the homes of suspected Islamic radicals and are interviewing nearly 80 people following the decapitation of a schoolteacher, the BBC reported Monday. Authorities believe many of the people being questioned posted messages supportive of the 18-year-old Chechen refugee who decapitated Samuel Paty in what President Emmanuel Macron has called an “Islamist attack,” the BBC reported. Abdoullakh Aboutezidovitch, the suspect in the attack, was shot and killed by police Friday.  A teacher carries a charlie weekly magazine as they gather on Place de la Republique in Paris on October 18, 2020, in homage to history teacher Samuel Paty two days after he was beheaded by an attacker who was shot dead by policemen.(Photo by BERTRAND GUAY/AFP via Getty Images) Paty, who taught civics, was reportedly targeted after showing students the caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad, published by the Charlie Hebdo satire magazine in 2015, during a lesson...
    Twitter is pledging to remove tweets rooting for President Trump's death in the wake of his COVID-19 diagnosis.  The social media site's communications department made the vow Friday evening, just hours after the Commander-in-chief was airlifted to hospital amid reports that he was having trouble breathing.  'Tweets that wish or hope for death, serious bodily harm or fatal disease against *anyone* are not allowed and will need to be removed. This does not automatically mean suspension,' an official statement from the company read.  Twitter is pledging to remove tweets rooting for President Trump's death in the wake of his COVID-19 diagnosis. The President is pictured on Thursday - one day before he tested positive to the contagious virus  Twitter's communications department made the vow Friday evening, following a wave of sick tweets posted by users  Trump confirmed he had tested positive to the virus earlier in the day, prompting...
    Frenchman Gael Monfils is not in the best of shape. The 34-year-old, who is a tremendous athlete, is undergoing a tough phase in his career. Monfils is now 0-2 after returning to competitive tennis. With a heavy heart, he posted a message on Twitter about his physical condition, alarming his fans.   Over the years, Monfils has entertained us with his high-flying abilities on the court. He’s a master of trick shots, and his commitment to the game is immense. However, Monfils is struggling to find his form at the moment and has lost in the first round in back-to-back tournaments.  Mandatory Credit: REUTERS/Cathrin Mueller Monfils posted an emotional message in his native language, which reflects his state of mind after two tough losses. He then posted a translated version of it, for his non-French speaking fans. “Hi all, I wanted to share some news with you since my return...
    A University of Georgia fraternity suspended its own operations after members’ texts that said racist comments were shared on Twitter, NBC News reported. One of the texts that were posted said, “Lord, give me the strength to not call that woman a racial slur.” The fraternity “has self-suspended operations indefinitely,” Brennan M. Cox, president of the University of Georgia Interfraternity Council, said in a statement posted on Twitter. The Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity at the University of Georgia suspended its operations after members’ racist texts were posted on social media, NBC News reported Tuesday. Arianna Mbunwe, a student, posted screenshots of the messages purportedly between university members Twitter, saying that some were aimed at her in response to her criticism of a sorority violating coronavirus restrictions, according to NBC News. “They were targeting me because my account has become very popular for exposing the people who are...
    A MOM-of-two was shot dead by her husband who then killed himself after he posted "alarming" messages on social media, cops say. Mikki Starr, 27, and her husband Zachary Starr, 29, were found dead with gunshot wounds inside their home in Lima, Ohio, on Wednesday. 5Mikki and Zachary Starr were found dead in their Lima, Ohio homeCredit: Facebook Their one-year-old baby daughter and six-year-old boy are now left orphaned after the parents died in an apparent murder-suicide. Police were called to the residence after relatives contacted them about Zachary's "alarming" social media use. "We had information from family members that there were some social media messages that gave us the indication that’s what we’re probably looking at right now," Garlock said. 5Police believe it was an apparent murder-suicideCredit: Facebook 5Police were tipped off after family members found Zachary's social media use "alarming"Credit: Facebook Mikki Starr has been an endoscopy technician...
    The 25 best movie roles of Will Smiths career Prepaying your mortgage: How reducing your loan principal can lead to big savings 49ers condemn racist messages sent to Cardinals safety Baker The San Francisco 49ers on Tuesday publicly condemned racist messages sent to Arizona Cardinals safety Budda Baker and said they are trying to identify the person so they can ban them from future games and events. © Reuters/Jerome Miron FILE PHOTO: NFL: Arizona Cardinals at Dallas Cowboys On Monday, Baker posted a screenshot of what appeared to be Instagram direct messages sent from the handle "niners8" to Baker that, along with calling Baker the n-word numerous times, called the two-time Pro Bowl selection a "monkey" and a "slave" and telling him to get on his knees. When he posted the screengrab on Twitter, Baker wrote, "Im all good with opposing fans talking trash. But This right here man......
    Stranger Things star Noah Schnapp’s Twitter account got hacked and some disturbing messages were spread from the same including racial slurs and suicidal thoughts. The actor’s account was hacked on Saturday, August 15 and some inappropriate messages were spread from the same. Schnapp confirmed his account was hacked with a message on his Instagram story where he revealed that he was trying to get it back. While it all started with some sexual texts, followed by some racist posts, things got out of hand when ‘suicidal thoughts’ were shared across Noah’s Twitter timeline. Stranger Things 4 Teaser: David Harbour’s Jim Hopper Returns from the Dead (Watch Video). Using Schnapp’s account, the hacker or hackers tweeted messages tagging a few other Twitter accounts as well. A retweet from Noah’s account read, “just beat the f— out of @noah_schnapp and stole his phone #JOBS.” These messages alarmed the actor’s fans. It took...
    Azealia Banks sparked concern from fans on Sunday after a series of disturbing messages were posted to her Instagram story. “Yea, I think I’m done here,” the initial post began. “This pandemic, extreme lack of social interaction, no intimacy, combined with the constant public ridicule is making life harder than its worth. “I think I will end my tenure here on earth soon,” the message concluded. In a separate story, Banks, 29, said she is “not begging for attention or asking for sympathy/empathy.” “I’m just ready to go. Peacefully of course,” she continued. “I will document my last times and release a film for you all to finally understand me, From my perspective.” Banks also wrote that her soul “is tired,” and she’s “ready to go.” “I will try my best to finish the projects I promised I would beforehand,” the controversial rapper penned. “With whatever strength Is left.”...
    Azealia Banks sparked concern from followers on Sunday after a sequence of disturbing messages have been posted to her Instagram story. “Yea, I believe I’m executed right here,” the preliminary submit started. “This pandemic, excessive lack of social interplay, no intimacy, mixed with the fixed public ridicule is making life tougher than its price. “I believe I’ll finish my tenure right here on earth quickly,” the message concluded. In a separate story, Banks, 29, mentioned she is “not begging for consideration or asking for sympathy/empathy.” “I’m simply able to go. Peacefully in fact,” she continued. “I’ll doc my final instances and launch a movie for you all to lastly perceive me, From my perspective.” Banks additionally wrote that her soul “is drained,” and she or he’s “able to go.” “I’ll strive my finest to complete the initiatives I promised I might beforehand,” the controversial rapper penned. “With no matter...
    The Last of Us Part II developer Naughty Dog has issued a statement condemning harassment after several members of the creative team were subjected to abuse and hateful messages. Since the game’s launch on June 19th, members of the team, including co-director Neil Druckmann and voice actor Laura Bailey, have posted several examples of abusive, and often violent, messages sent their way. Yesterday, the studio made a statement in support of their staff. “Although we welcome critical discussion, we condemn any form of harassment or threats directed towards our team and cast,” the studio posted on Twitter. “Their safety is our top priority, but we must all work together to root out this type of behavior and maintain a constructive and compassionate discourse.” “Sometimes this just gets a little overwhelming.” The controversy started even before the game launched, thanks to a massive leak that revealed several key story moments, including...
    An active-duty U.S. Air Force service member facing murder charges in connection with Saturday’s “ambush” shooting death of a California sheriff’s deputy posted anti-police messages online prior to the alleged attack, according to reports. “Who needs antifa to start riots when you have the police to do it for you,” suspect Steven Carrillo, 32, posted Friday, one day before Santa Cruz Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Damon Gutzwiller, 38, was struck by gunfire in a shootout with Carrillo, who was captured later while trying to flee the scene, authorities said. “Who needs antifa to start riots when you have the police to do it for you.”— Online post attributed to murder suspect Steven CarrilloGutzwiller, a 14-year veteran whose widow is pregnant with the couple’s second child, died later at a hospital. A second deputy and a California Highway Patrol officer were wounded in the incident. AIR FORCE SERGEANT ID'D AS SUSPECT IN...
    In a series of messages Tuesday evening, Twitter said it has reviewed its “Twitter Safety” policies regarding messages that may be in violation of its content rules. The operator of the popular microblogging platform said it will now focus on “context, not fact-checking” when deciding whether to rule a tweet to be in violation of its policies. The series of messages came nearly a week after Twitter flagged a message posted by President Trump, saying the message had “violated the Twitter Rules about glorifying violence.” The thread of messages also included a list of company principles posted by CEO Jack Dorsey. WHAT'S IN TRUMP'S EXECUTIVE ORDER ON SOCIAL MEDIA? “We are NOT attempting to address all misinformation,” Twitter says in one of the messages, posted under its Twitter Safety banner. “Instead, we prioritize based on the highest potential for harm, focusing on manipulated media, civic integrity, and COVID-19. Likelihood, severity...
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