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From Facebook sinning to Facebook winning, Russian selfie safety, original Netflix movies, verified Tinder profiles, a Tossup between friends, and PewDiePie talks money.
Facegloria Is a Sin-Free Facebook
Facegloria, a new social network emerging from Brazil, is a sin-free version of Facebook. According to BBC News, it’s designed for evangelical Christians who want to enjoy the benefits of social networking without the “sinful” content and activity.
Swearing is completely banned, with 600 words forbidden from being used on the site. Violence and pornography are also banned, as (more controversially) is anything related to homosexuality. Finally, instead of a Like button, there’s an Amen button.
Facegloria is currently only available in Portuguese, and has around 100,000 members. However, its creators are planning to expand its appeal internationally. In the meantime, Ummaland, a Facebook-like social network for Muslims, has over 300,000 members.
These Facebook alternatives may be small beer compared to Facebook (with its 1.3 billion users) but their growth suggests there is demand for social networks with restrictions based on religious teachings. Here endeth the lesson for today.
Russia Releases a Guide to Selfies
Selfies are now such an accepted part of everyday life that the Russian government has produced a guide to staying safe while taking selfies. The informational pamphlet suggests taking selfies may be much more dangerous than any of us previously realized, with a number of Russian teenagers having reportedly died doing this seemingly innocuous activity.
Thus, the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MVD) warns against taking selfies while driving, standing in the road, crossing railroads, driving a speedboat, standing on a roof, and many other rather obvious examples. The most obvious piece of advice included in the pamphlet is not to take a selfie while holding a gun. Because Charles Darwin knew what he was talking about.
The general theme here is be aware of your surroundings when taking a selfie. If you’re walking down some stairs or near a cliff-edge, doing so may not be such a good idea. Equally, if there are cars driving at you, or a dog snarling in your ear, now may not be the best time to whip out your phone and smile for your Facebook friends. Whatever happened to common sense?
Netflix Details Original Movies
Netflix is rapidly becoming a force to be reckoned with in terms of producing original content. After creating multiple television shows such as House of Cards, Orange Is the New Black, and Arrested Development, the streaming media company is now turning its attention to movies. While this switch to feature films has already been announced, Netflix has now detailed the initial set of film releases.
First up is Beasts of No Nation, written and directed by Cary Fukunaga, and starring Idris Elba. This will be released on October 16, 2015, both on Netflix and in selected U.S. cinemas. The Ridiculous Six, the first of four Adam Sandler flicks Netflix is producing, will then be released in December. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend and Pee-wee’s Big Holiday will follow in early 2016.
Tinder Swipes Right on Verified Profiles
Tinder is introducing Verified Profiles, which add a blue tick to the names of “notable public figures, celebrities and athletes”. This is just copying what the likes of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Vine have been doing for some time, but with Tinder being a dating app, there’s obviously an extra edge to the whole thing.
This means us normies could actually score a date with a famous person, if they’re a) active on Tinder, and b) decide we’re a possible match. OK, so the chances of hooking up with Katy Perry or Ashton Kutcher are remote, but at least you’ll now know it’s not someone pretending to be Katy Perry or Ashton Kutcher in order to score more right swipes. Which is a start.
Microsoft Tossup Polls Your Friends
Microsoft has launched a new app called Tossup, designed to help friends and family quickly and easily make decisions as a group. Initially only available on Android and on iOS in North America, Tossup is the latest product to emerge from Microsoft Garage, which focuses on experimental products made by Microsoft employees.
Ashok Kuppusamy, one of the members of the team responsible for Tossup explains, “Everyone has been through the tedious experience of planning a get-together which results in long email threads or text messages that go on and on without any resolution. We’ve built an app that helps people in these everyday scenarios.”
PewDiePie Gets Serious About Money
And finally, PewDiePie, otherwise known as Felix Kjellberg, has taken to YouTube (naturally) to answer the critics who are angry / annoyed at him for reportedly earning $7.5 million in 2014. And it turns out he is capable of speaking in a normal tone at a normal volume.
Kjellberg reads out some of the tweets he has seen concerning how much money he makes, countering the bile being spouted by haters. The fact is, he’s an entertainer, and the most popular entertainers earn lots of money. It just so happens he entertains people on YouTube.
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