Did Instagram Ban Users From Using Memes?

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If it’s one thing that’s for the culture, it’s the memes that flood social media!

Ranging from pictures to videos, these creative works embody pop culture by adding a fresh comedic spin on current events. But could Instagram be canceling our meme days for good?

Related: Instagram Might Start Hiding Public Like Counts

The popular social media platform recently deleted at least 30 high-profile meme accounts for violating its terms and services.

“These accounts were disabled following multiple violations of our policies, including attempted abuse of our internal processes,” said a Facebook spokesperson in a statement to The Daily Dot.

Such violations consisted of the creation of fraudulent accounts for the selling and purchasing of usernames on the picture-sharing platform.

A Twitter user known as @Craig says Instagram’s recent cancelation spree has cost him a 40 million fan base along with over $30,000, which he had planned to use to fund college.

Other accounts affected by the mass-deletion include @Finest.Inventions, a meme page with over 13 million followers, and @uniquevines, which had more than 8.3 million followers.

This is not Instagram’s first time removing accounts. Belle Delphine was removed from the platform in July after recently making headlines for selling jars of her bathwater.

While posting memes may still be safe for now, Instagram won’t be the same without some of our favorite meme accounts.

Here’s how some users reacted to the news via Twitter:

 

 

 

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Uber Apologizes For Accidentally Using The ’N’ Word In Customer Support Tweet

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Uber is under fire for sending out a tweet using the “N word,” after customer @realTheeCheney demanded that the ride-sharing refund his money for a bad experience.

According to Mashable the account that Uber responded to is a troll account that will use slang in the display name and when a company’s bot replies it uses the slang in the response.

Uber issued an apology on Twitter and said they are currently investigating how the derogatory tweet got out.

LOL! Erykah Badu Gives A Hilarious Answer When Asked Who Her Favorite Rapper Is

Erykah Badu was on a roll last night.

The singer popped up on social media last night to converse with her fans via the #AskMeanBadu hashtag.

The singer’s twitter Q&A covered a range of topics from relationships to spirituality. The question of her top 5 all-time favorite rappers, however, wasn’t so easy to answer considering her all of her baby daddies happen to be among hip-hop’s most lyrically gifted rappers. So of course, she curved that question in the way only Badu can.

Add this to the millions of reasons we love Erykah Badu.

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Here’s How PARTYNEXTDOOR Responded To Nicki Minaj And Ghostwriting Allegations

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After dropping her official responses to both Remy Ma and ex-boyfriend Meek Mill, Nicki Minaj had one more person she needed to set straight over the weekend. He goes by the name of PARTYNEXTDOOR.

PND’s been at the center of more than one hip-hop and R&B melodrama, but his latest didn’t last long. It seems Party was caught “liking” tweets that implied he cowrote one of Nicki’s new tracks, “Regret In Your Tears,” and after the recent ghostwriting rumors, Nicki wasn’t about to let his misstep slide.

She tweeted:

It appears Party tweeted (and deleted) his response soon after, saying he hopes “she’s as cool” as he’s always imagined. The song PND refers to in the tweet, below, is Major Lazer’s track “Run Up,” which he and Nicki both appeared on earlier this year.

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Thoughts?

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Kodak Black Is Doing Good Deeds From Jail

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Kodak Black is the true definition of a Gemini — one day he’s getting arrested, the next day he’s singing gospel and trying to save the world.

The rapper was recently put behind bars again last month for violating his probation, but he still managed to find a way to dish out some good energy. Kodak took to Twitter (even though he’s in jail) to share with his followers that he helped out two other guys, who were in similar situations as him, by posting their bail.

He started out with some words of wisdom for his fans, tweeting:

He continued:

Despite being arrested, missing out on show money and fighting for custody of his son, Kodak still found the time to be a savior to someone else. He’s scheduled to appear in court on March 10.

Don Cheadle Just Revealed On Twitter What Trump Called Black Women While Golfing

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It’s no secret that Don Cheadle has never been a fan of Donald Trump—and he recently took to Twitter to blow up the president’s spot even more.

On Saturday night, the Oscar-nominated actor, who has called #45 a “POS” in the past, explained why he can’t stand Trump so much. According to Cheadle, his friend’s father was playing golf with Trump before he was elected and witnessed him call African-American women the “N-word.”

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Trump tried it.


Now,  it’s important to point out that we don’t have the full details behind the story.

As AV Club pointed out: It’s unclear if Cheadle was actually there or if this is all hearsay—”but it’s a bold accusation against a political figure who’s spent a lot of energy trying to convince people he’s ‘the least racist person he knows.’” Not only that, but if this is true, Trump’s use of a racial slur while sexualizing Black women is truly disgusting and reprehensible.

(Omarosa, are you paying attention?)

Now when asked why Cheadle didn’t share this tidbit during the election, he admitted he didn’t believe that it would have made a difference in the outcome.

https://twitter.com/DonCheadle/status/838166453694021632

He does have a point.

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Bobby Brown Celebrates Late Daughter Bobbi Kristina On Her Birthday

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Bobby Brown recently paid tribute to his late daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown on what would have been her 24th birthday.

According to People, the 47-year-old R&B singer took to Twitter on Saturday morning to share throwback photos of his daughter using hashtag“#BOBBIKRISTINABROWN.”

This isn’t the first time Brown has paid homage to his late daughter. In January, the R&B singer was seen wearing a gray sweatsuit and a bomber with a black-and-white photo of Bobbi Kristina, his daughter with the late Whitney Houston, on the back. Above the photo was the message, “My Angel in Heaven.”

As HelloBeautiful previously reported, Brown died surrounded in July 2015 at the age of 22, nearly six months after she was found unresponsive in a bathtub at her Roswell, Georgia, home by her boyfriend Nick Gordon. She died three years after her mother Whitney Houston was found dead in a similar fashion at the Beverly Hilton in 2012.

Brown has been very open about struggling with the death of his daughter.

“We should have been better,” Brown told Robin Roberts in a 2016 “20/20″ interview. “We could have been better. “It’s not a mystery to me. The same thing that happened to my daughter is what happened to Whitney … there’s only one person that was around both occasions. Only one person who says they were there to protect them … and he didn’t.”

In a statement he wrote, “Krissy was and is an angel. I am completely numb at this time. My family must find a way to live with her in spirit and honor her memory. Our loss is unimaginable.”

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The Internet Lost Its Collective Mind Over White House Couch Photo Of Kellyanne Conway

Out of all the optics released from yesterday’s meeting between President Donald Trump and over 100 leaders of the nation’s historically black colleges and universities, there’s one that will never be forgotten.

The Trump administration called the meeting to discuss federal aid, student enrollment and corporate business opportunities, but the photo of Kellyanne Conway sitting with her feet on the oval office couch dominated the conversation on social media.

Folks wanted answers to one question: Why is she sitting on the oval office couch like that?

The conversations ranged from discussions about decorum and gender politics, while others thought it was much to do about nothing.

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Then there were those who felt Conway’s actions cheapened the value of the meeting.

What do you think about the controversial photo? Sound off in the comments below!

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Evening Minute: O.J. Simpson May Be Released Sooner Than We Thought

O.J. Simpson May Be Released Sooner Than We Thought

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Football icon O.J. Simpson may be getting out prison earlier than we may have thought. He is up for parole later this year.

Since 2008, Orenthal James “O.J.” Simpson, 70, has been in a Nevada prison after he was convicted on several Las Vegas hotel room. As Sports Illustrated pointed out, Simpson could be granted an early release based on a 11 point system Nevada uses to assess risk. Apparently, Simpson scores well because of his age, his violence-free existence in prison and lack of gang affiliation on the inside.

After a few failed appeals attempts, it’s believed that he will face the parole board earlier this summer. Currently, Simpson has served only eight of the 33 years he was sentenced with on 12 charges including conspiracy, burglary, robbery, kidnapping and assault with a deadly weapon.

Nicknamed “Juice,” Simpson first fell from public grace in 1995 with the infamous murder of his wife, Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman, which he was charged and found not guilty of in a Los Angeles court.

Law and Order: Indiana Teen Charged For Allegedly Murdering Her Own Mother 

An Indiana teen who had an Amber Alert out on her, has been arrested and charged with the first-degree murder of her own other.

According to Fox 32 News, last week, authorities found the body of 34-year-old Jaimie Garnett in her Gary apartment around 2am. Her 15-year-old daughter Chastinea Reeves ran to a relative’s house with her 4-year-old sister yelling that something terrible had happened to Garnett. When the relative went to call the police, Reeves disappeared and the authorities, believing she was kidnapped, issued an Amber Alert.

Reeves was found the next day and later arrested for her alleged role in Garnett’s death—news that has shocked her neighbors.

“Wow — how do you kill your mother?” Jay Lew told CBS. “I remember (Garnett) taking her children to school in the mornings and coming home from work, just being with children.”

The details behind the murder are not known because Reeves is currently being charged as a juvenile and those types of cases are kept secret from the public, but we do know that the Lake County coroner ruled Garnett’s death a homicide based on her stab wounds, says the Times of Northwest Indiana.

In addition, Lake County prosecutor said that on April 15 in juvenile court, he will ask the judge to allow them to try her as an adult.

White British Writer Slams “Moonlight,” Calls It Irrelevant. Twitter Eviscerates Her 

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Due to narcissism and white privilege, it must be incredibly difficult for some film critics to review films that are not directly about them or their own experiences. Case in point, when writer Camilla Long of the UK newspaper The Times, recently weighed in on the amazing and beautiful award-winning film Moonlight.

In a tone-deaf review, she said the 8-time Oscar nominated film lacked a plot and she alluded that it wasn’t relevant because it was too Black and too gay for its audience:

“The received wisdom on Moonlight, a film about gay love in the black ghetto, is that it is “necessary” and “important”. It is an “urgent” and “relevant” examination of forbidden attraction in a world, “the streets”, that is largely hostile to gay men.

Only, relevant to whom? Certainly not the audience. Most will be straight, white, middle class. Nor is it particularly “urgent”: the story has been told countless times, against countless backdrops.”

Girl what? First, please stop acting as if Black people are not smart enough to appreciate this beautiful film. This movie is for us and about us. Second, since this has been done to death, please name one other film that addresses the plight of young gay Black men in the inner city?

We’ll wait.

Sadly, her ill-advised commentary only gets worse:

I don’t know if the director, Barry Jenkins meant to present such an awful, one-note picture of the African-American community’s attitude to gay sex, but if there is one message here, it is that growing up “soft” means you will be beaten up and rejected and desperately alone forever. homosexuality, it foghorns, is the worst thing that can befall any teenage boy from the ghetto.”

Thankfully, Twitter got Ms. Long all the way together, leaving her mentions in utter shambles:

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Hopefully, Long will think twice the next time she decides to talk sideways about the #BlackBrilliance that is Moonlight.

CNN Confuses Country Singer Faith Hill With Faith Evans; Twitter Erupts

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We’re not sure who is in charge of fact checking over at CNN, but we’re pretty confident that whoever it is they are in big trouble after making a colossal mistake that has since gone viral.

On Friday night, the cable news network tweeted an article about the upcoming duets album between R&B singer Faith Evans and her late husband The Notorious B.I.G., but instead they suggested that it was country singer Faith Hill instead.

And Twitter refused to let CNN live that down:

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Even Hill and Evans brought the jokes:

Afterwards, the two singers talked about collaborating together:

To make matters worse, CNN didn’t bother to delete the post, they just issued a correction:

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Look, we all make mistakes, so we’re not judging, but this is pretty hilarious!

Faith Evans’ and The Notorious B.I.G’s The King & I will be released May 19th.

Lauryn Hill Finally Issues An Apology For Her Chronic Lateness

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Lauryn Hill has been pissing people off for the last few years with her persistent lateness or just plain not showing up to her shows at all.

Earlier this week, the singer pulled another no-show move, arriving three hours late to her concert in Pittsburgh. After receiving major heat on social media, L Boogie finally apologized for her antics. She penned a letter to her fans and shared it on Twitter, simply captioned, “To my fans in Pittsburgh.”

In the letter, Hill claimed there were “factors out of our control,” including the snowy weather in NYC that contributed to her lateness. She wrote, “Due to the snow yesterday in NYC, half of my band, and some other members of my crew, were stuck at LGA airport all day. The promoter notified people of the new start time though social media, and as fans got to the venue.”

Do you think this is the last time that Ms. Lauryn Hill will be running on Lauryn Hill time? Only time will tell if she’s learned a lesson.

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Twitter Goes Crazy Over President Obama’s Backwards Hat And Flip Flops

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After eight years in The White House, the Obamas are taking a much-needed vacation—and the Internet is losing their mind over the former president’s casual wear.

As we previously reported, Barack and Michelle Obama flew to Palm Springs immediately after President Trump’s inauguration, and now the couple is chilling with billionaire Richard Branson on his private island in the British Virgin Islands. And just by the looks of it, the former Prez seems to be having a blast with his flip-flops, shorts, and backwards hat.

And folks just about lost it:

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Folks also don’t think he’s coming back:

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We miss you two!


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JCPenney Won The Internet Via Beyoncé’s Pregnancy Announcement

Beyoncé broke the Internet Wednesday when she she announced via Instagram her pregnancy…with twins!

…but the gag is when Twitter user Michelle  tried to play JCPenney, but didn’t realize that they are in formation with the Bey Hive.

They continued to troll Twitter and their haters with hilarious responses.

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Some people love that Bey kept it real (affordable).

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…and others already want to get the Bey package.

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Even though the original Twitter user deleted their account, JCPenney wants to show some love!

No word on whether the Twitter user has responded.

Hilarious.

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Twitter Went In On Lauryn Hill For Showing Up Ridiculously Late To Her Own Concert

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Another day, another Lauryn Hill performance mishap.

The R&B legend pissed fans off yet again after failing to show up on time for a concert in Pittsburgh. Hill’s scheduled time to hit the stage for the Heinz Hall concert was 8 p.m., but according to tweets from the venue, by 11 p.m., she still was M.I.A. Some fans say Hill came in just as audience members were standing in line for refunds.

Of course, Twitter didn’t let it slide without dragging the legend first:

This isn’t the first time, and probably won’t be the last, that the star has disappointed fans with her poor time management skills. Last year, she defended her chronic lateness in a Facebook post, saying, “The challenge is aligning my energy with the time, taking something that isn’t easily classified or contained, and trying to make it available for others.”

Are we still buying that?

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Nick Gordon Remembers Bobbi Kristina Two Years After Her Death

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Nick Gordon has had a difficult couple of years following the death of his fiancée Bobbi Kristina Brown.

Just a day before the two-year anniversary of Bobbi’s medically-induced coma, Nick took to social media to share a heartfelt message about his late love.

He posted a photo on Twitter of the two lovebirds making out, with the caption, “You’re the first thing I think about when I wake up and the last thing I think about before I go to sleep. I love&missyou. RIH my angel.”

Brown’s estate filed a $10 million wrongful death lawsuit against Gordon in August 2015, which alleged that Gordon abused Bobbi Kristina and made unauthorized money transfers amounting to $11,000 into his bank account after she was hospitalized.

In September 2016, a judge ruled Gordon legally responsible for Bobbi Kristina’s death after he failed to appear for a scheduled court date. He was ordered to pay $36 million in damages to her estate.

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Does Troy Aikman Look Like Jay Z? Twitter Investigates…

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They say every person has a doppelgänger walking around here somewhere, and the internet may have found Jay Z‘s.

As the Atlanta Falcons dominated the Green Bay Packers during Sunday night’s NFC Championship game, FOX Sports analyst Troy Aikman appeared onscreen to offer some in-depth commentary. That’s when social media users pointed out something no one ever noticed before: he looks exactly like Jay Z.

Although the former football QB is a White man, the features don’t lie. And Twitter enjoyed every single bit of it:

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Why did it take so long for people to recognize the resemblance between the veteran analyst and the hip-hop vet? We’re not sure, but 2017 is actually the year of realizing things (cc: Kylie Jenner).

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