The Bizarre Excuses of a Former Revenge Porn Kingpin

The former proprietor of one of the most notorious revenge porn sites on the web, Is Anybody Down, has been hit with an FTC judgment ordering him to destroy the site's archive of nude photos and barring him from putting them back online. Craig Brittain responded with a blog post apologizing for his past actions, then… » 1/30/15 11:40am Friday 11:40am

Michelle Obama's Hair Appeared Totally Uncensored on Saudi TV

Barack and Michelle Obama are in Riyadh today to meet with Saudi Arabia's new ruler, King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud. Footage of the king receiving the U.S. delegation aired on Saudi TV, but several western commentators noticed something strange about the footage that made it to YouTube: There's a big ol' ovoid… » 1/27/15 6:05pm Tuesday 6:05pm

These Men Weren't Really Tricked Into Sexually Harassing Their Moms

A Peruvian public service announcement making the rounds today captured two men sexually harassing women on the street, only to find out that the victims of their catcalling are their own moms in disguise. Some sites are treating it as if a prankster's hidden camera actually caught a man hollering at his mom's "tasty… » 1/27/15 2:50pm Tuesday 2:50pm

The Worst Wedding Proposal Video Ever Is Every Cop Lover's Dream

Viral content is as inescapable and radioactive as the sun, and yet sometimes viral videos come along that are so gross and bad that we must stop and admire their toxicity. Today: a Surprise Marriage Proposal featuring a Good Cop and his Shocked Wife. » 1/20/15 5:01pm 1/20/15 5:01pm

Forward or Delete: This Week's Fake Viral Photos

Occasionally, against all odds, you'll see an interesting or even enjoyable picture on the Internet. But is it worth sharing, or just another Photoshop job that belongs in the digital trash heap? Check in here and find out if that viral photo deserves an enthusiastic "forward" or a pitiless "delete." » 1/16/15 4:00pm 1/16/15 4:00pm


Chipotle Stops Serving Pork, And It Has Nothing to Do With Muslims

About a third of Mexican-ish fast food chain Chipotle's 1,700 locations have temporarily stopped serving carnitas (a.k.a. pork), causing a number of sputtering, apopleptic egg avatars on Twitter to flip the fuck out in an anti-Muslim panic. » 1/14/15 5:25pm 1/14/15 5:25pm

Music Internet Gets Duped By "New" Kendrick Lamar Song That Isn't New

It's a story that sounds great. Just days after being criticized for implicating the black community in the deaths of Mike Brown and Eric Garner in an interview with Billboard, Kendrick Lamar releases a new verse in which he comments on police brutality. This is exactly how a song making the rounds today was sold by a… » 1/14/15 4:05pm 1/14/15 4:05pm

12 More Viral Photos That Are Actually Fake

Last year was a big one for fakes. And if the first couple weeks of 2015 are any indication, we'll have plenty of fake images, silly hoaxes, and outright lies this year as well. Below we've debunked a few photos that you may have seen floating around social media recently. None are quite what they claim to be. » 1/14/15 3:12pm 1/14/15 3:12pm

The Last Thing Anyone Should Write About Publicity-Horny Hoaxers Rantic

Hackers claiming affiliation with the loose hacktivist collective Anonymous began taking down alleged jihadist websites over the weekend as part of #OpCharlieHebdo, a response to last week's shooting attack on French satirical newspaper. The global outrage over the shootings, seasoned with a dash of Anonymous… » 1/14/15 10:30am 1/14/15 10:30am

Brother of Homeless Man in $130,000 Viral Video: "It's All a Scam"

Earlier this week, Vocativ interviewed an eyewitness who said a viral video that has raised over $130,000 in questionably held donations was staged. Now a man who claims he's related to the video's homeless star has come forward, saying "it's all a scam" and his seemingly penniless brother is actually due to inherit… » 1/01/15 2:45pm 1/01/15 2:45pm

Eyewitness: Viral Video That Netted $130K in Donations "is Bullshit"

Last week, a heart-warming social experiment video hit the web, showing a "secretly filmed" homeless man using an unexpected gift of $100 to buy food for others. Since then, the almost too-perfect clip has been featured everywhere from the L.A. Times to Upworthy and generated over $130,000 on a donation page managed… » 12/31/14 12:56pm 12/31/14 12:56pm

Forward or Delete: This Year's Fake Racist Bullshit

2014 was a banner year for garbage lies on the Internet in general, but anyone with a Facebook account knows it was a particularly strong one for racist, garbage lies. Here's a look back at just some of this year's most vile viral whoppers, which, in their own small way, each helped spread bigotry and prejudice. » 12/05/14 4:00pm 12/05/14 4:00pm