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May 20, 2019

IN THE NEWS: MALE/FEMALE SNAPCHAT FILTER AMUSES SOME, IRKS OTHERS

NEW YORK (AP) — Chances are if you’ve been anywhere near social media the past few weeks, you’ve seen it: a photo of a friend or relative _ transformed into a different gender. The gender-bending selfies are one of the ever-growing batch of filters available on Snapchat. Some have been amused or amazed by the transformations that show up instantly with the touch of a button. But for some for whom gender identity is long-standing struggle, the filter is a painful reminder of their issues _ and they are expressing dismay. One 31-year-old transgender woman from New York says her “gender’s not a costume.” Bailey Coffman says when people post the altered images and joke about how silly and goofy they look, she feels that the filter “makes light of the transgender experience.”

IN THE NEWS: TECH COMPANY ACCUSED OF SWIPING NUMERIC INTERNET ADDRESSES

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina technology company and its leader have been indicted on charges that they engaged in wire fraud. The Post and Courier of Charleston reports that Micfo LLC and its CEO, Amir Golestan were indicted last week in federal court. The Justice Department says they created a company that claimed to consist of several businesses, then created fake executives and websites to get the American Registry for Internet Numbers to release the rights to about 758,000 numeric online addresses. The indictment says some of those IP addresses were sold for a total of $1.85 million. Authorities say many of those addresses went to spammers.

ON THE WEB: GUCCI HEAD WRAP CAUSES CONTROVERSY

CYBERSPACE (AP) — Once again, a fashion designer is coming under fire for a garment critics say misappropriates another’s culture. Nordstrom has apologized to Sikhs (SEEKS) for selling a turban they found offensive. The wrap, marketed by Gucci, was on Nordstrom’s website for $790 _ and billed as the “Indy Full Turban.” It promised to keep its well-heeled wearer “in comfort” as well the sported a “trademark style.” An official with the Sikh (SEEK) Coalition says Gucci and other companies are “commodifying and capitalizing on something that is dear and sacred to people around the world.” Nordstrom has removed the image from its site _ says the wrap is no longer being sold. Back in February, Gucci apologized for selling a turtleneck black wool balaclava sweater that could be pulled over the chin and nose. It had a slit along the mouth, ringed with what look like giant red lips _ evoking the image of blackface for many people. It, too, was pulled from sale.

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by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

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