18 Scandals That ROCKED 2018 [PHOTO+VIDEO]

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2018 was filled with some scandalous situations in technology, entertainment, and politics. Here are the top headlines from throughout the year:


1. Facebook 
Fake news, data privacy, and Russian meddling. Facebook also promised to show more posts from friends/family instead of businesses and media brands.



2. Fake Facebook Accounts
Facebook fake accounts linked to Russia and Iran. Facebook removed over 600 fake accounts.



3. Youtube, Facebook, and Apple Ban Alex Jones
Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones was banned from several platforms due to his content.



4. IG Founders Quit!

Instagram co-founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger leave unexpectedly. According to a report, in a statement, they said, “We’re planning on taking some time off to explore our curiosity and creativity again.”

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Instagram said co-founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger have resigned as chief executive officer and chief technical officer of the photo-sharing app owned by Facebook Inc, giving scant explanation for the move. The departures at Facebook’s fastest-growing revenue generator come just months after the exit of Jan Koum, co-founder of Facebook-owned messaging app WhatsApp, leaving the social network without the developers behind two of its biggest services. They also come at a time when Facebook’s core platform is under fire for how it safeguards customer data, as it defends against political efforts to spread false information, and as younger users increasingly prefer alternative ways to stay in touch with family and friends. Concerns over Facebook’s business sparked the biggest one-day wipeout in U.S. stock market history in July. Systrom wrote in a blog post on Monday that he and Krieger planned to take time off and explore “our curiosity and creativity again”. Their announcement came after increasingly frequent clashes with Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg over the direction of Instagram, Bloomberg reported. In a statement, Zuckerberg described the two as “extraordinary product leaders”. The app’s latest product, IGTV, has been slow to gain traction. Offered through Instagram and as a standalone app, IGTV serves up longer-length video content, mostly from popular Instagram users. Video content has been a major emphasis for Facebook as it seeks to satisfy advertisers’ desire to stream more commercials online. #Aawaajnews #instagram #facebook #KevinSystrom #MikeKrieger

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5. Mark Zuckerberg Testifies Before Congress
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg finally “faced the music” about the Facebook controversies.



6. Bill Cosby Goes to Prison
Bill Cosby sentenced 3-10 years for sexual assault.

Accusers react to the verdict:


7. Russell Simmons Accused of Rape by Multiple Women
At least a dozen accusations of sexual misconduct against the hip hop mogul have been made.



8. Harvey Weinstein Arrested on Rape Charges
A judge has denied Harvey Weinstein’s bid to dismiss charges and moves forward with the case. More than 80 women have accused the Hollywood mogul of sexual assault.

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My statement about this momentous day. Look for my upcoming OpEd in @time. “That Harvey Weinstein, a powerful man who thrived and flourished as he shattered and abused women in a culture of impunity was arrested and charged is resoundingly significant. It is a watershed event, an irreversible pivot away from tacit and explicit license to exploit to a ground of firmer boundaries and clarity about unacceptable behavior no longer being tolerated. These images of Harvey in handcuffs are possible because of the voices, backbone, determination demonstrated by survivors, and the journalists who reported our stories, in spite of the unknown and retaliation.” #harveyweinstein #metoo @timesupnow

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