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K-Pop fans are mourning the death of 28-year-old singer Goo Hara on Sunday. The former member of South Korean girl group KARA took her own life 6 months after a previous suicide attempt.

Hara's body was found around 6 p.m. local time on Sunday in the exclusive Gangnam area of Seoul, South Korea. A close friend of Hara's said she battled "severe depression" due to negative online comments.

S. Korea police say Hara left a handwritten, "pessimistic" note on her living room table. Hara left a final "goodbye" on Instagram.com before she took her own life. Hara also said "goodbye" to fans on Instagram after her first suicide attempt.

During her recovery Hara apologized to her fans for worrying them. "I am sorry for causing a commotion and concern," she told Sankei Sports.

"In terms of health, I am recovering," she added. "I had been in agony over a number of overlapping issues."

Hara, who often spoke out about online bullying in the past, launched an anti-cyberbullying campaign after her first suicide attempt. She pleaded with her fans to leave more positive comments on her timelines. She vowed to ignore the negativity going forward.

"From now on, I will steel my heart and try to show up healthy," she said.

Social media is linked to a dramatic increase in youth and young adult suicide rates and a hike in mental illness diagnoses.

The news of Hara's death comes days after Twitter tech support announced the microblogging platform is offering users the option of hiding replies to spare their feelings.

The "hide replies" feature is available to all users across mobile and desktop platforms. The new feature has been both hailed and criticized as "radical" and "controversial".

Critics noted that a blue popup and an icon alerts users to the hidden replies - and simply clicking the popup reveals the hidden replies to any user.

Critics worry that the new feature could encourage trolls to retaliate against Twitter users for hiding their replies.

One Twitter user wrote: "I wonder if this pop up makes people more likely to pay attention to hidden replies than if they were never hidden in the first place".

Another user tweeted, "What is the point of people hiding unwanted tweet replies if twitter fills the screen with a giant pop-up calling attention to the fact that there are replies they have hidden".

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50 Cent fired back at claims he bullied Power co-star Naturi Naughton's appearance on social media. According to The Blast, the 44-year-old troll reposted a side-by-side meme of Naughton next to Goro from Mortal Kombat. He wrote, "who the f—k did this, POWER is #1."

Naturi took offense to the meme and she responded to the rapper, whose Instagram account was shuttered after multiple complaints by users who say he is mentally abusive.

"Did we have a fight and I not know about it? So confused," she wrote. Naturi added:

"There's so much I wanna say but... You don't even have an Instagram account so... why waste my characters or come out of my CHARACTER! But do pick up a copy of my upcoming book: #whatNOTtoDoWhenYoureABoss ????? #ImNotACharacter #IAmARealPerson #IAmAWoman #IAmABlackWoman."


 

Loose Change responded to a fan who defended him against allegations that he bullied Naturi. "I thought u was sticking up for her or did I read wrong" the fan wrote. To which 5 Dimes replied, "I was sticking up for her, they just went and made some sh-t up."

Small Change is on his last leg on Twitter.com as well. My sources say he has already been warned to tone down his harassing tweets on the micromanaging platform.

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50 Cent has been banned from Instagram.com following his comments on an IG meme posted by Snoop Dogg mocking fellow rapper T.I.

Pocket change was banned from the social media network after he commented on Snoop's meme which mocked T.I.'s comments about accompanying his daughter, Deyjah Harris, to a gynecologist.

T.I. made the comment in a podcast that has since been deleted.

In response to a question about having the "sex talk" with his 18-year-old daughter, T.I. joked, "Not only have we had the conversation, we have yearly trips to the gynecologist to check her hymen."

Despite the fact that T.I. was only joking, the story went viral and drew rebukes and condemnation from fellow celebrities and fans.

In response to Snoop's meme mocking T.I., 50 Cent wrote, "Yeah man, what the fuck was T.I. talking about. LOL."
 

Fiddy's Instagram page has since been deactivated without explanation.

The last time Instagram dropped the hammer on the rap troll was when he leaked an image of Teairra Mari from her sex tape. Teairra complained and Fiddy's IG page was deleted.

Teairra ultimately lost a revenge porn lawsuit and 50 Cent was awarded legal fees. His IG account was also reinstated.

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In response to complaints by Kanye West and others, Instagram has banned sexually suggestive emojis, including the eggplant and the peach, which resemble parts of the human anatomy.

The eggplant emoji has been used to suggest an erect phallus, while the peach resembles a woman's buttocks. The water drops resemble ejaculation.

Instagram bosses say users on their platforms can no longer use those emojis - even to cover up genitals on photos.

The emojis can still be used in captions, but not to convey sexually suggestive content or ask for anything sexual. The changes will cut down on sex workers plying their trade on the social media platform.

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The new changes have been implemented in Facebook's Sexual Solicitation Community Standards which took effect on October 24. Sex workers will no longer be allowed to advertise their services on Instagram or Facebook.

Users who are not sex workers still can't use the emojis in their photo posts. The changes have sparked fury online.

One user wrote:

"Facebook's about to start banning people for smutty art and butt shots. They still won't ban Nazis and TERFs because 'free speech,' but god help you if you use an eggplant emoji."

Kanye West complained that social media entices men like him to stray from their marriages by hosting free photos of half naked women.

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Indian actress Kasthuri Shankur got a wake up call on Instagram over the weekend when she posted a seemingly innocent photo that was removed for violating Instagram's rigid community guidelines.

Above is the photo and the accompanying caption posted by the 45-year-old TV and film star. Can you spot the violation? No? Read the caption again.

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The frustrated actress wrote:

"Instagram keeps removing my pic.... And accusing me of violating their rules- what rule has this post possibly violated? @instagram".

Biological women like Kasthuri, who state the obvious on social media - that they are "real" women, risk having their posts removed or their accounts banned altogether.

Apparently, Instagram is punishing bio women for being insensitive or intolerant of others who spend a lot of money, time and effort trying to look like them.

Bio women on social media are increasingly under attack for acknowledging their natural femininity, which is considered an act of violence to people who were born male.

The next time you post about being "real" on Instagram, make sure you're not referring to your God-given feminine or physical attributes.
 

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