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TikTok

Deepfake videos of Tom Cruise show the technology's threat to society is very real

We're entering scary times.

Tech

TikTok's paid tens of millions to settle a lawsuit over privacy breaches

Culture

'Bridgerton,' TikTok, and the revival of 'Regencycore' fashion

Despite its recent popularity, the regal trend has been on the rise for years — but the arrival of a new Netflix show has made it hotter than ever.

The royal treatment

TikTok censored a pole-dancing PhD who studies how social media silences women

“A video of my ass gets demoted quicker than, say, extremism or trolling,” says Dr. Carolina Are.

Forbidden dance

TikTok raises the wellness bar again with body inclusivity resources

While other social media networks are expending all their resources fighting misinformation, TikTok is making proactive wellness moves.

Culture

Lego's kid-friendly spin on TikTok turns toys into influencers

Vidiyo is an AR experience that allows children to direct their own music videos.

Gaming

The Biden administration is halting TikTok's Trump-mandated takeover

The previous administration's hardline approach is being replaced with a more relaxed one.

Culture

TikTok will now warn users when videos are a little fishy

Sometimes fact-checkers can't verify something as true or false. TikTok's ready to try and tackle the gray middle ground.

Culture

Jerks on YouTube are manipulating a TikTok filter to digitally undress women

The body-positive #SilhouetteChallenge, which started on TikTok, quickly got hijacked and is leading to abuse.

Culture

Instagram knows its video features can't hold a candle to TikTok

TikTok isn't reeling after Reels, after all.

Culture

UK officials gave 'strictly confidential' ambassador info to TikTok

Trade wars with the United States have rattled TikTok. Now it seeks reassurance from the United Kingdom.

Culture

TikTok cuts youngest users off from the public in privacy clampdown

The teens might be a little frustrated with the increased privacy measures — but it's definitely for the best.

Culture

Instagram

TikTok censored a pole-dancing PhD who studies how social media silences women

“A video of my ass gets demoted quicker than, say, extremism or trolling,” says Dr. Carolina Are.

Forbidden dance

Influencers, please don’t give gorillas COVID-19

Humans taking Instagram selfies with endangered apes have been breaking health rules, according to a new study.

Going ape

The new gold rush is happening on Instagram

With consumers seeking unique, second-hand jewelry pieces, Instagram has become a marketplace for vintage gold.

Good as gold

Are cops playing copyrighted music while being recorded to trigger takedowns?

Instagram posts show Beverly Hills police officers blasting music from their phones while being recorded, potentially to flag copyright monitors.

Culture

Facebook's decided to be the 'arbiter of truth' when it comes to vaccines

Facebook's suddenly anti anti-vaxxers and promising to actually act on its newfound stance.

How Cute

Hackers keep stealing highly coveted Instagram usernames

At the core of this issue is economic misery, and Instagram is part of the problem.

Culture

This unhinged Instagram comic perfectly captures the horrors of 2020

Cartoonist Simon Hanselmann’s ‘Crisis Zone,’ due out later this year in book form, is a transgressive look at pandemic life.

Comics

Hand-made, celebrity-approved: Blanket sweaters are taking over Instagram

Indie designers are turning rags into riches, with customers willing to pay hundreds of dollars for custom blanket-wear.

Plush Season

Instagram knows its video features can't hold a candle to TikTok

TikTok isn't reeling after Reels, after all.

Culture

Not just for the ’gram: Influencers defend living large in Dubai amid COVID-19

They're working hard to avoid going “flat-arse broke,” says twinfluencer Henry Wade (the one on the right).

Culture

Copstagram: Inside law enforcement's terrifying social media bubble

Thanks to poor oversight of social media networks, the police are living in a horrifying parallel reality.

Boys in blue

Instagram reportedly let some influencers in on user engagement tips

Some influencers say the secret sauce for gaining more popularity and engagement is "unrealistic" while others appreciate the insider tips.

Culture

Facebook

Facebook is seriously weighing whether its smart glasses should have facial recognition

Imagine a strange being able to identify you thanks to their smart glasses and your Facebook profile.

Tech

Facebook un-bans news in Australia after government amends legislation

Notably, Facebook will retain the right to shut down news at any time to avoid official arbitration.

Culture

Facebook will debunk climate change denialism with a new info hub

Climate communication experts from major universities, including Yale and Cambridge, will help ensure information is legitimate.

Culture

Facebook misreported ad metrics to protect its profits

And the company refused to change its policies when employees raised their concerns. Great.

Culture

Facebook bans Australians from sharing news articles and links

The dramatic move is in response to a new bill seeking to charge Facebook, Google, and other digital companies for sharing content from Australian media outlets.

Culture

Maryland will tax digital advertising under landmark new law

Giants like Facebook, Google will pay a 10 percent tax on any advertising that targets Maryland residents.

Tech

Facebook would literally have to pay us to wear its rumored smartwatch

If you like your privacy, the smart move would be to not buy one.

Tech

Twitter has pulled more weeds and suspended ring-wing group Project Veritas

The founder's account was temporarily suspended, too, after the group effectively doxxed a Facebook executive.

Culture

Facebook is working on its own Clubhouse copycat app

With Twitter's Spaces and Mark Cuban's in-the-works Fireside, it was only a matter of time before Facebook got in on the action, too.

Tech

Facebook is finally, maybe, kind of toning down political content

Too little too late — and without really addressing the platform's underlying issues.

Culture

Apple has over a thousand engineers developing its AR / VR headset

Tech

Facebook's decided to be the 'arbiter of truth' when it comes to vaccines

Facebook's suddenly anti anti-vaxxers and promising to actually act on its newfound stance.

How Cute

Twitter

Twitter announces Super Follow, charging $5/month for exclusive bad takes

The network revealed its future plans on Twitter Analyst Day.

Culture

Drake, Lil Uzi Vert have some of the most dedicated trolls on Twitter

A study on Twitter trolls reveals some surprising details about legions of fans and haters.

Culture

Twitter's Birdwatch fact-checking system already has some major flaws

Crowdsourced content fact-checking sounds tricky in theory. In practice, it's even messier.

Culture

Jack Dorsey and Jay-Z team up to save Africa and India with volatile Bitcoin

Tech

Twitter has pulled more weeds and suspended ring-wing group Project Veritas

The founder's account was temporarily suspended, too, after the group effectively doxxed a Facebook executive.

Culture

Twitter might start paying users for viral tweets

Jack Dorsey is mulling over the idea of giving financial incentive to tweet popular content.

Culture

'Terraria' creator kills Stadia plans after Google locked his accounts

Stadia's bad month keeps getting worse.

Gaming

Dril is working on a video game where you play as... a cop?

The popular, often absurdist, Twitter humorist is developing ‘Copgame.’

Gaming

Xbox is trying to woo Elon Musk into making a real 'Halo' Warthog happen

A match made in social media hell.

Please Don't

Meet the guy who writes the internet’s catchiest songs about ‘Gremlins’ and MAGA chuds

Nick Lutsko’s delightfully warped tunes made him a pandemic-era viral hit. Now what?

Extremely online

Offset says he's the reason rappers wear Nike and Jordan sneakers. What?

The Migos member really believes he started a trend.

Bad Clout

Fact check: Right-wing news isn't being suppressed by Facebook

Culture