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Black cosplayer Kiera Please dressed as Alice in Wonderland

Black cosplayers are tired of being told who they can and can’t portray

They’re subjected to endless abuse online, but they’re undeterred. “I’m about to change the face of cosplay,” says one Black creator.

Fandom
British rock group the Beatles arrive at London Airport on the 'Clipper Beatles', after their final ...

The Beatles’ music is now available on TikTok, God help us

Teens can now choreograph dances to 36 of the mop-top brigade’s number one bops.

Let It Be

Meet the TikTok terminator taking down anti-vaxxers

Online sleuth @ThatDaneshGuy reports anti-vax TikTokers to their employers and the authorities. Now he has a target on his back.

Social media
Addison Rae

How to dress as trendy as Addison Rae for under $100

She’s everywhere, giving us fashion inspo across multiple platforms. We’ve narrowed down her favorite styles to these eight pieces, all at a reasonable price.

Style
Close up young woman holding phone in hands, shopping in internet store, entering payment informatio...

Buy now, pay later shopping apps may be getting young people into debt

A recent survey reports that nearly half of Gen Z shoppers use buy now, pay later services to spend outside of their budget, and are slowly falling behind on their payments.

Style
Green house inside bubble on black background

Is that viral TikTok about housing market manipulation true?

Zillow and Redfin insist it’s not. The realtor behind the video says, “In our world, we’ve been screaming about this for years.”

Commerce
An user opening TikTok on his iPhone in L'Aquila, Italy, on January 23, 2021. The Privacy Guarantor ...

TikTok has reached and breached 1 billion active monthly users

The company reached the milestone far faster than Instagram.

Culture
SHANGHAI, CHINA - AUGUST 2, 2021 - Celebrity anchors from the livestreaming platforms of We media su...

TikTok will limit young users in China to just 40 minutes per day

Probably a good thing, honestly.

Tech
Gabby Petito, object of TikTok obsession

Meet the TikTokers fixated on the Gabby Petito case

Social media abounds with facts and wild theories. “You are not a detective,” says one disinfo expert. “Log off.”

True crime

Animal Crossing porn is going viral on TikTok, despite moderation

Yes. Animal Crossing porn.

Culture
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TikTok is adding a new warning for 'distressing' searches

Along with some expanded wellbeing guides.

Tech
Plan C Pills abortion rights truck in Texas

Instagram has emerged as a major front in the fight for abortion rights

Amid the controversy over Texas’ SB 8 law, groups are using social media to get out the word on self-sourced abortion.

Choice

DJI’s Osmo Mobile 5 gimbal has a telescoping pole for better selfies and vlogging

The new Osmo Mobile 5 comes in a smaller package and has even more powerful stabilization and tracking features, which make it a top phone accessory for travel.

Tech
TikTok logo displayed on a phone screen is seen in this illustration photo taken in Krakow, Poland o...

Americans are spending more time on TikTok than YouTube, report says

TikTok's short-form, algorithmic timeline makes it an easy place to waste time.

Tech

How to add music to your Instagram Story

Here’s how to add a soundtrack to your Instagram highlight reel

Guides
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TikTok now has its own SiriusXM radio station

Complete with trending songs and cameos from popular TikTok creators.

Culture

Instagram

Black cosplayers are tired of being told who they can and can’t portray

They’re subjected to endless abuse online, but they’re undeterred. “I’m about to change the face of cosplay,” says one Black creator.

Fandom

Facebook Oversight Board gives Zuck a stern talking-to over transparency

The Board says Facebook has been uncooperative in answering questions and being clear in its policies.

Culture

Instagram introduces desktop uploads because nothing is sacred anymore

For years, the photo sharing app only allowed users to upload photos and video from a smartphone.

Tech

Instagram Collabs let you co-author posts with your more popular friends

People already credit their friends for helping capture a moment. Now Instagram is turning that into a feature.

Tech

Facebook's latest PR fail is a bizarre attack on journalists

In which John Pinette, Facebook's VP of Communications, calls whistleblower press “an orchestrated gotcha campaign.”

Culture

It’s terrible being a fat, Black femme on Instagram

Between photo takedowns and fatphobic trolls, the app is a hostile place for creators who don’t fit Western beauty standards.

Inequality

Instagram is introducing an in-app notification for system outages

And a new tool for viewing and appealing reports on your account.

Tech

Facebook says it will nudge teens away from harm... eventually

Let's try adding another algorithm to the mix and see how it goes.

Tech

Facebook pushes more mental health resources that keep you on Facebook

Just as the company is facing immense backlash for being toxic. Nice.

Tech

Zuckerberg’s plea to the public reads like he thinks we’re all stupid

Why keep lying when the evidence already paints such a clear picture?

Culture

We need to talk about Facebook PR guy Andy Stone

He’s making no friends with his brash and combative Twitter presence. What the hell are he and his employer thinking?

Comms

Facebook whistleblower tells Senate the company can't fix itself

In her testimony today, Frances Haugen advocated for external oversight. algorithmic transparency, and tech policy overhauls.

Culture

Facebook cites putting all its eggs in one basket for yesterday's outage

It turns out consolidating multiple major social media and information networks into one is a bad and dangerous thing to do.

Whoops

Facebook’s bad day keeps getting worse, now its domain is up for grabs

First, an outage took down Facebook’s whole suite of sites. Then, it appeared Facebook’s entire domain registration had been wiped.

Tech

Facebook reiterates to the Senate its inability to keep kids safe

The harms caused by Facebook and Instagram relate to their most basic functions. They can't self-regulate without first destroying themselves.

Culture

'World's most powerful flashlight' is a huge scam

This $80 flashlight looked rad on Instagram. I should have known better.

Reviews

Facebook

Facebook Oversight Board gives Zuck a stern talking-to over transparency

The Board says Facebook has been uncooperative in answering questions and being clear in its policies.

Culture

Facebook's dystopian rebrand is probably coming next week

Stop trying to make "metaverse" happen, Mark.

Snow Brash

Facebook will add 10K jobs in Europe to create Zuckerberg's metaverse dream

The CEO is bullish on the idea that people will someday work, play, and socialize in a virtual universe powered by Oculus.

Tech

Lawmakers have invested millions in Facebook, complicating policy reform

More than a handful of them sit on subcommittees working directly on social media policymaking.

Culture

They ordered a 12-foot skeleton online. They got a 12-inch one instead.

Home Depot’s viral Halloween decorations are sold out everywhere, presenting lucrative opportunities for internet scammers and scalpers.

Caveat emptor

Fight for the Future launches 'How to Stop Facebook' campaign

Finally, a cause we can all get behind.

Culture

It’s terrible being a fat, Black femme on Instagram

Between photo takedowns and fatphobic trolls, the app is a hostile place for creators who don’t fit Western beauty standards.

Inequality

Instagram is introducing an in-app notification for system outages

And a new tool for viewing and appealing reports on your account.

Tech

Facebook whistleblower Sophie Zhang is ready to testify to Congress

Zhang says the bipartisan support for action in response to Frances Haugen's case made her want to speak to law enforcement and legislators.

Culture

Facebook says it will nudge teens away from harm... eventually

Let's try adding another algorithm to the mix and see how it goes.

Tech

Tomorrow 237: Dave Chappelle poked you. Poke back?

It's time to maybe cancel your Netflix subscription.

Podcast

Facebook pushes more mental health resources that keep you on Facebook

Just as the company is facing immense backlash for being toxic. Nice.

Tech

Facebook banned a user for helping people rid their News Feeds of crap

His browser extension would unfollow everyone on Facebook so you could rebuild a calmer, less addictive News Feed.

Tech

Pornhub says traffic surged during Facebook outage

The porn site says traffic spiked more than 10 percent.

Tech

When Facebook goes dark, so do its AR and VR devices

The company has embedded its services within the Oculus Quest. That means when the platform is down, its inter-connected products suffer.

Tech

Millions flocked to Telegram and Signal while Facebook was down

With WhatsApp and Messenger unavailable, users were forced to find alternatives.

Tech

Twitter

Twitter buys chat app Sphere as it seeks to court content creators

The small social media startup had some big names already attached before the purchase.

Culture

How to remove followers on Twitter

How to boot your followers without banning them.

Guides

This Twitter bot uses your replies to play 'Doom’

Finally, a good and appropriate use of the site from Hell.

Gaming

Genshin Impact cancels Elon Musk crossover after colossal backlash

The tweet announcing the event received a truly stunning number of quote-retweets dunking on it.

Gaming

Twitter is promoting a few thousand tweets about Jesus right now

I, a Jewish person, am perplexed.

JFC

Netflix suspended a worker who pointed out Dave Chapelle's transphobia

The company claims it's "absolutely untrue" that any employees have been suspended for tweeting about Chapelle's latest comedy special.

Culture

Is the worst tweet ever really the one about Taylor Swift’s eggs?

Stefan Molyneux thinks it’s “very funny” he won a bad-tweet tourney. The organizer thinks another contender deserved the prize.

Twitter

How to host a Twitter Space

Lead the discussion in your very own Twitter Space with these simple tips.

Guides

Data from Twitch leak backs up streamers’ criticism of racial disparities

Most of the top earners from the platform were white men.

Gaming

Hackers leaked a trove of Twitch user data. Here's what you should do.

Following a massive data breach where hackers have released the source code, user payout history, and client information.

Gaming

We need to talk about Facebook PR guy Andy Stone

He’s making no friends with his brash and combative Twitter presence. What the hell are he and his employer thinking?

Comms

‘Panzer Dragoon VR’ producer not dead, despite false claims

Haruto Watanabe is alive, but the future of his forthcoming VR experience is still up in the air.

Gaming

Uber, Lego, and Sony are among the most hated brands on Twitter

Product review site Rave Reviews analyzed more than a million tweets about 100 of the biggest global brands to find the ones that receive the most hate.

Culture

Is that viral TikTok about housing market manipulation true?

Zillow and Redfin insist it’s not. The realtor behind the video says, “In our world, we’ve been screaming about this for years.”

Commerce

Twitter is testing a new 'Heads Up' feature to warn of ‘bad vibes’

It's part of the company's larger push to give users more control over the comfort of their Twitter experience.

Vibing

Twitter’s Tip Jar is rolling out globally with a new bitcoin option

Twitter wants to be the place where you spend your time and your money.

Tech

YouTube

Black cosplayers are tired of being told who they can and can’t portray

They’re subjected to endless abuse online, but they’re undeterred. “I’m about to change the face of cosplay,” says one Black creator.

Fandom

‘Stardew Valley’ developer’s next game involves chocolate and ghosts

Watch a preview of the awesomely named “ConcernedApe’s Haunted Chocolatier.”

Sneak peek

The eating disorder community is using Nikocado Avocado as ‘thinspiration’

Fans say the infamous mukbanger is eating himself to death. Many use his videos as motivation to go in the opposite — but still very dangerous — direction.

Consumption

Google is finally kicking climate deniers out of Search and YouTube ads

A long-overdue reconciliation of the company's stance on climate change.

Tech

YouTube won't do Rewind this year — or ever again for that matter

The company's annual year-end round-up of popular videos was always controversial for the creators who were, or weren't, featured.

RIP

YouTube has only now, today, banned anti-vaccine misinformation

The classic YouTube moderation playbook move: Wait until a problem is out of control to step in.

Tech

YouTube briefly removed the ‘I Can't Believe You've Done This’ meme video

On the grounds of *checks notes* violating its violent and graphic content policy?

Culture

Watch this YouTuber turn the Shire into an epic wargaming board

One incredibly detailed Lord of the Rings tabletop gaming board to rule them all.

Gaming

Meet the TikTokers fixated on the Gabby Petito case

Social media abounds with facts and wild theories. “You are not a detective,” says one disinfo expert. “Log off.”

True crime

This golden Cup Noodles model is the only thing I want in this world

I would give all my earthly possessions to own this plastic piece of noodle history.

Design

Watch this YouTuber hack together a suitcase-sized portable desktop

Somehow DIY Perks managed to achieve power and portability with this genius PC hybrid.

Tech

Americans are spending more time on TikTok than YouTube, report says

TikTok's short-form, algorithmic timeline makes it an easy place to waste time.

Tech

YouTube Music is a quiet hit as it passes huge subscriber milestone

And it pays the music industry nearly as much as Spotify.

Tech

This YouTuber made Google Maps playable on Nintendo

Google Maps on the Nintendo might not be that useful, but it's a lot more fun.

Gaming

YouTube for iOS now supports picture-in-picture, but only if you pay up

Is picture-in-picture really a premium feature? YouTube seems to think so.

Tech

Dr Disrespect says he knows why Twitch banned him, and he's suing

The popular, but controversial, streamer says he now knows why he was banned from the platform.

GOOD LUCK