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TikTok is coming for your whole life with in-app shops and job listings

New ways to make moolah off its young users.

Tech
This picture taken on May 29, 2020 shows French internet influencers (L to R) Théo Bignonneau @theobignonneau, Sacha Sadok @sacha_sadok, Rafael Caplan @raf_cpl, creating content on the video platform Tik Tok at the @thefrenchhouseparis, a collab house (also known as content house) in Paris. (Photo by Philippe LOPEZ / AFP) (Photo by PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP via Getty Images)

TikTok names its new CEO and COO finally

The company’s leadership has been in flux since August 2020.

Culture
MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 30:  Jake Paul of Los Angeles California enters the ring make his boxing pro debut on January 30, 2020 part of Matchroom Boxing and DAZN Miami Fight Night at the Meridian in Miami, Fl. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

TikTok star Justine Paradise accuses Jake Paul of sexual assault

It’s the latest in a disturbing trend of internet influencers being accused of misconduct.

Culture
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TikTok adds auto captions in latest accessibility boost

And, yes, you'll be able to edit them if the AI messes up.

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Instagram introduces Duet feature straight out of TikTok’s playbook

First Reels. Now Remix. In its obsession to beat TikTok, Instagram is just copying it, one feature at a time.

Copy That

Trouble in The Garden: The rise and fall of the infamous TikTok commune

Social media brought Tennessee’s The Garden global notoriety, spurring charges that it’s a cat-eating cult and leading to a member exodus. Now the commune’s future is in doubt.

Subculture
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TikTok’s new anti-bullying tools just mean more work for creators

The short video platform has a problem with bullying in comments. Now it’s adding new tools to try and combat the problem.

Culture
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The classic Gap hoodie of your youth is now worth hundreds of dollars

Instagram and TikTok influencers have turned them into statement pieces, and they’re now being sold at a premium on second-hand online shops like Depop.

Y2K Fits

Wondering how that guy on TikTok drives a jet ski on land? Here's the answer.

The "Scootski," as it's dubbed, is a Honda Elite motorcycle with the body of a Sea-Doo.

Culture
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Tegan and Sara’s Sara Quin is addicted to TikTok. These are her 7 faves.

The musician is “obsessed” with videos of food prep and howling huskies.

The feed

What data is Facebook planning to collect from its new rap app, BARS?

Because we're pretty sure Zuckerberg isn't releasing a TikTok clone for aspiring rappers out of the goodness of his heart.

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

We're entering scary times.

Tech

Instagram

TikTok is coming for your whole life with in-app shops and job listings

New ways to make moolah off its young users.

Tech

Instagram now has a dedicated field for your gender pronouns

It’s available now in a few countries.

Tech

How to dress as funky and fun as Emma Chamberlain

We found eight pieces emulating the YouTuber’s thrifty style, keeping the cost just as low as second-hand.

Style

Signal’s banned ads show just how personal Facebook’s data collection gets

Banned or not, that's a pretty smart marketing campaign on Signal's part.

Tech

Instagram's bringing captions to Stories and, eventually, Reels

Good for those who want to consume content with the sound off, or those with disabilities.

Tech

T-Pain missed out on iconic celeb collabs because Instagram’s UX sucks

Perhaps Instagram would be easier to navigate if it weren't trying to be 10 different apps at once.

Culture

Zuckerberg unveils his workaround to Apple's privacy changes

The heads of both Facebook and Instagram revealed new features for content creators and influencers to generate ad revenue at a very convenient time.

Culture

Sex dolls are the new influencers

Synthetic women are “running” their own Instagrams. There’s money to be made, sure, but what their human partners want most is respect.

Passions

Instagram is adding new anti-abuse tools to keep hate out of DMs

From comment filters to blocking tools, Instagram is trying to make its platform less aggravating for its audience, and less appealing for hatemongers.

Culture

A kids-only Instagram for children under 13 is a terrible idea, watchdogs say

Such an app will only hurt, not help, impressionable children, public health group warns.

Culture

Instagram is rolling out a switch to toggle ‘likes’ on or off

Choose Your Own Instagram Adventure, coming soon to a smartphone near you.

Culture

Nike shorts are a Twitter obsession — here are 10 you need for summer

Don't be surprised if your loved one steals them.

Style

Facebook

Facebook will finally nudge users to read news articles before sharing

Twitter added the feature a year ago.

Tech

No one's reading Trump's silly little blog

The former President's attempt at a personal social media platform isn't bringing in much engagement at all.

Culture

Facebook's Oversight Board punts its Trump ban decision back to Zuckerberg

The Board upholds the Trump ban — and spends some time condemning Facebook's vague suspension terms.

Culture

Signal’s banned ads show just how personal Facebook’s data collection gets

Banned or not, that's a pretty smart marketing campaign on Signal's part.

Tech

Trump’s ‘new communications platform’ is just a lame blog

Please, just go away.

Tech

T-Pain missed out on iconic celeb collabs because Instagram’s UX sucks

Perhaps Instagram would be easier to navigate if it weren't trying to be 10 different apps at once.

Culture

Zuckerberg unveils his workaround to Apple's privacy changes

The heads of both Facebook and Instagram revealed new features for content creators and influencers to generate ad revenue at a very convenient time.

Culture

Gucci and Facebook’s unlikely collab: Taking down a fake goods seller

The luxury counterfeiter is active on Facebook and Instagram.

Style

Facebook doesn't want staff to know how it was used to fuel the Capitol riots

In trying to hide an internal report from employees, Facebook has only brought more attention to itself.

Tech

iOS 14.5 is live with face mask unlock, new emoji, and fresh privacy options

The latest update for iPhone and iPad brings more significant changes than its name might suggest.

Tech

Facebook to start asking what [checks notes] inspires you on the News Feed

That must be to balance all the “negative experiences” it also wants users to report.

Tech

Here’s the first in-depth look at Oculus’ 'Resident Evil 4' VR remake

The game world's most popular zombie apocalypse is coming to the Oculus Quest 2.

Gaming

Twitter

No one's reading Trump's silly little blog

The former President's attempt at a personal social media platform isn't bringing in much engagement at all.

Culture

Twitter’s Tip Jar can inadvertently leak your home address

The new feature allows users to accept tips through services like Cash App or PayPal.

Tech

Billboard's got a new music chart for the most-tweeted-about tracks

The chart will be updated daily.

Culture

Welcome to the museum of low poly video game food

Twitter’s @LowPolly is a compendium for video game food not even a digital stomach could handle.

Gaming

Trump’s ‘new communications platform’ is just a lame blog

Please, just go away.

Tech

If you’ve got 600+ Twitter followers you can try its Clubhouse rival, Spaces

We're all for wider access, but it could make finding the signal amidst the noise tricky.

Tech

EA Sports, Football Manager among those to boycott social media over hate speech

In cooperation with the English Premier League, the group will halt posts to social media over the weekend.

Gaming

Twitter just proved it doesn't need Trump to rake in profits

Culture

Can AI be horny?

Followers of a Twitter bot named Archillect seem to think so. Naturally, Input had to investigate.

Thirst

MyPillow guy blames his social network's failed launch on alleged cyberattack

Mike Lindell previously said his alternative to Twitter, called “Frank,” could handle “a billion users.”

Antifa?

Twitter’s weird promoted ads are my jam

After blocking every conceivable major brand, our writer finds nirvana in the strange tweets “regular” people pay money to boost.

Oddities

This is how Twitter plans to fix its biased algorithm

It’s calling the solution “Responsible Machine Learning,” and hopefully it’ll mean fewer questionable image crops.

Culture

YouTube

Watch a YouTuber mod AirTags to make a card that fits in your wallet

Finally, you can use Apple's AirTags to find all your lost credit cards.

Design

Of models and memes: Women are reclaiming their images via NFTs

Everyone from Emily Ratajkowski to Overly Attached Girlfriend is doing it.

Art

Watching this video is the closest you'll get to playing Mario Kart IRL

Third-person vantage is courtesy of a Skydio self-flying drone.

Gaming

Texas police are searching for YouTuber who broke into SpaceX’s launch site

Maybe it's time for Elon Musk to beef up SpaceX security.

Culture

This ray traced 'Super Mario 64' is pure eye candy

It's so... shadowy.

Gaming

The 'Resident Evil Village' puppet show wins the internet today

It's just as unhinged and delightful as you'd expect.

Gaming

Watch this YouTuber transform a ‘Twister’ mat into a MIDI controller

Contorting your extremely stiff pandemic bod into uncomfortable shapes now has its own soundtrack.

Tech

Modder combines ‘Ocarina of Time’ and ‘Wind Waker’ into one game

You could call it “The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Waker.”

Mash-up

TikTok star Justine Paradise accuses Jake Paul of sexual assault

It’s the latest in a disturbing trend of internet influencers being accused of misconduct.

Culture

A YouTuber taught Boston Dynamics' robo-dog how to pee beer into a cup

Michael Reeves made Boston Dynamics' Spot into a literal party animal.

Tech

YouTube will no longer let advertisers target hateful terms like "white power"

The company previously allowed hate speech terms to be used for keyword-based ad targeting.

Culture

How the worst-ever Zelda games spawned a bizarre online subculture

A weird-ass genre of YouTube video inspired one fan to remaster the legendarily terrible CD-I Zelda games. Now he’s making a spiritual sequel.

Gaming