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Young woman unboxing purchased clothes from online shopping event.

Why TikTok's favorite #haul trend isn’t great for the environment

Fast fashion brands are often a go-to for aspiring and bonafide influencers alike.

Style
YouTube lawyer Bruce Rivers commenting on Johnny Depp Amber Heard trial

YouTube lawyers are getting famous covering the Johnny Depp–Amber Heard trial

The legal commentators say they’re having fun — and making a tidy profit.

Celebrity
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Meet the TikTokers obsessed with Harry Styles’ ‘secret’ love life

Fans known as Larries are convinced he’s in a same-sex relationship with One Direction bandmate Louis Tomlinson.

Conspiracy theories
Pro-choice pastor Brandan Robertson

Pro-choice pastors are using TikTok to preach to the masses

Male progressive Christian leaders are speaking out — and trying to change minds — about the Supreme Court’s likely decision to overturn abortion rights.

Religion
Generic Adderall pills from a bottle

Controversial ADHD startup Cerebral stops prescribing Adderall

The company you've seen all over your TikTok feed is also being investigated by the DEA.

Pills pills pills
Squishmallow doll collection

Squishmallows are adorable, but their online fandom has a dark side

Vigilantes are doxxing and bullying resellers. “People are going feral,” says one collector.

Animal instincts
Landlord influencer Tatiana Londono

People hate their guts, but landlord influencers keep on posting

The landlords of Tiktok and YouTube claim they’re not the bad guys. Trolls beg to differ.

Capitalism
TikTok rave mom Joanna Yanetti

Meet the TikTok ‘rave moms’ changing the male-dominated EDM scene

Women on the platform are advocating for a safer and more inclusive space for festival-goers.

Dance dance revolution

Heinz's burger-ruining sauce was inspired by lawless TikTokers

The Kraft Heinz Company’s “Dip & Crunch” combines a spicy puree with potato chips to create a nightmarish au jus.

Culture

This internet-famous cat will soon be mayor of Hell, Michigan

All hail Mayor Jinx.

Meow
TikTok cannamom Kayla Bloom

Meet TikTok’s cannamoms, mothers who proudly smoke weed

“We use cannabis, and we are productive as f*ck,” says one.

Parenting
US Attorney General Merrick B. Garland speaks about a significant firearms trafficking enforcement a...

The U.S. is investigating TikTok for being a haven for child predators

Unprecedented user growth coupled with little incentive is making it far too easy for malicious actors.

Abuse
Zack Tahhan pictured standing in front of a storefront flower display

Zack Tahhan became an overnight internet celebrity

Let’s hope this goes better than it did for Richard Jewell.

nyc

TikTok’s ‘Effect House’ AR creation tool is nothing novel

The product is strikingly similar to Meta's "Spark AR" and Snapchat's "Lens Studio."

Tech

Sorry kids, Joe Biden is shilling on TikTok now

What do you wanna tell Joe Byron right now?

Hello kids
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‘Clowncore’ is TikTok’s most ridiculous (and fun) aesthetic yet

Ready to make a fool of yourself? Oversized collars, garish colors, and face paint aren’t just for the circus anymore.

Clowning around

Instagram

Why TikTok's favorite #haul trend isn’t great for the environment

Fast fashion brands are often a go-to for aspiring and bonafide influencers alike.

Style

Dolly Parton’s starring in a TikTok musical about Taco Bell’s Mexican Pizza

None of these words are in the Bible.

Good news

Instagram announces NFT integration test just as the market flops

Both Ethereum and Bitcoin values are down nearly 20 percent in the last week.

Tech

Twitter's ‘Close Friends’ feature makes a safe space for your cringiest tweets

After getting teased as an alternative timeline, Twitter Circle is now a permanent fixture for some of the platform's users.

Design

Squishmallows are adorable, but their online fandom has a dark side

Vigilantes are doxxing and bullying resellers. “People are going feral,” says one collector.

Animal instincts

Hackers used the Bored Ape Yacht Club Instagram to steal NFTS

In the latest fumble by the NFT space, hackers used a fake mint link posted to Instagram to steal millions of dollars worth of NFTs.

My apes!

The masculine urge to dig a tunnel: an investigation

Experts weigh in on why dudes dig digging.

Input Investigates

This internet-famous cat will soon be mayor of Hell, Michigan

All hail Mayor Jinx.

Meow

Meta came after small companies like Dispo to back it up in antitrust case

In seeking to prove it isn't a monopoly, Meta has pulled out some of its best bullying techniques yet.

Culture

Meta is testing virtual 'Zuck Bucks' after failed cryptocurrency project

Oh, that digital Prada suit is way too many Zuck Bucks, I think we should head to the Meta Mall for something cheaper.

Tech

Amber Heard, others blast Instagram for inaction on abusive DMs

Five high-profile women shared often “revolting” unsolicited DMs for a new study by the Center for Countering Digital Hate.

Misogyny

The FBI is investing millions in social media surveillance software

Babel X will conduct about 20,000 keyword searches every month on platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Culture

How to view your Instagram feed in chronological order and only see your fave accounts

Ditch the algorithm and fill your feed with posts you actually want to see with Instagram’s new feed filters.

Guides

Meta says pivot to video is working as it shoves Reels in front of users

Stop trying to make Reels happen.

Zuck

TikTok thinks periods are icky

When it comes to menstruation education, bans and blocks are “adding to the taboo we’ve fought so long against,” says one creator.

Health

Instagram suspends Kanye for bullying Pete Davidson

The digital feud between West and Pete Davidson has been paused, at least for now.

Cyberbully

Facebook

Trump isn't allowed to post content unless it's hit Truth Social first

Not that he has access to any other social media right now, anyway.

Culture

Yoga Barbie isn't introducing the youth to Satan, unfortunately

Way to suck the fun out of things, fact-checkers.

Beelze-Barbie

Facebook keeps finding new ways to be utterly evil

Documents and emails leaked to 'The Wall Street Journal' suggest Facebook intentionally disrupted the flow of information in Australia to influence legislation.

New Lows

How to cast your Meta Quest 2 to a TV, computer, or phone

VR can be a lonesome experience unless you cast what you’re seeing to a TV, computer, or phone screen for friends and family to see. Here’s how to do that.

Guides

The Eve 6 Guy’s advice on Twitter crushes and toxic parents

In this installment of Heart in a Blender, ’90s rocker Max Collins imparts some serious wisdom about relationships and social media.

Heart in a Blender

Meta's high-end Cambria AR/VR headset is for working not gaming in the metaverse

A report from 'The Information' reveals Meta's plans to release two consumer Quest headset and two work-focused Cambria headsets each by 2024.

Tech

Facebook's pivot to podcasts is going up in flames

After just one year, Facebook will end its push into podcasts according to a report from Bloomberg.

Pivot

Squishmallows are adorable, but their online fandom has a dark side

Vigilantes are doxxing and bullying resellers. “People are going feral,” says one collector.

Animal instincts

Mark Zuckerberg says mass employee exodus is good, actually

Zuck's delusion continues unabated.

Mhm, sure

People hate their guts, but landlord influencers keep on posting

The landlords of Tiktok and YouTube claim they’re not the bad guys. Trolls beg to differ.

Capitalism

Facebook loses interest in podcasts as metaverse push intensifies

Meta is following trends so fast it doesn't even fully implement one before moving on to the next.

Tech

Endangered wildlife trafficking is still going strong on Facebook

Pygmy marmosets, African grey parrots, tiger cubs, and ocelots are just some of the animals researchers found being sold on Facebook.

Tech

This is what Meta's next VR headset, ‘Cambria,’ might look like

YouTuber Brad Lynch created impressive 3D renders based on a sneak peek his friend showed him.

Top Secret

Meta came after small companies like Dispo to back it up in antitrust case

In seeking to prove it isn't a monopoly, Meta has pulled out some of its best bullying techniques yet.

Culture

Meta is testing virtual 'Zuck Bucks' after failed cryptocurrency project

Oh, that digital Prada suit is way too many Zuck Bucks, I think we should head to the Meta Mall for something cheaper.

Tech

Mark Zuckerberg thinks employees 'lovingly' call him 'Eye of Sauron'

Referencing a genocidal, monomaniacal fallen angel is a term of endearment, you guys!

Annotated

Twitter

Jordan Peterson’s awful Yumi Nu tweet got him chased off of Twitter

Turns out the free market of ideas can be tough to swallow.

Culture

The Eve 6 Guy explains why ghosting gets a bad rap

Plus, ’90s rocker Max Collins offers advice on what to do when your ex starts getting friendly with your Twitter mutuals.

Heart in a Blender

Elon Musk goes full chaos mode with Twitter takeover stuck in limbo

Musk is making every excuse known to man in the most performative way possible.

Culture

Meet the amateur archivists streaming old VHS tapes online

Forget Netflix. Watching schlocky movie clips and vintage TV commercials on Twitch or YouTube is way more fun.

Retromania

Jordan Peterson's Yumi Nu tweet deserves an award for unintentional comedy

And no amount of blatant misogyny is going to change that.

Culture

The world's richest men are competing for world's worst tweets

One returning Hall of Famer meets one newcomer for double-duty awfulness.

Bad Tweet Hall of Fame

Trump isn't allowed to post content unless it's hit Truth Social first

Not that he has access to any other social media right now, anyway.

Culture

Elon Musk is picking fights with Twitter execs and losing

Musk continues to show everyone just how little he understands about his $44 billion purchase.

Sit Down

Elon Musk grants humanity a reprieve, puts his Twitter buyout on ice

Life comes at you fast, even for a Technoking.

Pause

Boris Johnson just joined TikTok. Joe Biden should, too.

The British prime minister isn’t using the app right, but if he were, it could be a powerful tool.

Politics

This summer’s vibe is a $400K Zillow listing collapsing into the ocean

It is a big mood. It is so us. It is iconic. Et cetera.

Iconic

Of course Elon Musk is ready to reinstate Trump's Twitter megaphone

Musk says only bots and spam accounts should face permanent bans.

Surprise, Surprise

Meet the TikTokers obsessed with Harry Styles’ ‘secret’ love life

Fans known as Larries are convinced he’s in a same-sex relationship with One Direction bandmate Louis Tomlinson.

Conspiracy theories

Elon Musk plans Twitter layoffs and a mystery product called 'X'

Musk also claims he can quadruple overall revenue by 2028.

Culture

Now the Bored Apes are taking over your breakfast nook

There’s Ape-themed cereal and coffee — and potentially many more NFT-branded consumer goods to come.

New pioneers

I'd do anything to unsee this tweet from the White House pets' fan page

Never expected a dog to land in the Bad Tweet Hall of Fame but here we are.

Bad Tweet Hall of Fame

YouTube

These theme park YouTubers make a living riding roller coasters

Dream job alert!

Thrills

Meet the amateur archivists streaming old VHS tapes online

Forget Netflix. Watching schlocky movie clips and vintage TV commercials on Twitch or YouTube is way more fun.

Retromania

Riding the rails with YouTube’s hobo vloggers

Critics say their content is dangerous and irresponsible, but these influencers can’t get enough of the train-hopping life.

The Great Outdoors

YouTube lawyers are getting famous covering the Johnny Depp–Amber Heard trial

The legal commentators say they’re having fun — and making a tidy profit.

Celebrity

Boris Johnson just joined TikTok. Joe Biden should, too.

The British prime minister isn’t using the app right, but if he were, it could be a powerful tool.

Politics

Inside the colossal failure of VENN, the ‘MTV of video games’

Why the $45 million streaming network, launched amid the pandemic, crashed and burned.

Game over

Ahoy! Meet the boatfluencer moms raising kids on the high seas

Despite major challenges, YouTube vloggers are taking their young children along on their oceanic adventures.

Mother's Day 2022

The wildest Elden Ring runs, ranked

Elden Ring players are pushing against the barriers of what's possible to beat the game, and the results are often hysterical.

Gaming

The Wu-Tang ‘Fortnite’ film is light on everything but narration

The eight-minute film was shot entirely inside the game. Too bad 'Fortnite' isn't the most interesting part.

Gaming

Twitch’s new business plan could mean lower payouts and a lot more ads

According to a new report, Twitch is planning to make some big changes to its revenue share, and its stars aren't going to be happy.

Dollars and sense

People hate their guts, but landlord influencers keep on posting

The landlords of Tiktok and YouTube claim they’re not the bad guys. Trolls beg to differ.

Capitalism

The triumphant rise of pro wrestler vloggers

On YouTube, stars are letting fans into their day-to-day lives — and building their brands in the process.

Entertainment

He re-created his imaginary friend with AI — and it tried to kill him

Today in sinister, sentient microwave news...

👀

How Jane Schoenbrun’s ‘emo horror movie’ helped them find themself

The director’s Sundance hit We’re All Going to the World’s Fair is about identity and the dark corners of the internet.

Cinema

Elden Ring speedrunner butt-stomps his way to the Elden Throne

The Elden Ring speedrunner who currently holds the world record has also beaten the game by only using the Ground Slam ability.

Try rump

YouTube dashes hopes for picture-in-picture support on iOS once again

A deleted tweet said PiP was coming in "a matter of days," but now YouTube says it was actually referring to YouTube TV.

Tech