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TikTok internal docs reveal just how simple it is to keep you addicted

An algorithm explainer leaked to The New York Times shows the broad strokes of social media success.

Algo 101
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TikTok people-watching videos straddle the line between funny and creepy

The genre, popularized on college campuses this fall, pairs videos of oblivious strangers with fake descriptions of their innermost thoughts

Culture
A man speaks into a microphone in a crowd of rowdy Knicks fans

The internet is obsessed with saying, ‘Bing bong!’

After catching on among basketball fans this fall, the viral phrase even got some write-in votes in the NYC mayoral election.

Sidetalk
Crackhead Barney interviews a general

Meet Crackhead Barney, TikTok’s outrageous ambush interviewer

New York’s brash social media star — best known for her public shouting match with Andrew Giuliani — is just getting started.

Provocateur
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How TikTok influencers are rebranding the pitbull

Humans are using the social media platform to show the softer side of the much-maligned dog breed.

Bow wow
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Lush shuts down its Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat accounts

Oh, and its TikTok, too.

Self-Care
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Instagram's doling out the big bucks for creators choosing Reels over TikTok

Maybe this would be more successful with a lot more transparency. And, you know, if Instagram wasn't generally bad for one's mental health.

Culture
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The Tourette’s community is livid over the ‘TikTok tics’ media frenzy

A viral Wall Street Journal article about teen girls “catching” Tourette syndrome from social media is doing major damage, online advocates say.

Mental health

Bumble BFF has an MLM problem

Multi-level marketers are all over Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok. But when someone tries to recruit you through a friendship app, it feels like even more of a violation.

Schemes

Witches Anonymous: Wiccan Reddit is a haven for recovering addicts

“The 12 steps lend themselves very well to witchcraft,” says one sober practitioner.

Magic

TikTok is testing a way for you to tip creators directly

Only a select few creators are able to try out the Tips feature right now.

Tech
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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
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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
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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

Instagram

Meet Crackhead Barney, TikTok’s outrageous ambush interviewer

New York’s brash social media star — best known for her public shouting match with Andrew Giuliani — is just getting started.

Provocateur

Lush shuts down its Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat accounts

Oh, and its TikTok, too.

Self-Care

Instagram's new 'rage shake' feature enables error reporting

It’s just one of a number of new features the photo-sharing service has added recently.

Tech

Instagram's doling out the big bucks for creators choosing Reels over TikTok

Maybe this would be more successful with a lot more transparency. And, you know, if Instagram wasn't generally bad for one's mental health.

Culture

Bumble BFF has an MLM problem

Multi-level marketers are all over Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok. But when someone tries to recruit you through a friendship app, it feels like even more of a violation.

Schemes

Facebook has begun carefully constructing its paper trail

A new "legal hold" covers all Facebook documents from 2016 onward. WhatsApp, Spark AR, and New Product Experimentation documents are exempt.

Culture

Instagram has finally stopped gatekeeping the Stories link feature

Now if only it could figure out how to choose harm reduction over profits...

Tech

Leaked Facebook documents reveal alarms sounding from every angle

The Facebook Papers illustrate the company's failure to act on warnings from employees and the public at a staggering scale.

The Facebook Papers

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

Facebook routinely allows ads comparing vaccines to the Holocaust

That's not very Meta of them.

Blind Eye

Facebook just reinstated protest killer Kyle Rittenhouse’s platform

Following his not guilty verdict, Facebook has unblocked Rittenhouse from all of its platforms.

Culture

Watch Mark Zuckerburg torment you with BBQ sauce in this Meta parody

The video is intended as comedy, but we’re not sure whether to laugh or cry.

Zuck

The U.K. might actually stop Meta from acquiring Giphy

Meta, as you might expect, isn't backing down without a fight.

Culture

'Resident Evil 4 VR' gets ‘The Mercenaries’ next year

No HUNK, no buy.

Combo

Lush shuts down its Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat accounts

Oh, and its TikTok, too.

Self-Care

This webcomic made it okay to be sad online. Then its artist vanished.

The author of ‘Pictures for Sad Children’ went AWOL after a 2014 Kickstarter drama. In an exclusive interview, she explains why she had to unplug from the internet.

Art & commerce

Instagram's new 'rage shake' feature enables error reporting

It’s just one of a number of new features the photo-sharing service has added recently.

Tech

Meta's Haptic Glove will let you throttle your foes in VR

A new demo reel from the company shows off the new technology.

Hold tight

Amazon, Facebook, and Peloton top Mozilla's list of privacy poor gifts

You might want to rethink that Ring camera you were going to give your mom.

Culture

Iceland tourism ad expertly roasts Mark Zuckerberg's metaverse

A much-needed reminder that the real world is still very much worth living in.

Icelandverse

Meta might open physical stores to push its metaverse propaganda

Anything requiring a "judgment free" environment to convince consumers it’s not evil doesn't exactly inspire confidence.

Metaverse

Meta will continue to use facial recognition technology, actually

Oh, did we say we're shutting down our invasive tech? We didn't mean it like that!

Tech

Bumble BFF has an MLM problem

Multi-level marketers are all over Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok. But when someone tries to recruit you through a friendship app, it feels like even more of a violation.

Schemes

The Quest 2 feels like dial-up for the metaverse

Meta's VR headset is the backbone of the metaverse. There's just one problem: the underpowered hardware is best for games, not work, or the rest of reality.

Not up to snuff

Facebook is ending its auto-tagging facial recognition feature — for now

A significant move, but not one that really constitutes a promise for the future.

Culture

Twitter

Twitter’s new ban on sharing ‘private’ media is frustratingly vague

In keeping its space inclusive, Twitter often falls back on abstractions.

Culture

Jack Dorsey's legacy at Twitter is a world of chaos and misinformation

In finally stepping down as CEO, @jack walks away from a hellhole he helped engineer.

Verified

Conservatives think Twitter's new CEO quoting 'The Daily Show' is anti-white

The tweet in question is from 11 years ago.

Out-of-Context

Jack Dorsey is stepping down as Twitter CEO

Dorsey confirmed the move this morning via... well, you know.

Deactivated

This webcomic made it okay to be sad online. Then its artist vanished.

The author of ‘Pictures for Sad Children’ went AWOL after a 2014 Kickstarter drama. In an exclusive interview, she explains why she had to unplug from the internet.

Art & commerce

#FreeBritney was a success. ‘Now what?’ ask #NotJustBritney campaigners.

Disability activists fear that people will forget about conservatorships now that Britney Spears is free.

Social justice

The Bored Apes take Manhattan

Members of Bored Ape Yacht Club, the internet’s hottest NFT project, monkeyed around IRL at Ape Fest 2021. How long can the party last?

Chimps ahoy!

Spongebob rapping is the YouTube rabbit hole you need to dive into

A producer from Maine is using AI to make SpongeBob content that you just can’t look away from.

Spongebob

Therapy app responds to backlash over Travis Scott partnership

“It’s disheartening to see the way misinformation is spreading about us” in the wake of their Astroworld offer, says a rep for the controversial service BetterHelp.

Trauma

Playground Games has been working on 'Fable' reboot for four years

Tom Gaulton, an engineer at the studio, took to Twitter to announce the news.

Gaming

Hackers just got tantalizingly close to jailbreaking the PS5

Persistence is key, especially when it comes to hack the heck out of your next-gen game console.

Gaming

You’ll soon have another shot at copping the coveted Xbox mini-fridge

The meme turned physical product sold out in minutes and is now getting a boost in production.

Gaming

Hackers reportedly laundered $10M using Twitch’s ‘cheering’ currency

The digital heist was exposed by a group of Turkish streamers.

Culture

Elijah Wood touted a newly acquired NFT. A racism scandal ensued.

Offensive cartoons by Jungle Freaks creator George Trosley have come to light. The decades-old works, “drawn in satire, do not reflect our character,” his son tells Input.

Bad art

Bizarre Facebook ad featuring real journalists should have everyone worried

Two journalists filmed an interview with Facebook execs. Facebook used the footage as sponcon without telling the reporters.

Culture

Twitter has no clue why its algorithms amplify right-leaning content

But, yeah, the algorithms are definitely boosting conservative politicians and media outlets.

Tech

YouTube

Did a former ‘New York Times’ reporter exploit musicians for his personal gain?

A YouTube video accuses Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Ian Urbina of fleecing artists. Urbina says his project is “being woefully distorted.”

Media

Meet Crackhead Barney, TikTok’s outrageous ambush interviewer

New York’s brash social media star — best known for her public shouting match with Andrew Giuliani — is just getting started.

Provocateur

Spongebob rapping is the YouTube rabbit hole you need to dive into

A producer from Maine is using AI to make SpongeBob content that you just can’t look away from.

Spongebob

Therapy app responds to backlash over Travis Scott partnership

“It’s disheartening to see the way misinformation is spreading about us” in the wake of their Astroworld offer, says a rep for the controversial service BetterHelp.

Trauma

In a plea for peace, YouTube says it’s getting rid of the dislike counter

Don't worry, though, the dislike button itself isn't going anywhere.

Tech

YouTube warns creators of kids’ content to shape up or face demonetization

“Low-quality” content, especially that which blindly pushes products or bad behavior, is in YouTube’s crosshairs.

Culture

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