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The Twitter Files Revealed One Thing: Elon Musk Is Trapped

Moderating social media platforms is hard. Just ask the former Twitter employees whose decision to block a 2020 New York Post story about Joe Biden’s son Hunter was picked over yesterday in tweets from…

How Chinese Netizens Swamped China’s Internet Controls

The tragedy came as frustrations with zero-Covid policies were already starting to spike. Violent confrontations had broken out between workers and security at a Foxconn plant in Zhengzhou that manufactures iPhones. Scott…

We’re in Denial About the True Cost of a Twitter Implosion

Think of how devastating it was to the anti-vax influencers Alex Berenson and Robert Malone to be kicked off Twitter. They happened to be grifters. But if Twitter died, that…

Iran’s Protests Reveal What’s Lost If Twitter Crumbles

Twitter isn’t Iran’s biggest social network—WhatsApp, Instagram, and Telegram are more popular—but as in many other countries, it is used to share breaking news and real-time updates on events. It…

Virality! What Is It Good For?

Who could’ve guessed that after three pandemic years’ worth of bad PR, the concept of “virality” would enjoy an unexpected glow-up? Twitter’s precipitous fall from grace has occasioned many eulogies…

Truth Social Is Rising as the Anti-Mastodon

Then there’s Mastodon’s code. As Truth Social was under development in 2021, the Software Freedom Conservancy accused it of violating a free and open source software licensing agreement for taking Mastodon’s…

How to Get Started on Hive Social

People Wanted alternative social networks long before Elon Musk bought Twitter and went full chaos mode. From BeReal to Gas, multiple new options enjoyed breakout moments as legacy platforms sputtered. The…

Here’s Proof Hate Speech Is More Viral on Elon Musk’s Twitter

Elon Musk reactivated Donald Trump’s Twitter account last weekend, reversing a ban imposed in January 2021 after his posts were deemed to have incited violence at the US Capitol. Trump has not…

Will Users Replace Twitter or Learn to Live Without It?

Since Elon Musk took over Twitter in late October, there’s been a sense that the ship is sinking, with the platform’s users scurrying offboard to safety. Musk’s actions, from mass…

Elon Musk Embraces Twitter’s Radical Fact-Checking Experiment

Unlike Polis, Twitter’s project has to find consensus not for one question at a time but for any conceivable controversy on the platform. Community Notes does that by estimating the…

Avoiding Twitter? Try These Interest-Based Discord Servers

Are you looking for an alternative to Twitter since Elon Musk acquired it? Some social media users switched over to Mastodon, a decentralized option with similar structures. For anyone who’s…

Pager’s App Gives Screenshots Superpowers. That’s Just the Beginning

Chances are your phone’s camera roll is filled with tons of screenshots. Most captured intentionally, some conceived by the soft fumbling of your fingers on your phone’s buttons. And if…

Why the Emoji Skin Tone You Choose Matters

“I’m a white person, and despite there being a range of skin tones available for emoji these days, I still just choose the original Simpsons-esque yellow. Is this insensitive to…

How to Get Started on Mastodon

The big difference, though, is the content warning system. This is a subtle thing to grasp but an important one. The early culture of the Fediverse and Mastodon were shaped…

Want to Archive Twitter? Good Luck With That

From the moment Elon Musk closed his Twitter deal, the network’s diehard users have taken steps to eulogize it. People have downloaded their own archive from Twitter. Others have started…

TikTok’s Format Breeds Sassy Customer Service

Remmington has also since received a DM from the brand on Instagram, explaining that alongside the video, Uniqlo had meant to privately message Remmington and offer him a replacement umbrella…

Formerly Incarcerated Job Seekers Need More Than Training

Every year, 600,000 people leave prison, and many seek jobs. And because research suggests that quality employment can help prevent recidivism—not to mention that working is often part of probation…

How to Claim Your YouTube Handle

On every platform, from Twitter to Instagram to Google Docs, the practice of mentioning and tagging someone by typing an “@” symbol followed by their chosen name or handle is…

A Tweet Before Dying | WIRED

i find it a good philosophical exercise to imagine the last tweet. It could come centuries hence, when a cryptobot offers a wistful adieu to another cryptobot, or in 2025,…

Anti-Bullying Apps Are Popular. But Do They Work?

Despite nationwide efforts to foreground measures to prevent bullying—including annual campaigns like National Bullying Prevention month—bullying remains a serious public health issue. Tech developers have responded to this crisis with,…

Elon Musk’s Twitter Blue Verification Is a Gift to Scammers

At the end of August, Sean Murphy was trying to book a flight between Nairobi, Kenya, and Entebbe, Uganda, with Kenya Airways. “The information on the booking page was ambiguous,”…

What You Should Know About Switching to Mastodon

Amid all the Twitter hubbub, the lesser known social site Mastodon has seen a surge of new users. Mastodon is a loosely connected network of individually run servers, which all…

Twitter Users Have Caused a Mastodon Meltdown

Rochko says he was too busy this week working on Mastodon to comment about the overloaded servers, and how the massive amount of new users had affected the network. The…

Inside Meta’s Oversight Board: 2 Years of Pushing Limits

Ultimately, the issue came up in a March 2022 meeting with Clegg, who seemed taken aback by the board members’ frustration. He promised to break the logjam, and a few…

After Twitter Staff Cuts, Survivors Face ‘Radio Silence’

“Saturday was the cleanup,” he says. Much of the day was spent working on removing departed colleagues’ access and trying to get things as stable as possible in case anything…