The Soothing Promise of Our Own Artisanal Internet

The Soothing Promise of Our Own Artisanal Internet

“I don’t know what the Michael Pollan version would be: Eat independent sites, mostly not Facebook?” says Glitch CEO Anil Dash, who helped create some early social web tools 15 years ago at Six Apart and has long argued that tech needs to reintroduce community and user control.

Frozen 2 Trailer: Twitter Asks, Where Is Elsa's Girlfriend?

Frozen 2 Trailer: Twitter Asks, Where Is Elsa's Girlfriend?

Frozen 2 Trailer: Twitter Asks, Where Is Elsa's Girlfriend? No sooner had Disney dropped the trailer for Frozen 2 than the question started popping up: Where was Elsa's girlfriend? Menzel herself said she was "happy" people were asking Disney to give Elsa a female love interest.

'Kara Versus Jack' Proves That Twitter Needs an Edit Button

'Kara Versus Jack' Proves That Twitter Needs an Edit Button

'Kara Versus Jack' Proves That Twitter Needs an Edit Button Marla Aufmuth/Getty Images On Tuesday afternoon, New York Times technology columnist and Recode editor-at-large Kara Swisher interviewed Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey— on Twitter, in what Swisher called a “live chat.” She peppered Dorsey with hard questions about why the platform is still so full of abuse and pushed for specific examples of how Dorsey has improved the “health” of conversations on Twitter.

Journalism Isn't Dying. It's Returning to Its Roots

Journalism Isn't Dying. It's Returning to Its Roots

In one scene, the Times ’ CEO asks Abramson to cook up new revenue ideas, to which she indignantly responds, “If that’s what you expect, you have the wrong executive editor.” Our reborn Founding Father journalist would find this disconnect between editorial and business absolutely inconceivable.

Twitter Still Can't Keep Up With Its Flood of Junk Accounts, Study Finds

Twitter Still Can't Keep Up With Its Flood of Junk Accounts, Study Finds

Flooding the Zone In an 16-month study of 1.5 billion tweets, Zubair Shafiq, a computer science professor at the University of Iowa, and his graduate student Shehroze Farooqi, identified more than 167,000 apps using Twitter's API to automate bot accounts that spread tens of millions of tweets pushing spam, links to malware, and astroturfing campaigns.

Teens Don't Use Facebook, but They Can't Escape It, Either

Teens Don't Use Facebook, but They Can't Escape It, Either

For the families who spoke to WIRED, it’s often the teens asking the parents to limit what they post, or how much time they spend on the site.

Tidy Up Your Cluttered Twitter Feed With This KonMari Tool

Tidy Up Your Cluttered Twitter Feed With This KonMari Tool

The tool asks: “Do the tweets still spark joy or feel important to you?” You get three options: keep following the account, unfollow it, or add the account to a Twitter list.

Howard Schultz: Presidential Hopeful, Ratio King

Howard Schultz: Presidential Hopeful, Ratio King

Over the course of 12 tweets, Schultz has emerged a paragon of what Twitter obsessives know as “the ratio,” a term popularized by reporter Luke O’Neil in a 2017 Esquire post, “ How to Know If You’ve Seen a Horrible Tweet .” If a tweet garners more responses than likes and retweets, you’ve been ratioed.

The Phone Number Ashton Kutcher Tweeted Comes From a Startup

The Phone Number Ashton Kutcher Tweeted Comes From a Startup

“Hi Ashton Kutcher (or the person who hacked his Twitter account)”—look, I may have been throwing words into the void but I didn’t want to look gullible —“my name is Caitlin Kelly and I’m a journalist at Wired Magazine.

Tesla Investors Suing Musk Can Subpoena Azealia Banks and Grimes

Tesla Investors Suing Musk Can Subpoena Azealia Banks and Grimes

The judge overseeing a class action lawsuit filed in a California federal court against Tesla and Musk by a large group of Tesla shareholders said that yes, sure, the lawyers for the plaintiffs sure can subpoena the art pop musician Grimes and the rapper Azealia Banks.

Your Old Tweets Give Away More Location Data Than You Think

Your Old Tweets Give Away More Location Data Than You Think

"If you're not aware of the problem, you're never going to go remove that data." Jason Polakis, University of Illinois at Chicago To predict which cluster might correspond to a user’s home, the researchers directed LPAuditor to look for locations where people spent the longest time span tweeting over the weekend.

Marie Kondo Is All of Us in This Year of Self-Optimization

Marie Kondo Is All of Us in This Year of Self-Optimization

In 2019, meme creators are abandoning the typical resolution, which so often feels like a list of personal failings, for something more technical, informed, and designed to hack the human psyche: a quest for subtle shifts that will radically change the way you perceive your world, a kind of psychic weighted blanket to mollify 2019’s inevitable crises.

A Major Hacking Spree Gets Personal for German Politicians

A Major Hacking Spree Gets Personal for German Politicians

It's difficult to offer protection to the victims." Lukasz Olejnik, Oxford University The trove of leaked documents is massive, but early assessments indicate that it seems focused less on exposing state secrets than it does on revealing deeply personal information about its targets.

While You Were Offline: A US Government Shutdown Loomed

While You Were Offline: A US Government Shutdown Loomed

What Really Happened: Trump's surprise holiday gift to the Middle East arrived early Wednesday, as reports surfaced suggesting that the United States was about to withdraw troops from Syria .

Amnesty Report Finds, Yes, Twitter Is Toxic for Women

Amnesty Report Finds, Yes, Twitter Is Toxic for Women

“We have the data to back up what women have long been telling us—that Twitter is a place where racism, misogyny and homophobia are allowed to flourish basically unchecked.”The study looked at 778 women journalists and politicians in the US and UK, and found that 7.1 percent of tweets sent to them last year were abusive or problematic.

How Russian Trolls Used Meme Warfare to Divide America

How Russian Trolls Used Meme Warfare to Divide America

At the time, the company was asked: “Does Facebook believe that any of the content created by the Russian Internet Research Agency was designed to discourage anyone from voting?” Facebook responded: “We believe this is an assessment that can be made only by investigators with access to classified intelligence and information from all relevant companies and industries.”A Facebook spokesperson added on Monday morning: “We continue to fully cooperate with officials investigating the IRA’s activity on Facebook and Instagram around the 2016 election.

The Co-Opting of French Unrest to Spread Disinformation

The Co-Opting of French Unrest to Spread Disinformation

“The goal is clear: show to the world that there is a civil war in France.” Other accounts identified by Robert as sharing similarly false or polarizing information claimed to be journalists and European nationals.@AbrahamEkris, a relatively unknown account notable for its belief in the sprawling conspiracy theory known as QAnon, was another popular promoter of disinformation using #GiletsJaunes.

Why a Hacker Exploited Printers to Make PewDiePie Propaganda

Why a Hacker Exploited Printers to Make PewDiePie Propaganda

A self-described “huge” PewDiePie fan and university student says they exploited tens of thousands of internet-connected printers earlier this week to spit out a message telling people, in part, “PewDiePie is in trouble and he needs your help to defeat T-Series!” The incident was first reported by The Verge.

A Quiet War Rages Over Who Can Make Money Online

A Quiet War Rages Over Who Can Make Money Online

Members of the incel community—including the official Twitter account for incels.is, a central hub for adherents—have joined with other men’s rights activists, using the content policies of online payment companies such as PayPal as weapons to block female pornographic actors and sex workers from making or spending money online.The campaign is called the “ThotAudit,” in reference to the derogatory term “thot,” which stands for “that ho over there.” It began over the Thanksgiving holiday as a grassroots effort to intimidate sex workers and women who sell access to private pornographic social media accounts by reporting them to the Internal Revenue Service for tax evasion—without evidence of wrongdoing.

What Is a Bot?

What Is a Bot?

Retweeting things hundreds of times a day, spamming the same link repeatedly, and using multiple accounts to amplify the same message are all good indicators of bot-like activity, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that the account is a bot.Even Twitter gets confused sometimes.

Should I Delete My Tweets?

Should I Delete My Tweets?

That might mean a few days or a few weeks, if you’re someone who habitually engages in threads or long conversations on Twitter—you don't want your half of the discussion disappear before the conversation is even finished!You can download your archive of tweets before you delete them, if you worry that maybe the MOST BRILLIANT THING you’ve ever said is buried back in your twitter history, and one day you’ll dig through and find it.

The White House's Fake-News Shenanigans Top This Week's Internet News Roundup

The White House's Fake-News Shenanigans Top This Week's Internet News Roundup

You’d think that that someone so stuck in the past as President Trump would remember the saying about never arguing with people who buy ink by the barrel…The Takeaway: This is just the beginning of a bigger fight—and one that's likely going to happen sooner rather than later.https://twitter.com/melissakchan/status/1060531575492935680Wave Hello, Say GoodbyeWhat Happened: If no one expects the Spanish Inquisition, and no one expected the president to fire his attorney general immediately after the midterm elections, does that mean that Jeff Sessions was a victim of the Spanish Inquisition?

It Started as an Online Gaming Prank. Then It Turned Deadly

It Started as an Online Gaming Prank. Then It Turned Deadly

And since he’d now been personally insulted by Gaskill, he decided to do the swatting for free.“The death of my son has changed every iota of my being,” says Lisa Finch, who was at home with Andrew when he was shot by Wichita police.

How an InfoWars Video Became a White House Tweet

How an InfoWars Video Became a White House Tweet

It’s notable that neither Watson’s nor Sanders’ video has sound, as the source video for both appears to be a three-second GIF circulated in conservative circles moments after the actual event took place.At 12:34 pm Wednesday, ForAmerica, a conservative group popular on Twitter, posted this three-second GIF of the press conference lifted from C-Span’s feed.https://twitter.com/ForAmerica/status/1060224093604245504?ref_src=twsrc%5EtfwTwelve minutes later, the Daily Wire, a right-wing news and opinion blog, posted the same GIF.

How Bots Ruined Clicktivism

How Bots Ruined Clicktivism

The second, first posted at 2 am Texas time Thursday morning, was initiated by a group sympathetic to Ted Cruz’s reelection campaign (it’s still unclear who) and it was pushed via a combination of an advocacy app and some of Twitter’s own ad tools.They were amplified by a lot of real people—as well as a fair number of sketchy accounts.Anyone who’s ever run a campaign—political, advocacy, or marketing—knows that getting attention is key to winning—and that getting attention is really hard.

Who Gets Their News From Which Social Media Sites?

Who Gets Their News From Which Social Media Sites?

It offers unusual insight into how social media news consumption varies by platform according to age, political affiliation, gender, education level, and race.Only a third of people who use Instagram told Pew they get news from the site, but two-thirds of that group are nonwhite—the highest proportion of nonwhite news consumers of any social media site.

How to Use Social Media Responsibly During Hurricane Florence

How to Use Social Media Responsibly During Hurricane Florence

If you see a Twitter feed that you don’t know tweeting information or images, be careful before you push that along.'Matt Gertz, Media Matters for America"Make sure if you are going to repost something that the source is credible, number one, because a lot of hysteria happens," Steven Stalinksy of the Middle East Research Institute, who studies social media, told WIRED last year about how to behave online during breaking news.

How That Magical Jack Dorsey–Alex Jones Photo Happened

How That Magical Jack Dorsey–Alex Jones Photo Happened

"It's a rare thing to be alone on an island with such a dramatic scene developing in front of you," Mahaskey says.His photograph records a tight web of figures, their gestures and expressions so intense as to seem exaggerated, like those of characters in a play.

Facebook and Twitter's Biggest Problems Follow Them to Congress

Facebook and Twitter's Biggest Problems Follow Them to Congress

Facebook and YouTube may have kicked Jones off their platforms (and tanked his traffic in the process), but they still can't seem to shake the toxicity he propagates and personifies.'There's no clear and easy path forward.'Senator Richard BurrMembers of Congress mostly ignored the sideshow swirling around the internet trolls in the audience, instead questioning Dorsey and Sandberg on the fine line between allowing free speech and preventing harassment and disinformation campaigns.

How to Watch Twitter and Facebook Testify Before Congress Wednesday

How to Watch Twitter and Facebook Testify Before Congress Wednesday

You can watch a stream of that one here:The morning session will ostensibly focus on foreign efforts to interfere in US democracy, but if past is prologue, the executives will likely end up fielding a range of questions about everything from Russian influence campaigns to perceptions of bias against conservatives.Expect Sandberg's answers to echo Zuckerberg's from a few months ago as well, although hopefully she won't have to get back to them on quite as much.

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