Why People Keep Falling for Viral Hoaxes

Why People Keep Falling for Viral Hoaxes

A years-old internet hoax warning about a new, nonexistent Instagram rule resurfaced this week—and demonstrated the staying power of even low-stakes misinformation online.If the story pushed by a meme or hoax fits in a way that feels like a coherent narrative to a critical mass of people, it’s game over, says Phillips.

An Old Instagram Hoax Fools a Bunch of Celebrities

An Old Instagram Hoax Fools a Bunch of Celebrities

People like Martha Stewart and US Secretary of Energy Rick Perry posted a typo-ridden meme that claims a new rule is about to go into effect on the platform, which would supposedly allow Instagram to use your photos “in court cases in litigation against you.”.

When Influencers Switch Platforms—and Bare It All

When Influencers Switch Platforms—and Bare It All

Last year, he decided to develop his own platform, JustFor. Fans, which includes features like a store where creators can hawk merchandise, personalized phone numbers to text with followers, and the ability to sell videos (which OnlyFans now offers too).

A Heroic Plane Landing, Instagram's New Fact Checkers, and More News

A Heroic Plane Landing, Instagram's New Fact Checkers, and More News

A gull strike forced a Russian airliner to land in a cornfield, Instagram is getting into the fact-checking game, and new technology is catching lightning from afar.

Election Systems Are Even More Vulnerable Than We Thought

Election Systems Are Even More Vulnerable Than We Thought

But a group of security researchers told Motherboard this week they found what look like election infrastructure online in 10 states, including swing states like Wisconsin, Michigan, and Florida.

Facebook Puts Its Stamp—and Name—on Instagram and WhatsApp

Facebook Puts Its Stamp—and Name—on Instagram and WhatsApp

Also, much as WhatsApp and Instagram employees and users might not like it, merging the three brands also allows Zuckerberg to say that he’s doing what the world is asking of him.

'Spider-Man: Far From Home' Star Tom Holland Found Out He Was Peter Parker on Instagram

'Spider-Man: Far From Home' Star Tom Holland Found Out He Was Peter Parker on Instagram

Spider-Man: Far From Home 's Tom Holland Found Out He Was Peter Parker on Instagram. So, how did Spider-Man: Far From Home star Tom Holland find out he was going to be Peter Parker?

What the College Scandal Shallowfakes Reveal About the Rich

What the College Scandal Shallowfakes Reveal About the Rich

Rick Singer, the concierge to the stars who pleaded guilty in March to money laundering and racketeering in a scheme to get rich children into luxury-brand colleges, used the software to graft the heads of teens onto the muscled bodies of elite athletes.

Instagram Can Find Misleading Posts—but Won’t Take Them Down

Instagram Can Find Misleading Posts—but Won’t Take Them Down

The spokesperson said Facebook’s and Instagram’s approaches to misleading posts differ in part because Instagram lacks a re-share button and the content users see in their Instagram feeds comes solely from accounts they have chosen to follow, unlike on Facebook.

How I Learned to Embrace Venmo's Ever-Evolving Vernacular

How I Learned to Embrace Venmo's Ever-Evolving Vernacular

It can seem odd—or it did to me, at least—to reduce the large sums of money people spend on rent or the shared experience of a first date or vacation with friends to just a few goofy illustrations placed in a public forum.

Inside the Weird, and Booming, Industry of Online Influence

Inside the Weird, and Booming, Industry of Online Influence

The Federal Trade Commission says that if influencers have received money, gifts, or anything else that could affect how users view their mention of a brand or product, they should disclose it prominently in the post.

Instagram's New Shopping Feature Works Like a Digital Mall

Instagram's New Shopping Feature Works Like a Digital Mall

Enter the Explore tab and you’ll find, in addition to personalized interests like “Food” or “Travel,” a section for “Shopping.” It’s filled with shoppable posts from brands or accounts you follow, plus ones Instagram thinks you’ll like based on your browsing behavior.

Facebook Is Not a Monopoly, But It Should Be Broken Up

Facebook Is Not a Monopoly, But It Should Be Broken Up

If Facebook were a conventional supply monopolist, it would be vertically integrating by, say, launching a rival media service to Fox News and then selectively amplifying its own content at the expense of outside rivals.

How to Use TikTok: Tips for New Users

How to Use TikTok: Tips for New Users

Before you start recording, you can add a song, so that your lip-sync, dance, or skit is in time with the music. Tap the notifications icon at the bottom of the home screen to see who has commented or liked your videos.

Facebook's Pivot to Privacy Is Missing Something Crucial

Facebook's Pivot to Privacy Is Missing Something Crucial

Alex Edelman/Alamy If there’s one choice that Facebook has made repeatedly over the past 15 years, it’s been to prioritize growth over privacy. The company’s loose policies on data collection over the years are also what allowed it to build one of the most successful advertising businesses in history.

How to Use TikTok: Tips for New Users

How to Use TikTok: Tips for New Users

The app itself revolves around sharing 15-second video clips, which are set to music often licensed from artists and record labels. Before you start recording, you can add a song, so that your lip-sync, dance, or skit is in time with the music.

Why 4-Panel Comics Now Dominate Our Screens

Why 4-Panel Comics Now Dominate Our Screens

"Reddit has been crucial for me because they upvote and downvote things pretty objectively." Three weeks later, those aliens have re-appeared 11 times, and Strange Planet, as Pyle's burgeoning webcomic is known, has exploded online. "Before Twitter, you could do 12- or 16-panel comics and people would read them," Stevens says.

When Algorithms Think You Want to Die

When Algorithms Think You Want to Die

If you’re someone who seeks out graphic images of self-harm, or even if you just follow users who candidly talk about their depression, these recommendation systems will fill your feeds with suggestions, reshaping how you experience your own mental health.

In Defense of Videogame Selfies (Yes, Really)

In Defense of Videogame Selfies (Yes, Really)

Sora, the protagonist, could take selfies to complete various quests in the Disney worlds, and the game's loading screens featured shots of in-game Disney characters in an Instagram-like photo app .

YouTube and Instagram Tots Are the New Child Stars

YouTube and Instagram Tots Are the New Child Stars

"I don't want to have a child 15 years from now sitting in a therapist's office saying my parents made me take pictures every day," Bee Fisher says.

Goodbye Doggo, Hello Bearded Dragon: Inside Exotic Petstagram

Goodbye Doggo, Hello Bearded Dragon: Inside Exotic Petstagram

Related Stories Of course, owning and managing a social media account for an exotic or wild pet doesn’t necessarily mean you’re only in it for the likes.

We Need a Radical New Way to Understand Screen Use

We Need a Radical New Way to Understand Screen Use

Earlier this month, researchers from the Oxford Internet Institute published a study in the journal Nature Human Behavior that plainly illustrates how that happened: The gigantic surveys underlying many tech-use studies can be interpreted in such a variety of ways that two different researchers looking at the exact same data set can—and have!—reached opposite conclusions about the association between screen time and well-being.

The Invisible Reality of Brand-New Motherhood on Instagram

The Invisible Reality of Brand-New Motherhood on Instagram

Pregnancy has become revered, but the part that comes after, the part where your body is broken, your clothes still don’t fit, but your maternity clothes don’t work either, your baby is hungry more than he’s not, you haven’t slept more than 2 hours in weeks, doesn’t exist on Instagram.

What We Like When We Like Eggs on Instagram

What We Like When We Like Eggs on Instagram

Eleven days ago, the anonymous Instagram account world_record_egg posted its first image, what appears to be a simple stock photo of . In an era of rampant spam, thirst traps , and stolen memes , the egg became popular by straightforwardly asking for likes and nothing else.

How Instagram Became the Russian IRA's Go-To Social Network

How Instagram Became the Russian IRA's Go-To Social Network

As Facebook and Twitter cracked down on foreign influence campaigns amid media scrutiny, the Kremlin’s Internet Research Agency (IRA) found unprecedented success in shifting its disinformation efforts to the photo-sharing app, according to a new report commissioned by the Senate Intelligence Committee.

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.

Instagram Now Lets You Share Pics With Just 'Close Friends'

Instagram Now Lets You Share Pics With Just 'Close Friends'

Instagram Now Lets You Share Pics With Just 'Close Friends'The photo-sharing platform now offers the ability to post photos and stories that are only visible to a tight circle of followers of your choosing.HotlittlepotatoThere was a time when social media was just for sharing things with your friends.

The Infinite Lifespan of Memes

The Infinite Lifespan of Memes

One of the more famous reworks—with over 50 million loops—features one young Vine user volleying the question to his grandmother, to which she deadpans: "They are my Crocs." In February of this year, the meme reached peak zeitgeist when the line was featured in Black Panther.

How to Check How Much Time You Spend on Facebook and Instagram

How to Check How Much Time You Spend on Facebook and Instagram

The numbers in the bar graph indicate only how much time you spend on Facebook or Instagram on that single device.“As we continue to work on these important tools, we hope to add measure for the desktop/world wide web,” said a Facebook spokesperson in an email to WIRED.

Inside the Pricey War to Influence Your Instagram Feed

Inside the Pricey War to Influence Your Instagram Feed

None of the codes and links posted below Gutierrez’s Lashify video include a disclosure beyond the phrase “AFFILIATE SHIZ!” Nubounsom did not respond to a request for comment.$50,000 for a YouTube VideoPayments for influencers are rising so fast that some advertisers feel priced out of the market.

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