Bloomberg’s Influencer Campaign, a Hackable Voting App, and More News

Bloomberg’s Influencer Campaign, a Hackable Voting App, and More News

And while Bloomberg may have been the first to deploy this particular advertising tactic, he's not the first candidate to use influencers to try to gain traction on the internet —and it's a strategy we're likely to see a whole lot more of as elections heat up.

A Racing Champ Critiques Cinema’s Greatest Driving Scenes

A Racing Champ Critiques Cinema’s Greatest Driving Scenes

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When a Mantis Shrimp Fights a Disco Clam, It Meets Its Match

When a Mantis Shrimp Fights a Disco Clam, It Meets Its Match

The disco clam is saved, and the mantis shrimp is not only out of a meal but is itself at risk of being eaten, by hanging out there like a punch-drunk prizefighter.

The Future of Sex Work Slams Up Against Big Tech

The Future of Sex Work Slams Up Against Big Tech

“As has been the trend, sex-positive imagery of any kind is slowly being washed away from social media,” Ford said, adding that he can imagine a future on these major platforms where adult content is forbidden completely.

The WIRED Guide to Influencers

The WIRED Guide to Influencers

Influencers like Luka Sabbat, a model-turned-actor with two million followers on Instagram, can charge upwards of $40,000 to promote products in story and feed posts.

Instagram Business Accounts and My Friend, the Grocery Store

Instagram Business Accounts and My Friend, the Grocery Store

Amid growing criticism of online platforms, abandoning likes allowed Mosseri to claim that Instagram wants to be “a space that feels much less pressurized.” But the Facebook-owned company has also quietly encouraged some users to embrace the anxiety and power that enhanced metrics can provide, by prompting them to convert their personal profiles into Instagram business accounts.

Instagram Will Test Hiding 'Likes' in the US Starting Next Week

Instagram Will Test Hiding 'Likes' in the US Starting Next Week

WIRED's Arielle Pardes talked to Mosseri and actor and producer Tracee Ellis Ross, perhaps best known for her starring role in the television series Black-ish, about why it’s important for social media platforms to take responsibility for the safety and well-being of the people who frequent them.

Here’s How to Watch the WIRED25 Summit Live

Here’s How to Watch the WIRED25 Summit Live

Today, WIRED25 returns to San Francisco for two days packed with forward-thinking talks and activities by some of the world’s most innovative and influential people .We’ll have climate activists and CEOs, actors and authors, scientists and engineers—plus a guy who can teach you to make the world's best paper airplane.

Facebook's Logo Gets a Face-Lift

Facebook's Logo Gets a Face-Lift

Another blog post on the company’s design hub goes into more detail about how the team used “custom typography, rounded corners, open tracking and capitalization to create visual distinction between the company and the app.” This apparent faith in the world-changing power of a good font will be familiar to anyone who has ever read a design brief.

Paid Political Ads Are Not the Problem. Our Perceptions Are

Paid Political Ads Are Not the Problem. Our Perceptions Are

Moreover, very little of the IRA’s spending was on traditional political advertising: The Senate report notes that only about 5 percent of the Russian ads users saw prior to the presidential election actually referenced Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump directly.

Apple Event Breakdown, a Honkin’-Huge Car Screen, and More News

Apple Event Breakdown, a Honkin’-Huge Car Screen, and More News

Apple announced a slew of new products, a Chinese startup has turned a car into a theater, and fake followers are taking over Instagram.You can sign up right here to make sure you get the news delivered fresh to your inbox every weekday!

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 .