Who Let the Doge Out? The Cryptocurrency Is As Nutty and Joyful As Ever

Who Let the Doge Out? The Cryptocurrency Is As Nutty and Joyful As Ever

In any case, the influencers who dusted off silly old Dogecoin, after the joke had gotten shopworn and trading was flat, are a forerunner of the merry pranksters on Reddit who put the squeeze to hedge funds that were short-selling GameStop in January.

The Physics of Reddit's Spinning Solar System Icon

The Physics of Reddit's Spinning Solar System Icon

From the video analysis, I get the following data for the angular positions (in units of radians) of the inner and outer planets.It's really all the same, but the video analysis program uses negative angles.

It's Hard to Escape Facebook's Vortex of Polarization

It's Hard to Escape Facebook's Vortex of Polarization

While there’s little evidence to support that Facebook is biased against conservative users, University of Virginia professors Brent Kitchens and Steven Johnson found that, by maximizing for engagement and attention, Facebook’s algorithms actively push conservatives toward more radical content than liberal users.

Hackers Flood Reddit With Pro-Trump Takeovers

Hackers Flood Reddit With Pro-Trump Takeovers

In what appears to be a massive coordinated strike against Reddit , hackers took over dozens of pages on Friday afternoon, using their access to plaster pro-Donald Trump imagery across subreddits with huge followings.

A Plan to Make Police Data Open Source Started on Reddit

A Plan to Make Police Data Open Source Started on Reddit

On May 18, Kristin Tynski dropped a link into the Reddit community r/privacy: “I scraped court records to find dirty cops.” Tynski, who owns a marketing firm, had collected the public police records in Palm Beach County, where she lives, and wrote up her findings on data like traffic citations and race.

Social Media Drops the Hammer on Team Trump

Social Media Drops the Hammer on Team Trump

On Monday morning, the streaming video platform Twitch temporarily suspended Donald Trump’s campaign account for violating its policies against “hateful content.” The company cited comments made in two recent streams.

Reddit's Cofounder Wants a Black Person to Take His Board Seat

Reddit's Cofounder Wants a Black Person to Take His Board Seat

CEO Steve Huffman promised to honor the request and said in a post on Reddit that the company will update its content moderation policies and “do the hard work of making sure we are living up to our values.”.

For Homeless People, Covid-19 Is Horror on Top of Horror

For Homeless People, Covid-19 Is Horror on Top of Horror

Unsheltered people still rely on congregate settings to meet their basic needs, like food and hygiene, though the latter often goes unmet.The conditions of homelessness would leave a healthy person vulnerable to catching a disease like Covid-19, and unhoused people tend not to be healthy.

Reddit’s Wedding Planners Pivot to Covid-19 Crisis Comms

Reddit’s Wedding Planners Pivot to Covid-19 Crisis Comms

“I would say nonstop we’re moderating recently trying to contain posts and keep subscribers as calm as possible,” says Ashley, writing in a joint response from multiple people behind the shared "wedditmoderator" account (she and the other moderators who replied asked not to be identified by their real names or individual Reddit usernames owing to previous experiences of harassment).

TikTok Has a Pro-Anorexia Problem

TikTok Has a Pro-Anorexia Problem

So it’s no surprise that, as Buzzfeed reported last month, some TikTok users have found disturbing pro-ana content on their For You page, a personalized section of the platform that displays videos users are likely to enjoy.

Online Altruists Are Making Reddit More Accessible

Online Altruists Are Making Reddit More Accessible

These volunteers are from a little subreddit called r/TranscribersOfReddit, who voluntarily type out extremely detailed descriptions of various content so that visually impaired people can access it.Since the subreddit launched three years ago, r/TranscribersOfReddit’s 3,186 volunteer transcribers have completed almost 100,000 transcriptions and descriptions of content across the site.

Google's Ultra-Secure Chip, a Facebook Face-Lift, and More

Google's Ultra-Secure Chip, a Facebook Face-Lift, and More

Facebook is refining while Google is designing, but first, a cartoon about when smartphones go rogue .Here's the news you need to know, in two minutes or less.You can sign up right here to make sure you get the news delivered fresh to your inbox every weekday!

Why the Internet Thinks Tropical Storm Karen Is Hilarious

Why the Internet Thinks Tropical Storm Karen Is Hilarious

For the last three years or so, "Karen" has been the internet's stock female antagonist: a righteously annoyed middle-aged white woman who loves coupons, reverse mullet bobs, and, above all else, speaking to the manager.

Gadget Lab Podcast: You’ve Got Microplastics

Gadget Lab Podcast: You’ve Got Microplastics

On this episode of the Gadget Lab podcast, WIRED science writer Matt Simon joins Mike, Lauren, and Arielle to talk about where microplastic comes from, how it gets into our bodies, and what, if anything, we can do about it.

‘Change My View’ Reddit Community Launches Its Own Website

‘Change My View’ Reddit Community Launches Its Own Website

Turnbull sees a world where Change A View helps internet commenters see eye-to-eye, where the platform breaks us out of our online filter bubbles, and where we re-learn how to talk to each other online. Elena Musi, a researcher who has studied argumentation on r/changemyview, says the rules make the community conversation different than other platforms online.

The Punishing Ecstasy of Being a Reddit Moderator

The Punishing Ecstasy of Being a Reddit Moderator

Elliot checked the user histories of the people sharing the suspicious links. Because it didn’t seem like the company was doing anything, he wrote up a public post with links to all of the accounts he’d found.

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.

The Redditors Who Reclaimed r/FatPussy (and Other Vile Subs)

The Redditors Who Reclaimed r/FatPussy (and Other Vile Subs)

She'd been eyeing the community from a distance for a while, but then there was rumbling among Reddit's moderators: The deposed alt-right troll king Milo Yiannopoulos had just requested control of the sub.

Streaming Tightens Its Grip on the Golden Globes

Streaming Tightens Its Grip on the Golden Globes

In today’s installment: Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon dominate the Golden Globes; Ryan Reynolds logs onto Reddit; and Spider-Man’s next villain is no longer so mysterious.Golden GlobetrottersThe big streamers will be well-represented at next month’s 76th Golden Globes Awards: The nominations, which were announced this morning, feature multiple TV-category nods for Amazon (including Homecoming, A Very English Scandal, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel); Netflix (The Kominsky Method, Bodyguard, GLOW), and Hulu (The Handmaid’s Tale).

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.