The ‘Forever Virus’ Won't Go Away Until Kids Get Vaccinated

The ‘Forever Virus’ Won't Go Away Until Kids Get Vaccinated

Vaccinations were supposed to end our nightmare and we’d enjoy a 2021 “summer of freedom.” But when the season ended with some of the highest case and deaths numbers to date, I knew it was time to talk to Larry Brilliant again.

The Atlanta Shootings Made Me Stop Gaslighting Myself

The Atlanta Shootings Made Me Stop Gaslighting Myself

When a white man murdered six Asian women and two other people because he had a “bad day,” I knew I had gaslighted myself—a revolting feeling of both vindication that I was not crazy and horror that my worst suspicions had been confirmed.

Foreign Meddling Flooded the 2020 Election—but Not by Hackers

Foreign Meddling Flooded the 2020 Election—but Not by Hackers

"Trump advances so many lies already, so much disinformation, so many claims, that it's very difficult to shift things such that Biden would have to respond to it," Watts says.

Far-Right Platform Gab Has Been Hacked—Including Private Data

Far-Right Platform Gab Has Been Hacked—Including Private Data

DDoSecrets cofounder Emma Best says that the hacked data includes not only all of Gab's public posts and profiles—with the exception of any photos or videos uploaded to the site—but also private group and private individual account posts and messages, as well as user passwords and group passwords.

Facebook’s Oversight Board to Decide on Trump Ban

Facebook’s Oversight Board to Decide on Trump Ban

Cases generally will come to the board by user appeals of Facebook’s content decisions, but the bylaws allow Facebook itself to present cases for the board’s consideration.

Biden Returns the US to the Paris Climate Accord. Will It Matter?

Biden Returns the US to the Paris Climate Accord. Will It Matter?

With the stroke of a pen from his new desk in the Oval Office, President Joe Biden pulled the US back into the Paris climate accord on Wednesday, an international agreement that experts say is vital to getting the world’s nations to slow the emissions of planet-warming greenhouse gases.

Social Media Bans Are Really, Actually, Shockingly Common

Social Media Bans Are Really, Actually, Shockingly Common

To combat review fraud, Yelp and other platforms flag reviews they deem spammy or objectionable and remove them from the main listings of the page.Platform-wide estimates show even higher rates of content removal, some 25 to 30 percent of all reviews aren't shown on businesses’ main review pages.

The Strange Theater of Watching the Inauguration on Social Media

The Strange Theater of Watching the Inauguration on Social Media

What Americans saw on Wednesday was different from Inauguration Day four years ago in other ways.They saw musical performances by Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, and Garth Brooks—a lineup that would look strange on concert poster but felt unifying on the first day of a new presidency.

Ex-CISA Head Chris Krebs: ‘Impeachment Is the Right Mechanism’

Ex-CISA Head Chris Krebs: ‘Impeachment Is the Right Mechanism’

As the director of the US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, Krebs oversaw the country's election preparedness , grappling not only with potential foreign hacking threats but a firehose of disinformation from President Donald Trump and his associates.

Why TikTok (and Everyone Else) Is Singing Sea Chanteys

Why TikTok (and Everyone Else) Is Singing Sea Chanteys

The unironic embrace of something that feels old and ethereal also fits right in with the spirit of TikTok. But at the same time, collective culture consumption has been one of the hallmarks of the pandemic, from a collective obsession with Tiger King to “WAP.” Not to mention, gamers were singing chanteys while playing Sea of Thieves long before the pandemic hit.

There’s No Excuse to Ignore Warnings of Domestic Terrorism

There’s No Excuse to Ignore Warnings of Domestic Terrorism

The rioters present had talked extensively on publicly accessible social media about their plans to storm the Capitol and commit violence, and private citizens and law enforcement agencies had raised concerns with Capitol and DC police.Fortunately, social media still holds plenty of information about plans for more violence, and this time we can be more prepared.

The Tweets That Got Trump Banned Were Far From His Worst

The Tweets That Got Trump Banned Were Far From His Worst

On Friday night, with just 12 days left in his presidency and two days after a mob of his supporters stormed the US Capitol, leading to several deaths, Twitter said it had permanently suspended Trump’s account “due to the risk of further incitement of violence.” The pair of tweets that did him in, however, wouldn't even crack his thousand most egregious:.

The DC Insurrection Lays Bare the Fiction of America

The DC Insurrection Lays Bare the Fiction of America

That fiction was on grand display Wednesday when a mob of President Trump’s supporters stormed the US Capitol as lawmakers were voting to confirm the presidential election results.It was photographed by Saul Loeb and depicts three rioters in repose.

The Race to Preserve the DC Mob's Digital Traces

The Race to Preserve the DC Mob's Digital Traces

Other livestreams from participants have been removed by the platforms themselves, part of a scrambling effort by social media giants to scrub their feeds of footage like Evans’ stream.

Platforms Must Pay for Their Role in the Insurrection

Platforms Must Pay for Their Role in the Insurrection

President Trump and his enablers in government and right-wing media will shoulder the blame for Wednesday’s insurrection at the US Capitol, but internet platforms—Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter, in particular—have played a fomenting and facilitating role that no one should overlook.

Even Mark Zuckerberg Has Had Enough of Trump

Even Mark Zuckerberg Has Had Enough of Trump

As of Thursday morning, following a day in which a mob of the president’s supporters violently invaded the US Capitol, the president’s Twitter account was temporarily frozen; YouTube had taken down his latest video; and, most remarkably, Mark Zuckerberg had announced that Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts were suspended indefinitely.

The Most Dangerous People on the Internet in 2020

The Most Dangerous People on the Internet in 2020

Hacking groups within Russia's GRU military intelligence agency like Fancy Bear and Sandworm didn't cause the sort of mayhem this year that they did in the last decade—or the electoral sabotage that the security community feared as November approached.

Better Than Nothing: A Look at Content Moderation in 2020

Better Than Nothing: A Look at Content Moderation in 2020

Then came 2020.Under pressure from politicians, activists, and media, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube all made policy changes and enforcement decisions this year that they had long resisted—from labeling false information from prominent accounts to attempting to thwart viral spread to taking down posts by the president of the United States.

On Section 230, It's Trump vs. Trump

On Section 230, It's Trump vs. Trump

It seems Trump really believes his own garbled propaganda about Section 230—namely, that the law unfairly allows platforms like Twitter to get away with labeling or suppressing his posts spreading lies about the election, among other offenses.

Not Even William Barr Buys Trump’s Election Nonsense

Not Even William Barr Buys Trump’s Election Nonsense

Even if the Justice Department had produced large-scale fraud allegations, that alone would not have been enough to change the results of the election.

What Will Happen to the Far-Right After Trump?

What Will Happen to the Far-Right After Trump?

Many experts were looking to Saturday’s Million MAGA March as a kind of violence-and-extremism barometer, but, much like the election itself, it wasn’t decisive enough to be entirely comforting.“Trump was just kind of a golden goose,” says Shannon Reid, who researches street gangs and white power at UNC Charlotte.

The GOP Keeps Proving There's No Election Fraud

The GOP Keeps Proving There's No Election Fraud

After repeatedly raising the specter of fraud throughout the campaign season, President Donald Trump and his Republican allies have spent the last week attempting to sow doubt about the validity of the presidential election results.

Inside Parler, the Right's Favorite 'Free Speech' App

Inside Parler, the Right's Favorite 'Free Speech' App

Right-wing luminaries who still have profiles on “lamestream” social media have made posts encouraging their followers to get off Facebook and Twitter and join them on Parler instead.

Can Biden Make Climate Progress With a Divided Congress? Actually, Yeah

Can Biden Make Climate Progress With a Divided Congress? Actually, Yeah

If Biden can get Congress to pass his trillion-dollar stimulus plan , earmarking 10 percent of that to fight climate change “can add up and be impactful,” Light says.

Rebuilding Trump’s Broken Global Tech Policy Won’t Be Easy

Rebuilding Trump’s Broken Global Tech Policy Won’t Be Easy

This is precisely why the incoming Biden administration, which emphasized multilateralism throughout the campaign, must found its global technology policy on alliances as well.

Trump Broke the Internet. Can Joe Biden Fix It?

Trump Broke the Internet. Can Joe Biden Fix It?

This one is sort of cheating, because we already know Biden is defaulted into at least some antitrust action: Thanks to Attorney General William Barr’s somewhat controversial decision to file a suit against Google before the election, the incoming administration will inherit the highest-profile antitrust case in a generation.

Joe Biden Won—and Not Because of Voter Fraud

Joe Biden Won—and Not Because of Voter Fraud

As he had telegraphed for months before Election Day , incumbent Donald Trump has attempted to discredit this year's electoral process on the grounds that expanded mail voting and the counting delays it caused in some states represent large-scale fraud.

Social Media’s Dance With Donald Trump Is Getting Clumsier

Social Media’s Dance With Donald Trump Is Getting Clumsier

But it turns out that when Trump got into stuff that really violated policy—like Covid or election misinformation, or what might be interpreted as calls to violence—Facebook and Twitter began to place warning labels on his posts.

So How Wrong Were the Polls This Year, Really?

So How Wrong Were the Polls This Year, Really?

The results hinge on a handful of swing states that may not finish counting votes until the end of the week; in the Rust Belt, Trump’s early leads look to be morphing into narrow Biden victories as absentee ballots get counted.

Donald Trump Hasn't Won Anything Yet

Donald Trump Hasn't Won Anything Yet

As long as they’re postmarked by November 3, ballots have until this Friday to get there and still count.“We’re going to go in the night of, as soon as that election is over, we’re going in with our lawyers,” Trump told reporters in North Carolina on Sunday, referring to battleground states more broadly.