The Woman Who Souped Up Baby Yoda's Popularity

The Woman Who Souped Up Baby Yoda's Popularity

Each episode of The Mandalorian ushers in a new, squeefully sweet Baby Yoda meme, but it’s done nothing to dim the youngling’s appeal.“That scene of Baby Yoda sipping soup in episode four was memorable because of its perfect comedic timing after that epic fight sequence,” Benson says.

A Flawless Twitter Dunk 12 Years in the Making

A Flawless Twitter Dunk 12 Years in the Making

Within an hour, Twitter user @flawlessisop—understandably eager to lop a few characters off of his handle—quote-tweeted Navarra: “Ur days are numbered @flawless.” Two minutes passed.“The only purpose of my account is to keep up with Selena Gomez’s tweets as she’s releasing an album one of these days,” says @flawless.

Trump Lashes Out After Automakers Agree to California's Standards

Trump Lashes Out After Automakers Agree to California's Standards

That deal represents the most clear-cut example of auto industry unease with the Trump administration’s August 2018 proposal to dramatically ease fuel economy and vehicle greenhouse gas emissions standards drafted by the Obama administration, which sought to boost average fuel efficiency to roughly 50 miles per gallon by 2025.

Disney+ Brandishes Its Weapon: An Infinity Gauntlet of Brands

Disney+ Brandishes Its Weapon: An Infinity Gauntlet of Brands

An apt analogy for Disney+ might be the Infinity Gauntlet, the jeweled glove that propelled the first three phases of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Tweets Can Be Deleted, but Your Likes Are Forever

Tweets Can Be Deleted, but Your Likes Are Forever

Through the API, the services can delete all your terrible 2009-era takes, says Fayssal Martani, creator of Tweet Archive Eraser.Richard West, creator of TweetDelete, says Twitter appears to limit services like his to deleting roughly 3,200 likes.

Sharing Your #HotGirlSummer? Buy Megan Thee Stallion's Album

Sharing Your #HotGirlSummer? Buy Megan Thee Stallion's Album

Houston rapper Megan Thee Stallion, and her definitive tweet that this season is made for hot girls, made the phrase the season's most ubiquitous meme, an internet-wide catchphrase. Her tweet defining "hot girl summer" is her most retweeted of all time.

The #IceBae Meme Captures the Worst of 2019 So Far

The #IceBae Meme Captures the Worst of 2019 So Far

A Twitter account purporting to belong to Cervantes, which was created the same day as the original #IceBae tweet, has been engaging with these supporters, thanking them and saying she is "in awe" of the attention her photo is receiving.

Twitter Will Quarantine Politicians’ Tweets If They Violate Rules—Finally

Twitter Will Quarantine Politicians’ Tweets If They Violate Rules—Finally

Public officials whose tweets are restricted for violating the platform’s rules will not be notified directly, nor will they have an opportunity to appeal the decision, Twitter confirmed.“There won't be any appeals and there won't be any communication to the user, however, it [the restriction] will be noticed very quickly,” the spokesperson said, chuckling.

Does Twitter Even Know How to Tweet?

Does Twitter Even Know How to Tweet?

Earlier this week, the company announced that it’s accepting applicants for a new position at the company, a Tweeter in Chief, a “master in the art of Twitter,” to take ownership of the official account. “FYI: there IS an edit button,” @Twitter tweeted.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk Will Get a Stricter Twitter Babysitter

Tesla CEO Elon Musk Will Get a Stricter Twitter Babysitter

In the new settlement, Musk and the SEC set stricter and more specific terms for Musk’s official Twitter babysitter, who Musk agreed would be “an experienced securities lawyer employed by the Company.” The latest settlement does not include any financial penalty.

Twitter Debuts an In-App Camera Function

Twitter Debuts an In-App Camera Function

Twitter Debuts an In-App Camera Function Sam Mellish/Getty Images It’s a famous origin story, and one you probably already know. Starting today and rolling out over the next week or so, users of the Twitter app on iOS and Android will be able to take and post photos using an in-app camera.

Elon Musk Says Tweeting Is Free Speech in His SEC Battle

Elon Musk Says Tweeting Is Free Speech in His SEC Battle

Elon Musk Says Tweeting Is Free Speech in His SEC Battle The Tesla CEO's legal team argues that the SEC’s attempt to limit Musk’s tweeting is a violation of his First Amendment rights to free speech.

Twitter Will Let Users Hide Replies to Fight Toxic Comments

Twitter Will Let Users Hide Replies to Fight Toxic Comments

Twitter Will Let Users Hide Replies to Fight Toxic Comments Alyssa Foote Last March, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey admitted that, despite the company’s intentions, Twitter wasn’t the best at encouraging productive or meaningful conversations among users.

Live: Watch Michael Cohen Testify Before Congress Right Here

Live: Watch Michael Cohen Testify Before Congress Right Here

Live: Watch Michael Cohen Testify Before Congress Right Here Longtime Trump fixer Michael Cohen will testify before the House Oversight Committee Wednesday at 10am ET. John Taggart/Bloomberg/Getty Images On Wednesday, longtime Trump fixer Michael Cohen is set to publicly testify before the House Oversight Committee.

Elon Musk’s Latest Tweets Land Him in Yet More Trouble

Elon Musk’s Latest Tweets Land Him in Yet More Trouble

That’s the thrust of a SEC action taken late Monday, when the US securities watchdog requested a federal judge hold Tesla CEO Elon Musk in contempt of court for a short series of tweets he posted last week.

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.

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.

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 [email protected], a relatively unknown account notable for its belief in the sprawling conspiracy theory known as QAnon, was another popular promoter of disinformation using #GiletsJaunes.

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.

How Trump Could Trigger Armageddon With a Tweet

How Trump Could Trigger Armageddon With a Tweet

Woodward just adds some wonderful color, explaining that Priebus took to calling Trump’s bedroom, where many of the tweets originated, “the devil’s workshop” and called the president’s favorite time for tweeting “the witching hour.” (The prediction that Twitter could get us into a war was reportedly made by an unnamed national security official.)About the AuthorJeffrey Lewis is a scholar at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey and the author of The 2020 Commission Report on the North Korean Nuclear Attacks Against the United States.It is unsettling, the idea that the president could spark a nuclear war with the same carelessness that he picks fights with D-list celebrities.

One Conspiracy Theory at a Time: Flat-Earthers Don't Reject Climate Science

One Conspiracy Theory at a Time: Flat-Earthers Don't Reject Climate Science

It would be nothing short of irresponsible to question something with so much overwhelming evidence behind it and something that threatens us so directly as a species." [8 Times Flat-Earthers Tried to Challenge Science (and Failed)]

Uber, Tesla, Electric Scooters, and More Folks Who Made Car News This Week

Uber, Tesla, Electric Scooters, and More Folks Who Made Car News This Week

Subway stations can feel like waiting rooms you just have to tolerate, but Chan argues these are places to be examined critically and thoughtfully, too.In-house WIRED physicist Rhett Allain calculates how fast a Tesla has to move to go airborne.Tesla Graph of the WeekTranspo editor Alex Davies set aside a chunk of time to go through Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s tweets.