The Ascent of Elliot Page

The Ascent of Elliot Page

Not because I don’t want to honor the Umbrella Academy star, who came out earlier this week as trans, but because it means talking about the fact that people—celebrities or otherwise—still have to come out at all.

Six-Word Sci-Fi: Stories Written By You

Six-Word Sci-Fi: Stories Written By You

Submissions and any other materials, including your name or social media handle, may be published, illustrated, edited, or otherwise used in any medium.Illustration: VIOLET REEDYOUR GENES ARE MY GENES NOW.A Story Set in a World Without Paper.

The Senate's Section 230 Discourse Somehow Keeps Getting Dumber

The Senate's Section 230 Discourse Somehow Keeps Getting Dumber

At the risk of imposing more coherence than there really was, the main line of attack on Section 230 from Senate Republicans today was that Twitter and Facebook are no longer mere neutral platforms, but rather act as publishers, making editorial decisions about what content to allow and when to add their own content.

Firing Christopher Krebs Crosses a Line—Even for Trump

Firing Christopher Krebs Crosses a Line—Even for Trump

Within minutes of Donald Trump tweeting that he had fired Christopher Krebs as the director of the Department of Homeland Security’s cybersecurity agency Tuesday night, Twitter slapped on a warning label that the accompanying claim about electoral fraud “is disputed.” The disinformation warning was, in some ways, a fitting denouement to a two-week-long battle between Krebs, the head of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, and his boss in the Oval Office.

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.

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.

The Agony and Anxiety of the Internet on Election Night

The Agony and Anxiety of the Internet on Election Night

Sure, no one was live-tweeting the results when Ronald Reagan was elected, but as more Americans came online in the past two decades, our national milestones have, too.

17 Tips to Help You Survive Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout

17 Tips to Help You Survive Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout

You might have to race your opponents to a finish line by navigating tricky obstacles, work with other beans to hoard eggs, or simply outlast your fellow players on a rolling-log contraption.Fall Guys is available for $20 on PC and PlayStation 4.

Surprise! The Section 230 Hearing Wasn’t About Section 230

Surprise! The Section 230 Hearing Wasn’t About Section 230

In the event, however, the hearing was mostly an opportunity for Republicans on the committee to berate Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey for supposedly discriminating against conservative users—especially conservative user number one, Donald Trump.

On the Week of the Election, Social Media Must Go Dark

On the Week of the Election, Social Media Must Go Dark

Platforms could either collect such information through the mainstream press or set up a hotline allowing users to report election problems to the social media companies themselves, which would then verify the authenticity of tips before alerting users.

Did a Security Researcher Guess Trump’s Twitter Password?

Did a Security Researcher Guess Trump’s Twitter Password?

Earlier this week, Dutch security researcher Victor Gevers told De Volkskrant that he had recently accessed Donald Trump's Twitter account simply by guessing the password: maga2020!A few days later, he says, he saw that Trump's Twitter account had added two-factor authentication, freezing him out.

12 Cyber Threats That Could Wreak Havoc on the Election

12 Cyber Threats That Could Wreak Havoc on the Election

Wednesday night, at a brief, hastily arranged press conference at FBI headquarters, four top US national security officials announced solemnly that they had evidence that two foreign adversaries, Iran and Russia, had obtained US voter data and appeared to be trying to spread disinformation about the election.

Twitter’s ‘Hacked Materials’ Rule Tries to Thread an Impossible Needle

Twitter’s ‘Hacked Materials’ Rule Tries to Thread an Impossible Needle

On Thursday evening, Twitter's head of trust and safety, Vijaya Gadde, posted a thread of tweets explaining a new policy on hacked materials, in response to the firestorm of criticism it received—largely from the political right and President Donald Trump—for its decision to block the sharing of a New York Post story based on alleged private data and communications of presidential candidate Joe Biden's son, Hunter Biden.

The True Story of the Antifa Invasion of Forks, Washington

The True Story of the Antifa Invasion of Forks, Washington

A giant white school bus known as Big Bertha puttered into a two-stoplight town far north on the Olympic Peninsula, in desperate need of a new battery, on the very day the town was on alert for a different bus, one full of violent antifa activists ready to riot.

Claudia Conway's TikToks Can't Save Democracy

Claudia Conway's TikToks Can't Save Democracy

Last Friday, former Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway sent out a tweet that seemed almost inevitable: “Tonight I tested positive for Covid-19.” As the latest in a cascade of positive tests from a White House outbreak that had already infected the president, her condition was newsworthy—but that news had already broken.

This Meme Is the Only Good Thing to Come Out of the Debate

This Meme Is the Only Good Thing to Come Out of the Debate

Based on his tweet, it seems like Slater hasn’t forgotten what became of his script, and on Tuesday night, he blessedly made himself the butt of his own joke in an attempt to bring some levity to the debate.

Politics Is a Metaverse. The Trump-Biden Debate Was Metahell

Politics Is a Metaverse. The Trump-Biden Debate Was Metahell

Earlier this week, which is to say Sunday night, the New York Times dropped a bombshell, an almost-October-surprise just a couple days too early: President Trump ’s taxes.

What Even Is ‘Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior’ on Platforms?

What Even Is ‘Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior’ on Platforms?

Like so many of the revelations about content that violates platform policies, the TPA posts were revealed not through the platforms’ own moderators, but through the intrepid reporting of journalists.

The Attack That Broke Twitter Is Hitting Dozens of Companies

The Attack That Broke Twitter Is Hitting Dozens of Companies

Branching Out. As in the Twitter hack, the perpetrators don't appear to be state-sponsored hackers or foreign cybercrime organizations, but young, English-speaking hackers organizing on forums like the website and the chat service Discord, says Zack Allen, the director of threat intelligence at security firm ZeroFox, who has also worked with the industry group tracking the incidents.

The Very 2020 Ascent of Sarah Cooper

The Very 2020 Ascent of Sarah Cooper

In the kind of topsy-turvy story that could only happen in 2020, the UX designer turned comedian is leveraging the fame she's garnered online during the Covid-19 pandemic to put together a special for the streaming giant.

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.

How the Alleged Twitter Hackers Got Caught

How the Alleged Twitter Hackers Got Caught

Later, to help back up his claim, Kirk#5270 appears to have changed the email address tied to the Twitter account @foreign to an email address belonging to Rolex#0373.

Russia Tested a Space Weapon Last Week

Russia Tested a Space Weapon Last Week

This week, WIRED broke the news of a Russian military intelligence hacking campaign that dates all the way back to December 2018.

Twitter Cracks Down on QAnon. Your Move, Facebook

Twitter Cracks Down on QAnon. Your Move, Facebook

Twitter’s announcement, she said, suggests that the company has gotten more serious about the real-world consequences of activity on its platform.

Who Pulled Off the Twitter Hack?

Who Pulled Off the Twitter Hack?

And we took a fresh look at an old debate: whether TikTok actually poses a security threat to the US.Russian hackers are targeting Covid-19 vaccine research .

The Twitter Hack Could Have Been Much Worse—and Maybe Was

The Twitter Hack Could Have Been Much Worse—and Maybe Was

While the internal Twitter tool does not appear to let admins tweet on behalf of users, it does seemingly let them change the associated email account, which would make it relatively easy to take over a handle.

Twitter Is at Its Best When Verified Accounts Can’t Tweet

Twitter Is at Its Best When Verified Accounts Can’t Tweet

Elon Musk, Kanye West, Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Barack Obama, and a host of other Twitter mega-users had their accounts compromised Wednesday afternoon in what appeared to be an attempt to pull off a bitcoin scam.

A Twitter Hacking Spree Hits Musk, Obama, Apple, and More

A Twitter Hacking Spree Hits Musk, Obama, Apple, and More

Those are just a handful of the major, million-plus-follower Twitter accounts that were compromised Wednesday afternoon, each in service of a bitcoin scam that has already earned the hackers behind it well over $100,000 in a few short hours.

The 'Eye Mouth Eye' Debacle Sums Up Tech's Race Issues

The 'Eye Mouth Eye' Debacle Sums Up Tech's Race Issues

“We were just fooling around online,” says Reggie James, the founder of the startup Eternal, who put the symbols in his bio after he saw friends Athena Kan and Tina Zheng, both young women in tech, do the same.

How K-Pop Stans Became an Activist Force to Be Reckoned With

How K-Pop Stans Became an Activist Force to Be Reckoned With

Ria, who is 16, based in the US, and whose favorite K-pop group is the boyband BTS, heard about the plan to prank Trump from other K-pop fans on Twitter, though she was aware that the idea was circling on TikTok, too.