In Kenya, Influencers Are Hired to Spread Disinformation

In Kenya, Influencers Are Hired to Spread Disinformation

Apparently driven by a number of faceless bots, and retweeted by a series of sock puppet accounts, the deluge of tweets cast suspicion on both the competence and integrity of senior High Court of Kenya judges that had just shot down the Constitutional Amendments Bill of 2021.

6 Things You Need to Do to Prevent Getting Hacked

6 Things You Need to Do to Prevent Getting Hacked

Even if you do have a password that’s easy to guess (we’ll get to that shortly), an attacker is unlikely to get access to an account with multi-factor authentication turned on unless they have your phone.

Russia May Have Found a New Way to Censor the Internet

Russia May Have Found a New Way to Censor the Internet

“Contrary to blocking, where access to the content is blocked, throttling aims to degrade the quality of service, making it nearly impossible for users to distinguish imposed/intentional throttling from nuanced reasons such as high server load or a network congestion,” researchers with Censored Planet, a censorship measurement platform that collects data in more than 200 countries, wrote in a report.

Cops Take Down the ‘World’s Biggest' Video Game Cheating Ring

Cops Take Down the ‘World’s Biggest' Video Game Cheating Ring

Ubiquiti Appears to Have Downplayed a 'Catastrophic' BreachA whistleblower tells independent security journalist Brian Krebs that a recent breach of networking equipment company Ubiquiti was much worse than initially reported.

Social Media Reminds Us of the Year That Wasn’t

Social Media Reminds Us of the Year That Wasn’t

There’s even a new Twitter feed devoted to this: @YearCovid, which is dedicated to “livetweeting the covid pandemic as it happened on this date in 2020.” Following the account means getting semi-frequent reminders of what the news stories and social media reactions were on any given day in 2020.

John McAfee Is Indicted for Altcoin Pump-and-Dumps and ICO Schemes

John McAfee Is Indicted for Altcoin Pump-and-Dumps and ICO Schemes

According to court documents, McAfee and his associates raked in a combined $13 million between the two efforts, both of which relied on using McAfee’s popular Twitter account to push niche cryptocurrencies or promote initial coin offerings without disclosing that he stood to profit, either through investment gains or promotional fees.

Birders’ Tweets Are Causing an Online Flap

Birders’ Tweets Are Causing an Online Flap

McMahon does not approve of accounts like Manhattan Bird Alert and worries about how the crowds of gawkers are affecting the animals.“I don’t want that rare bird being surrounded by people!” she says.

The Crushing Disappointment of Fandom

The Crushing Disappointment of Fandom

Fans looked up to Cara, and by extension Carano, but the actor’s comments on social media left one of those things harder to do.

Government Demands for Amazon Data Shot Up 800 Percent in 2020

Government Demands for Amazon Data Shot Up 800 Percent in 2020

This week, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok took part in a coordinated action to reclaim hundreds of accounts that had been used to facilitate trading of those ill-gotten handles within the so-called OGUsers community.Google says that it patched a so-called zero-day bug that hackers had been actively exploiting.

Two Paths for the Extremely Online Novel

Two Paths for the Extremely Online Novel

“Why would I want to make my book like Twitter?” the narrator of Lauren Oyler’s new novel, Fake Accounts, wonders.

Robinhood Restricts GameStop Trading—in a Bid to Save Itself

Robinhood Restricts GameStop Trading—in a Bid to Save Itself

That veneer has shown cracks over the years, but perhaps none so visible as this morning, when Robinhood users found themselves unable to purchase the so-called meme stocks, like GameStop and AMC, that the WallStreetBets community on Reddit had recently sent soaring.

North Korea Targets—and Dupes—a Slew of Cybersecurity Pros

North Korea Targets—and Dupes—a Slew of Cybersecurity Pros

ZecOps’ Avraham says that while the hackers hadn't fooled him in their brief DM chat, he did click on a link in one of the attackers' blog posts that purported to show some research-related code.

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.

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.

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:.

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.

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.

The Worst Hacks of 2020, a Surreal Pandemic Year

The Worst Hacks of 2020, a Surreal Pandemic Year

Such digital extortion attempts have been around for decades, but the Vastaamo situation was particularly egregious, because the stolen data, which went back roughly two years, included psychotherapy notes and other sensitive information about patients' mental health treatment.

Charlize Theron and the Best Movie Never Made

Charlize Theron and the Best Movie Never Made

It all started on Saturday when a Twitter user with the handle @f_osis posted a seemingly innocent tweet with a brilliant idea: “Lesbian Christmas rom coms are all well and good but what I REALLY want is a Die Hard where Charlize Theron goes on a rampage to save her wife.” What started as a thinly-veiled jab at Happiest Season soon snowballed into a wing-and-a-prayer production pipeline.

The US Used the Patriot Act to Justify Logging Website Visitors

The US Used the Patriot Act to Justify Logging Website Visitors

This week, three years later, Twitter finally took the step—a welcome change, if a belated one, given that attackers are more attuned than ever to the potential value of taking over a high-profile Twitter account .Hacker Defaces Spotify Pages of Celebrity MusiciansA hacker going by the name "Daniel" took control of prominent Spotify pages on Wednesday from artists like Dua Lipa, Lana Del Rey, Future, and Pop Smoke.

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.