Let's Have the GIF Pronunciation Debate Forever

Let's Have the GIF Pronunciation Debate Forever

Today, Giphy and the peanut butter brand Jif released limited-edition jars of spread sure to reignite the discourse of how to pronounce GIF all over again.

Today's Cartoon: Comparison Shopping

Today's Cartoon: Comparison Shopping

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Facebook's Bug Bounty Caught a Data-Stealing Spree

Facebook's Bug Bounty Caught a Data-Stealing Spree

Facebook and Twitter also collaborated with Google and Apple on remediation efforts, and the Indiana University researchers won an additional bug bounty award from Google for their findings.

How to Die—and Grieve—in 2020

How to Die—and Grieve—in 2020

As soon as TMZ broke the news of Kobe’s death, the entire internet madly ululated.But others were swift to bring up the 2003 incident when he was accused of raping a 19-year-old hotel worker; he ended up settling the court case.

It's Easy to Be a Jerk on Twitter. And Twitter Wants to Fix That

It's Easy to Be a Jerk on Twitter. And Twitter Wants to Fix That

Quote tweets are I think an important mechanic that’s distinct because me yelling in your movie theater is different than you hosting your own conversation.

Twitter Wants to Let Users Limit Who Replies. Here’s Why

Twitter Wants to Let Users Limit Who Replies. Here’s Why

“The philosophical approach we took here is, when you start a conversation, as the author of a tweet you should have a little more control over the replies to that tweet,” Beykpour said.

How Tweets Could Prevent War, an App Store Dilemma, and More News

How Tweets Could Prevent War, an App Store Dilemma, and More News

Last month, both Google and Apple removed a popular social messaging app called ToTok from their official app stores after US intelligence officials claimed the United Arab Emirates likely uses the app for state surveillance.

Did Twitter Help Stop War With Iran?

Did Twitter Help Stop War With Iran?

The “MOLINK” communication system, as it’s known in military parlance, was used for the first time during another Middle Eastern crisis, the Arab-Israeli Six-Day War, when President Lyndon Johnson and Soviet Premier Alexei Kosygin exchanged 19 messages, explaining each of their respective actions to ensure that the two superpowers didn’t get drawn into the regional conflict.

The 10 Best Artists of a Decade That Atomized Music

The 10 Best Artists of a Decade That Atomized Music

Like a meteor rocketing toward Earth, Music Twitter had converged for its first real moment of the decade—a presaging of future times and trends.This decade, music streaming platforms merely archived culture; they didn’t shape it in the way that we like to believe.

The Two Myths of the Internet

The Two Myths of the Internet

She was there to proclaim the power and importance of “internet freedom.” In the previous few years, she said, online tools had enabled people all around the world to organize blood drives, plan demonstrations, and even mobilize in mass demonstrations for democracy.

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.

A Twitter #Fartgate, A Google Dream's Death, and More News From Today

A Twitter #Fartgate, A Google Dream's Death, and More News From Today

Within 12 minutes the clip was up on Twitter, and for a little while the internet came together to ignore the terrifying news cycle and gather 'round the great unifier: the objective hilarity of a fart.

Instagram Business Accounts and My Friend, the Grocery Store

Instagram Business Accounts and My Friend, the Grocery Store

Amid growing criticism of online platforms, abandoning likes allowed Mosseri to claim that Instagram wants to be “a space that feels much less pressurized.” But the Facebook-owned company has also quietly encouraged some users to embrace the anxiety and power that enhanced metrics can provide, by prompting them to convert their personal profiles into Instagram business accounts.

How Meme Culture Changed the PSAT

How Meme Culture Changed the PSAT

The College Board has made it clear that it disapproves, sometimes posting stern messages warning test takers about the potential consequences and making frequent requests for students to delete tweets pertaining to the test.

Turkish ISP Blocks Social Media Sites Near Syrian Border

Turkish ISP Blocks Social Media Sites Near Syrian Border

Turkey restricted access to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and WhatsApp in at least three cities in the southern part of the country for about 48 hours earlier this week as it launched an attack on northern Syria, according to data collected by civil society group NetBlocks and reviewed by WIRED.

Twitter's Speech Policies Shouldn't Be a Campaign Issue

Twitter's Speech Policies Shouldn't Be a Campaign Issue

Senator Kamala Harris has a message for Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey: It’s past time to eject President Trump, America’s Tweeter in Chief, from the platform.

Greta Thunberg's Digital Rise Calls Back to a Pre-Digital Era

Greta Thunberg's Digital Rise Calls Back to a Pre-Digital Era

“She has a much larger platform because she’s talking about a global phenomenon.” Like the Parkland students—notably Emma González and David Hogg—Thunberg excels at using her personality to humanize a complex political issue, and, as Middaugh puts it, “clapping back at critics.” “They share this ability to use participatory, social media activism methods while also interfacing with public officials,” she says.

Richard Stallman’s Exit Heralds a New Era in Tech

Richard Stallman’s Exit Heralds a New Era in Tech

So much of life is about girding oneself against disappointment and adversity, but must those lessons begin freshman year at MIT?Most of the testimony against Stallman is from women who opted out of the free-software movement but stayed in tech, even though the sensible decision upon meeting Stallman and his enablers may well have been to leave the field entirely.

How Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey's Account Was Hacked

How Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey's Account Was Hacked

Jack Dorsey’s ongoing mission to increase the civility of public discourse suffered a setback Friday, when an anonymous hacker took over his Twitter account for 20 minutes and retweeted @taytaylov3r’s claim that “nazi germany did nothing wrong.”.

At Twitter, It Seems No One Can Hear the Screams

At Twitter, It Seems No One Can Hear the Screams

Should I delete my tweets ?If those ideas find their way onto the main platform, we might see a version of Twitter that's a little less about viral rage and a little more about talking to people you like.

The Internet Needs Tumblr More Than Ever

The Internet Needs Tumblr More Than Ever

That, of course, also makes Tumblr the antithesis of other social media hubs like Facebook and Twitter and Reddit.

People Are Tweeting About Videogames Now More Than Ever

People Are Tweeting About Videogames Now More Than Ever

And finally, folks can finally get a glimpse of the new Apple TV+ show from Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon.Universal, meanwhile, said the reason for canceling the release was that "now is not the right time to release this film."

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.

Drag Queen vs. David Duke: Whose Tweets Are More 'Toxic'?

Drag Queen vs. David Duke: Whose Tweets Are More 'Toxic'?

If such AI tools are entrusted with the power to police content online, they have the potential to suppress legitimate speech and censor the use of specific words, particularly by vulnerable groups.

A New Law Makes Bots Identify Themselves—That's the Problem

A New Law Makes Bots Identify Themselves—That's the Problem

The highly ambiguous law is tailored to address conversations that inspire purchases or sway votes, but it fails to carefully define what constitutes “influenc[ing] a vote in an election.” Is sharing legitimate news stories or voting locations a form of “influence?” After all, not all online automated accounts are malign; some are simply news or information dissemination services, while others are created by artists.

Gadget Lab Podcast: Twitter’s Major Design Overhaul

Gadget Lab Podcast: Twitter’s Major Design Overhaul

Today on the Gadget Lab podcast, Arielle, Mike, and Lauren discuss the changes Twitter has made, and how the company continues to grapple with its ongoing existential crisis.

The Truth About Trump’s Love-Hate Relationship With Big Tech

The Truth About Trump’s Love-Hate Relationship With Big Tech

Why, just last week Trump hosted a social network conference—held in the East Wing of the White House no less—where the president and the assembled right-wing pot-stirrers made loud noises about the alleged bias that platforms like Twitter and Facebook have against conservatives.

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.

No More Deals: San Francisco Considers Raising Taxes on Tech

No More Deals: San Francisco Considers Raising Taxes on Tech

“A lot of these problems have been exacerbated by the tech boom, from affordability and gentrification to homelessness and gridlock on our streets,” says Supervisor Gordon Mar, sponsor of the IPO tax proposal.

The Best of Amazon Prime Day, Twitter's Redesign, and More News

The Best of Amazon Prime Day, Twitter's Redesign, and More News

The Best of Amazon Prime Day, Twitter's Redesign, and More News. Amazon has a ton of deals for Prime Day, Twitter redesigned its website, and scientists have an idea to make Mars habitable.