China Targets Extreme Internet Fandoms in a New Crackdown

At its most extreme, the devotion to a celebrity can be “like an online addiction,” says Fung. In a 2019 article, he describes a symbiosis between online fan groups and streaming programs. His research assistant spent four months following the Tencent Video pop-group creation show Produce 101, and participated in fan groups on Tencent’s platform,… Continue reading China Targets Extreme Internet Fandoms in a New Crackdown

Facebook Failed the People Who Tried to Improve It

But that picture is at odds with the departures of people who talk about having blood on their hands. I spoke last week to a former researcher whose badge post I did not see not in the Facebook Papers. She told me she would be in a room and provide examples of users she had… Continue reading Facebook Failed the People Who Tried to Improve It

Facebook Is Everywhere; Its Moderation Is Nowhere Close

Facebook launched support for Arabic in 2009 and scored a hit. Soon after, the service won plaudits for helping the mass protests known as the Arab Spring. By last year, Arabic was the third most common language on the platform, with people in the Middle East and North Africa spending more time each day with… Continue reading Facebook Is Everywhere; Its Moderation Is Nowhere Close

How to Fix Facebook, According to Facebook Employees

Facebook rejects the allegation. “At the heart of these stories is a premise which is false,” said spokesperson Kevin McAlister in an email. “Yes, we’re a business and we make profit, but the idea that we do so at the expense of people’s safety or wellbeing misunderstands where our own commercial interests lie.” On the… Continue reading How to Fix Facebook, According to Facebook Employees

Inside the Facebook Papers | WIRED

On October 5, a former member of Facebook’s civic misinformation team named Frances Haugen testified before Congress. In her nearly two years at Facebook, Haugen said, she had consistently seen the company prioritize growth over all else, to the detriment of its users and society at large. It had long ignored the warnings of its… Continue reading Inside the Facebook Papers | WIRED

A Look Inside Apple’s Silicon Playbook

Hi, folks. So Facebook is changing its name? Sorry, Mark, Plaintext is taken. And apparently, so is “TRUTH Social.” The Plain View This week Apple introduced a set of new MacBook Pro laptops. During the prerecorded launch event, Apple’s engineers and executives made it clear that the MVPs in these new products are the chips… Continue reading A Look Inside Apple’s Silicon Playbook

I Used Facebook Without the Algorithm, and You Can Too

Facebook is broken, says whistleblower Frances Haugen, who worked on the company’s civic integrity team. In testimony before Congress and in the media, Haugen has argued that the social giant’s algorithms contribute to maladies that range from teen mental health issues to ethnic violence in Ethiopia. There’s no one solution that will fix all that’s… Continue reading I Used Facebook Without the Algorithm, and You Can Too

Join Us for This Year’s RE:WIRED Celebration

Our world is facing some of the most critical challenges of all time. While the past decade ushered in dramatic technological acceleration, the last 18 months have kicked off a tectonic societal shift in how we live, work, and connect. Generating sustainable and strategic solutions to these challenges—from both communal action and heroic innovation—requires us… Continue reading Join Us for This Year’s RE:WIRED Celebration

You Can Get This Free Crypto—If the ‘Orb’ Scans Your Eye

Altman, however, says that the system is secure and that the company will not be storing user data. Every picture of an iris will be converted into a digital code, called IrisHash, which will be stored in Worldcoin’s database to check against future IrisHashes and deny coins to known users; the pictures themselves will be… Continue reading You Can Get This Free Crypto—If the ‘Orb’ Scans Your Eye

The ‘Broadband Gap’ Is Now a Housing Problem

A national moratorium on evictions expired in late August, after the US Supreme Court blocked a Biden administration bid to extend it. Many feared a drastic upswing in evictions, but instead filings rose less than 9 percent from August to September, according to the Eviction Lab, a research initiative at Princeton University tracking eviction filings… Continue reading The ‘Broadband Gap’ Is Now a Housing Problem