Category: Business / Social Media

September 12, 2019

Would the Internet Be Healthier Without ‘Like’ Counts?

Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube have moved to hide or obscure measures of popularity, in the name of less toxic dialog. Users give a thumbs-down.


by Paris Martineau in Business
September 4, 2019

YouTube Removes More Videos, but Still Misses a Lot of Hate

YouTube said a new policy and better technology helped it remove five times as many videos for violating its hate speech rules. But extremists can beat the system.


by Paris Martineau in Business
August 28, 2019

No One’s Happy With YouTube’s Content Moderation Policies

YouTube faces dueling lawsuits from a conservative group and an LGBTQ+ group, both of which argue that the video site discriminates against them.


by Sara Harrison in Business
August 23, 2019

Twitter Trust and Safety Advisers Say They’re Being Ignored

Members of Twitter’s safety council say the company is keeping them in the dark and want to talk to CEO Jack Dorsey, in a letter obtained by WIRED.


by Louise Matsakis in Business
August 22, 2019

Why People Keep Falling for Viral Hoaxes

It’s not because they’re stupid.


by Paris Martineau in Business
August 21, 2019

An Old Instagram Hoax Fools a Bunch of Celebrities

Instagram users like Usher, Martha Stewart, and Rick Perry posted a meme warning about a new rule that doesn’t actually exist.


by Louise Matsakis in Business
August 21, 2019

Accused of Liberal Bias, Facebook Allows Ads With … Tubes

Facebook will now allow ads depicting “medical tubes connected to the human body,” in response to complaints from anti-abortion groups.


by Paris Martineau in Business
August 21, 2019

There’s a Thriving Market for Human Body Parts on Instagram

Users quietly buy and sell human skulls, decorated and sold by macabre enthusiasts. Is the underground marketplace just a microcosm of our colonial past?


by Oscar Schwartz in Backchannel
August 16, 2019

Instagram Now Fact-Checks, but Who Will Do the Checking?

Facebook said it will expand its fact-checking program to Instagram. But the system is already overwhelmed, and may not be able to handle more information.


by Sara Harrison in Business
August 16, 2019

Second Life Is Plagued by Security Flaws, Ex-Employee Says

A former infosec director at Linden Lab alleges the company mishandled user data and turned a blind eye to simulated sex acts involving children.


by Paris Martineau in Business