Casey Newton

The Verge

@CaseyNewton

  • Currently Silicon Valley Editor for The Verge.
  • Previously worked at San Francisco Chronicle, CNET.
  • Self-purportedly the tallest reporter covering Silicon Valley.
How Congress missed another chance to hold big tech accountable

Dec 12

Google CEO Sundar Pichai’s appearance before Congress told us little we didn’t already know — and it seems as if it’s that way by design

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Facebook’s role in the French protests has polarized observers

Dec 11

Is this a typical democratic protest, or something darker?

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How Kevin Hart tweeted himself out of a job hosting the Oscars

Dec 8

Kevin Hart lost his job hosting the Oscars after the Academy belatedly discovered his old homophobic tweets

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Microsoft sounds an alarm over facial recognition technology

Dec 7

A new paper calls for the government to regulate facial recognition. If it doesn’t, Chinese-style monitoring could come to the United States

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Facebook’s morale problem is getting worse

Dec 6

UK Parliament released 250 pages of internal Facebook emails, and that’s unlikely to quell a growing unease among company employees

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Google’s appearance before Congress will mark a turning point for its CEO

Dec 5

Politics have finally caught up to Sundar Pichai

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How Facebook Groups sparked a crisis in France

Dec 4

Changes to Facebook’s News Feed algorithms may have contributed to the violent Yellow Vest (Gilets Jaunes) movement in France

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A looming strike over Project Dragonfly is putting new pressure on Google

Nov 30

Employees are ratcheting up the criticism — and they’re doing it publicly

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Instagram adds ‘close friends’ to let you share stories to a more limited group

Nov 30

After 18 months of testing, Instagram introduces a different kind of friends list

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Dueling employee petitions have revealed a deep divide within Google over China

Nov 29

Hundreds of employees have signed petitions for and against re-entering China — and what he does next could define Sundar Pichai’s legacy s CEO

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Republicans keep misunderstanding the law that protects internet platforms

Nov 28

Senator-elect Josh Hawley’s tweets about the Communication Decency Act’s Section 230 display a troubling lack of understanding about the law that enables internet platforms to operate

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How Mark Zuckerberg became a wartime CEO

Nov 20

After a series of crises, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is asserting more control — and COO Sheryl Sandberg may be feeling the pressure

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How Facebook’s crisis PR firm triggered a PR crisis

Nov 17

Facebook hired Definers Public Affairs to polish its reputation, but instead it created a new PR crisis for Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg

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Facebook’s latest scandal has Washington’s full attention

Nov 16

A bipartisan group of senators is sounding the alarm over Facebook’s questionable use of an opposition-research firm

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Facebook will create an independent oversight group to review content moderation appeals

Nov 15

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said an independent oversight body will be formed within the next year to handle content appeals

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Facebook has a growing morale problem

Nov 15

New reports in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal show how Facebook is reeling from criticism — and that more employees are planning to leave

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Amazon’s HQ2 stunt could come back to haunt it

Nov 14

The backlash to its big office move was immediate — and it’s growing

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Your Snapchat friendships now have their own profiles — and merchandise

Nov 13

Snap is adding friendship profiles, Bitmoji Merch, and Bitmoji Stories in an effort to promote close friendships.

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There’s more evidence Facebook can make you feel lonely

Nov 13

A new study from Melissa G. Hunt of the University of Pennsylvania illustrates how social media can increase feelings of loneliness and depression

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One easy thing Facebook should do in Myanmar

Nov 10

In March, human-rights investigators from the United Nations found that Facebook had played a role in spreading hate speech in Myanmar, fueling ethnic violence that has spurred more than 650,000...

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The fake video era of US politics has arrived on Twitter

Nov 9

The exchange between CNN’s Jim Acosta and a White House aide resulted in a viral video that appears to have been altered. The implications are disturbing

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How Democrats’ victory in the midterms will be good for Facebook

Nov 8

The prospects for regulation look dim

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Four ways the internet changed the midterm elections

Nov 7

Social networks continue to transform campaigns

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One way Twitter’s ad archive improves on Facebook’s

Nov 3

On Facebook, it’s easy for political advertisers to conceal their identities. It’s harder on Twitter

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The Google walkout offers a playbook for successful corporate protests

Nov 2

The Google walkout on Thursday shows how savvy use of mainstream and social media can back reluctant leadership into a corner

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Facebook political ad tools are ripe for trolling

Nov 1

Meet the journalist who pretended to be Cambridge Analytica

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Internet freedom continues to decline around the world, a new report says

Nov 1

Freedom House’s 2018 internet freedom report finds declines in many of the countries that were surveyed

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Hate speech is finding a home on Instagram

Oct 31

Another Facebook division is found promoting bigots

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Why social media is friend to far-right politicians around the world

Oct 30

Jair Bolsonaro is the latest far-right leader to benefit from the feedback loop between social media and politics

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How China complicates Apple’s chest-thumping about privacy

Oct 25

Apple does a lot to protect user privacy. But it may have made some compromises in China, Facebook’s former chief security officer points out

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Twitter tests new profile features, including presence indicators and ‘ice breakers’

Oct 24

Twitter executives want to promote more and better conversations. They showed us several of the design prototypes they’re considering

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America’s cyberwar plans for Russia might be leaning too hard on direct messages

Oct 24

US Cyber Command says they’re targeting Russian operatives with direct messages. Does that go far enough?

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Facebook is rolling out a redesigned Messenger focused on simplicity

Oct 23

A powerful utility goes back to basics

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Twitter’s lax account security should give pause to online activists

Oct 23

A New York Times report about Saudi Arabia recruiting an engineer to steal user data offers sobering new lessons

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Facebook hired a new public defender, and he should start with WhatsApp

Oct 20

As Nick Clegg starts his job, questions are swirling about misinformation in the messaging app. It appears to be playing a significant role in the current Brazilian presidential election

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How WhatsApp is undermining Facebook’s war on election interference

Oct 19

WhatsApp’s combination of encryption and viral sharing mechanics have overwhelmed Facebook at a crucial time in Brazil

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A new kind of dark money on Facebook is influencing elections

Oct 18

Facebook introduced an ad archive earlier this year with identity disclosure requirements for advertisers. But advertisers have figured out a way around them

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Inside Facebook’s election war room

Oct 18

In a Menlo Park conference room, a global effort to fight misinformation comes together

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Facebook Portal’s claims to protect user privacy are falling apart

Oct 17

Facebook’s new video phone collects advertising data after all. Even the executives pitching the product don’t seem to have known about it

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Twitter spammed people’s phones with cryptic notifications

Oct 16

Twitter sent users tons of bizarre notifications on Tuesday. CEO Jack Dorsey said the issue was fixed but the company could not say why it happened

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Kevin Systrom on quitting Instagram: “No one ever leaves a job because everything’s awesome”

Oct 15

But Instagram’s recently departed CEO won’t describe the moment he decided to quit. Him and his cofounder Mike Krieger quit Facebook on September 24th

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Houseparty adds Facemail, a way to send recorded video chats to friends

Oct 15

The group video chat app Houseparty added Facemail, a kind of video voicemail aimed at younger users. It’s the company’s first move toward asynchronous communication

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Facebook keeps asking for our trust even as it loses control of our data

Oct 13

Facebook launched Portal the same week it announced a data breach affected 14 million people, undermining its credibility

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Facebook removes misinformation, but only on a technicality

Oct 12

Facebook is purging misinformation from domestic sources, but only because of fake accounts. What happens when the bad guys figure that out?

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Pocket redesigns its mobile apps to emphasize listening

Oct 11

A more human-sounding voice turns your article queue into a podcast

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How Google’s China project undermines its claims to political neutrality

Oct 11

A leaked internal presentation about censorship frames the issue correctly — but the company’s work in China contradicts it

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Snapchat announces a slate of original programming for Discover

Oct 10

Snap tries to reinvent MTV for a younger generation

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Google has a big advantage over Facebook in a crisis

Oct 10

Google gave up on social networks and focused on utility. That could help it weather the current scandal about data exposure

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Facebook’s launch of Portal has been stymied by trust issues

Oct 9

From Cambridge Analytica to the recent breach, Facebook’s data privacy scandals have made us wary of its connected camera

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How Facebook polarized us during the Kavanaugh hearings

Oct 6

New stories about partisan news publishers and rapidly transforming Facebook groups illustrate how Facebook can be an engine for tribalism

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Facebook’s head of public policy is supporting the Kavanaugh nomination, and some employees are livid

Oct 5

Joel Kaplan’s endorsement of his close friend, the Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, has roiled the social network. Employees are meeting today to discuss it

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There’s a crack at the heart of Facebook’s advertising business

Oct 4

New stories about LGBT advertising in the News Feed and Facebook Watch illustrate Facebook’s dilemma as it searches for growth

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How Lady Gaga’s fans are using Twitter to bend reality

Oct 3

Gaga’s fans are using Twitter to promote her new music and movie. It’s a small thing that speaks to the bigger threat of what some researchers call “reality apathy”

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What we still don’t know about the Facebook breach

Oct 2

Three days after Facebook reported a breach affecting 50 million people, we’re still looking for answers to basic questions

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Facebook is pushing out its most creative skeptics

Sep 28

The Instagram and WhatsApp founders quit this year after clashing with Mark Zuckerberg. Facebook will miss them

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Coinbase launches a bundle in a bid to take cryptocurrencies mainstream

Sep 27

The Coinbase Bundle offers a kind of index fund for cryptocurrencies starting at $25. Can it help cryptocurrencies bounce back from their big crash?

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Why the WhatsApp acquisition ended with everyone mad at each other

Sep 27

Brian Acton and David Marcus have different views on Facebook’s acquisition of WhatsApp. Both tell us a lot about the social network

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The end of Instagram as we know it is here

Sep 26

Instagram cofounders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger quit this week, opening the door for Facebook to transform the app they built together

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The case that Russia is winning the cyberwar

Sep 25

Cyberwar, a new book by Kathleen Hall Jamieson argues that Russian election meddling was decisive — and it’s still ongoing

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Why Twitter reset the @Twitter account

Sep 22

Why Twitter started treating its official Twitter account as a way to start conversations rather than educate the user base

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Facebook’s problems in Europe are piling up

Sep 21

The European Commission and UK Home Office are threatening to impose new regulations over privacy and consumer protection issues

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Instagram is testing a native resharing feature for the feed

Sep 20

Instagram is testing a native resharing feature — sometimes called “regramming” — for its main feed

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Facebook will open a “war room” next week to monitor election interference

Sep 20

Facebook’s election war room is designed to monitor misinformation and other attempts at election hacking, the company says

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How white supremacists are thriving on YouTube

Sep 19

In a new report, Data and Society’s Rebecca Lewis examines how extremist influencers exploit YouTube’s viral mechanics

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How a new class of “digital martyrs” are manipulating social networks

Sep 18

What danah boyd’s Online News Association talk has to say about platforms — and the press — regarding media manipulation and digital martyrs

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Instagram adds a shopping tab to the Explore page

Sep 17

Ahead of the launch of a dedicated shopping app, Instagram added a shopping tab to the Explore page. You can now shop from Stories as well

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Facebook beats Twitter at fighting fake news, a new study found

Sep 15

A Stanford/NYU study of fake news on Facebook and Twitter from 2016 to 2018 found that Facebook has been more successful at reducing the spread of misinformation

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Stop calling Facebook’s effort to fix itself an “arms race”

Sep 14

Mark Zuckerberg’s election-security report card suggests Facebook is in a Cold War. But it’s actually more like Vietnam

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Google’s internal political battles keep spilling out into the public

Sep 13

What the leak of a video says about this moment at Alphabet

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Breitbart posted a leaked video of Google’s first all-hands meeting after the 2016 election

Sep 12

Breitbart published a leaked video from Google’s first all-hands meeting after the 2016 US presidential election on Wednesday, in a move that could serve as ammunition for claims that Alphabet has acted in ways that are biased against conservatives.

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A partisan war over fact-checking is putting pressure on Facebook

Sep 12

A conservative Facebook fact-checking partner labeled a liberal analysis “false.” Is it fake, or is it just clickbait?

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We won’t find out if Mark Zuckerberg can fix Facebook by asking him

Sep 11

Interviews with tech CEOs Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Dorsey, and others often reveal little about their subjects

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Congress is getting better at questioning social media executives

Sep 6

Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter’s Jack Dorsey faced hard questions from Congress this week, but regulation is still a long ways away

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How autocratic governments use Facebook against their own citizens

Sep 5

New reports about Libya and the Philippines highlight a different kind of influence campaign

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Instagram is building a standalone app for shopping

Sep 4

Instagram Shopping is a new app in development at Facebook, sources tell The Verge. It’s a major new step into e-commerce. The app — which may be called IG Shopping — will let users browse collections of goods from merchants that they follow and purchase them…

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A conservative Facebook would probably fail — but Facebook should worry about it anyway

Aug 31

Donald Trump Jr. floated the idea of a conservative Facebook alternative. Cries of bias are chipping away at trust in the company at a time when Facebook can ill afford it

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The president’s attacks on social media are incoherent and depressing

Aug 30

President Donald Trump escalated his attacks on Facebook and Twitter, but it’s not clear what, if anything they are leading to

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Instagram’s verification system is useful, fair, and Twitter should copy it

Aug 29

While Twitter dithers, its rival figured out a better way

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It took a genocide for Facebook to ban a country’s military leadership

Aug 28

Facebook finally drew a line against hate speech in Myanmar, and the implications are significant for all platforms

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Who’s really being silenced on Twitter?

Aug 25

President Donald Trump says social media companies like Twitter are silencing conservatives. What’s really going on?

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Facebook’s content moderation efforts face increasing skepticism

Aug 24

Academics doubt that human speech can be regulated at global scale. A new report in Motherboard traces Facebook’s content moderation efforts over time and casts a skeptical eye

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Facebook should help us understand the link between political speech and violence

Aug 23

Questions about a study of violence against refugees in Germany point to the need for more research — and better data

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How average Facebook users in Germany inspired a wave of violence against refugees

Aug 22

What new research tells us about the social network’s efforts to fix itself

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Facebook deletes more than 600 accounts linked to new influence campaigns led by Iran and Russia

Aug 21

Twitter deleted accounts after being tipped off as well

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Why Facebook needs a Supreme Court for content moderation

Aug 21

The company’s history with tricky decisions shows a need for outside expertise. A new Radiolab podcast illustrates why

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Google’s ambitions for China could trigger a crisis inside the company

Aug 18

Recent reports reveal simmering dissatisfactions inside the company over Dragonfly, Google’s secret project to reenter China. And they might be able to boil over

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Twitter users are protesting Alex Jones with a viral block list

Aug 16

After Twitter gave Infowars’ Alex Jones a slap on the wrist, more than 50,000 users installed a block list to eliminate Twitter ads

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Bots didn’t flop; they just became invisible

Aug 15

The great bot hype cycle of 2016 is over, but the work continues. It has just moved behind the scenes, says Intercom’s Eoghan McCabe in an interview on the Converge podcast.

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How a wily Californian beat Google and Facebook’s influence operation

Aug 15

Alistair Mactaggart’s longshot initiative turned into one of the nation’s strictest data privacy policies. It could suggest a new path forward for regulation

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Twitter finally draws a line on extremism

Aug 14

Twitter moved to ban the Proud Boys, but continues to dither when it comes to Alex Jones and Infowars

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Why Facebook banned Alex Jones — and Twitter didn’t

Aug 11

Facebook banned Alex Jones and Infowars this week, but Twitter didn’t. The reason is that Facebook already knows how this story ends

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Twitter’s case for keeping Alex Jones is falling apart

Aug 10

A simple Twitter search finds more evidence of broken rules

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Twitter won’t punish Alex Jones for his past Twitter behavior

Aug 9

What some call hate speech on Alex Jones’ part was legal under Twitter’s old rules, its head of safety says — and so he won’t face any discipline for it

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Apple crushed Alex Jones — then tossed him a lifeline

Aug 8

Apple’s move to ban Infowars podcasts this week triggered an avalanche of similar Alex Jones bans. But let’s not give Apple too much credit

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Pandora’s podcast genome project could launch by the end of the year

Aug 8

Pandora, the streaming music company, has a new focus on podcasts. Its podcast genome project is coming soon, CEO Roger Lynch says.

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How Alex Jones lost his info war

Aug 7

Alex Jones lost his platforms on Apple, YouTube, Facebook, and elsewhere this week. The reason: platforms are finally enforcing bans on hate speech

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YouTube deletes Alex Jones’ channel for violating its community guidelines

Aug 6

After weeks of criticism, YouTube moved on Monday to delete The Alex Jones Channel. The Infowars host’s channel had more than 2.4 million subscribers.

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The 8-year-olds hacking our voting machines

Aug 4

Voting machines are in danger of being hacked. A Def Con hackathon nextw eek is good news for democracy

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Facebook has started internal testing of its dating app

Aug 3

Announced at F8 in May, a Facebook dating app now appears to be in internal testing, according to an independent researcher. It could pose a major threat to Match Group, which owns OKCupid and Tinder

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Fake news evolved into fake events, and the consequences are scary

Aug 3

An ongoing influence campaign is undermining our shared reality

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Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom on winning the Stories war

Aug 2

Two years after Instagram cloned Snapchat Stories, we interviewed CEO Kevin Systrom about his future plans.

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Senate warns tech companies on foreign interference: “Time is running out”

Aug 2

A bipartisan group of senators is considering legislation to address foreign interference on social media platforms

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Facebook and Instagram add dashboards to help you manage your time on social apps

Aug 1

In response to concerns over phone addiction, Facebook has added reminders to tell you when you’ve spent too much time browsing your feeds.

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A shadowy influence campaign on Facebook is targeting liberal activists

Aug 1

Facebook disclosed an ongoing campaign to sow division in the United States, and it’s targeting liberal groups

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Congress just showed us what comprehensive regulation of Facebook would look like

Jul 31

Sen. Mark Warner has a new policy paper that targets misinformation and data privacy

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How conspiracy sites keep outsmarting big tech companies

Jul 28

Facebook and YouTube never anticipated a site like Infowars, and they may need to reconsider their disciplinary policies

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Why Twitter should ignore the phony outrage over “shadow banning”

Jul 27

Twitter’s effort to clean up search results is a good thing. The outcry of “shadow banning” is utterly phony

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Facebook’s stock market decline is the largest one-day drop in US history

Jul 26

Facebook’s market capitalization lost $120 billion in 24 hours, the largest one-day drop in the history of the stock market

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Facebook’s forecast for the future looks suddenly bleak

Jul 26

Facebook’s weak earnings forecast has many rethinking claims that the company is invincible

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YouTube issues a new strike against Alex Jones’ channel over hate speech and child endangerment

Jul 25

YouTube issued a new strikes against Alex Jones’ Infowars channel Tuesday after it posted four offensive videos

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Three unanswered questions about threats and hoaxes on Facebook

Jul 25

The debate over Infowars has hit an impasse

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Lyft might build a ‘zen mode’ to let drivers know you don’t feel like chatting

Jul 25

Turning shared rides into quiet cars

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What YouTube could teach Facebook about conspiracies

Jul 24

YouTube added information cues to fight misinformation earlier this year. Facebook might consider doing the same

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Facebook says it will begin removing misinformation that leads to violence

Jul 18

Hours after CEO Mark Zuckerberg spurred history by defending the rights of Holocaust deniers to post on Facebook, the company said it had begun removing misinformation that contributes to violence. Under the new policy, Facebook will begin reviewing posts tha…

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Mark Zuckerberg says Holocaust deniers are making an honest mistake

Jul 18

In a podcast interview, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg recommitted to providing a platform for misinformation. Facebook will continue to offer a platform to Holocaust deniers, Infowars, and other publishers of hoaxes on the assumption that they are sincere in t…

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Why tech nonprofits are increasingly stepping in for the government

Jul 18

This week on Converge, the Human Utility’s Tiffani Ashley Bell tells us how small nonprofits are stepping up

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Congress pressures tech companies to ban more accounts

Jul 17

At a hearing today, Republicans and Democrats pressured Facebook to draw clearer limits around hyperpartisan pages

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Twitter follower counts drop after a change in how they are counted

Jul 11

Twitter will stop including accounts that have been locked for bad behavior in publicly posted follower counts

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This is just a very good pitch for an Airbnb for horses

Jul 11

Dream Machine’s Alexia Bonatsos makes a surprisingly good case for a joke startup

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UK issues Facebook maximum fine over Cambridge Analytica

Jul 10

It’s the first financial consequence to this year’s privacy scandal

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Snapchat’s new Lens Explorer will let you browse thousands of community filters

Jul 10

Promoting Snapchat as the leader in augmented reality

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Slack didn’t kill email — and it might have made it stronger

Jul 4

Mathilde Collin says the workplaces of the future ought to take a different approach. She’s the co-founder and CEO of Front, which makes tools for sharing inboxes with your teammates.

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Twitch’s rise shows how social networks usually succeed on accident

Jun 27

Venture capitalist Mike Maples Jr. on what Twitch’s unlikely success means for other startups

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Instagram announces IGTV, a standalone app for longer videos

Jun 20

Instagram today announced IGTV, a standalone app for watching long-form video. The company is going after YouTube — with vertical video.

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How science fiction is training us to ignore the real threats posed by AI

Jun 20

Clara Labs’ Maran Nelson on how movies like Her and Ex Machina miss the point on the threats posed by artificial intelligence

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Prominent tech CEOs are denouncing Trump’s border separation policy

Jun 19

Tim Cook, Mark Zuckerberg, and others are calling for immediate changes to Trump’s border separation policy

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The Last of Us: Part II will be a tale of revenge, its director says

Jun 14

Creative director Neil Druckmann discusses how he approached making The Last of Us: Part II in this interview.

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Snap launches a developer platform to bring Snapchat’s camera and Bitmoji to other apps

Jun 14

Snap Kit is Snapchat’s new developer platform. Apps can now add Snapchat camera features, Bitmoji, and login.

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How Firefox is trying to build a better news feed than Facebook with Pocket’s help

Jun 13

Pocket CEO Nate Weiner on how Mozilla Firefox can improve on Facebook while collecting much less data about its users. Pocket, which lets you save articles and videos you find around the web to consume later, now has a home inside Firefox as the engine poweri…

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Shadow of the Tomb Raider finds Lara Croft deadlier than ever — and reckoning with her power

Jun 13

Lara Croft has fully become the Tomb Raider. During our E3 2018 hands-on, we interviewed the creators about what’s next.

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Watch the first gameplay trailer for PS4 exclusive Ghost of Tsushima

Jun 12

Sucker Punch’s Ghost of Tsushima, a follow-up to Infamous, mixes stealth and action in feudal Japan

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Watch the whimsical world of Dragon Quest XI in a new trailer

Jun 11

Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age was a hit in Japan last year. On September 4th, the game will be released on the PlayStation 4 and the PC via Steam. And in the run-up to the release, Square Enix has released a new trailer showing off the fanciful RP…

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The next Elder Scrolls game is a beautiful mobile RPG named Blades

Jun 11

Elder Scrolls Blades is a new first-person mobile RPG that you can play in portrait mode

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Watch 7 minutes of Rage 2’s intense Mad Max-style action

Jun 11

Meet Walker, post-apocalyptic ranger

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How to watch Bethesda’s E3 2018 press conference

Jun 10

Bethesda’s E3 press conference should give us good looks at Fallout 76 and Rage 2 when the event takes place on Sunday, June 10th. But any number of other Bethesda franchises could pop up during the company’s E3 keynote presentation.

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Congress roasted Facebook on TV, but won’t hear any bills to regulate it

Jun 7

The bipartisan Honest Ads Act was supposed to regulate Facebook. But it has stalled in Congress ahead of the midterm elections.

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Notion brings its powerful note-taking app to Android

Jun 7

And it has a friendly new price

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Google’s Mark Risher tells us why everything we know about passwords is wrong

Jun 6

Phishing attacks are evolving, and the conventional wisdom about passwords is wrong. Google’s top spam fighter tells us a better approach to picking passwords on Converge, an interview game show where the biggest personalities in tech tell us about their wild…

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Houseparty brings its group video chat app to Mac

Jun 4

Houseparty, the group video chat app that’s popular among a set of teenagers and college students, is getting a desktop app companion.

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Why New York beats Silicon Valley as a destination for some startup founders

May 30

In the second episode of Converge with Casey Newton, Zola co-founder and CEO Shan-Lyn Ma tells us why New York is an ideal place to found a startup for new founders.

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Evan Spiegel on Facebook: ‘We would really appreciate it if they copied our data protection practices’

May 30

Snap’s CEO weighs in on Facebook’s long history of copying him.

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Facebook’s new political ad rules could upend June 5th primaries

May 25

Facebook introduced new disclosure rules for political advertisements designed to block bad actors from meddling in elections. But in the meantime, the rules are blocking legitimate candidates from buying Facebook ads — and at least one congressional candidat…

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Facebook disclosure requirements for political ads take effect in the United States today

May 24

Facebook is rolling out “paid for” labels and introducing new identity verification requirements for election and issue ads in the United States.

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Facebook will ask researchers to measure the effects of misinformation in the News Feed

May 23

Facebook has issued a request for proposals to measure the volume and effects of false news in the News Feed, the company said.

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Silicon Valley’s latest big idea is Tupperware parties for marijuana

May 23

In the debut episode of Converge with Casey Newton, Houseparty’s Sima Sistani tells us why it’s time for “Stella & Dot for pot.” With weed becoming legal in more states, people are curious about what they might enjoy. If you don’t feel comfortable visiting a …

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Mark Zuckerberg’s appearance before European Parliament yields an empty spectacle

May 22

Mark Zuckerberg faced tough questions from members of Parliament, but the format allowed him to escape easily.

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Slack adds action buttons to become a true workplace communication hub

May 22

Slack introduces new action buttons to showcase integrations with Asana, Jira, Bitbucket, Zendesk, and more.

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The Verge’s new game show, Converge with Casey Newton, launches May 23rd

May 16

Converge with Casey Newton is an interview game show podcast from The Verge. Here’s the trailer.

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Twitter will hide more bad tweets in conversations and searches

May 15

Twitter will now rank replies in conversations and searches, another move to reduce abuse and harassment on the platform, CEO Jack Dorsey said.

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Facebook’s first content moderation report finds terrorism posts up 73 percent this year

May 15

Facebook issued its first public Community Standards Enforcement Report today. Posts including violence are on the rise

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Google’s new focus on well-being started five years ago with this presentation

May 10

Tristan Harris’ slide deck started a controversy at Google that led the way to Android P

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Cambridge Analytica died because it couldn’t stop playing the victim

May 3

Cambridge Analytica never apologized after improperly obtaining user data from Facebook. No wonder it’s dead.

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Snap’s second-generation Spectacles are more grown up — and more expensive

Apr 26

Snapchat Spectacles are water resistant and take photos. They go on sale Thursday for $150 at Spectacles.com

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Flipboard introduces expanded tech coverage and private sharing features

Apr 24

Flipboard is introducing expanded tech coverage, e-commerce, and private sharing features, but the company is struggling.

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Facebook makes its community guidelines public and introduces an appeals process

Apr 24

What you can (and can’t) do on Facebook

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You can now build your own face filter for Snapchat

Apr 17

Snap releases seven new templates for building face filters in Lens Studio, plus Giphy integration.

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7 takeaways from Mark Zuckerberg’s appearance before the House

Apr 11

Highlights from Mark Zuckerberg’s appearance today before the House Energy and Commerce Committee

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The 5 biggest takeaways from Mark Zuckerberg’s appearance before the Senate

Apr 11

Here are highlights from Mark Zuckerberg’s Senate hearing about Cambridge Analytica.

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Mark Zuckerberg is heading to Congress, and the stakes couldn’t be higher

Apr 9

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg faces tough Democratic and Republican critics in Congress in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal

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Facebook will release more data about election interference, but only after the election

Apr 4

Mark Zuckerberg tells The Verge the company will report on the prevalence of fake news, bullying, and terrorism on the platform

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Police have responded to reports of gunshots at YouTube headquarters

Apr 3

San Bruno received multiple 911 calls from headquarters, report says

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Facebook wants a social media Supreme Court so it can avoid hard questions

Apr 3

How Mark Zuckerberg is retreating from content moderation

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Here are the internal Facebook posts of employees discussing today’s leaked memo

Mar 30

Internal memos show Facebook employees are deeply frustrated by the Andrew “Boz” Bosworth leak.

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In a leaked memo, Facebook executive describes the consequences of its growth-at-all-costs mentality

Mar 29

Andrew “Boz” Bosworth’s memo describes the consequences of the company’s growth imperative.

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This is Facebook’s self-defense plan for the 2018 midterm elections

Mar 29

Here’s how Facebook plans to protect itself from bad actors in the upcoming US midterm elections

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The person behind the Like button says software is wasting our time

Mar 28

Asana’s Justin Rosenstein says social media is too addictive — but it can be fixed. His company just released Timeline, a tool that makes it easier to create Gantt charts.

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Mark Zuckerberg apologizes for the Cambridge Analytica scandal

Mar 22

Mark Zuckerberg gave his first interview about the Cambridge Analytica data privacy scandal Wednesday on CNN.

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Twitter’s chief information security officer is leaving the company

Mar 21

Twitter CISO Michael Coates is quitting. Top security executives from Google and Facebook also are leaving their companies.

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Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook made mistakes in handling the Cambridge Analytica scandal

Mar 21

Mark Zuckerberg made his first remarks about the Cambridge Analytica story five days after it first broke.

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The co-founder of WhatsApp just told everyone to delete Facebook

Mar 20

Facebook made Brian Acton $6.5 billion when he sold WhatsApp. He just told everyone to delete Facebook.

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Mark Zuckerberg is ‘working around the clock’ on the Cambridge Analytica controversy, Facebook says

Mar 20

After nearly four days of silence from top executives on the unfolding controversy around Cambridge Analytica’s misuse of user data, Facebook on Tuesday made a statement about what Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg are doing.

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Cambridge Analytica suspends its CEO after comments about bribery and entrapment

Mar 20

The CEO of controversial data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica was suspended after he was filmed by undercover journalists appearing to encourage the use of beautiful women to entrap politicians as part of election influence campaigns.

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Facebook is losing control of the narrative — and maybe the platform

Mar 20

The Cambridge Analytica became a crisis because it shows how little control Facebook ultimately has over how people used it.

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Facebook will hold an emergency meeting to let employees ask questions about Cambridge Analytica

Mar 20

Facebook has scheduled an open meeting for all employees Tuesday to let them ask questions about the unfolding Cambridge Analytica data privacy scandal.

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Facebook suspended Donald Trump’s data operations team for misusing people’s personal infromation

Mar 17

Cambridge Analytica played a key role in the 2016 presidential election campaign

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Spotify’s experimental voice control feature is an excellent end run around Siri

Mar 14

Making music faster

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The reckoning over social media has transformed SXSW

Mar 14

Fake news and platform abuse dominated discussions at South by Southwest Interactive 2018. Tech CEOs and business leaders faced tough questions

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YouTube will add information from Wikipedia to videos about conspiracies

Mar 13

YouTube will add information from Wikipedia to videos about popular conspiracy theories to provide alternative viewpoints on controversial subjects, its CEO said today.

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As controversy swirls, social network Vero is closing in on 3 million users

Mar 2

Last week, three-year-old social network Vero had fewer than 150,000 downloads. As of today, it has nearly 3 million, driven by frustration with Instagram and a feature set that its founder says enables a more authentic form of self-expression

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Facebook won’t move news into a separate feed after all

Mar 1

Facebook is ending an experiment in six countries that put news into a separate feed

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Feedless is an iOS content blocker that takes the media out of social media

Feb 26

This app lets you browse Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram without seeing any posts

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Instagram is dissolving its global community team

Feb 22

A dozen people have to find new jobs

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