TikTok Users Discover the Secret to Getting Rich: Dogecoin

The bro influencers of TikTok, released into the wild with sick iPhone hacks and dropshipping tips but a few years ago, have matured from pups to the Wolves of Social Media. Now they’re harnessing that power with a pump-and-dump scheme involving Dogecoin, the joke currency made of memes, and also Elon Musk’s favourite coin. The plan is kind of paying off: As of this morning, Dogecoin had risen 27.7% since 5 July. Read More >>

India Finally Popped the Ban on TikTok and 58 Other Chinese Apps

This is the story of a microvlogging app that nobody had heard of two years ago, and how it lured the world’s teens with karaoke, gobbled up their data, ballooned to monstrous proportions, and, finally, became a geopolitical bargaining chip in an escalating feud between the world’s two most-populous countries. The most recent development: India has reportedly banned TikTok, along with 58 other China-based apps, in retaliation for a recent border conflict in the Himalayas that resulted in the deaths of 20 Indian soldiers and the believed capture of many others. As of this morning, the Indian Express reports that the App Store and Google Play have scrubbed TikTok from their Indian stores; some users have reported a notice on the app that TikTok plans to comply with the government’s order and that they can no longer upload videos or scroll through their timelines. Read More >>

Reddit Brings the Banhammer Down on r/The_Donald and 2,000 Other Subs

This weekend’s rumours were true: Reddit has swung its mighty banhammer, taking out 2,000 groups, including r/The_Donald and r/ChapoTrapHouse. A few hours later, the Verge reported that Twitch temporarily banned the Donald himself, namely over video of his racist rallies, with few additional details. Read More >>

Paying for a Reference Is Just What the Job Hunt Hellscape Needed

If you have shame spiralled after sending a birthday message to a secondary contact on LinkedIn or had a few too many at a professional event, you, too, have probably wondered how much you would be willing to throw down for a networking cheat. Enter the platform Rooftop Slushie, where you can post a bid for a referral from a company employee: those professionals can choose to accept your offered “commission,” starting at $20 (£16), supposedly based on the merits of your CV, and they’ll send in a referral. It’s not a perfect system, but you get some eyeballs on your CV. Read More >>

How Long Will Trump Allow TikTokers to Make a Mockery of Him?

After K-pop stans took credit for the embarrassingly low turnout at Trump’s rally in Tulsa last week, the president waits to see what humiliation will befall the campaign next. The TikTok troops are plotting to claim more territory on the webstore. Read More >>

The Endangered Internet Archive Is Full of Treasures

The Internet Archive set out in the 1990s with an improbable mission to become the “Library of Alexandria Two”; by 2020, they’ve arguably surpassed that goal, plus delivered their collection straight to the masses. It’s the only repository where a NASA recap of the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster logically coexists with a 1990 recording of the Grateful Dead live in the US state of Connecticut and a 1979 hip hop mix tape. Whether you need to settle a dispute over the origins of the Buffyverse, or you’re litigating trademark infringement, the Wayback machine’s vast archive of old webpages is admissible evidence. You can search for TV news videos by quotes. At this writing, the archive bot is quietly, surgically extracting rotten links and replacing them with Wayback pages (millions so far), and the archive is filling in over 100,000 book references with live links to pages in full texts. These are the guys who tell us to archive our shit and save it for us anyway when we don’t. Read More >>

Facebook Won’t Do Shit About Political Ads, But Here, You Can Ignore Them Now

After weeks of watching hypnotoad Mark Zuckerberg attempting to smush logic to accommodate a threatening conspiracy theorist, meanwhile allegedly firing critics, Facebook has produced an offering that could maybe take some of the heat off without fixing any of the aforementioned problems. In a rare USA Today op-ed yesterday, Mark Zuckerberg announced that Facebook will allow users to opt-out of political ads. “[F]or those of you who’ve already made up your minds and just want the election to be over, we hear you,” he wrote, “so we’re also introducing the ability to turn off seeing political ads.” Read More >>

European Commission Launches Investigation Into the App Store and Apple Pay

The future is streaming and payment plans, and it is also a maelstrom of antitrust disputes. This is to say that the mutiny against Apple is making a little headway: the European Commission has announced two antitrust investigations into the iron rule of the App Store and Apple Pay. Read More >>

Zoom Promises to Enforce China’s Censorship Better

Zoom will enforce Chinese Communist Party censorship, the company confirmed in an official release yesterday. Earlier this week, after it was alerted by the Chinese government, the company suspended three accounts for hosting Tiananmen Square memorials, including a US-based pro-democracy group that featured mothers of those killed in the protests. The other two were based in the US and Hong Kong. Zoom says a fourth meeting was allowed to proceed because it didn’t include participants from mainland China. Read More >>

Facebook Suspends Anti-Racist Skinheads and Ska Musicians for Reasons Unknown

For years, activists and media have supplied Facebook with a long menu of white supremacist groups to target, and to its credit, it’s finally budging a little (emphasis on little). Last week, Facebook deactivated nearly 200 accounts tied to the white supremacist groups the Proud Boys and the American Guard. Facebook is being proactive, and now it’s chosen to go after...uh...skinheads. All skinheads, be they anti-fascist, anti-racist, or just ska fans. Read More >>

Did Instagram Just Say It’s Rewriting Online Copyright?

In one fell swoop, Facebook may have changed its mind about how the online news media will operate from here on out. Undermining a now age-old assumption, Facebook told Ars Technica on Thursday that embedding from Instagram may not shield news organisations from freely cross-posting on their sites. A spokesperson said: Read More >>

Facebook Let a US Politician Advocate Shooting Looters With His ‘Liberty Machine’

Popular Information broke the news Thursday that Facebook had allowed a US politician to run an ad suggesting that looters should be shot. In the video, Paul Broun, a former Congressman for the state of Georgia who is currently running to represent Georgia’s 9th Congressional District, fires off his “liberty machine” – an AR15 – over the caption “Looting hoards from Atlanta? That’s what Liberty Machines are for!” The ad, which ran on Facebook and Instagram from Saturday until Wednesday, has since been removed for violating Facebook’s policies. Public Information reports that Facebook removed the ad after it contacted the company. Read More >>

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It’s the 10th Anniversary of That Time Mark Zuckerberg Showed the World His True Sweaty Self

Remember how, over approximately 52 minutes in 2010, the reptilian pulling levers in Mark Zuckerberg’s brain briefly fled his host and left a trembling wet man onstage at the mercy of Kara Swisher? You remember: Read More >>

Facebook Adds an Email-Style Trash Can to Its Garbage Platform

Facebook won’t remove Donald Trump's lies and threat to shoot people. BUT: maybe you would like a content management tool? Shhhhh don’t look over there. Read More >>

Twitter and Reddit Highlight How the Trump Administration Is Stifling Speech on the Internet

On the same day that Donald Trump signed an executive order attempting to throttle social media to defend his freedom to lie, Twitter and Reddit highlighted how the administration itself proactively, enthusiastically stifles speech online. On Thursday, the companies submitted evidence in support of a lawsuit against the Trump Administration for surveilling US visa applicants’ social media accounts. The policy, implemented in 2019 as part of the administration’s “extreme vetting” efforts, requires most applicants to register their social media identifiers, to be monitored and disseminated. Read More >>