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 >>

Reddit Furiously Backpedals on Chat Feature After Fierce Backlash

Earlier this week, Reddit announced it was introducing chat rooms to some of its subreddit communities. Then roughly a day later, that new feature was rolled back due to “several errors” and pissed off moderators. Read More >>

Reddit’s Imaginary Maps Show Us It Could Always Be Worse

We’ve all mapped out some mental image of the world we live in, and it’s not great. Whatever our doomscape looks like, though, we can probably agree that it still beats a medieval patchwork of theocratic states after an unspecified Event, a zombie-colonised Britain, and a Pacific Northwest after the US state of Oregon has fallen into the sea. Read More >>

YouTube Launches Verified Coronavirus Coverage Hub on Homepage

In response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, YouTube announced Thursday that its homepage will now feature a news shelf of trustworthy COVID-19 coverage for users to easily source up-to-date news. Read More >>

Reddit Will Start to Punish Users for Upvotes as It Eyes Ad Cash

Over the past few years, Reddit’s gained a reputation for being one of the last mainstream strongholds for kind of fascist-y content, thanks in part to the free-speech ideals long touted by its leadership. But it looks like the need for “growth” – and funding – is pushing the platform to do a bit of growing up. Read More >>

Activision Subpoenas Reddit to Uncover Mysterious ‘Call of Duty’ Leaker

Reddit’s had its fair share of leakers in the past, with more than a few subreddits dedicated to the task of sharing leaks from video games, movies, tv shows, and the like. Last week, one of these leakers posted a now-deleted clip that they claimed was from the game’s new “battle royale” mode coming to Call of Duty in the coming month. Naturally, the Call of Duty die-hards on Twitter lost their damn minds, shared the footage like mad across the forums and elsewhere, and just as naturally, Activision was a bit ticked. Read More >>

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How Online Platforms Are Tackling Coronavirus Misinformation

As the deadly coronavirus continues to wreak havoc in China and around the world, several social media kingpins are fighting the outbreak on a different front: by curbing the spread of misinformation and fake claims online amid a public health emergency. Read More >>

Reddit Uncovers Russian Interference Campaign Ahead of General Election

Fears of Russian interference ahead of the UK general election were all but confirmed this week with a Reddit post. Read More >>

Conspiracy Theorists Are Less Angry Than the Rest of Reddit, Study Finds

The path to the million-member-strong league on Reddit’s r/conspiracy is paved with politics, toxicity, and tech culture, a sprawling study has found. From an eight-year sample ranging from 2007 to 2015, a team of Australian researchers compared 15,370 r/conspiracy posters to an equal number of users who’d started out posting on Reddit in similar forums to discover what drives people to conclude that the royal family went on human hunting parties. Read More >>

Hey, Reddit NSFW Communities: Imgur’s Sick of Your Smut

Image-sharing site Imgur announced this week that it’s distancing itself from Reddit’s smuttier corners and will no longer display content from the forum’s NSFW communities. Read More >>

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Newsreader Sues Facebook, Reddit After Her Photo Shows Up in Dating, Erectile Dysfunction Ads

A newsreader based in the US city of Philadelphia, Karen Hepp, is suing Facebook, Reddit, and other platforms in federal court after discovering that a photo of her taken in a convenience store was popping up in dating and erectile dysfunction ads, per the Verge. Read More >>

21 Sneakily Useful Subreddits That You Might Not Have Heard About

Reddit: Endlessly distracting, often fascinating, and sometimes really useful too. These are some of the best subreddits we know about for advice, instruction, and information, whether that’s helping define an archaic term or identify a half-remembered tune. We want to hear about your favourites too, so leave them in the comments below. Read More >>

I Liked Something Online Today

It’s hard to shock the staff of Gizmodo dot com. Collectively, we’ve spent millions of hours online, covering everything from fishman dildos to catfish fetishists. Today, however, we discovered something truly surprising: Reddit Public Access Network, the platform’s new experiment with livestreaming, is honestly pretty good. Read More >>

Swastika Ride Shut Down at German Amusement Park After Going Viral on Social Media

A new ride at a German amusement park recently raised quite a few eyebrows on social media for its bizarre design. Now the ride, called the Adlerflug or “Eagle’s Flight,” will reportedly be shut down after so many people pointed out the obvious: The ride looks like two giant swastikas. Read More >>

All the News and Key Details From Google Stadia Chief’s AMA

Google’s big play at making game streaming a reality—Stadia—is slated to go live sometime in November. That’s less than four months away, so to help answers questions and provide more info about Google’s upcoming game streaming platform, Stadia’s director of product Andey Doronichev hosted an AMA (Ask Me Anything) over on the Stadia subreddit. Read More >>