US Navy Veteran Who Feds Say Rammed FBI Headquarters Had QAnon-Linked Online Presence

A former Navy submarine technician was arrested after law enforcement says he drove an SUV into the FBI headquarters near Atlanta on Monday afternoon. It is still unclear why the suspect, Ervin Lee Bolling, attempted to force entry into the headquarters, but […]

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Threads is giving Taiwanese users a safe space to talk about politics

3. The US government is considering cutting the so-called de minimis exemption from import duties, which makes it cheap for Temu and Shein to send packages to the US. But lots of US companies also benefit from the exemption now. (The Information […]

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X names its third head of safety in less than two years

X has named a new head of safety nearly a year after the last executive in the position resigned. The company said Tuesday that it had Kylie McRoberts to Head of Safety and hired Yale Cohen as Head of Brand Safety and […]

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Truth Social Can’t Meme Its Way Into Becoming the Next Gamestop

On Reddit and Truth Social, users have been trying to recreate the meme stock magic for Trump Media and Technology Group, the company behind Truth Social, that boosted companies like Gamestop in 2021. So far, they haven’t been too successful. Truth Social, […]

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Why Threads is suddenly popular in Taiwan

Still, Threads’ popularity plummeted after its launch in July 2023. In Taiwan—like the rest of the world—many users left the platform after satisfying their initial curiosity.  But the 2024 Taiwanese presidential election gave it another chance. Wang, who studies social media in […]

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X is working on NSFW Communities for adult content

X is working on features that will allow admins of “Communities,” the platform’s tool for subreddit-like groups, to designate the spaces as containing “adult content.” The change was confirmed by an engineer at X amid reports that the Elon Musk-owned company was […]

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Online Conspiracies About the Baltimore Bridge Collapse Are Out of Control

Conspiracists and far-right extremists are blaming just about everything and everyone for Tuesday morning’s Baltimore bridge collapse. A non-exhaustive list of things that are getting blamed for the bridge collapse on Telegram and X include President Biden, Hamas, ISIS, P. Diddy, Nickelodeon, […]

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‘Trump 2024 To the Moon’: MAGA Fans Go All In on Truth Social Stock

Truth Social, former President Donald’s Trump’s clone of Twitter, has a fraction of the users of competitors like Reddit and X. The company has never turned a profit, and just happens to be the place where Trump is currently posting. But on […]

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How Kate Middleton Conspiracy Theories Consumed the Internet

The past few weeks have been a fever dream for the online conspiracy world. Wild claims about Kate Middleton, the Princess of Wales, went from fringe corners of the internet to mainstream social media platforms, and people who don’t usually dabble in […]

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Meta Kills a Crucial Transparency Tool At the Worst Possible Time

Earlier this month, Meta announced that it would be shutting down CrowdTangle, the social media monitoring and transparency tool that has allowed journalists and researchers to track the spread of mis- and disinformation. It will cease to function on August 14, 2024—just […]

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