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2 Days Ago   Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Around the world, countries and corporations are rethinking their relationship with encryption. In the wake of terrorist attacks, legislation in India and Australia has sought to give law enforcement access to encrypted communications, in moves that could threaten the security of encryption around the world.

3 Days Ago   Google Photos is adding features to encourage reminiscing, starting with a new tool that brings back old photos and videos on their anniversaries in a format that closely resembles Instagram Stories.

3 Days Ago   Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge In 2016, Facebook killed off a part of the service that highlighted trending news articles, following a hysterical overreaction to a Gizmodo piece that claimed, weakly, that the company was “routinely suppressing conservative news.” (It turns out that when human editors are told to pick the day’s most important stories, they tend to pick reported articles from mainstream sources over hyper-partisan opinion pieces.) Conservative media howled with outrage ov

4 Days Ago   Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Today was Apple Day, the charmed 24-hour period in which enough traffic is printed by curious would-be iPhone buyers to cover the cost of several staff salaries.

5 Days Ago   Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson speaks in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday. Fifty state attorneys general are joining together to investigate possible antitrust violations by Google.

9 Days Ago   Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge A defining feature of Facebook’s approach to product development is its ruthlessness, which often manifests as a kind of shamelessness.

10 Days Ago   Nearly a year after it began testing in Colombia, Facebook Dating is now available in the United States. The product, which is available to users 18 and older, will appear as a new tab within the Facebook mobile app.

10 Days Ago   Illustration by William Joel / The Verge Last night, at an event in San Francisco, I watched the veteran tech journalist John Markoff interview early Facebook investor and Zucked author Roger McNamee.

11 Days Ago   Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Last week, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki wrote a blog post in which she talked about the platform’s commitment to leaving up controversial videos even when they are offensive.

16 Days Ago   Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge When a tech platform grows beyond a certain size, a now-familiar phenomenon begins to unfold. The creators no longer have a view of — or control over — all the day-to-day activity on the platform, allowing bad actors to manipulate it to their own ends.

17 Days Ago   Amelia Krales By 2018, it was clear that Pinterest suffered from a problem many of its peers had long dealt with. Because most people are vaccinated and do not spend their free time making pro-vaccine content for social networks, a search for “vaccines” on Pinterest returned anti-vaccination results 75 percent of the time.

18 Days Ago   Facebook is adding new requirements for political advertisers, the company said on Wednesday, as part of its efforts to make the platform more secure in the run-up to the 2020 election.

18 Days Ago   Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge YouTube’s difficult summer rolls on. Recent stories have revealed that the company might be accidentally generating video playlists for pedophiles; the Federal Trade Commission is investigating the site’s targeting of ads toward children; and the New York Times linked the site’s popularity to the rise of right-wing extremism in Brazil.

19 Days Ago   Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge Today, thanks to your tips, I bring you a scoop: a new app called Threads, now in development at Instagram, designed to promote sharing among close friends.

23 Days Ago   Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge When Instagram first hit the news this week, it was over a hoax. A host of celebrities had posted to their timelines a battered image declaring that Instagram would soon make our deleted photos and messages public, and use them against us in court, unless we created a post to the contrary.

24 Days Ago   How do you get rid of hate speech on social platforms? Until now, companies have generally tried two approaches. One is to ban individual users who are caught posting abuse; the other is to ban the large pages and groups where people who practice hate speech organize and promote their noxious views.

25 Days Ago   Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales There are many criticisms of Facebook’s size, power, and business model, but two stand out for the intensity with which they are usually discussed.

26 Days Ago   It was nearly a year and a half ago that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, standing onstage at the company’s annual developer conference, announced that the company would begin letting users sever the connection between their web browsing history and their Facebook accounts.

26 Days Ago   Protesters in Hong Kong march over the weekend. Over 1 million Hong Kongese protesters filled the streets of Hong Kong Island to protest against police brutality and other grievances | Photo by Matthew Hatcher/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images For the past 11 weeks, protesters in Hong Kong have marched in response to creeping authoritarianism from Beijing.

30 Days Ago   Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge One of the big lessons of Amazon’s HQ2 debacle, at least from my perspective, was that the company can be weirdly tone-deaf.

31 Days Ago   Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge On Wednesday, Twitter invited reporters to its headquarters in San Francisco for an update on improvements to the product.

32 Days Ago   Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge At the Code Conference in June, I sat down with former executives at Facebook, Google, and Twitter to ask why their internal cultures of activism are so different.

33 Days Ago   Photo by Michele Doying / The Verge Twitter will begin allowing users to follow interests, the company said today, letting users see tweets about topics of their choosing inside the timeline.

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