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The Trump Shooting Fueled an Online Sticker Battle

Ever since the assassination attempt on former US president Donald Trump last Saturday, the tenor online has been understandably tense. Far-right extremists are sending out calls for violence, militias are recruiting, and everyone, it seems, has a conspiracy theory about what led to the shooting. But in the corners of the internet where people aren’t

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Fortnite Has a Political Violence Problem

In the hours after former US president Donald Trump was shot in Butler, Pennsylvania, a new Fortnite game appeared: Donald Trump vs Assassin. The game was quickly removed, but several other games that include antisemitism and political violence remained on the gaming platform, according to a new report from the Global Project Against Hate and

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The Real Problem With TikTok’s ‘Fruity’ Boy Trend

Apps “create this expectation that you check these boxes and have a certain type of person sort of delivered to you,” says Sharabi, citing the viral “Man in Finance” TikTok as an example. Applying dating-app heuristics to people in this way can also be objectifying, not to mention potentially offensive to both the so-called “fruity”

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The Real Reason Will Smith Broke Twitch’s Biggest Streaming Record

Every summer, the Spanish Twitch streamer Ibai Llanos hosts a livestreamed boxing tournament called La Velada del Año (The Evening of the Year). In just four years, it has gone from a relatively small event featuring matches between a few influencers from Spain to an enormous global phenomenon featuring over 20 combatants and a host

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Six-Word Sci-Fi: Stories Written by You

THIS MONTH’S PROMPT In six words, write a story about a colony of bio-augmented humans. Disclaimer: All #WiredSixWord submissions become the property of WIRED. Submissions will not be acknowledged or returned. Submissions and any other materials, including your name or social media handle, may be published, illustrated, edited, or otherwise used in any medium. Submissions

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Six-Word Sci-Fi: Stories Written by You

THIS MONTH’S PROMPT In six words, write a story about a colony of bio-augmented humans. Disclaimer: All #WiredSixWord submissions become the property of WIRED. Submissions will not be acknowledged or returned. Submissions and any other materials, including your name or social media handle, may be published, illustrated, edited, or otherwise used in any medium. Submissions

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Q: Why Do We Love Online News Quizzes? A: Because They Make Us Smarter

Patti Wolter, a journalism professor at Northwestern University, describes quizzes as a form of service journalism. “I would applaud quizzes that have reporting and information embedded in them,” she says. “All we’re talking about is, what is the wrapper or the packaging that makes it more likely for the reader to engage? In a world

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Everyone Is Trying to Make This TikTok Go Viral—and It Never Will

It would be easy to put this down to stan armies—established fans of these creators, clashing over the video in a kind of proxy war to glorify their community—but it’s not along such rigid lines. “Whenever there’s a way to quantify popularity online, there’s a group mentality that emerges,” says Kat Tenbarge, a reporter for

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