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Fortnite Has a Political Violence Problemculture_fortnite_antisemitic_political_content.jpg

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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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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His Galaxy Wolf Art Kept Getting Ripped Off. So He Sued—and Bought a Home

“With every one shop that I got to take [items] down, another 10 popped up out of nowhere,” Jödicke says. “I almost wanted to give up on my art, because I felt so devastated that people would just take my work and profit out of it, and I didn’t see anything from it.” The widespread

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The New ‘Ethical’ AI Music Generator Can’t Write a Halfway Decent SongJen-AI-Culture-1305572154.jpg

The New ‘Ethical’ AI Music Generator Can’t Write a Halfway Decent Song

Admittedly, our testing artists did push Jen beyond the boundaries of what a “normal” person might ask in a query, veering more toward a “record store clerk” level of familiarity with recorded sound. Cleveland, for instance, failed to get anything good out of a query for “mid-tempo California garage rock influenced by ’70s Indonesian pop,”

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The Genius Behind @OKWildlifeDept’s Most Viral Tweets Is Signing Off

It was a tough crowd. So we decided to make the move to talk more like ourselves. It took a bit before it was really recognized, but we were given permission to do it, and that was intentional. What was the feed like before you started? Was it just a lot of wildlife biology and

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