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I paid Meta to ‘verify’ me — here’s what actually happened

Meta — the parent company of Facebook and Instagram — charges $15 to verify your account. I wanted to see if it was worth it.
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The 10 big ways that Threads is totally different from Twitter

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Worried about the FBI’s deepfake warning? Follow these expert tips

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Reddit could kill my favorite app — and that’s a problem for everyone

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Meta already verified me to influence elections — so why do I have to pay for a checkmark?

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AI turned Breaking Bad into an anime — and it’s terrifying

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Thanks to Tapbots’ Ivory app, I’m finally ready to ditch Twitter for good

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Twitter’s downfall made me look for alternatives, but they just made it worse

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Hive Social is my favorite Twitter alternative, but that’s not saying much

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What is Ambient Mode on YouTube?

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Clear Mode on TikTok: Here’s what it is and how to use it

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Staying on Twitter? Here are two ways to make it easier

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Elon Musk officially owns Twitter now: a timeline of how we got here

Curious to know how Elon Musk purchased Twitter? We'll guide you through this complex story of takeover bids and poison pills.
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What do the eyes mean on your Snapchat Story?

Ever wondered what the "eyes" symbol means on a Snapchat Story? In this guide, we'll tell you exactly what it means and the feature it represents.
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Is TikTok leaking drafts? Let’s take a closer look at this rumor

There's a rumor going around that TikTok leaks drafts. But is it true? In this guide, we take a closer look at the rumor that has TikTok users so worried.
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3 reasons why Instagram Reels is failing to compete with TikTok

Instagram Reels doesn't seem to be doing so well. Here's a look at a few reasons why.
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Breaking down the Twitter whistleblower allegations and how it affects the Musk takeover

You've probably heard of the Twitter Whistleblower by now. Let's take a look at some of the serious allegations in their complaint.
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The more Instagram copies TikTok, the more I hate using it

Instagram tried copying TikTok. Then it said it would stop. And now it's doing it again. And I'm so, so tired.
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Why Instagram’s pivot to video is making everyone so mad

Instagram is clearly committed to competing with TikTok. But in doing so it's ignoring what its users really want. Is its pivot to video worth it?
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AI-generated faces are taking over the internet

AI can easily generate realistic faces that are completely fake, and it's making it harder for us to stop the spread of misinformation
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What is the TikTok blackout challenge? The dangerous trend that has parents suing

TikTok is home to many popular internet challenges. But the infamous blackout challenge is proving to be one of the most dangerous.
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Twitter CoTweets: Everything you need to know about co-authored tweets

Twitter is currently conducting a limited test of a new co-authored tweets feature called CoTweets. Here's what you need to know.
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TweetDeck (for Mac) is dead. Here are some alternatives

As of today, TweetDeck for Mac has shut down. If you need a new social media management app, check out our picks for alternatives to TweetDeck.
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Beyond rainbows: 5 tech companies that did more for Pride in 2022

For this year's Pride Month celebration, these companies went above and beyond simply putting rainbows on their corporate social media profiles
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Twitter Communities: A guide to the Reddit-like world within Twitter

Twitter Communities aren't just a recent feature of the bird app. It's a whole new world within Twitter and it looks kind of like a streamlined Reddit.
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Call me a phony, but anti-Instagram app BeReal is too real for me

BeReal, a new social network, promises to show the unfiltered you, unlike other platforms. It's a lofty goal, but it turns out, not one that's easily achieved.
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TikTok Live Subscriptions: Everything we know so far

TikTok recently announced its LIVE Subscription program. But what does that mean for you? We'll break down everything we know about it so far.
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A look into Texas’ controversial anti-censorship law HB 20

Laws surrounding the first amendment are oftentimes messy as exampled by Texas' controversial internet anti-censorship law, House Bill 20.
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Popular YouTubers react to Shorts’ new video remix feature

Popular YouTube creators react to Shorts' latest video splice feature that allows for remixing public videos on the platform.
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‘Man-baby’ or ‘singular solution’: Twitter reacts to Musk buyout

Elon Musk's whirlwind acquisition of Twitter and decision to take the company private have drawn contrasting opinions from experts from both sides of the aisle.
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Twitter is at risk of losing what makes it special: You

It's all change at Twitter, but a lack of trust in the new owner's intentions makes me worry the platform is about to lose what makes it special.
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6 Twitter features I want no matter who’s in charge

Will Elon Musk successfully buy Twitter? Who knows. But no matter who takes charge of the beloved bird app, there are some improvements I want them to make..
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TikTok has a gun problem, and it’s doing nothing to fix it

Tiktok is huge. Millions of videos are posted to the platform every day, and as a result, problematic firearm-related content often slips through the cracks.
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2020 forced Big Social to address its flaws, but it’s too late for an easy fix

Between a global pandemic, social/cultural upheaval, and mounting political problems, 2020 put plenty of pressure on social media giants to face their flaws

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