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Past articles by Amanda:

Elon Musk's Twitter: Everything you need to know, from layoffs to verification

Since Elon Musk bought Twitter and took the company private, the news around the platform has been rife with verification chaos, API access shakeups, ban reversals and layoffs. → Read More

What is Bluesky? Everything to know about the app trying to replace Twitter

Bluesky is the latest app users are flocking to in efforts to replace Twitter. We answer all your questions about the newest social network. → Read More

Threads, Meta's Twitter competitor, is now live

Meta is taking on Twitter with a text-based app called Threads, which integrates directly with Instagram. The app is out on iOS and Android. → Read More

Threads, Instagram’s Twitter competitor, is expected July 6

Instagram's rumored Twitter competitor just dropped on the iOS App Store in the U.S. The app will be called Threads. → Read More

Twitter competitors soar after yet another bad Musk move

Founded by ex-Twitter employees, Spill got 100,000 downloads this weekend. Bluesky also got about 50,000 new users. → Read More

Pornhub blocks access in Mississippi, Virginia and Utah amid changing laws

Pornhub proposes that on-device age verification is the solution to the privacy issues inherent in online age checks. → Read More

Twitter now requires an account to view tweets

If you're not logged into your Twitter account and try to view a tweet, you'll be presented with a sign in screen. → Read More

Niantic lays off 230 employees, cancels NBA and Marvel games

Pokémon GO-maker Niantic laid off 230 employees today, just one year after it laid off around 90 employees. → Read More

How to see who viewed your TikTok profile

Only you can see who viewed your profile, but if you turn on the feature, then you're also consenting to let other people see that you've viewed their profile. → Read More

How Shein's influencer trip to a Chinese factory backfired

"It feels like they used you for damage control and it's disturbing," one commenter wrote on Destene's video. → Read More

TikTok kills BeReal clone TikTok Now after less than a year

TikTok is discontinuing TikTok Now, an in-app feature and standalone app that mimics BeReal. → Read More

Unicorn social app IRL to shut down after admitting 95% of its users were fake

Ironically, the social app IRL‘s users do not exist in real life. An internal investigation by IRL’s board of directors found that 95% of the app’s reported 20 million users were “automated or from bots,” The Information first reported. So, after raising more than $200 million in venture capital, IRL is shutting down. IRL was […] → Read More

Patreon adds e-commerce tools, free fan membership

Patreon is known for subscriptions, but later this year, creators will be able to sell one-off digital goods and offer free subscriptions. → Read More

Post, a publisher-focused Twitter alternative, launches on iOS

Launched in beta just days after Elon Musk finalized his purchase of Twitter, Post wants to reinvent how people get news on social media. → Read More

Twitter competitor Spill launches in beta on iOS

From a team of ex-Twitter employees, the new social platform Spill aims to center underserved culture drivers. → Read More

Fan fiction writers are trolling AIs with Omegaverse stories

Fan fiction writers know that their work is being used to train generative AIs, and they're not happy about it. → Read More

Teaser’s AI dating app turns you into a chatbot

Teaser AI is a new dating app from the team that made Dispo, and before you swipe right or left, you can chat with your potential date's AI. → Read More

Instagram might be working on an AI chatbot

According to the leaks, users can choose from 30 different AI personalities, who can also help users write messages. → Read More

Linda Yaccarino is officially on the job as Twitter CEO

Yaccarino's first day at Twitter was eventful, as Elon Musk hosted a live audio chat with anti-vaccine activist Robert F. Kennedy Jr. → Read More

New iPhone feature warns about unwanted nudes

If someone sends you a nude image, a new iOS 17 feature will flag it as potentially sensitive content, helping people avoid unsolicited nudes. → Read More