Aaron Mak, Slate

Aaron Mak


Mountain View, CA, United States

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Past articles by Aaron:

Dancing the “Macarena,” Doing the Jerking-Off Gesture, and Other Ways to Get Banned in the Metaverse

No one knows the future of content moderation better than a virtual reality bouncer. → Read More

Elon Musk’s Hand-Picked Twitter Investors Confirm Some of His Critics’ Worst Fears

A motley crew of Trumpists, VCs, crypto boosters, and sovereign wealth funds. → Read More

I Have Some Bad News About All the Spam Calls

Yes, there’s been a recent spike. → Read More

How Could Elon Musk Possibly Just Buy Twitter?

He appears to still be trying! → Read More

Just How Much Climate Misinformation Is There on Pinterest?

The platform banned content suggesting that global warming is a hoax. → Read More

Oh Crap, What Does Elon Musk Want to Do to Twitter?

He’s been critical of the platform’s content moderation policies—and now he’s on the board. → Read More

A Former Teen Hacker Explains Why It’s So Hard to Stop Teen Hackers

A group of teens known as Lapsus$ has taken responsibility for stealing a boatload of health app data. → Read More

Why GIFs Almost Didn’t Take Over the Internet

Their creator died at 74, having subtly transformed the way we communicate. → Read More

The DuckDuckGo Users Furious at Its Response to the War in Ukraine

DuckDuckGo didn’t originally set out to be a conservative-friendly “free speech” search engine. But it did—and now its users are in revolt. → Read More

The Most Surprising Thing About Shackleton’s Shipwreck

Archaeologists announced this week that they found the explorer's doomed vessel. → Read More

Ukraine Should Not Be Posting Images of POWs to Social Media

Under the Third Geneva Convention, prisoners of war are supposed to be be shielded from “public curiosity.” → Read More

The Russians Seized Chernobyl. Should We Be Terrified?

The nuclear disaster site fell swiftly. There’s a 36,000-ton reason not to panic. → Read More

Donald Trump’s New Social Network Has a Surprising Rival

The biggest "alternative" social network isn't GETTR or Parler or Gab. → Read More

How Many Simultaneous Scandals Can Elon Musk Survive?

Even for the Tesla CEO, there are a shocking number of them right now. → Read More

Why San Francisco’s Asians Voted to Recall “Progressive” Members of the School Board

A schism in normal Democratic politics widened by education reforms, pandemic plans, and a failed attempt to rename schools. → Read More

The Extreme Steps China Took to Make Enough Fake Snow for the Olympics

Snow guns, snowcats, and dealing with all that pesky real snow. → Read More

Everything You Need to Know About the Bitcoin Couple and Their Alleged $4.5 Billion Scheme

From peel chains and privacy coins to that “Turkish Martha Stewart" rap. → Read More

Facebook Threatened to Pull Out of Europe. Is It Bluffing?

The company has thrown its weight around when other countries have passed laws it didn't like. Will that work with a continent? → Read More

Why Testing Video Games All Day for a Living Is Actually Pretty Brutal

Playing video games for a living is not the plum gig it might seem to be. There are the hours (long). And the tedium (it’s not known as “quality assurance” in the industry for nothing). And the money. “Pay is the hardest thing to advocate for in quality assurance, because they want to make it seem like you’re testing video games, so you should be thankful,” says Jessica Gonzalez, a former senior… → Read More

“This Is Not the F–king Way to Do It”: The NFT Startup That Managed to Piss Off Hundreds of Musical Artists at Once

HitPiece didn’t get permission to make its “music NFTs.” Artists who were affected told us what they did about it. → Read More