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Leaked Documents Show How Instagram Polices Content to Prevent ‘PR Fires’

Besides revenge porn and terrorism, flags for moderators include ‘Nazi,’ ‘Cartel,’ and ‘Gang,’ according to leaked training documents for Instagram workers.
Joseph Cox
5.14.18
Facebook
Facebook

Five Types of Facebook Memes Russia Used to Influence the 2016 US Election

A giant data dump from Congress revealed a ton of Russian memes, aimed at Americans around the presidential election.
Samantha Cole
5.11.18
Social Media
Social Media

How to Buy a Piece of India’s Burgeoning Instagram Economy

Winning friends and influencing people is cheaper than a packet of chips when ₹1 gets you four Instagram followers.
Chandni Doulatramani
4.20.18
Instagram
Instagram

A Computer-Generated, Pro-Trump Instagram Model Said She Hacked Lil Miquela, Another CGI Instagram Model

The profile of Lil Miquela, who has nearly a million followers, has been replaced with images of a new CGI model called Bermuda.
Jason Koebler
4.17.18
Social Media
Social Media

Watch 'Instafamous,' an Incisive Film About the Link Between Celebrity and Click Farmers

Motherboard is pleased to debut a speculative film short about the lived realities of click farmers who prop up the social media accounts of the (supposedly) rich and (purportedly) famous.
Brian Merchant
2.8.18
Meme Review
Meme Review

Unpacking the Meaning of the ‘Starter Pack’ Meme

The joke is based almost entirely upon stereotyping people, and—predictably—this can lead into morally dubious territory.
Roisin Kiberd
1.18.18
internet censorship
internet censorship

Iran Is Blocking the Internet to Shut Down Protests

Reports say mobile services like Telegram have been shut down as protests continue across the country.
Ankita Rao
1.1.18
BOTUS
BOTUS

Mike Pence’s Instagram-Famous Bunny Has Tragically Overgrown Nails

The Pence family is neglecting their pet rabbit.
Sarah Emerson
11.22.17
ADVERTISING
ADVERTISING

Social Media Experts Say the Russian Trolls Suck at Facebook

You don’t even have to be good at Facebook to reach millions of voters
Louise Matsakis
11.3.17
Internet Propaganda
Internet Propaganda

Here Are 14 Facebook and Instagram Ads that Russian Trolls Bought to Divide Americans

Lawmakers released some ads purchased on Facebook and Instagram by Russian government-linked entities.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
11.1.17
Outer Limits
Outer Limits

For the Love of Rattlesnakes, Scrub All GPS Data from Your Nature Photos

That goes for any at-risk species when poachers and collectors are scanning social media to scout new populations to ransack.
Asia Murphy
10.23.17
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hipstamatic

Remember Hipstamatic? It's Still Alive

"It's weird—and sometimes sad—to look back and realize that we had a major role to play in the very existence of Instagram."
Claire Downs
10.9.17