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Finally, an Interesting Proposal for Section 230 Reform | WIRED
A new bill directly targets the most egregious excesses of online platform immunity.
Facebook Can’t Fix What It Won’t Admit To | WIRED
According to a 2016 internal study, “64 percent of all extremist group joins are due to our recommendation tools … Our recommendation systems grow the problem.”
Post-Riot, the Capitol Hill IT Staff Faces a Security Mess | WIRED
Wednesday's insurrection could have exposed congressional data and devices in ways that have yet to be appreciated.
Platforms Must Pay for Their Role in the Insurrection | WIRED
Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube have spent years fomenting and enabling yesterday’s violence at the Capitol. Policymakers need to do something about it.
Mark Zuckerberg’s Blue Christmas | WIRED
Plus: A WhatsApp cofounder’s regrets, the rules of chip hoarding, and a failed attempt at influencer marketing.
A Letter to My Pandemic Baby | WIRED
On this week's Get WIRED podcast, an editor captures the bizarre world of 2020 for his unborn daughter.
The Smoking Gun in the Facebook Antitrust Case | WIRED
The government wants to break up the world’s biggest social network. Internal company emails show why.
Behind the Paper That Led to a Google Researcher's Firing | WIRED
Timnit Gebru was one of seven authors on a study that examined prior research on training artificial intelligence models to understand language.
Two Global Efforts Try to Trace the Origin of the Covid Virus | WIRED
Both teams want to know when—or how often—the virus passed from animals to people. But the trail may have gone cold, and the search has gotten political.
Who’s Still Covered by California’s Gig Worker Law? | WIRED
Uber and Lyft led a ballot measure that exempts them from AB 5. But millions of janitors, retail workers, and others are still covered by the statute.
Trump Broke the Internet. Can Joe Biden Fix It? | WIRED
From privacy to big tech monopolies, here’s an early look at what might actually happen in tech policy under a divided government.
The Senate Race That Could be Pivotal for America—and Wikipedia | WIRED
One of the most important candidates in the country was denied her own entry for months, sparking a heated debate among the encyclopedia's editors.
The National Guard’s Fire-Mapping Drones Get An AI Upgrade | WIRED
Algorithms that quickly track the movement of wildfires could help firefighters‚ but the tech could also be put to non-humanitarian use.
How We’ll Know The Election Wasn’t Rigged | WIRED
Whether you’re casting a ballot in person or by mail, there’s plenty to worry about. Mass voter fraud shouldn’t be on the list.
How To Watch The First 2020 Presidential Debate | WIRED
Donald Trump and Joe Biden meet for the first time on a debate stage Tuesday night in Cleveland.
Trump’s TikTok Circus Will Have Lasting Consequences | WIRED
The larger issues around China’s technological rise aren’t going away.
Epic Games' Lawsuit Fires A Shot At Apple's App Store 'Monopoly' | WIRED
The Fortnite developer filed a suit today in California that suggests it may even want to launch its own app store on iOS.
It’s Not Just TikTok. Chinese Firms Face More US Roadblocks | WIRED
Chinese companies have been free to expand in the US while American firms were stymied by Beijing. Now, the climate is not as welcoming.
Trump May Soon Order TikTok's Sale, As Microsoft Circles | WIRED
The short-video app is wildly popular with teens, but officials fear it could be a conduit for data to China, or for Beijing's propaganda.
What The Science Of Animal Networks Reveals About Protests | WIRED
The movement of demonstrators echoes the fluid collective responses of the animal world, as groups respond to threats and signal across large spaces.
15 Months Of Fresh Hell Inside Facebook | WIRED
Scandals. Backstabbing. Resignations. Record profits. Time Bombs. In early 2018, Mark Zuckerberg set out to fix Facebook. Here's how that turned out.
How to Watch Tonight's Democratic Debate in South Carolina | WIRED
It’s the last time candidates will meet on the debate stage before Saturday's South Carolina primary, as well as Super Tuesday.
Russia Doesn't Want Bernie Sanders. It Wants Chaos | WIRED
The point of Kremlin interference has always been to find democracy’s loose seams, and pull.
How AI Is Tracking the Coronavirus Outbreak | WIRED
Machine-learning programs are analyzing websites, news reports, and social media posts for signs of symptoms, such as fever or breathing problems.
YouTube Will Police Political Videos More Closely | WIRED
The social media site says it will remove manipulated videos and content that promotes conspiracy theories, marking a contrast with Facebook.
All the Ways Facebook Tracks You—and How to Limit It | WIRED
If you have a Facebook account—and even if you don't—the company is going to collect data about you. But you can at least control how it gets used.