Exclusive: Facebook Ran Pro-Russian Disinfo Ads Designed To Topple Ukraine’s Neighbour
Despite Facebook banning Moldova’s pro-Russian opposition from buying political ads after US Treasury sanctions, it repeatedly failed to stop sock puppet accounts from posting banned ads.
AI Adviser ‘Hired’ by the Romanian Government To Read People’s Minds
“My role is now to represent you, like a mirror,” the AI, which is called Ion, said at the launch event.
Someone Made AI Videos of ‘Americans’ Backing a Military Coup in West Africa
AI video generator Synthesia confirmed to VICE World News the “Pan-Africanist” video backing Burkina Faso's military rulers had been made using its software but would not reveal who had created them.
One of the World’s Poorest Countries Put Its Faith in Crypto – Why?
The Central African Republic heralded its status as the only country in Africa to adopt Bitcoin as legal currency, but 8 months later, many questions remain about what's really going on.
The Inside Story of Europe’s Weirdest Crypto Mining Boom
Crypto was meant to set the world free from the old worlds of centralised banks and strongman politics, but in a small and often neglected corner of Europe, a Bitcoin mining boom showed how historic forces are difficult to shake off.
TikTok Promoted ‘Deepfake AI Porn’ of Billie Eilish to People's For You Pages
The modified images of the singer were viewed 11 million times before being removed for violating TikTok’s community guidelines around sexual harassment.
An Artist Used Pokémon Go Technology to Sell ‘Crypto Cocaine’ NFTs in Art Basel Bathrooms
Colombian artist Camilo Restrepo placed digital images of cocaine in little baggies around the world famous art fair.
Is Airbnb Ruining Mexico City for Locals?
Apartments in the capital are being rented by digital nomads from the U.S at prices that most locals can't afford.
My Dad Was Jailed for 16 Years in Saudi Arabia Over a Bunch of Tweets
“I can’t imagine the pain my father is in right now,” Ibrahim Almadi, the son of US-Saudi dual national Saad Ibrahim Almadi, told VICE World News.
Elon Musk Fired Twitter’s Sustainability Team As COP27 Started
Twitter launched its @TwitterEarth handle days before the UN’s climate crisis conference, but the account has been silent since.
‘There’s Rampant Bigotry’: The Women Taking On the Crypto Bros
Crypto, blockchains and NFTs were all born out of male-dominated legacy industries like tech and finance. But women are leading the way to make Web3 more inclusive.
Russian Hackers Are Publishing Stolen Abortion Records on the Dark Web
The cyber gang, the same that targeted a U.S. gas pipeline last year, is demanding a $9.7 million ransom.