TikTok

TikTok Users Are Inventing Wild Theories to Explain Its Mysterious Algorithm

No one knows how TikTok’s For You page algorithm works, so users have taken it upon themselves to construct their own theories.
Caroline Haskins
8.15.19
ring

Everything You Need to Know About Ring, Amazon’s Surveillance Camera Company

How does Ring partner with police? Are there privacy concerns with Ring doorbells? What is the Neighbors app? What we’ve learned from 1,400 pages of public records.
Caroline Haskins
8.8.19
amazon

Revealed: The Secret Scripts Amazon Give to Cops to Promote Ring Surveillance Cameras

Documents obtained by Motherboard reveal that Ring provides 46 standardised comments that cops can post on social media, and several documents with scripted responses to possible questions from the public.
Caroline Haskins
8.7.19
privacy

FaceApp Isn't Creepy Because It's Russian, It's Creepy Because It's Capitalist

FaceApp’s privacy policy is bad. Its policy isn’t uniquely bad because it’s a Russian company.
Caroline Haskins
7.18.19
amazon

Amazon Provided Police with 'Heat Maps' of Package Theft for Sting Operation

Amazon created package loss data heat maps and performed "data analysis" that helped a police department plan and carry out a package theft sting operation.
Caroline Haskins
7.10.19
SURVEILLANCE

How Amazon and the Cops Set Up a Joint, Pointless Sting Operation

Behind-the-scenes emails show how Amazon and Ring worked with police in Aurora, Colorado to make people scared of each other.
Caroline Haskins
7.2.19
Facebook

Thousands of Facebook Groups Go Secret in Fear of the Great 'Zuccing'

Mass panic is the reason all of your Facebook groups just went secret.
Jason Koebler
Caroline Haskins
5.17.19
Space

Jeff Bezos Is a Post-Earth Capitalist

Bezos admits that the limitless growth that made him the world's richest man is incompatible with a habitable Earth.
Caroline Haskins
5.13.19
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AirPods Are a Tragedy

Apple claims that AirPods are building a “wireless future.” Lay people think they're a symbol of disposable wealth. The truth is bleaker.
Caroline Haskins
5.6.19
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Why People Are Eating Chalk on Instagram

There are tens of thousands of "ASMR" chalk-eating videos on Instagram.
Caroline Haskins
12.11.18
antarctica

Friends with Benefits in Antarctica are Known as 'Ice Husbands and Wives'

“I refer to myself as being in the Lucky Lucky Seven Club, as in, I've gotten lucky on all seven continents. I mean, wouldn't you?”
Caroline Haskins
12.10.18