Social Media

Facebook

Republican Senator Says Facebook and Instagram Need to ‘Disappear’

Josh Hawley, who works on antitrust, says social media companies don't need to be broken up, they need to be eradicated altogether.
Jason Koebler
3 days ago
LGBTQ

Snapchat's Gender-Swapping Photo Filters Can Result in Real Transphobia

"There’s a fine line between encouraging people to take gender less seriously and not considering trans realities."
Serena Sonoma
5.16.19
The VICE Guide to Right Now Podcast

How Social Media Has Changed The Way We Judge Music

Has stan culture shifted the role of the critic?
VICE Staff
5.10.19
web hosting

The Far Right Has Found a Web Host Savior

A web host called Epik has begun hosting the sites that other web hosts won't, which raises questions about how successful deplatforming hateful websites can actually be.
Ben Makuch
5.8.19
mental health

How Do You Help an Online Friend Who Seems Depressed?

When you barely know someone, it's hard to tell what’s a mental health crisis and what’s just run-of-the-mill venting.
Emily Cassel
5.6.19
sex work

A Sex Workers Union Is Organizing Against Instagram Discrimination

The Adult Performers Actors Guild is standing up for sex workers who are tired of being banned from Instagram with no explanation.
Samantha Cole
5.6.19
Facebook

Researchers Say Facebook’s Dead Users Could Outnumber the Living Within 50 Years

This study suggests we start thinking seriously about how we handle digital remains.
Samantha Cole
4.29.19
Voat

Founder of Voat, the ‘Censorship-Free’ Reddit, Begs Users to Stop Making Death Threats

Voat founder Justin Chastain said that a “US agency” had contacted the platform, allegedly over threats on the website.
Sarah Emerson
4.26.19
Canadian Far Right Extremism

This ‘Uncensored’ Right-Wing Facebook Clone Allows Racism but Not Nudity

According to an expert, the attempted recruiting of far-right social media users by one Canadian man shows that deplatforming has its downsides.
Mack Lamoureux
4.25.19
Astro Guide

Stop Using Astrology for Evil

Astrology is an ancient study used to find patterns and meaning in the world around us—not a flimsy excuse to stereotype potential friends, dates, or roommates.
Annabel Gat
4.22.19
extremists

After Facebook and Web Host Bans, Far-Right Extremists Are Encrypting and Going IRL

Like ISIS, white nationalist extremist groups are feeling the pinch of internet shutdowns, but are organizing on encrypted channels and meeting up IRL.
Ben Makuch
Mack Lamoureux
4.17.19
Phys Ed

14 Wellness Influencers Making the Industry More Inclusive

These athletes, coaches, and yogis are a middle finger to the oppressively homogenous wellness world.
Spenser Mestel
4.15.19
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