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Created 29 Mar 2019
  • Congress reads the Facebook Files
    01 Oct 2021 • 1 min read • 17 0
    Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) delivers opening remarks Thursday during a hearing on Facebook and children's online safety in Washington, DC. (Tom Brenner / Getty Images) On Thursday morning, we witne...
  • Russia threatens YouTube (and Germany)
    30 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read • 5 2
    (Alexander Shatov / Unsplash) On Wednesday, YouTube banned vaccine misinformation. The company had already banned misinformation related to the COVID-19 vaccine, and removed some 130,000 videos under ...
  • Why Facebook should release the Facebook Files
    27 Sep 2021 • 8 min read • 16 1
    Programming note: Platformer will be off on Tuesday as I attend the Code Conference in LA and host a panel about information disorder. I hope to bring you back at least one exquisite piece of gossip. ...
  • How Twitter could take NFTs mainstream
    24 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read • 7 0
    Programming note: Today is Platformer’s first birthday! Thanks to so all of you who renewed your subscriptions today, or subscribed for the first time. I’m feeling great about what year two will bring...
  • Why these Facebook research scandals are different
    23 Sep 2021 • 8 min read • 17 2
    (Bernard Hermant / Unplash) I. A week ago, the Wall Street Journal began to publish a series of stories about Facebook based on the internal findings of the company’s researchers. The Facebook Files, ...
  • A rough year for internet freedom
    22 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read • 6 0
    (Getty Images) Yesterday, I wrote about the increasingly difficult situation of platforms operating in authoritarian regimes: governments have figured out where platforms’ pressure points are, and hav...
  • Apple and Google bow to Russia
    21 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read • 7 1
    A demonstrator holds a Russian national flag during an unsanctioned protest in central Moscow against the results of the 2021 Russian parliamentary election. / (Alexander Shcherbak / Getty Images) Tod...
  • What I learned from a year on Substack
    17 Sep 2021 • 16 min read • 44 15
    A year ago, I quit the best job I ever had to start Platformer. Today I wanted to tell you all how it’s going, what I’ve learned, and how I hope the business will evolve in year two. My hope is that t...
  • Apple's uncanny iPhone event
    15 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read • 6 4
    iPhone 13 (Apple) It can be hard to remember now, but for many years the release of a new phone was not considered headline news. Palm Pilots, BlackBerries and Razrs all came and went without so much ...
  • Facebook whistleblowers share their findings
    15 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read • 5 1
    (Barefoot Communications on Unsplash) Today let’s talk about the Wall Street Journal’s ongoing investigation into Facebook’s internal research, and what it tells us about the blind spots we have in un...
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