Does Wordle Prove That We Can Have Nice Things on the Internet?

Does Wordle Prove That We Can Have Nice Things on the Internet?

The first time I met Josh Wardle—four years before he invented the simple game that would make his last name, or a slant rhyme of it, unexpectedly famous—he was in Reddit’s San Francisco headquarters, in a state of near-panic, wondering whether one of his online experiments was about to descend into chaos. It was March … Read more

New Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal raises free-speech concerns

New Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal raises free-speech concerns

Some critics fear Twitter’s new CEO has a worse record on free speech than his predecessor —given his “terrifying” public statements on the issue, an “appalling” new rule implemented on his first day on the job, and a major executive restructuring Friday. The concern is that Parag Agrawal’s leadership will bring even more restrictions to … Read more

Twitter and Tone Collapse in a Time of War

Twitter and Tone Collapse in a Time of War

The biggest problem I had with the end of the movie Don’t look up wasn’t the fact that, against traditional Hollywoodian hope, the comet still ends up hitting Earth. It was the rosy final scene where the protagonists have gathered together for a dinner party, replete with fingerling potatoes and pleasantries about respective coffee habits, … Read more

Elon Musk challenges Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal to a debate on bots

Elon Musk challenges Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal to a debate on bots

Centi-billionaire Elon Musk provoked Twitter and challenged the company’s CEO Parag Agrawal to a “public debate” about fake accounts and spam in the midst of a contentious legal battle over a $44 billion acquisition. Musk filed a bid with the Securities and Exchange to acquire Twitter back in April this year. After the companies agreed … Read more

Musk’s Twitter deal faces backlash from advocacy groups

Musk’s Twitter deal faces backlash from advocacy groups

Pavlo Gonchar | Light Rocket | Getty Images A dozen advocacy groups are launching a new campaign Friday aimed at blocking Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s $44 billion purchase of Twitter, warning he will degrade important safeguards on the platform if he’s allowed to take control. The Stop the Deal campaign, shared exclusively with CNBC, includes … Read more

How tech firms and users can protect privacy

How tech firms and users can protect privacy

SENSITIVE MATERIAL. THIS IMAGE MAY OFFEND OR DISTURB Abortion rights protesters participate in nationwide demonstrations following the leaked Supreme Court opinion suggesting the possibility of overturning the Roe v. Wade abortion rights decision, in New York City, US, May 14, 2022. Caitlin Ox | Reuters The Supreme Court’s decision on Friday to roll back the … Read more

As Elon Musk Walks, Twitter Workers Say No One’s in Charge

As Elon Musk Walks, Twitter Workers Say No One’s in Charge

A number of executives have already left the company in the wake of Musk launching his takeover bid, impacting countless others further down the food chain. “The feeling internally is that people have been applying for jobs, and they’re going to keep applying for jobs,” says the first Twitter staffer. Employees say they felt particularly … Read more