Teens are making it big overnight, but that kind of fame can be a mixed bag.
Videos of people behaving badly have become so popular that filming one another is now a reflexive impulse.
How the domestic aesthetics of Instagram repackage QAnon for the masses
The tech giant’s new oddball social-media app is a testament to its power.
TikTok is on the chopping block. Instagram is pointless in lockdown. The best we can do is a hokey piece of software that takes us somewhere unexpected.
Two North Carolina groups are locked in a battle full of name-calling, conspiracy theories, and morbid memes.
For years, women on the internet have been writing conspiracy theories about celebrity pregnancies. What sparks them?
The social platform just banned the president’s most notorious internet fan club, as part of a sitewide purge of forums that “promote hate.”
Paranoia about secret government plots thrives in times of uncertainty, when strange things happen, and when people are bored. This summer is a trifecta.
Even a niche subculture built around magical cartoon horses is reckoning with racism.
Social-media platforms can’t evade the scrutiny that so many other institutions in America are currently under.
Twitter fan accounts are organizing to support the protests, often before the celebrities they love say a word.
Online role-playing has taken a turn for the downright mundane.
Mutual-aid groups are distributing groceries and spare air conditioners via tools designed to turn labor into money as efficiently as possible.
Someone who looks like they’re always staying inside on Instagram may actually have a double life they’re hiding to avoid judgment.
The coronavirus pandemic is sparking baseless theories about the dangers of 5G. But the fear that wireless technology is slowly killing us isn’t new—and it doesn’t appear to be going away anytime soon.
Life is just four walls for many of us right now, but bizarre augmented-reality filters give us the illusion that it’s not.
A popular joke about entitled white women is now a big pandemic meme.
The strangest pandemic souvenir is Etsy merch with sassy slogans about essential workers.
The pandemic has canceled proms nationwide, but teens are still re-creating the joy of them on TikTok.