The Verge: These ‘CSS Crimes’ Turn Social Media Posts Into Games

The Verge: These ‘CSS Crimes’ Turn Social Media Posts Into Games. “While major social media giants cling to uniformity and standardized posts, cohost throws all of this corporate banality out the window. My first encounter with this nascent platform was like stumbling across a bygone era of computing — one where websites were unchecked reflections of personal expression and delightfully weird, often awkward vibes. Most importantly, cohost has cultivated a thriving demoscene full of artists, designers, creative coders, and ambitious shitposters ready to push the envelope of computer art.”

Gizmodo: The Notorious Hacker Who’s Trying to Fix Social Media

Gizmodo: The Notorious Hacker Who’s Trying to Fix Social Media. “Over the past two decades, social media has taken over the world and become a menace to democracy. Can a pseudonymous hacktivist get it back on the right track?” I’m on CounterSocial and I like it a lot. Became a Pro user in May and I’m pleased to report that my credit card has suffered no injury. It’s not a place to be if you just want to splash around in outrage, but if you like to hang out and share news and have conversations and post music and pet pictures, it’s great.

Intel 471: How cybercriminals are using messaging apps to launch malware schemes

Intel 471: How cybercriminals are using messaging apps to launch malware schemes. ” Apps like Discord and Telegram have underlying elements that allow users to create and share programs or other types of content that’s used inside the platform. These programs, colloquially known as ‘bots,’ or other content allows for users to share media, play games, moderate channels, or any other automated task a developer can devise. Cybercriminals have figured out how to leverage this for their own begotten gains.”

Slashgear: This Rising Instagram Alternative Is Promising Everything Meta Can’t

Slashgear: This Rising Instagram Alternative Is Promising Everything Meta Can’t. “Starting off as an iOS app late in 2021, Glass calls itself ‘a sustainable home for photographers.’ But it’s a far cry from Instagram or any other platform of its kind. To start, you get a clean chronological feed with full-screen photos and no other UI distractions.”

The Recorder: Sticker Mule launches what it hopes will be a different social media platform

The Recorder (Amsterdam, New York): Sticker Mule launches what it hopes will be a different social media platform. ” Local e-commerce company Sticker Mule is trying to make its mark in another corner of the digital universe with a new social media platform. ‘Stimulus’ is still in its beta phase, but in its soft launch it has gained about 10,000 verified users and 30,000 casual users.”

CNET: These Free AR Apps Glimpse a Metaverse Future if Artists Were in Charge

CNET: These Free AR Apps Glimpse a Metaverse Future if Artists Were in Charge. “These experiences give glimpses of what’s possible with AR, which you’ve likely interacted with through Instagram and other social media filters, or trying out digitized replicas of an Ikea couch in your living room…. They’re also a tease of what things look like if our destiny really is to live in a metaverse (debatable).”

University of Oxford: UN report: Oxford analysis reveals up to half of Holocaust-related content on Telegram denies or distorts facts

University of Oxford: UN report: Oxford analysis reveals up to half of Holocaust-related content on Telegram denies or distorts facts . “Distortion and Holocaust denial is present on all social media platforms, but moderation and education can significantly reduce this, according to a landmark report today from UNESCO and the United Nations, supported by analysis by researchers from the Oxford Internet Institute.”

The Verge: Why social networks won’t stop pushing NFTs

The Verge: Why social networks won’t stop pushing NFTs. “Reddit is only the latest social network to offer users a way to set an NFT as their profile picture. Last week, Facebook began allowing some creators to showcase NFTs that they own on a new ‘digital collectibles’ tab in their profile. The move came a month after Instagram added a way for creators to show off their NFTs. Spotify began letting some artists uses NFTs as their profile pictures in May. What makes these moves notable is that they came just as demand for NFTs and crypto products generally fell off a cliff.”

Digital Trends: Discord’s new content moderation tool will automatically block words and phrases

Digital Trends: Discord’s new content moderation tool will automatically block words and phrases. “In an effort to help its own moderators out, Discord has developed a new automated content moderation tool. Content moderation can be an exhausting, burnout-inducing task that requires community moderators to view upsetting content and then decide how best to handle such content and the user who posted it. Discord’s new tool, called AutoMod, is meant to help with that task.”