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Social Media’s Weird Future

The Atlantic’s Taylor Lorenz explains TikTok, Instagram eggs, and why teens are reading the comments.

Jan. 9 2019 6:58 PMDumb PhonesSmartphone sales are on the decline, but shady characters buying your location data are on the rise.
Dec. 26 2018 7:00 AMAftermath of a Data BreachA cybersecurity expert on the bizarre legal battles after a big data theft and the confusion for everyday consumers who may have been affected.
Dec. 19 2018 4:58 PMAre We on the Brink of an “Information World War”?An interview with the lead author of a new report to the Senate Intelligence Committee on how rival powers are weaponizing social media.
Dec. 5 2018 4:00 PMFacebook’s Race Problem(s)A former employee wants reform, and a civil rights group wants Facebook’s policy chief fired.
Nov. 21 2018 4:42 PMAlex Stamos Is Still Living the 2016 ElectionFacebook’s former security chief, who reportedly clashed with Sheryl Sandberg, reflects on how the social network handled Russian misinformation—and how it can do better next time.
Nov. 14 2018 4:49 PMAmazon’s Prime Real EstateAn employment economist explains what cities had to gain from the company’s HQ2 contest—and what they had to lose.
Nov. 5 2018 5:05 PMThe Meme MidtermsHas misinformation on social media gotten better or worse since 2016? And just how hackable are our voting machines?
Oct. 24 2018 6:13 PMWho Owns Your DNA Data?23andMe’s top privacy officer says you control your information. But there are some caveats.
Oct. 10 2018 5:18 PMIs Privacy a Right?Tech lawyer Tiffany C. Li explains how privacy law has evolved in the digital age—and how it hasn’t.
Sept. 26 2018 5:47 PMReshuffling the Podcasting DeckHot Pod’s Nick Quah says the industry is on the precipice of big changes.
Sept. 13 2018 3:11 PMWhy Apple’s New Gizmos MatterSoaring iPhone prices, machine-learning privacy, and the life-saving potential of the Apple Watch.
Sept. 5 2018 4:33 PMWhat Streams May ComeIf Then on how artists are faring in the streaming music economy and what Justice Brett Kavanaugh could mean for the future of the internet.
Aug. 22 2018 2:30 PM“No Results Will Be Shown”Google’s secret project to censor search in China.
Aug. 8 2018 3:00 PMEmbracing Deplorable StatusA conversation with the Daily Beast’s Will Sommer on QAnon, Pizzagate, and why so many Trump supporters are falling for online conspiracy theories.
July 25 2018 3:20 PMF*** NewsThe press has to cover “fake news.” That helps it take hold.
Jan. 2 2019 6:00 PMBest of 2018A look back at some of If Then’s best interviews of the year.
Dec. 20 2018 10:43 AM“Ready-Made Audiences for Propagandists”A co-author of a new Senate report on Russia’s 2016 disinformation campaign explains how social media—and Americans—became so vulnerable to exploitation.
Dec. 12 2018 4:09 PMBringing Amazon to the TableWorkers at Amazon fulfillment centers in Minneapolis are fighting for better conditions. And Amazon is starting to come to the table.
Nov. 28 2018 4:02 PMTomorrow’s Children, EditedThe journalist who broke the story on the first efforts to gene-edit babies, joins If Then to talk about the controversial procedure’s history, future, and ethics.
Nov. 21 2018 10:51 AMFacebook’s Former Security Chief Reflects on What Went WrongAlex Stamos on the NYT expose, Facebook’s political balancing act, and why Russia might be targeting the left.
Nov. 6 2018 11:30 AMWhat Could Go Wrong With Voting Machines on Election Day?A top election-security expert explains how the devices might fail us—and whether a better system is possible.
Oct. 31 2018 4:48 PMHow Hate Online Leads to Violence OfflineThere’s a long history of online hate spilling off the internet and into the real world.
Oct. 17 2018 3:59 PMHow Sen. Mark Warner Wants to Crack Down on TechThe Senate Intel Committee’s top Democrat on how government might regulate tech and what his colleagues need to learn to catch up.
Oct. 3 2018 5:56 PMFact and Fiction on WikipediaThe Wikimedia Foundation’s executive director explains how the site’s volunteer editors fight misinformation and harassment.
Sept. 19 2018 5:39 PMTech Barons Are the New Media BaronsA conversation with the Washington Post’s media columnist about the billionaires buying news organizations—including her own.
Sept. 12 2018 4:27 PMGoogle’s Real BiasesDespite what Ted Cruz might say, conservatives are not the communities most harmed in internet searches.
Aug. 29 2018 4:11 PMTwitter Without the NazisThe founder of Mastodon on how he built an alternative social network, and why people are flocking to it.
Aug. 15 2018 4:46 PMMaking Sense of Elon MuskTesla and SpaceX reporter Dana Hull on what drives tech’s most enigmatic CEO.
Aug. 1 2018 3:00 PMDon’t Call Them Flying CarsThe former head of “urban aviation” at Uber says they’re coming. The question is how soon.
July 18 2018 6:38 PMHow a Top Twitter Exec Tackles TrollsVijaya Gadde explains why harassers must go, but conspiracy theorists can stay.