Behind the Blog: Presidential 'Cheapfakes' and Internet Addiction
Behind The Blog

Behind the Blog: Presidential 'Cheapfakes' and Internet Addiction

This is Behind the Blog, where we share our behind-the-scenes thoughts about how a few of our top stories of the week came together. This week, we discuss Joe Biden "cheapfakes," the idea of porn-addicted tribes, and feedback.
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Behind the Blog: Presidential 'Cheapfakes' and Internet Addiction
Behind The Blog

Behind the Blog: Presidential 'Cheapfakes' and Internet Addiction

This is Behind the Blog, where we share our behind-the-scenes thoughts about how a few of our top stories of the week came together. This week, we discuss Joe Biden "cheapfakes," the idea of porn-addicted tribes, and feedback.
Ticketmaster Crashes During Olivia Rodrigo Presale—Here's Why
Olivia Rodrigo

Ticketmaster Crashes During Olivia Rodrigo Presale—Here's Why

Specialized web browsers for ticket brokers combined with overwhelming fan demand is overwhelming Ticketmaster's infrastructure.
Ted Cruz Wants Platforms To Be Liable for Deepfakes
Deepfakes

Ted Cruz Wants Platforms To Be Liable for Deepfakes

The bill, introduced this week, is called the “Tools to Address Known Exploitation by Immobilizing Technological Deepfakes on Websites and Networks (TAKE IT DOWN) Act."
The DJI Drone Ban: A Uniquely American Clusterfuck
DJI

The DJI Drone Ban: A Uniquely American Clusterfuck

Lawmakers are trying to ban a Chinese company on "surveillance" grounds to benefit American competitors powering U.S. police surveillance.
Game Studio's Job Requirement:  'Non Negotiable' Nude Sauna Sessions
LinkedIn

Game Studio's Job Requirement: 'Non Negotiable' Nude Sauna Sessions

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Emails Reveal the Playbook Used Against Libraries Planning ‘Drag Story Time’ Events
FOIA

Emails Reveal the Playbook Used Against Libraries Planning ‘Drag Story Time’ Events

Internal messages shared with 404 Media show how an official’s complaint about a drag queen story hour can spiral into bomb threats against the library hosting it.
California Fines Amazon $6 Million for 59,017 Separate Warehouse Violations
Amazon

California Fines Amazon $6 Million for 59,017 Separate Warehouse Violations

The citations allege that Amazon did not provide workers with written performance quotas.
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pornhub

‘You Will Lose Access To Pornhub:’ Kentucky and Indiana Face a Porn Countdown

With age verification laws looming, visitors to Pornhub and all sites under the Aylo umbrella now see a popup stating how many days are left before the site blocks itself from access in their states.
TikTok Introduces AI Avatars for Ads as FTC Warns Companies Not to Do That
AI

TikTok Introduces AI Avatars for Ads as FTC Warns Companies Not to Do That

One week after the FTC said companies should not use AI to form personal attachments with consumers, TikTok says its AI avatars can help brands build “real and native connections.”
Users ‘Jailbreak’ AI Video Generator to Make Porn
News

Users ‘Jailbreak’ AI Video Generator to Make Porn

Luma Labs’ Dream Machine, an AI video generator that’s on the market before OpenAI’s Sora, can be tricked to generate explicit videos.
You Probably Unwittingly Voted to Give Elon Musk a Huge Raise
Investing

You Probably Unwittingly Voted to Give Elon Musk a Huge Raise

The rise of passive investing in retirement has given firms like Vanguard a huge amount of power at companies like Tesla.
AI Images in Google Search Results Have Opened a Portal to Hell
News

AI Images in Google Search Results Have Opened a Portal to Hell

Google image search results are turning up AI-generated images of celebrities and leading users to sites that host AI-generated nudes celebrities made to look like children.