Podcast: A Lost Media Mystery

The source of a long mysterious 17-second snippet of music; a service that scraped and sold Discord server messages; and influencers using fake, AI-powered livestream apps.
Clockwise: Jason Koebler, Emanuel Maiberg, Sam Cole, Joseph Cox.
Image: 404 Media.

We start this week's episode with a mystery: where did a 17-second music snippet that has puzzled online sleuths for years really come from? Sam breaks it down. After the break, Joseph explains how an online service was scraping and selling Discord server messages for as little as $5. Then in the subscribers-only section, Jason takes us into the world of influencers who are using AI livestream apps, complete with fake audiences, and how they're being used to target women.

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