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In the late 1970s, hackers forged a social media network using the dominant audio tech of the time — the telephone

A vintage landline phone
A vintage landline phone
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Hours after a baby is born, its internet presence begins — no matter what we try to do to stop it

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Here’s what I learned DM’ing with fake copyright phishers

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Big Technology

What happens next with the 2 billion-plus user messaging app, and the company that runs it

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Going viral on Twitter feels good, but it doesn’t pay

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Another social network slowly backs away from political groups after the U.S. Capitol riot

Some rural residents, religious communities, and people who just like simple phones are still reliant on the vanishing network

Mia Lipsit in Manhattan, New York, on January 10, 2021. Photos: Yael Malka for OneZero

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On forums like r/MomForAMinute, people pretend to be the family members who may be missing from others’ lives

Illustration: Genevieve Ashley

(And every other day, too)

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