How ‘the Andy Cohen of the 9-month cruise’ took over TikTok

Content creator Marc Sebastian has upended the book world through bite-size drama with a dose of literature.

By Taylor LorenzJanuary 19, 2024

Partiful wants Gen Z to move in a new social direction this New Year’s Eve

Millions of mostly under-30s are turning to the text-based party-planning platform, the company said, after shunning Facebook and email-based event organizers.

By Dan Rosenzweig-ZiffDecember 31, 2023

How much money do influencers make? 10 creators give us the real numbers.

These 10 creators, with followings large, small and in-between, shared the economics of running a creative business in the wilds of the internet.

By Emma Kumer and Rachel LermanDecember 22, 2023

Creators, porn stars turn to AI doppelgangers to keep fans entertained

The latest wave of AI is being built to emulate specific people, adopting their faces and speech patterns to advertise uncanny simulations the promoters say are always available and can never die.

By Drew HarwellDecember 19, 2023

Grimes is working on an interactive AI toy for kids. Meet Grok.

Grok is the vanguard of what is expected to be an explosion of AI-powered toys.

By Taylor LorenzDecember 14, 2023

Meet the woman working to stop the far-right creator money machine

When Elon Musk reinstated the account on X of conspiracy theorist Alex Jones on Sunday night, digital activist Nandini Jammi sprang into action.

By Taylor LorenzDecember 13, 2023

Support for TikTok ban crumbles, even among Republicans

A new Pew Research Center survey found that banning the app no longer has the support of most Americans.

By Drew HarwellDecember 12, 2023

How a toilet-themed YouTube series became the biggest thing online

The short-form video series on YouTube chronicles the battle between the Skibidi Toilets — toilets with human heads — and people who have CCTV cameras, speakers and televisions for heads.

By Taylor LorenzDecember 10, 2023

How an unfiltered tween became a social media sensation

Videos outlining things she hates, or things that make her mad, or things that disgust her, have made Evelyn a phenomenon.

By Taylor LorenzDecember 7, 2023

Here’s what happened when an OnlyFans star booked a stadium for a party

The party’s planning offered a sign of how established the industry of online content creation has become. Its cancellation shows the stigma still attached to OnlyFans.

By Drew HarwellDecember 6, 2023

‘Wedding of the Century’ groom faces prison, accused of firing at police

Jacob LaGrone, whose lavish Paris wedding with Madelaine Brockway went viral, faces up to life in prison for allegedly firing a gun at North Texas police officers.

By Timothy BellaDecember 1, 2023

News outlets turn to Reddit as Musk’s X descends into chaos

But where to post on Reddit, with its thousands of subreddits, can present an ethical dilemma.

By Taylor LorenzDecember 1, 2023

Newsletter platform Substack takes aim at YouTube

Substack’s new video creation and editing tools put it in competition for creators with video-centric platforms like TikTok and Instagram.

By Taylor LorenzNovember 29, 2023

Colorado’s football team is winning online, despite losing on the field

Online enthusiasm for the University of Colorado football team hasn’t flagged, despite its losing record.

By Taylor LorenzNovember 17, 2023

Video chat app Omegle closes amid controversy over use by pedophiles

Omegle was founded in 2009 to connect strangers online over video chat. Its founder, Leif K-Brooks, acknowledged it was used for “unspeakably heinous crimes.”

By Leo SandsNovember 9, 2023

Inside an OnlyFans empire: Sex, influence and the new American Dream

The fast-growing platform is the creator economy at its most bluntly transactional, where sex is just another unit of content to monetize.

By Drew HarwellNovember 9, 2023

Trump Jr. tells court artist ‘make me look sexy,’ points to fake SBF sketch

A fake — and flattering — courtroom sketch of Sam Bankman-Fried was the inspiration for Donald Trump Jr.’s request to the courtroom sketch artist during his family’s civil fraud trial.

By Timothy BellaNovember 3, 2023

Content creators surge past legacy media as news hits a tipping point

A recent report found that while the audience for traditional news outlets is shrinking, the online audience for independent news sources is growing.

By Taylor LorenzOctober 31, 2023

From mommy bloggers to TikTok stars: How creators built a $250B industry

A brief history of the rise of the lucrative creator economy.

By Taylor Lorenz and Drew HarwellOctober 26, 2023

Millions work as content creators. In official records, they barely exist.

Millions of Americans have ditched traditional jobs to join the creator economy. In official records, they barely exist.

By Drew Harwell and Taylor LorenzOctober 26, 2023