Paige Leskin
Paige Leskin
Paige Leskin is a tech reporter at Business Insider. She covers social media platforms, internet culture, and anything weird you may notice on the world wide web. She writes about social media, influencers and personalities, companies like Instagram and TikTok, and trends taking over the internet. She's covered content moderation on YouTube, controversies around big names like Elizabeth Holmes and Caroline Calloway, and explainers on using the newest features for your favorite apps. Contact Paige at pleskin@businessinsider.com or at @paigeleskin on Twitter. If you prefer to get in touch more securely, you can contact her via Signal at +1 (201) 312-4526.Source
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Trump supporters are flocking to alternative social networks to plan election-office protests after Facebook banned groups that attracted hundreds of thousands of members

Trump supporters are flocking to alternative social networks to plan election-office protests after Facebook banned groups that attracted hundreds of thousands of members

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.270 to win51 to control218 to controlPro-Trump activists have found a new online home to protest vote-counting less than 24 hours after Facebook shut down an organizing group of more than 365,000 members for breaking its policies around inciting violence.Thousands have flocked to such groups on MeWe, a social platform emphasizing users' rights and privacy that after they were kicked off Facebook. Nearly a dozen "Stop the Steal" groups have popped up since...

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EXCLUSIVE: ByteDance quietly leased 'massive' US data centers in 2020, a sign it may have planned to shift TikTok operations to the US

EXCLUSIVE: ByteDance quietly leased 'massive' US data centers in 2020, a sign it may have planned to shift TikTok operations to the US

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.As TikTok's parent company, ByteDance, negotiated a deal to move the video app's global operations to the US, the China-based company went on a leasing spree of data-storage space in the US.ByteDance was behind three separate transactions in the first half of 2020 to lease 53 megawatts of data-center space in northern Virginia, a person with knowledge of the transactions told Business Insider. This person, whose identity was verified by Business Insider,...

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Instagram will start asking suspicious accounts to verify their identity with a government ID

Instagram will start asking suspicious accounts to verify their identity with a government ID

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.Instagram plans to start asking accounts it deems suspicious to verify their identities using a government-issued ID.The new policy is intended to target accounts from which Instagram sees "a pattern of potential inauthentic behavior," Instagram . If an account asked to verify its identity declines to do so, Instagram says it may disable the account or "receive reduced distribution" — meaning its posts are down-ranked in followers' feeds."This includes...

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Facebook's TikTok clone, Instagram Reels, launches today in the US as TikTok's future hangs in the balance

Facebook's TikTok clone, Instagram Reels, launches today in the US as TikTok's future hangs in the balance

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.Instagram Reels is launching Wednesday in the US to provide users with another way to share content with their followers — in the shape of super-short, spliced-together, soundtrack-based videos. The launch comes just as TikTok's loyal fanbase is engulfed in a panic about a potential nationwide ban.Like TikTok, Reels allows users to record short-form videos and edit them with a plethora of effects, as well as add in audio and music soundtracks. Reels' launch...

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'We are not the enemy': TikTok CEO slams Facebook for attacking the Chinese company and launching 'copycat' product

'We are not the enemy': TikTok CEO slams Facebook for attacking the Chinese company and launching 'copycat' product

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.TikTok is going on the offensive as Facebook plans to argue to lawmakers that the US tech giant's industry is a story of American homegrown success.TikTok CEO Kevin Mayer accused Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg of launching "maligning attacks" against the viral video-sharing app that are "disguised as patriotism" in a . Mayer's note comes just hours before the CEOs of America's most powerful tech companies — Apple, Amazon, Facebook, and Google — are scheduled to...

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Everything you need to know about Scott Borgerson, the tech CEO tied to Jeffrey Epstein's alleged madam, Ghislaine Maxwell

Everything you need to know about Scott Borgerson, the tech CEO tied to Jeffrey Epstein's alleged madam, Ghislaine Maxwell

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.Scott Borgerson, the CEO of a maritime analytics company, is back in the news for his ties to Jeffrey Epstein's inner circle.  last summer that Borgerson was dating and housing Ghislaine Maxwell, Jeffrey Epstein's former girlfriend and alleged madam. Authorities , and she remains until she stands trial in 2021 to face allegations she recruited underaged girls for Epstein.Borgerson at the time, and said Maxwell was only a "former friend" who was not living at...

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The Trump campaign is running several anti-TikTok ads on Facebook and Instagram accusing the Chinese app of 'spying on you'

The Trump campaign is running several anti-TikTok ads on Facebook and Instagram accusing the Chinese app of 'spying on you'

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.As Donald Trump considers banning TikTok, his political campaign has started running ads on Facebook and Instagram accusing the China-based platform of "spying" on its users.More than 100 iterations of encouraging Facebook users to sign a petition banning TikTok in the US. The ads, New York Times reporter Taylor Lorenz, come as the US government threatens to instate a country-wide ban on the viral video-sharing app over its ties to China.Facebook removed one...

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You can now use Snapchat's augmented reality camera to identify dog breeds and plant species

You can now use Snapchat's augmented reality camera to identify dog breeds and plant species

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.If the wildly popular dog filter hasn't given you enough puppy-related content on Snapchat, you'll soon be able to use the app to identify the breeds of dogs you encounter offline.Snap has debuted new partners for Scan, its feature that lets users gather more information on real-life objects just by pointing the app's camera at them. Now, Snapchat users will be able to use the feature to identify breeds of dogs, species of plants and trees, and nutritional...

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Snap CEO says in internal meeting he won't release diversity numbers because it would reinforce the perception that Silicon Valley isn't diverse

Snap CEO says in internal meeting he won't release diversity numbers because it would reinforce the perception that Silicon Valley isn't diverse

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.Snap CEO Evan Spiegel said at an employee all-hands meeting on Tuesday that the company would continue to keep its diversity report private, according to notes from the meeting obtained by Business Insider and confirmed by current employees.At the meeting, Spiegel said releasing diversity data would reinforce the idea that minority groups are underrepresented in the tech industry. The implication, one source told Business Insider, was that the report would...

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Some Tinder users say they've been banned from the app for encouraging others to donate to Black Lives Matter

Some Tinder users say they've been banned from the app for encouraging others to donate to Black Lives Matter

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification. Tinder users are saying they're being banned from the app after updating their profiles and encouraging matches to donate in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and police brutality protesters.Dozens of people have taken to social media to say they noticed their Tinder accounts had been banned after they took action to promote Black Lives Matter. that users were banned after to , but others users are saying Tinder had issued bans after they to voice...

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Hundreds of Reddit moderators demand the platform change its policies to explicitly ban racism

Hundreds of Reddit moderators demand the platform change its policies to explicitly ban racism

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.Hundreds of moderators at Reddit have called on the platform to finally enact a policy explicitly banning racism and hate speech aimed at "disadvantaged" groups.In an open letter shared Monday, a group of Reddit CEO Steve Huffman and its board of directors to take action in addressing racist speech and hate-filled subreddits on the platform. The demand for a change in Reddit's content policy comes a week after the platform does not tolerate "hate, racism,...

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Anti-quarantine protesters are being kicked off Facebook and quickly finding refuge on a site loved by conspiracy theorists

Anti-quarantine protesters are being kicked off Facebook and quickly finding refuge on a site loved by conspiracy theorists

Organizers of anti-quarantine protests have been forced to flee Facebook as the platform has cracked down on coronavirus content. Business Insider has found that they're now organizing on another social network — one that's been a refuge for conspiracy theorists and others who have been exiled from mainstream online communities. Subscription-based social site MeWe has become host to groups with names that are explicit in their members' goals: there's Ohioans Against Excessive Quarantine, Open Texas Now!, and #ReOpenFL, among others. These MeWe groups are iterations of those on Facebook...

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Facebook is scrambling to squash online groups that are planning anti-quarantine protests in states that are in lockdown — but they're popping up faster than the company can stop them

Facebook is scrambling to squash online groups that are planning anti-quarantine protests in states that are in lockdown — but they're popping up faster than the company can stop them

Protesters have taken to Facebook groups in recent weeks against shelter-in-place orders in dozens of states, some inviting people to attend events that violate social-distancing guidelines. These directives have put Facebook in the tricky position of establishing the fine line between what can stay and what gets taken down — and it's led to groups that break Facebook's own rules falling through the cracks.Facebook's enforcement of policies regarding anti-quarantine content has been unclear. Facebook initially said it removed information about protests in California, New Jersey, and...

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Reddit ran wild with Boston bombing conspiracy theories in 2013 and is now an epicenter for coronavirus misinformation. The site is doing almost nothing to change that.

Reddit ran wild with Boston bombing conspiracy theories in 2013 and is now an epicenter for coronavirus misinformation. The site is doing almost nothing to change that.

As millions of people flock to social platforms to find the latest on the coronavirus outbreak, Reddit is one of the last to hold out on providing and prioritizing verified information from health officials for its users.Reddit users have clamored to several coronavirus-related subreddits, including , which has more than 600,000 members. However, information-hungry users are getting little help from the platform in directing them toward accurate and up-to-date news from official sources such as the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Aside from...

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Logan Paul reveals his plans to become a professional boxer, release a music album, and try out TikTok in the future

Logan Paul reveals his plans to become a professional boxer, release a music album, and try out TikTok in the future

Logan Paul has never shied away from making , so it should come as no surprise the 24-year-old isn't ruling out anything now.The YouTuber recently told Business Insider about his plans for the future, and not once did he mention the platform where he has over 25 million subscribers. His widespread ambitions seem to stem from a proverbial bucket list item: an obsession "with doing as much as I possibly can before I die," Paul said.First up is becoming a professional boxer, a feat he says he's already achieved ahead of against fellow YouTuber KSI. The bout is the second time the two YouTubers...

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