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YouTube, Instagram, SoundCloud, and other online platforms are changing the way people create and consume media. The Verge's Creators section covers the people using these platforms, what they're making, and how those platforms are changing (for better and worse) in response to the vloggers, influencers, podcasters, photographers, musicians, educators, designers, and more who are using them. The Verge’s Creators section also looks at the way creators are able to turn their projects into careers — from Patreons and merch sales, to ads and Kickstarters — and the ways they’re forced to adapt to changing circumstances as platforms crack down on bad actors and respond to pressure from users and advertisers. New platforms are constantly emerging, and existing ones are ever-changing — what creators have to do to succeed is always going to look different from one year to the next.

YouTube Music now suggests your favorite speaker for playback

Niantic moves beyond games with Lightship AR platform and a social network

The Rodecaster Pro II is a slimmer, more customizable audio mixer

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TikTok’s launching Twitch-like subscriptions in beta on Thursday


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Making It Work 2021

How creators and businesses are trying to thrive

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Text Adventures: how Twine remade gaming

It started as a blogging platform. Then it became the counterculture to the mainstream behemoth of gaming.

TikTok reportedly plans a ‘major push’ into gaming and games livestreamers could play with viewers

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How scientists scrambled to stop Donald Trump’s EPA from wiping out climate data

Their work isn’t done yet

Android 13 beta will test out-of-the-box support for most braille displays

Sony shows off God of War Ragnarok’s accessibility features

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A guide to platform fees

Netflix is beefing up its audio description and subtitling accessibility features

YouTube’s new tool for brands means you don’t have to see the same ads nauseam

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Rescuing discarded fabric for designer bow ties

Giving wasted material a new life

TikTok users can now credit specific videos to make sure viral creators get their due

NY attorney general is investigating Twitch, Discord, and 4chan over Buffalo shooting

In the hot seat

Man, it’s a hot one

YouTube now highlights the most replayed parts of videos to let you skip the boring parts

Inside Facebook’s struggle to keep young people

The world’s largest social network is internally grappling with an existential crisis: an aging user base

How the Buffalo shooting livestream went viral

Years after the Christchurch mosque attacks, what have platforms learned?

Apple helps you download fewer podcasts

This backpack has it all: Kevlar, batteries, and a federal investigation

The man behind an alleged crowdfunding scam wants you to know he isn’t a scammer

Buffalo shooting suspect reportedly shared plans on Discord


The Twitch streamer behind Tfue’s custom $3,500 mechanical keyboard

Inside the burgeoning world of custom keyboard making

Apple is making it easier to distribute subscription podcasts