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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.

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Snapchat’s new AR features can identify the world around you

The next generation of a feature called Scan can identify similar clothes, dog breeds, plants, cars, and more

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On TikTok, LGBTQ creators push back against sponsors who just want their identity

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Who’ll make the next million-dollar NFT?

Google finally releases YouTube Music Wear OS app, but only for Samsung’s new watches

Theater owners are already taking a victory lap in the fight for where movies screen

The theatrical exclusivity war continues

Joe Rogan, confined to Spotify, is losing influence

A Verge investigation shows how going exclusive stunted Rogan’s power

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Popular online businesses are opening storefronts thanks to TikTok

OnlyFans says never mind, it actually won’t ban porn on October 1st

The proper assurances have been ‘secured’

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Options Bae, Put Gang, and the new stock communities showing amateur traders how to make bank

YouTube Premium subscribers can now turn on picture-in-picture on iPhone — here’s how

YouTube is forcing the popular Groovy Discord music bot offline

TikTok tests shopping tabs with select Shopify merchants

OnlyFans CEO on why it banned adult content: ‘the short answer is banks’

Spotify will let all US-based Anchor podcasters sell subscriptions

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A guide to platform fees

The quirks and features of YouTube car reviews with Doug DeMuro

Building a career on pushing buttons and seeing what happens

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The rise of the TikTok tour guide 

TikTok tour guides will show you their city — and the places hooking them up

TikTok follows Snap and Facebook by testing new augmented reality developer tools

Why build your own AR effects if your audience will do it for you?

Disney fires back against Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow lawsuit

Disney has filed a motion to settle the dispute privately

Michigan Republicans run afoul of TikTok’s vaccine misinformation rules

Instagram is retiring the swipe up

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Making It Work 2021

How creators and businesses are trying to thrive

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YouTube says its Partner Program now has 2 million members

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As demand for bikes surged, Amazon got in the way

A bike parts company ditched Amazon to support indie shops instead

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The farmers market is moving online

This tiny Simpsons TV lets you watch tiny Simpsons TV