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Internet Culture

The Verge’s Internet Culture section is the home for daily coverage of how our online lives influence and are influenced by pop culture and the world around us. The ways in which we communicate, create, and live with each other have been radically altered by the internet’s powerful connective tissues, from the platforms we inhabit, like Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram; to the policies, laws and guidelines that govern them (or don’t); to the subcultures, communities, and memes that bring us together there — for better or worse. Here you’ll find our coverage of life on the web, with an eye on what’s next.

YouTube Rewind 2018 is officially the most disliked video on YouTube

The Free Music Archive will live on

PewDiePie gives shout out to hateful, anti-Semitic YouTube channel

Pillowfort wants to be the Tumblr alternative, but it’s not ready yet

No, Facebook’s updated sex policy doesn’t prohibit discussing your sexual orientation

YouTube Rewind hides its community’s biggest moments to appease advertisers

Tumblr’s porn ban could be its downfall — after all, it happened to LiveJournal

How Tumblr went from being the most porn-friendly social media site to banning porn

Tumblr is already flagging innocent posts as porn

PewDiePie urges his fans to donate to charity as T-Series battle rages on

Meet the babysitter who helps Logan Paul stay out of trouble on YouTube

Ariana Grande’s ‘thank u, next’ music video had over 825,000 people watching live

Death of a provocateur

Salad Fingers is coming back, and I already want to barf

Online teen magazine Rookie Mag shuts down after seven years

He’s not your man

#ThotAudit is just the latest tactic people are using to harass sex workers online

Someone hacked printers worldwide, urging people to subscribe to PewDiePie

Overwatch is still king of Tumblr, but self-generated fandom rules the rest

The game store that outshines Steam by staying small and weird

Nintendo’s new content guidelines make it easier for YouTube creators to get paid

SpongeBob SquarePants creator Stephen Hillenburg gave the internet language

Knickers, the extremely large cow, isn’t actually a cow

Online porn filters will never work

Amazon’s holiday commercial remixed with Captain America’s score is like a Black Mirror episode

Time is different now

Someone apparently hacked Drake’s Fortnite account and used racial slurs on a charity live-stream

Furby hell: this week in tech, 20 years ago

Cards Against Humanity holds 99 percent off sale for cars, diamonds, golden dildos

YouTuber who eats disgusting food is everything good about the internet

The internet is celebrating Danny DeVito this week

The bots of the future are going to use our own metadata to seem more human