Taylor Hatmaker

Taylor Hatmaker

Senior Reporter

Taylor covers platforms, policy and big tech at TechCrunch. Prior to rejoining TechCrunch, Taylor was Senior Technology Editor of the Daily Beast. Taylor first joined TechCrunch in 2016. Before joining TechCrunch, she was the Tech Editor of the Daily Dot and a reporter and deputy editor at ReadWriteWeb.

The Latest from Taylor Hatmaker

Twitter accepts Elon Musk’s $44B acquisition offer

Tesla CEO Elon Musk is infamous for using Twitter to tease and tease out various ideas he has about his business interests, cryptocurrency, politics and life in general, but today it looks like he&#82

Meta wants to sell you the metaverse in its first brick-and-mortar store

The company formerly known as Facebook is about to have an IRL shop. Meta will open the doors to the Meta Store (almost typed the Meat Store, that’s a very different store — really sort of the

A complete timeline of the Elon Musk-Twitter saga

It’s been a wild month of news for the social network that we collectively love to hate. In early April, Elon Musk took a bite out of Twitter, coming away with 9.2% of the company and plans to exerc

Obama says social media is ‘well designed’ to destroy democracies

After an era of open affection for Silicon Valley followed by an era of relative quiet, former President Barack Obama is tearing into tech. The former president spoke Thursday at an event co-hosted by

Sheryl Sandberg under fire for trying to kill a story about her ex, the CEO of Activision Blizzard

Meta Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg is now facing “internal scrutiny” at the company after pressuring U.K. tabloid the Daily Mail to kill a story about her former boyfriend, Activ

D&D Beyond comes under the wing of Wizards of the Coast in $146 million deal

The parent company of Dungeons & Dragons publisher Wizards of the Coast will buy D&D Beyond, the role-playing game’s popular digital suite of tools. The company announced the news this w

If Elon Musk gets his way, Twitter will lose years of progress

—That escalated quickly. Days after the inexplicably idle mega-billionaire and chief executive of Tesla and SpaceX announced that he had bought a 9.2 percent stake in Twitter and would join its boar

Russian state media is still posting to TikTok a month after the app blocked new content

TikTok issued an update Tuesday on its efforts to stem the flow of misinformation about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, but the company doesn’t appear to be effectively implementing its exis

Twitter rolls back change, restoring the text of deleted embedded tweets

Twitter quietly reversed a controversial decision the company implemented last week, restoring the text of since-deleted tweets embedded on external websites. The change was first spotted by Twitter

Meta subpoenaed tiny rival Dispo to prove it isn’t a monopoly

On a quest to show the FTC that it isn’t a monopoly, Meta flooded a wide swath of major tech companies with subpoenas last month. But the company is apparently demanding documents from much smal

Twitter will finally let you ‘unmention’ yourself in tweets

Twitter will finally let you be excluded from this narrative. The company announced Thursday that it was testing a new way for users to remove themselves from conversations they don’t want to be

Twitter is wiping embeds of deleted tweets from the web

The edit tweet button isn’t Twitter’s only new feature that can rewrite history. The company has apparently changed the way it handles embedded tweets that were deleted after the fact, lit

Twitter is working on an edit button for real

Apparently it wasn’t just an April Fools’ joke or an errant Elon Musk tweet. As any true blue Twitter user knows, the divide over the social network adding an edit button is the deepest id

Twitter limits reach for Russian government accounts and bans most POW imagery

In response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Twitter will place new limits on government accounts that belong to countries at war when those governments also restrict the free flow of informatio

Spotify will suspend its services in Russia in light of free speech crackdown

Spotify will discontinue access to its streaming services in Russia in light of the country’s dramatic new restrictions on free speech. In early March, the Russian parliament enacted a new law t

Former TikTok content moderators file lawsuit over ‘psychological trauma’

A pair of former TikTok content reviewers is suing the company, alleging that it failed to adequately support them as they engaged in the deeply disturbing work of removing objectionable videos from t

New Twitch appeals portal lets users monitor and object to account bans

Twitch is updating its appeals and reporting processes, following through on product updates the company promised late last year. The biggest change is the introduction of a new portal where users fac

Elden Ring made me a FromSoftware believer

Elden Ring is the latest game in the storied tradition of punishing, mysterious titles by developer FromSoftware, following fiercely loved hits like the Dark Souls series and Bloodborne. I’ve wa

Meta takes down deepfake of Ukraine’s President Zelensky surrendering

Meta removed an altered video falsely depicting Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky ordering troops to surrender Wednesday. The video is the latest alarming milestone in the parallel information wa

Instagram rolls out new safety tools for parents

Meta announced on Wednesday a new set of tools designed to protect young users, an overdue response to widespread criticism that the company doesn’t do enough to protect its most vulnerable user
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