Morgan Sung

Senior Reporter, Culture, TechCrunch

Morgan Sung is a senior writer covering the wild expanse of hell that is the internet, from the murky ethics of AI-generated art to the fight for privacy rights for children of influencers. Based in Los Angeles and chronically online, Morgan writes about the creator economy, niche internet communities, and digital culture. She previously covered this space for NBC News, Mashable, and BuzzFeed. In her free time, she roller skates and fosters newborn kittens.

Morgan Sung

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Nightshade, the tool that ‘poisons’ data, gives artists a fighting chance against AI

Intentionally poisoning someone else is never morally right. But if someone in the office keeps swiping your lunch, wouldn’t you resort to petty vengeance? For artists, protecting work from being used to train AI models without consent is an uphill battle. Opt-out requests and do-not-scrape codes rely on AI companies to engage in good faith,…

1:59 pm PST • January 26, 2024
Nightshade, the tool that ‘poisons’ data, gives artists a fighting chance against AI

Twitch is introducing a new tier to its premium revenue share program — currently known as the “Partner Plus Program” — that would grant a 60/40 revenue split and has…

Twitch announces 60/40 revenue split in expanded Plus Program

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Selkie founder defends use of AI in new dress collection amid backlash

When Selkie, the fashion brand viral on Instagram and TikTok for its frothy, extravagant dresses, announces new collections, reception is generally positive. Known for its size inclusivity — its sizing ranges from XXS to 6X — and for being owned and founded by an independent artist who’s outspoken about fair pay and sustainability in fashion,…

3:21 pm PST • January 19, 2024
Selkie founder defends use of AI in new dress collection amid backlash

Internal Meta documents about child safety have been unsealed as part of a lawsuit filed by the New Mexico Department of Justice against both Meta and its CEO, Mark Zuckerberg.…

Unredacted Meta documents reveal ‘historical reluctance’ to protect children

“Cooking with Lynja” star Lynn Yamada Davis, the TikTok creator known as “the internet’s grandma” and beloved for her quirky, educational cooking content, has died. She was 67. Her daughter…

‘Cooking with Lynja’ star and ‘the internet’s grandma’ Lynn Yamada Davis has died

Discord has become a mainstay for many online communities in recent years, but its relative success hasn’t shielded the platform from the financial woes plaguing the tech industry. Like other…

Discord lays off 170 people, blames growing too quickly

Another round of layoffs is hitting Twitch. The Amazon-owned livestreaming platform will cut 35% of its staff, or roughly 500 employees, Bloomberg reported Tuesday. Twitch publicly confirmed the layoffs in…

Twitch is laying off another 500 employees

Logan Paul is offering refunds for CryptoZoo, the failed and allegedly fraudulent Pokémon-inspired NFT game that he launched in 2021. The catch? You can’t sue him if you get a…

Logan Paul promises CryptoZoo refunds, as long as you don’t sue him

Twitch is effectively banning the “topless meta” and other implied nudity streams with another update to its attire policy. Under the new policy, announced on Wednesday, streamers are no longer…

Twitch attire policy update shuts down the viral topless meta

Duly took part in TechCrunch Disrupt’s 2023 Battlefield cohort, showing a global audience its contraceptive care platform that is initially targeted at the Indian market.

How Duly is shaking up the Indian sexual wellness market

Skincare girlies, fear not — your moisturizer probably does not attract spiders. Sol de Janeiro’s Delícia Drench Body Butter, which launched earlier this month, is quickly becoming a holy grail…

No, spiders don’t want to mate with your viral body butter

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The first annual VTuber Awards was a win for VR

On stream, Filian took the stage at the center of a colossal arena, lit with violet spotlights and surrounded by crowds of fans holding lightsticks. The streamer opened the show dressed in a vivid purple skirt, magenta bow tie and high white boots that matched her jacket — a ritzy version of her avatar’s usual…

2:34 pm PST • December 20, 2023
The first annual VTuber Awards was a win for VR

Grimes is stepping into the toy business with “Grok,” a character that she voiced for Curio’s new line of screen-free AI plushies. The toy is not affiliated with the AI…

AI plushie Grok, voiced by Grimes, was trademarked before Elon Musk’s Grok

Days after freeing the (fictionalized) nipple, Twitch is backtracking on its “artistic nudity” policy that allowed streamers to show illustrated, animated or sculpted renderings of breasts, butts and genitals. The…

Twitch cracks down on boobs again by rolling back its ‘artistic nudity’ policy

Twitch announced sweeping updates to its sexual content policy and content classification system, which now allows previously prohibited content like illustrated nipples and “erotic dances,” in addition to clarifying what…

Twitch’s new nudity policy allows illustrated nipples, but not human underboob

Deadnaming and misgendering trans people is now explicitly banned on Discord, per the platform’s updated hateful conduct policy. Discord’s hateful conduct policy defines hate speech as “any expression that degrades,…

Discord bans misgendering and deadnaming in hateful conduct policy update

Welcome to Gag City, the pink metropolis inhabited by stans and brands alike. In the days leading up to the release of “Pink Friday 2,” Nicki Minaj’s fifth studio album…

Gag City is a viral win for Nicki Minaj

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Mulch and the enduring appeal of internet absurdism

I am haunted by mulch posts.  The most recent mulch video came to me in the middle of the night, when I was hours into scrolling through a particularly nasty bout of insomnia. The video was an edit of a tiny dog surrounded by a frame of glittering hearts, with an AI-generated voice narrating, “Today,…

11:14 am PST • December 8, 2023
Mulch and the enduring appeal of internet absurdism

George Santos, Republican ex-congressman, certified grifter and unlikely gay icon, is now on Cameo. Santos’ stint in Congress — checkered with a slew of criminal fraud charges, a House ethics…

For $200, George Santos will gossip with you on Cameo

In the name of transparency and accessibility, Twitch launched its new Privacy Center to educate users, after conducting “extensive research” and finding that many of its users had no idea…

Twitch launches Privacy Center to educate users about their personal data

TikTok is pushing back against claims of bias in the Israel-Hamas war, after American politicians resumed efforts to ban the app over the apparent popularity of pro-Palestinian content. In a…

TikTok disputes claims of anti-Israel bias amid calls to ban the app

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Obskur’s Character Creator and marketplace streamlines VTubing

To stream as their ethereal alter ego, Mai, a VTuber known as M41H41, typically had to juggle at least four to seven different programs. Running all of them at once, however, was both mentally exhausting and a burden on their computer, which could overheat mid-stream. If a program crashed, they’d have to break character to…

2:22 pm PST • November 13, 2023
Obskur’s Character Creator and marketplace streamlines VTubing

On Instagram, infographics about the humanitarian crisis in Gaza are punctuated with the watermelon emoji. In captions of TikTok videos calling for a ceasefire, the emoji replaces words like “Palestine”…

The watermelon emoji isn’t just TikTok speak for Palestine

The world is watching the humanitarian crisis in Gaza unfold in real time through firsthand accounts documented on, of all places, Snapchat.  Israel has retaliated against Hamas’ October 7 attack…

People are turning to Snap Map for firsthand perspectives from Gaza

Though attendees grumbled about Las Vegas as a city, the community sentiment at this year’s TwitchCon was notably more optimistic than it was at last year’s convention. TwitchCon 2023 closed…

Twitch’s CMO says competition from rival platforms is good for creators

Twitch has had a tense year, in part due to community backlash over policy changes that affect the way creators can monetize their content.  Last year, the company announced that…

Twitch’s money guy talks about the revenue split controversy and its monetization long game

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TwitchCon 2023 was better than last year, but everyone hated Las Vegas

Compared to the shitshow that went down last year, TwitchCon Las Vegas was largely a success. The problem? Nobody liked Las Vegas.  This year’s TwitchCon appeared to mitigate last year’s crowding issues and concluded without any foam pit tragedies. The fraught relationship between Twitch and its streamers is on the mend after the company opened…

5:15 pm PDT • October 25, 2023
TwitchCon 2023 was better than last year, but everyone hated Las Vegas

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Meta has a moderation bias problem, not just a ‘bug,’ that’s suppressing Palestinian voices

Earlier this year, Palestinian-American filmmaker Khitam Jabr posted a handful of Reels about her family’s trip to the West Bank. In the short travel vlogs, Jabr shared snippets of Palestinian culture, from eating decadent meals to dancing at her niece’s wedding.  “I hadn’t been in a decade, so it’s just like, life abroad,” Jabr told…

4:43 pm PDT • October 19, 2023
Meta has a moderation bias problem, not just a ‘bug,’ that’s suppressing Palestinian voices

Reddit is winding down Community Points — the blockchain-based “internet points” program designed to reward creators and developers — in favor of prioritizing rewards programs that are less difficult to…

Reddit is killing blockchain-based Community Points

Ahead of TwitchCon Las Vegas, Twitch is launching stories for streamers to connect with their audience even when they aren’t live. Partners and Affiliates who have streamed at least once…

Twitch launches stories for streamers