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.

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After the FBI raid at Mar-a-Lago, online threats quickly turn into real-world violence

Threats of violence reached a fever pitch — reminiscent of the days leading up to the Capitol attack — following the news that the FBI raided Trump’s Florida beach club to retrieve classifie

Google says AI update will improve search result quality in ‘snippets’

If you’ve ever Googled something only to be met with a little info box highlighting the top answer, you’ve encountered one of Google’s “featured snippets.” Featured snippets are the litt

The DOJ is reportedly prepping an antitrust suit against Google over its ad business

The Department of Justice is preparing a second major antitrust suit against Google, according to new reporting by Bloomberg. The DOJ could sue Google “as soon as next month,” according to

Former Twitter employee found guilty of spying for Saudi Arabia

A former Twitter employee suspected of spying on behalf of Saudi Arabia was found guilty, Bloomberg reported Tuesday. The employee, U.S. resident Ahmad Abouammo, was also convicted by a jury of conspi

WhatsApp is adding new privacy options, including screenshot blocking and a stealth mode

WhatsApp is introducing a small flurry of privacy-minded tweaks into the messaging app, the company announced on Tuesday. The Meta-owned globally ubiquitous messaging service says the changes aim to g

Apple adds the battery percentage icon back in the latest iOS beta

Apple is on the cusp of introducing a tiny change with an outsized impact on the quality of life of iPhone users everywhere who are tired of helplessly watching as the life trickles out of their devic

Alex Jones and Infowars finally face the music for sowing Sandy Hook conspiracies

Infowars founder Alex Jones took the stand today in a trial that will determine what he owes to the parents of a child killed in the Sandy Hook mass shooting. Last year, Jones was found liable in a se

Discord says Android users won’t be left hanging anymore

Discord announced new measures to bring its Android app into parity with its iOS counterpart today. The changes will improve the app’s experience for Android, which has historically lagged behin

Study of Facebook friendships explores how economic mobility works in the US

A large-scale study of Facebook data sheds new light on the ties between Americans — and how those relationships in turn shape economic outcomes. A research team led by Harvard economist Raj Chetty

Twitch builds toward a ‘layered’ safety approach with new moderator tools

Moderating an online community is hard, often thankless work — and it’s even harder when it happens in a silo. On Twitch, interconnected channels already informally share information on users

Roblox is getting a major visual makeover (but don’t freak out)

A social network of virtual pocket worlds with a daily user base roughly the size of Spain’s population, Roblox is ubiquitous among kids 13 and under and mostly mystifying to adults, who can’t gen

Discord’s new Xbox integration will let you send voice chats to your console

Xbox is adding support for Discord voice chat, bringing a reliable, well-loved universal chat app to Microsoft’s gaming console, albeit in a sort of roundabout way. The new integration is availa

Twitch is adding a ‘charity mode’ that simplifies streaming for a good cause

Streaming to raise money for a good cause is a big deal on Twitch, but the platform has always pointed creators elsewhere to manage the logistics of raising cash and getting it where it needs to go. N

Amazon sues admins from 10,000 Facebook groups over fake reviews

If the reviews of the last completely necessary and not at all superfluous thing you bought on Amazon looked like so much copypasta, there’s a good reason: Fake reviews abound and people are get

Elon Musk pushes for the Twitter trial to start next year

With Twitter pressing for a quick trial, Elon Musk’s lawyers are making a case to slow things down. In the lawsuit Twitter filed against its would-be owner, the company argued that it would only

Sony officially owns Bungie now

The ink is dry on Sony’s acquisition of Bungie, the gaming company that created sci-fi hits Halo and Destiny. Both companies announced the news on Twitter Friday, confirming that the $3.6 billio

Reddit brings GIF comments to the masses

After setting aside the feature as a paid perk, Reddit will now let just about everybody reply with a GIF. Starting today, any safe-for-work and non-quarantined subreddit can opt into enabling GIFs in

Twitter sues Elon Musk to force him to seal the deal

Twitter followed through on its promise to force Elon Musk to buy the company, suing the SpaceX and Tesla CEO in a Delaware court on Tuesday. The company’s board doubled down last week after Mus

Lawmakers ask Facebook and Instagram to explain why they removed abortion posts

In a letter to Head of Instagram Adam Mosseri and Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Senators Amy Klobuchar and Elizabeth Warren expressed alarm that abortion-related content is receiving strange treatment on

Elon Musk tells Twitter he is killing the deal

Elon Musk is formally trying to end his bid to buy Twitter. After hinting heavily that he no longer wanted the company in tweets attacking Twitter over its bot calculations and an ominous story in The
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