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Creators

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.

Today I learned about the band making a giant marble-based instrument

‘Transgender’ will be among more than 350 new tags Twitch is adding next week

Twitch launches a dedicated ‘hot tubs’ category after advertiser pushback

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An online community’s shared stories against anti-Asian hate

After a viral video of anti-Asian violence, a survivor’s family turns the comments into a new story

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Making it Work

How creators and businesses are trying to thrive in 2020

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Text Adventures: how Twine remade gaming

It started as a blogging platform. Then it became the counterculture to the mainstream behemoth of gaming.

Twitter previews Ticketed Spaces, says it’ll take a 20 percent cut of sales

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How scientists scrambled to stop Donald Trump’s EPA from wiping out climate data

Their work isn’t done yet

YouTube pulled its community captions feature, so now more creators are making their own

Snap is buying its AR display supplier for more than $500 million

Mischief managed

How MSCHF managed to dominate the internet — with fun!

Snap’s new Spectacles let you see the world in augmented reality

Houses are influencers now, and this one burned to the ground

The Instagram restoration community rallies around a tragedy

Snap will launch a standalone iOS video editing app called Story Studio later this year

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Rescuing discarded fabric for designer bow ties

Giving wasted material a new life

TikTok now lets you wipe out up to 100 nasty comments at once

Founder of TikTok owner ByteDance resigns as CEO

“I lack some of the skills that make an ideal manager.”

In the hot seat

Behind Hot Ones’ ambitions to be the future of late-night TV

AT&T’s Discovery deal is about taking on Disney Plus

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The man behind an alleged crowdfunding scam wants you to know he isn’t a scammer

HBO Max launching ad-supported tier for $9.99 a month in June

Spotify enters the virtual concert business, starts selling $15 tickets to events

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The Twitch streamer behind Tfue’s custom $3,500 mechanical keyboard

Inside the burgeoning world of custom keyboard making

Top streamer says Twitch revoked her ability to run ads without warning

Amazon goes quiet on its Twitch-based Pac-Man game, but Bandai Namco says it’s still in development

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The Creators Issue

The people who make our favorite things and the platforms that enable (and exploit) them

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TikTok is helping games about high heels and long nails go viral

There’s now an assembly line of ‘baddie games’

Deepfake dubs could help translate film and TV without losing an actor’s original performance

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Maangchi, the internet’s Korean mom

YouTube’s most beloved 比特币官网交易平台home cook on online gaming, immigrant timewarp, and her new book

Spotify will auto-transcribe podcasts over the coming weeks

It’s just a beta for now

Twitch is lowering subscription prices — but says streamers will earn more money

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Making fanfiction beautiful enough for a bookshelf

Sharp’s new flagship phone has a giant 1-inch camera sensor and Leica branding

YouTuber Jake Paul being investigated for driving on protected Puerto Rico beach

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The mask barons of Etsy

How a couple of mom-and-pop shops made millions selling masks

eBay will enact a sex ban starting June 15th

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Veritone launches new platform to let celebrities and influencers clone their voice with AI