Viola Stefanello

Viola Stefanello is a Milan-based journalist covering tech and culture for Italian newspaper Il Post. Her work has also been published in Wired and Rolling Stone among others.

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Koo wants to replace Twitter—but can’t shake its reputation as a home for dictators

Koo's rise raises questions.

On Mar 1, 2023 by Viola Stefanello

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Assh*le Twitter users are barging into Mastodon and demanding it stop being so polite

They're annoyed it's a safe space.

On Nov 10, 2022 by Viola Stefanello

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‘Sharing my bizarre fyp with you that I’ve cultivated for 2 years without following anyone’ is WeirdTok at its zenith

How one user plunged his For You page into the depth of the absurd by refusing to interact with anything.

On Oct 26, 2022 by Viola Stefanello

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How Ken Russell became TikTok’s only good politician

Will virality turn into votes?

On Aug 9, 2022 by Viola Stefanello

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Unfair Instagram moderation of women’s bodies highlighted in a new exhibit

It aims to platform the deplatformed.

On Jul 19, 2022 by Viola Stefanello

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Inside the lawsuit that could upend the Internet Archive as you know it

A benevolent act by the Internet Archive may spell its doom.

On Jul 13, 2022 by Viola Stefanello

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The virality of Inside Airbnb’s maps highlight the company’s massive impact on housing shortages

Just how many homes has AirBnB taken off the market?

On Jun 10, 2022 by Viola Stefanello

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Keep off the grass: How the anti-lawn meme movement is shaming homeowners for their yards

The grass isn't greener in this community, but the lawns are better.

On Jun 1, 2022 by Viola Stefanello

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New documents reveal ICE’s deal with big data to ramp up deportations in sanctuary states

Big data is fueling deportations in the Rockies.

On Apr 22, 2022 by Viola Stefanello

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Police block TikToker after he stitches their copaganda posts with articles about brutality, misconduct

The cops appeared to have a thin skin.

On Apr 22, 2022 by Viola Stefanello

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How police persecute the LGBTQ community—and how big tech can help its most vulnerable users

'They're forcing their way to them manually, very easily.'

On Apr 13, 2022 by Viola Stefanello

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Is Elon Musk’s Starlink actually making a difference in Ukraine?

It's almost impossible to gauge.

On Mar 22, 2022 by Viola Stefanello

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‘God is a freak’ has become a TikTok anthem for those rebelling against their religious upbringing

'God is a freak' is resonating on the app.

On Mar 2, 2022 by Viola Stefanello

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She’s A Crowd wants to collect data to fight gender-based violence—and is leveraging TikTok to do it

She's A Crowd is leveraging TikTok to build a dataset that will help reduce gender-based violence.

On Feb 7, 2022 by Viola Stefanello

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Social media companies destroyed the history into QAnon

The viral spread of QAnon has been lost to blanket bans by big tech.

On Oct 28, 2021 by Viola Stefanello