Why Is Facebook So Afraid of Checking Facts?

Why Is Facebook So Afraid of Checking Facts?

A video laden with falsehoods about Covid-19 emerged on Facebook last week, and has now been viewed many millions of times. The company has taken steps to minimize the video’s reach, but its fact-checks, in particular, appear to have been applied with a curious—if not dangerous—reticence. The reason for that reticence should alarm you: It…

‘Hamilton’ Is Coming to Disney+ Very Soon

‘Hamilton’ Is Coming to Disney+ Very Soon

Hello, and welcome to another edition of The Monitor, WIRED’s entertainment news roundup. In today’s installment we have a lot of updates about things headed to the small screen—and one surprise that’s coming to the big one. Let’s get started.Hamilton Is Coming to Disney+ Earlier Than ExpectedLook, the odds of anyone being able to go…

How Gamers Powered Super-Fast Internet Abroad

How Gamers Powered Super-Fast Internet Abroad

Dragos Sas, a software developer based in the historic Romanian city of Cluj, recalls childhood days of hauling PCs and hefty CRT monitors to and from friends’ homes for gaming sessions. Back then, dialup was the only way to get online. But when cable internet came to Romania, Sas and his friends didn’t need to…

Why Has Covid-19 Hit Seniors So Hard?

Why Has Covid-19 Hit Seniors So Hard?

It took six weeks, several long, frustrating phone calls, and a consultation with Apple Care before Laurie Jacobs got her 89-year-old father up and running on FaceTime. Jacobs, who is a geriatrician by training and is now the chair of the Department of Medicine at Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey, was worried about…