Amazon’s Studios and Twitch Experience Massive Layoffs

Amazon is laying off hundreds of employees at its studio division as well as its subsidiary Twitch to reduce costs. Twitch, a video streaming platform, will cut over 500 roles, or 35 percent of its work force. Prime Video and Amazon MGM Studios will eliminate hundreds of jobs as well. Since late 2022, Amazon has laid off 27,000 workers. Mike Hopkins, senior vice president of Prime Video and Amazon MGM Studios, wrote in the email that the company would shift its investments to focus on the highest-impact products. Amazon’s cuts signal a concerning trend for tech companies, which laid off tens of thousands of employees last year. Xerox said it would cut 15 percent of its 23,000-person staff, and Unity Software said it would cut 1,800 roles, or 25 percent of its work force. Amazon considers streaming an important part of its package of Prime offerings. “It also acquired Twitch, which is popular with gamers who stream their online video play. Last year, the company laid off 400 people as part of overall cuts at Amazon, and in December Twitch announced that it would shut down its services in South Korea by the end of February, citing “prohibitively expensive” costs. Twitch’s chief executive, Dan Clancy, wrote in the blog post. He also added that the decision “is necessary to ensure that we can continue to serve our streamers sustainably without impacting their ability to support their careers on Twitch.”

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Moms Managing Girl Influencers: A Marketplace Stalked by Men

Elissa began receiving threatening messages early last year from a person calling themselves “Instamodelfan” targeting her daughter’s Instagram account. Despite having over 100,000 followers, the account has been under scrutiny for potentially exploiting children in exchange for money. However, the issue runs deeper than that. Research from The New York Times found that the platform […]

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Insights from The Times’s Investigation of Child Influencers

Instagram maintains the 13-year-old minimum age for accounts, but parents can take control, largely for their daughters’ ambitions to become influencers. Parents initiate their child’s modeling career or gain favor from clothing brands, but a dark subculture emerges, controlled by men attracted to minors, as per The New York Times. The emergence of mom-run profiles […]

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Rising Threat: China’s Growing Cyber Espionage and the New Vulnerability

Beijing’s Networks Expanding Hacking Efforts China has spread its hacking reach with new tools that exploit computer vulnerabilities and a network of contracted vendors. The large scale of China’s hacking operations poses a significant threat, with the FBI reporting China’s hacking program to be larger than all major nations combined. The U.S. has tracked consistent […]

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