Tech Giant Discord Announces 17% Workforce Reduction in Latest Layoffs

Discord, the beloved social chat and messaging start-up for gamers, is cutting 17 percent of its staff. The layoffs will affect roughly 170 jobs, according to an internal memo from Jason Citron, Discord’s founder and chief executive. Mr. Citron wrote that the company needs to sharpen its focus and bring more agility to the organization. The layoffs come at a time when many tech companies, including Google, Amazon, and Meta, have also made significant reductions in their workforce. Discord attributed the layoffs to overhiring and growing too quickly, which resulted in taking on too many projects and working less efficiently on them.

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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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