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The Big Secret of Celebrity Wealth (Is That No One Knows Anything)

Near the end of the debate between New York governor Andrew Cuomo and Cynthia Nixon, his Democratic primary challenger, one of the moderators prefaced a question to Ms. Nixon by referencing her net worth. “Given your personal wealth, reported to be in the tens of millions of dollars — ” CBS anchorman Maurice DuBois started before Ms. Nixon interrupted: “ — which is not true.”“It’s been reported,” he said. “You can’t trust Google,” Ms. Nixon said, knowing everyone does.The net worth of Cynthia Nixon, who would go on to lose that primary, has indeed been reported at $60 million. It’s been reported by the New York Observer,…

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In Twitter Purge, Top Accounts Lose Millions of Followers

Many celebrities, politicians and so-called social media influencers found their Twitter followings knocked down a few digits on Thursday as the company slashed tens of millions of suspicious accounts from the totals.For example, the actor Ashton Kutcher, an active member since the company’s early days who led many other celebrities to embrace the platform, saw his follower count drop by more than a million. On Wednesday afternoon, he had 19.1 million. By Thursday evening, that was down to 18 million, a drop of nearly 6 percent.Oprah Winfrey, who sent her inaugural tweet in 2009, had her following cut by about 1.4 million between Wednesday and Thursday evening.…

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Oprah, Is That You? On Social Media, the Answer Is Often No.

To get a sense of the scale of the problem, The New York Times commissioned an analysis to tally the number of impersonators across social media for the 10 most followed people on Instagram, including Beyoncé and Taylor Swift. The analysis, conducted by Social Impostor, a firm that protects celebrities’ names online, found nearly 9,000 accounts across Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pretending to be those 10 people.Brazilian soccer player Neymar was the subject of the most fake accounts, 1,676. Pop star Selena Gomez was second, with 1,389, according to the analysis, which was completed in April and did not count explicit parody or fan pages. Beyoncé had…

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Can This Exclusive Dating App Install a Wondrous Utopia While Also Helping Celebrities Hook Up?

So, yes, Raya is less superficial than its reputation would suggest. But surely Mr. Gendelman would admit that attractiveness and notoriety play some role in its criteria for admission. Consider, I said, my nonexistent Uncle Tony — a hypothetical terrible-looking old man with no public profile and no Instagram following to speak of. If he applied to Raya, he’d be an automatic rejection, right?Mr. Gendelman shook his head. “Is Tony decently interesting? Is he passionate?” he asked. “I’m not kidding — we’re interested in curating digital dinner parties, so to speak, and that comes in all forms.”Among the Carb EnthusiastsAfter we met, Mr. Gendelman gave me my…

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Snap to Tweak Snapchat’s Redesign After Users Complain

“A change this big to existing behavior comes with some disruption,” he said, referring later to “headwinds from the redesign.”The quarterly results, which sent Snap’s stock plunging more than 15 percent in after-hours trading, were a reversal from the previous quarter, when the social media company had finally appeared to shrug off its losing streak with strong sales and user growth. Snap, which went public in March 2017 and is often seen as a competitor to Facebook, has been grappling with inconsistent results, casting a cloud over its prospects.The latest earnings indicated that Snap had not been able to capitalize on the woes of Facebook, which has…

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