Lucas Nolan

Lucas Nolan

Lucas Nolan is a reporter for Breitbart News based in Ireland covering issues of free speech and online censorship. Follow him on Twitter @LucasNolan or contact him via secure email at the address lucasnolan@protonmail.com

Articles by Lucas Nolan

Snapchat Claims It Is Making It Harder for Drug Dealers to Find Your Kids

Snapchat, the social media platform particularly popular with teens, has claimed that it is working to make it tougher for drug dealers to connect with children on its platform. The parent of one teen who overdosed on fentanyl-laced pills he bought from a dealer on Snapchat said in response: “What I find with Snap Inc. is that they publicize one Band-Aid after another, but at the end of the day, you can still go online and get drugs in seconds.”

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Communist Cash Bonanza: Consumer Spending on China’s TikTok Jumped 77% in 2021

Users reportedly spent around $2.3 billion on the popular Chinese-owned social media platform TikTok last year, according to a recent report. This represents an astounding 77 percent increase from the previous year. TikTok also surpassed 3 billion global installations, the first app to do so since Facebook.

Chinese President Xi Jinping attends the commemoration of the 110th anniversary of the Xinhai Revolution which overthrew the Qing Dynasty and led to the founding of the Republic of China, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on October 9, 2021. (Noel Celis/AFP via Getty Images)

FTC Investigates Facebook’s VR Business

Facebook (now Meta) has found its VR division under investigation by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and multiple U.S. states over renewed antitrust violation allegations.

Facebook co-founder, Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before the House Energy and Commerce Committee in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill April 11, 2018 in Washington, DC. This is the second day of testimony before Congress by Zuckerberg, 33, after it was reported that 87 million Facebook …

Bidenflation: Peloton to Hike Prices on Exercise Equipment Citing Rising Costs

Exercise equipment maker Peloton reportedly plans to increase the price of its original Bike and Tread products, citing rising inflation and heightened supply chain costs. One executive explained:  “Right now, people are raising prices. Ikea just raised prices. We want to go in the middle of the pack.”

Woman riding Peloton bike

Vaporware: Tesla Delays Cybertruck to 2023

Tesla has once again delayed one of its products, with the latest reports indicating that the company’s Cybertruck will be delayed until 2023. The Company initially promised production would begin in 2021.

Elon Musk and Cybertruck

Facebook Facing $3.2 Billion Class Action Lawsuit over Treatment of UK Users

Facebook (now called Meta) is facing a $3.2 billion lawsuit over the alleged exploitation of its UK users. One expert involved in the lawsuit said: “They are exploiting users by taking their personal data without properly compensating them for taking that data. I don’t think the users are entirely clear when they click on the terms and conditions how unfair that deal is.”

Mark Zuckerberg deep in thought (Drew Angerer /Getty)

Lawsuit: Kim Kardashian, Floyd Mayweather Tricked Followers in Alleged Cryptocurrency Scam

A class action lawsuit is accusing Kim Kardashian and Floyd Mayweather of artificially inflating the price of the cryptocurrency “EthereumMax” and making “false or misleading statements” about the token. The cryptocurrency has crashed 97 percent since June, leading investors to accuse the team behind the token and their celebrity partners of engaging in a “pump and dump” operation.

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Mozilla Launches ‘Facebook Pixel Hunt’ to Analyze How Mark Zuckerberg Tracks Us Online

Mozilla, the organization behind the popular Firefox web browser, is conducting a study to analyze Facebook’s “tracking pixels” that track user actions across the internet. The “Facebook Pixel Hunt” aims to understand how Facebook pulls data about users from millions of websites that contain its tracking pixels even when they aren’t using the Facebook platform.

UK MPs pressure Zuckerberg to testify on Facebook data breach

Tough Luck Zuck: Judge Rejects Facebook’s Request to Dismiss FTC Antitrust Lawsuit

A federal judge has ruled that the FTC can move forward with its revised antitrust case against Facebook. The judge rejected Facebook’s request to dismiss the case, writing: “Although the agency may well face a tall task down the road in proving its allegations, the court believes that it has now cleared the pleading bar and may proceed to discovery.”

Mark Zuckerberg looking perturbed

Canon Tells Customers How to Defeat Printer Ink DRM as Chip Shortage Continues

Printer giant Canon has begun telling customers how to bypass their ink cartridge DRM technology as the global chip shortage has resulted in the company being unable to manufacture ink cartridges with the appropriate DRM chips. The ink cartridge DRM tech is a key component of Canon’s business as it discourages customers from using third-party ink cartridges in their printers.

microchip tech

To Protect & Catch Them All: LAPD Officers Played Pokémon Instead of Responding to Robbery Call

Two LAPD officers reportedly ignored a call to respond to a robbery at a local Macy’s to spend time hunting down a Pokémon in the popular mobile game Pokémon Go. Both men were fired from the police department, a decision upheld by an appeals court. According to transcripts from their police cruiser, the duo did capture the popular “Snorlax” character they were chasing at the time of the robbery call.

Pokemon Go

Surprise!: Your Norton 360 Security Software Now Comes with a Cryptominer

Norton 360, one of the most popular security suites on the market, has reportedly begun installing a cryptocurrency mining program on its customers’ computers. Although the cryptominer is opt-in, the company is facing considerable backlash from customers who expect features like antivirus, not a tool to use their hardware (and electricity) in the hopes of generating digital currency.

Israel seeks to beat election cyber bots

‘All My Apes Are Gone:’ NFT Investors Are Losing Millions to Scammers

Theft of NFTs (Non-Fungible Tokens) appears to be on the rise, with many collectors losing millions of dollars as a result. In one recent example that led to widespread mockery, an NFT investor complained “all my apes are gone,” referring to the popular “Bored Apes” and “Mutant Apes” NFTs they had invested in.

A man surfs

‘Dark Patterns:’ France Fines Google, Facebook for Using Confusing Design to Trick Users

Google and Facebook have reportedly been fined millions by France’s data protection agency for using “dark patterns,” a type of coercive user interface design, to confuse users into accepting tracking cookies. Google faces a fine of $170 million and Facebook $68 million, which represent a minuscule percentage of Big Tech’s massive profits.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg arrives at the European Parliament, prior to his audition on the data privacy scandal on May 22, 2018 at the European Union headquarters in Brussels. (Photo by JOHN THYS / AFP) (Photo credit should read JOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images)

Nightmare Bug in Google Android Phones Prevented 911 Calls

Google has reportedly fixed a bug in its Android phones that prevented users from calling 911. In one documented incident, a person couldn’t call 911 as their grandmother was suffering from a suspected stroke. The bug appears to have been caused by the interaction of certain apps.

Google's Senior Vice President Sundar Pichai gives a keynote address during the opening day of the 2015 Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona on March 2, 2015. Phone makers will seek to seduce new buyers with even smarter Internet-connected watches and other wireless gadgets as they wrestle for dominance at …

Amazon and Google Deploy Army of Shills to Fight Regulation

Amazon and Google are reportedly mobilizing the small businesses that they claim rely on their platforms to fight antitrust bills that threaten to break up the Masters of the Universe. Incredibly, some small businesses are arguing that bills designed to stop Amazon from copying their products and destroying their business by favoring the platform’s own brand would be a net negative for their companies.

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos during the JFK Space Summit at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston, Wednesday, June 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Lawsuit: Google and Apple Conspire to Maintain Stranglehold on Search Market

A new class-action lawsuit alleges that Apple and Google have an agreement that keeps the iPhone maker out of the search engine business as long as Google pays to remain the default search option in Apple’s Safari browser. The lawsuit claims the two companies maintain their anticompetitive agreement with “regular secret meetings” between Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Apple CEO Tim Cook.

Sundar Pichai CEO of Google ( Carsten Koall /Getty)

BlackBerry Smartphones Are Finally Dead

This week, classic BlackBerry smartphones running BlackBerry OS will no longer be able to make calls, send text messages, access data, and call 911 making them essentially unusable.

BlackBerry Classic and its iconic physical keyboard will no longer be part of the Canadian company's product portfolio

Apple Briefly Became World’s First $3 Trillion Company

Apple briefly hit a market cap of $3 trillion during trading on Monday, the first company to ever achieve this valuation. After hitting the landmark valuation, Apple shares have traded down, leaving the iPhone giant just short of the historic value. The tech giant has tripled its valuation in the last four years.

Tim Cook CEO of Apple laughing