Despite year-old promises to fix its “Up Next” content recommendation system, YouTube is still suggesting conspiracy videos, hyperpartisan and misogynist videos, pirated videos, and content from hate groups following common news-related searches.

Caroline O'Donovan • 21 days ago

We know our data has been left vulnerable, or sold, or misused. But do we really understand what that means for our safety and security online — and when it actually matters?

Charlie Warzel • One month ago

How is it that moderators tasked with parsing abusive behavior miss a poorly photoshopped image of an infant with a bright red swastika on their forehead?

Charlie Warzel • One month ago

Both use the same online playbook — to starkly different ends.

Charlie Warzel • One month ago

Facebook provided developers with tools to build Facebook-compatible apps like Tinder, Grindr, and Pregnancy+. Those apps have been quietly sending sensitive user data to Facebook.

Charlie Warzel • One month ago

Some of these things may change your life.

Katie Notopoulos • One month ago

The digital protest follows recent reports noting foreign misinformation campaigns were disproportionately directed at black users.

Charlie Warzel • One month ago

A seemingly endless parade of privacy scandals has dredged up an existential question for the company.

Charlie Warzel • 2 months ago

It’s hard to imagine how these hearings will result in anything more substantial than a few less-than-viral soundbites.

Charlie Warzel • 2 months ago

The company was obsessively tracking WhatsApp and saw not just a rising competitor but a potential Facebook killer.

Charlie Warzel • 2 months ago

“It’s the bunker mentality. These people have been under siege for 600 days now. They’re getting tired, getting cranky — the only survival strategy is to quit or fully buy in.”

Charlie Warzel • 2 months ago

Facebook’s recent opposition research scandal against billionaire George Soros is revealing, but not for the reasons you might think.

Charlie Warzel • 2 months ago

Definers’ research for Facebook on billionaire George Soros has never been published before. You can read one of those documents here.

Ryan Mac • 2 months ago

“I’ve lost the will and the desire to advocate on behalf of Facebook,” the former employee wrote.

Charlie Warzel • 2 months ago

The seizure could mean that the documents, which journalists have previously sued to release from a California court’s protective order, may now become public.

Ryan Mac • 2 months ago

The last two years have shown that what the platform needs is something closer to an overhaul — stripping out some of the guts of a system that ruthlessly prioritizes engagement.

Charlie Warzel • 2 months ago

Pressed for specifics, Twitter declined to provide any examples of what "increased transparency" might look like, noting vaguely that "we have ongoing conversations about these themes broadly."

Charlie Warzel • 3 months ago

An editor from the conspiracy site Infowars has provided us with a dizzying example of video manipulation that's created a "choose your own reality" crisis.

Charlie Warzel • 3 months ago

Years of algorithmically powered information warfare have ALREADY rewired our political discourse.

Charlie Warzel • 3 months ago
Charlie Warzel • 3 months ago