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Rupert Murdoch Is Fighting To Keep His Fraying Empire Behind Trump And Boris Johnson

The possibility of Murdoch changing direction remains a liberal fantasy, but he is navigating deep political divides inside his own empire.

Joseph Bernstein One month ago

Attorney General Bill Barr Will Ask Zuckerberg To Halt Plans For End-To-End Encryption Across Facebook's Apps

"We are writing to request that Facebook does not proceed with its plan to implement end-to-end encryption across its messaging services without ensuring that there is no reduction to user safety."

Ryan Mac One month ago

Instagram's Opioid Recovery Hashtags Are Full Of Drug Dealers

“Oxys, Roxy, Xans, Addy, codeine, perc...Available 24.7 for delivery.”

Joseph Bernstein One month ago

All Those Texts You Receive From Political Campaigns Actually Work

According to new research, people who get texted are one percent more likely to vote.

Joseph Bernstein 3 months ago

YouTube Terminated The Account Of A 14-Year-Old Star Over Her Anti-Gay Video

After her account was removed, Soph tweeted an image of herself with what appeared to be a gun, with the caption, “youtube headquarters here I come.”

Joseph Bernstein 3 months ago

Andy Ngo Has The Newest New Media Career. It's Made Him A Victim And A Star.

“A single man standing there with a camera who never got hit and never hit back before in his life.”

Joseph Bernstein 3 months ago

The Culture War Has Finally Come For Wikipedia

The once-derided open-source encyclopedia is the closest thing the internet has to an oasis of truth. Now a single-user ban has exposed the deep rifts between Wikipedia's libertarian origins and its egalitarian aspirations, and threatened that stability.

Joseph Bernstein 4 months ago

A Former Republican Operative With Ties To White Nationalists Has Been Publishing Opinion Pieces In The Wall Street Journal

Marcus Epstein, a former associate of Richard Spencer and a former contributor to white nationalist site VDare, has written for the Wall Street Journal, the Hill, and Forbes under a thinly veiled pen name.

Ryan Mac 4 months ago

YouTube’s Newest Far-Right, Foul-Mouthed, Red-Pilling Star Is A 14-Year-Old Girl

"Soph" has nearly a million followers on the giant video platform. The site's executives only have themselves to blame.

Joseph Bernstein 6 months ago

Supreme Court Says Consumers Can Sue Apple For Allegedly Monopolizing The App Store

“Apple’s line-drawing does not make a lot of sense, other than as a way to gerrymander Apple out of this and similar lawsuits,” Justice Brett Kavanaugh wrote.

Joseph Bernstein 6 months ago

Sophie Schmidt Will Launch A New Tech Publication With An International Focus

Sophie Schmidt, the daughter of a billionaire Google executive, is founding a nonprofit that will cover “the surprising and complex effects of technology outside the US and Europe,” with plans to launch by the end of the year.

Joseph Bernstein 6 months ago

The Baraboo Nazi Prom Photo Shocked The World. The City’s Response Shocked Its Residents.

The intentions behind the Nazi salute photograph seen around the world were hardly as sinister as they first appeared. But in Trump and Twitter’s America, as one small Midwestern town discovered, image is everything.

Joseph Bernstein 7 months ago

Survey: 51% Of Tech Industry Workers Believe President Trump Has A Point About The Media Creating Fake News

A new study by BuzzFeed News and Lucid surveyed tech workers on their attitudes toward the media. The results show deep skepticism toward the press, and concerns about the role of identity politics in coverage.

Joseph Bernstein 8 months ago

Bumble’s CEO Told BuzzFeed News Her Apps Have Become Their “Own Form Of Government”

Now with 50 million users, Whitney Wolfe’s Bumble apps are surfing a Serena Williams Super Bowl ad into a new wave of hype.

Joseph Bernstein 9 months ago

The American Hackers Accused Of Murdering A Young Woman In The Philippines Pleaded Not Guilty

Mir Islam and Troy Woody Jr., changed their story yet again about the circumstances surrounding the death of Tomi Masters.

Joseph Bernstein 9 months ago

"Down The Rabbit Hole I Go": How A Young Woman Followed Two Hackers' Lies To Her Death

Tomi Masters was a 23-year-old from Indiana who moved to California with dreams of making it big in the cannabis business. Then she met a hacker who introduced her to a dark new world of digital manipulation, suspicion, paranoia, and fear — one that swallowed her alive and left her floating in a river in the Philippines.

Joseph Bernstein 9 months ago

Apple Ordered To Stop Selling Some iPhones In Germany

The injunction follows a finding by a German court that Apple is infringing on Qualcomm's intellectual property.

Joseph Bernstein 10 months ago

25 Things BuzzFeed News Tried And Loved In 2018

Some of these things may change your life.

Katie Notopoulos 11 months ago

Meet Coyote Peterson, YouTube's King Of Stings. Is He Animal Planet's Next Big Dog?

Coyote Peterson made himself into one of YouTube’s biggest stars by subjecting himself to the most painful stings in the world. Now he’s making the move to cable TV, and he wants to quit getting bitten. Will his fans stick around?

Joseph Bernstein 11 months ago

This Document Is Some Of The Research Facebook Commissioned On George Soros

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

Ryan Mac 11 months ago