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Facebook Failed To Delete 93% Of Posts Containing Speech Violating Its Own Rules In India

A yearlong study concluded that Facebook had made little progress in moderating non-English-language content in India, the company’s largest market by users.

Megha Rajagopalan • 5 days ago

US Universities And Retirees Are Funding The Technology Behind China’s Surveillance State

Millions of dollars from US university endowments, foundations, and retirement plans have helped fund two billion-dollar Chinese facial recognition startups: SenseTime and Megvii. The Chinese government is using their technologies to surveil and profile its own citizens.

Ryan Mac • 18 days ago

Facial Recognition Technology Is Facing A Huge Backlash In The US. But Some Of The World’s Biggest Tech Companies Are Trying To Sell It In The Gulf.

Face recognition has been banned in San Francisco and linked by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to a rise in global fascism. But it’s being marketed in Dubai, which has spied on hundreds of dissidents, by American and Chinese tech giants.

Megha Rajagopalan • 19 days ago

Here’s How China Uses An App To Repress Muslims

For the first time, the app used by police in China to collect huge amounts of people’s personal information has been reverse engineered.

Megha Rajagopalan • One month ago

Banning Social Media In The Wake Of The Sri Lanka Attacks Doesn’t Make Much Sense

Some commentators have praised the Sri Lankan government's decision to temporarily shut down social media — but people in the country say Facebook is being centered in a discussion of violence with far more complex causes.

Megha Rajagopalan • One month ago

This Man’s Aunt Was Jailed Days After He Met With Mike Pompeo Over China’s Muslim Crackdown

Ferkat Jawdat, who lives in Virginia, told BuzzFeed News that China was using his relatives “as hostages.”

Megha Rajagopalan • 2 months ago

Meet The People Fact-Checking The Election That Makes 2016 Look Like A Walk In The Park

The Whistle has just five staffers, and is the only internationally accredited fact-checking group in Israel.

Megha Rajagopalan • 2 months ago

China Has Also Been Targeting Foreigners In Its Brutal Crackdown On Muslims

Turkey is one of the few Muslim-majority countries to call out China’s crackdown on Uighur Muslims. A BuzzFeed News investigation finds that several Turkish nationals have also disappeared, something that has never been publicly acknowledged by Turkey.

Megha Rajagopalan • 2 months ago

Trump’s Cuts To Aid For Palestinians Have Totally Disrupted Women’s Breast Cancer Treatments

More than 1,000 women who had mammograms done through a US-funded program and were flagged for follow-ups have had to seek other treatment options.

Megha Rajagopalan • 3 months ago

This Australian Baby Boy Has Spent His Whole Life Trapped In China’s Police State. Now His Dad Wants Him Out.

The 18-month-old boy’s Australian father is fighting to be reunited with his family.

Megha Rajagopalan • 3 months ago

Meet The Iranian Influencers Whose Livelihoods Will Be Stripped Away By A Ban On Instagram

One of the last remaining major social networks in Iran has become a haven for free expression and opportunity for women. That’s put it in the sights of the regime.

Megha Rajagopalan • 4 months ago

Hackers From Iran Are Reportedly Stealing People’s Travel And Mobile Data In The Middle East

The previously undetected group — dubbed APT39 — is thought to be providing information to the Iranian government.

Megha Rajagopalan • 4 months ago

Release Detained Canadians Now, Former Foreign Ministers, Diplomats And Academics Tell China In Open Letter

Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor were detained in December, apparently in retaliation for the arrest of a Huawei executive in Canada.

Megha Rajagopalan • 4 months ago

LinkedIn Censored The Profile Of Another Critic Of The Chinese Government

Peter Humphrey's profile was only restored in China after BuzzFeed News contacted Microsoft-owned LinkedIn, which said the page had been removed in error. It's the second such incident in a week.

Megha Rajagopalan • 5 months ago

LinkedIn Censored A Pro-Democracy Activist’s Profile In China

"I feel threatened and outraged," Zhou Fengsuo, who left China after the Tiananmen Square protests, told BuzzFeed News.

Megha Rajagopalan • 5 months ago

The Histories Of Today's Wars Are Being Written On Facebook And YouTube. But What Happens When They Get Taken Down?

Investigators depend on photos and videos posted online from war zones. But takedowns by Facebook and YouTube are putting the war crimes prosecutions of the future at risk.

Megha Rajagopalan • 5 months ago

Please Welcome China’s WeChat To The #Resistance

Negative articles and comments about Trump were censored on the Chinese internet as recently as this summer. But now the floodgates appear to be open.

Craig Silverman • 6 months ago
Megha Rajagopalan • 6 months ago

Want To Know What Saudis Really Think About Khashoggi? You Won’t Find Out On Twitter.

A month after Jamal Khashoggi’s disappearance, the climate in Saudi Arabia has kept Twitter users silent.

Megha Rajagopalan • 7 months ago

Vietnamese Blogger "Mother Mushroom" Is On Her Way To The US After Being Released From Prison

Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, known online by her handle, was serving a decadelong sentence when she was freed on Wednesday.

Megha Rajagopalan • 8 months ago