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It’s Scarily Easy To Track Someone Around A City Via Their Instagram Stories

By cross-referencing just one hour of footage from public webcams with stories taken in Times Square, BuzzFeed News confirmed the full identities of a half dozen people.

Megha Rajagopalan 26 days ago

Benjamin Netanyahu’s Israel Election Gamble May Have Backfired

With most votes counted, the party of Netanyahu, Israel’s longest-serving prime minister, is slightly behind its main rival.

Megha Rajagopalan 29 days ago

As Peace Talks With The Taliban Collapse, Afghan Women Demand To Be Heard

In 2001, the US pledged to remake Afghanistan as a place where women could thrive. But they had no voice during peace talks with the Taliban — nor when Trump abruptly canceled them 18 years later.

Megha Rajagopalan One month ago

Period Tracker Apps Used By Millions Of Women Are Sharing Incredibly Sensitive Data With Facebook

Data including when women last had sex was sent to Facebook and other third-party services, according to new research shared exclusively with BuzzFeed News.

Megha Rajagopalan One month ago

Rashida Tlaib Says She Won't Go To The West Bank "Under These Oppressive Conditions"

Israel decided to allow Tlaib in to see her grandmother if she didn't promote a boycott of Israel over its treatment of Palestinians during her trip, but Tlaib says she won't travel there.

Megha Rajagopalan 2 months ago

Reps. Rashida Tlaib And Ilhan Omar Have Been Barred From Visiting Israel

Ahead of the announcement, President Donald Trump said it would show "great weakness" if Israel permitted the congresswomen to visit.

Megha Rajagopalan 2 months ago

A Muslim Man Who Had Faced Deportation To China From Qatar Is Now Headed To The US

Activists launched a massive online campaign to prevent Ablikim Yusuf from being forced to return to China, where he faced possible detention in secretive internment camps.

Megha Rajagopalan 2 months ago

A Muslim Man Is Stuck In An Airport As He Tries To Avoid Being Deported To China

Activists are rallying to prevent a Uighur man in Qatar from being sent back to China, where he could be sent to an internment camp

Megha Rajagopalan 2 months ago

An American Reporter Was Denied A Visa To China. She Said It’s Because She Criticized The Communist Party.

Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian, a Washington, DC–based freelance journalist, applied for a journalist visa with AFP last year. AFP was told to find another journalist.

Megha Rajagopalan 4 months ago

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 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 5 months 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 5 months 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 7 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 8 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 8 months ago