Solving America’s race problem one byte at a time

How did a girl from D.C. and Prince George's Public Schools became an engineer from the University of Maryland, a public policy expert from Harvard and a big-data scientist from UCLA?

By Courtland MilloyAugust 9, 2022

How Alex Jones was embraced by Trump, Rogan years after Sandy Hook lies

Trump has called Jones "amazing," while Rogan has argued that the Infowars founder is "entertaining."

By Timothy BellaAugust 5, 2022

Sandy Hook parents confront Alex Jones, say hoax claims created ‘living hell’

Bereaved parents of Jesse Lewis, 6, killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School, say Infowars host Alex Jones's conspiracy theories left them in anguish for years.

By Adela SulimanAugust 3, 2022

Instagram knows you don’t like its changes. It doesn’t care.

A quick succession of new features and tests has left even the app's most loyal users wondering what Instagram is for.

By Taylor LorenzJuly 27, 2022

TikTokers are using calamine lotion as makeup primer. Doctors say: Bad idea.

The beauty hack "is a no from me," said one dermatologist, who warned the product could cause "severe irritation."

By Jennifer HassanJuly 24, 2022

Teen with toy water gun is killed by off-duty jail officer, police say

Dion Middleton, 45, was charged with murder after he allegedly shot Raymond Chaluisant, 18, in the face as the New York teen was reportedly in a water gun fight with some friends in the Bronx.

By Timothy BellaJuly 22, 2022

She flew to Australia with a Subway sandwich. She was fined $1,844.

Jessica Lee, a 19-year-old Australian content creator, was dubbed "Subway girl" after she mistakenly violated Australia's biosecurity laws.

By María Luisa PaúlJuly 20, 2022

We asked Emmanuel the TikTok-interrupting emu about his sudden fame

Taylor Blake and Emmanuel, in their first joint interview, say the emu who went viral for disrupting TikTok videos is "adapting to this new life of fame."

By Annabelle TimsitJuly 19, 2022

FedEx bot apologizes for ‘pending delivery’ of missing human remains

“I am very sorry for the pending delivery,” FedEx Help, the company’s customer service account, replied about how Jeffrey Merriweather's remains have been missing since they were shipped via FedEx in 2019.

By Timothy BellaJuly 15, 2022

How a song by the Chainsmokers became TikTok’s abortion rights anthem

The lyric "If we go down, we go down together" from the Chainsmokers' song "Paris" has become a rallying cry for efforts to support women seeking abortions.

By María Luisa PaúlJune 30, 2022

The trans Twitch star delivering news to a legion of LGBTQ teens

Clara Sorrenti, a 28-year-old Canadian known online as Keffals, built her fanbase by leaning into news and politics on the platform that is mostly used by gamers.

By Taylor LorenzJune 26, 2022

Her dog died suddenly. Then a Chewy delivery brought a surprise.

Anna Brose recounted her experience with Chewy on Twitter this week, and her story went viral, with strangers from across the internet paying tribute to Gus.

By Timothy BellaJune 18, 2022

Who won the Depp-Heard trial? Content creators that went all-in.

The trial became an online phenomenon, thanks in large part to the creators and influencers who pivoted their accounts to focus solely on the trial, almost universally with pro-Depp stance.

By Taylor LorenzJune 2, 2022

State Farm drops support of LGBTQ kids books after conservative furor

State Farm ended its support of the GenderCool Project after the partnership to promote inclusivity had “been the subject of news and customer inquiries.”

By Timothy BellaMay 24, 2022

How the Biden administration let right-wing attacks derail its disinformation efforts

Nina Jankowicz was the subject of online attacks from the moment she was named head of the newly created Disinformation Governance Board. Three weeks later, the Department of Homeland Security said the board's work would be "paused."

By Taylor LorenzMay 18, 2022

Followers are a valuable currency. Who should own them?

A new coalition of startups is calling on tech giants to stop holding followers hostage.

By Taylor LorenzMay 13, 2022

Ukraine sells 700,000 stamps celebrating defiance to sunken Russian flagship Moskva

Ukrainians also celebrated Russian battlefield setbacks by making memes and an NFT of the recaptured oligarch Viktor Medvedchuk.

By Amy ChengApril 20, 2022

Meet the woman behind Libs of TikTok, secretly fueling the right’s outrage machine

In just one year, the Twitter account has helped steer the outrage machine at the center of right-wing messaging and legislation.

By Taylor LorenzApril 19, 2022

Can getting dunked on online win an election?

Long-shot candidates build social media clout, and donor lists, by “running against villains.”

By Taylor Lorenz and David WeigelApril 15, 2022

Does traveling to every country count if you don’t post on the Internet?

The field of travel influencers is lucrative and largely unregulated. A recent lawsuit against the self-proclaimed “first woman to travel to every country” attempts to correct the record.

By Taylor LorenzApril 13, 2022