Drew Harwell

Washington, D.C.

Technology reporter

Education: University of Florida

Drew Harwell is a reporter for The Washington Post covering artificial intelligence and the algorithms changing our lives. He was a member of an international reporting team that won a George Polk Award in 2021. He joined The Post in 2014 after working for the Tampa Bay Times.
Latest from Drew Harwell

FTX’s Bahamas crypto empire: Stimulants, subterfuge and a spectacular collapse

Sam Bankman-Fried's image of monkish aloofness met reality in the Bahamas, where the 30-year-old crypto billionaire lived in a guarded island compound, with every need closely catered to and the world’s elite at his beck and call.

November 24, 2022

Elon Musk restores Trump’s Twitter account

After posting a Twitter poll, Musk reinstated Trump to the platform. It remains unclear if Trump will return to the site.

November 19, 2022

A fake tweet sparked panic at Eli Lilly and may have cost Twitter millions

"For $8, they’re potentially losing out on millions of dollars in ad revenue," said Amy O’Connor, a former senior communications official at Eli Lilly who now works at a trade association.

November 14, 2022

Twitter’s content moderation head quits as departures alarm the FTC

The resignations of three Twitter security executives prompted federal regulators to warn they might step in.

November 10, 2022

Misinformation floods the midterms, at times urging violence

Popular online personalities set the table for claims of fraud by sowing suspicion about mechanical problems and the time it takes to count ballots.

November 8, 2022

Trump once reconsidered sticking with Truth Social. Now he’s stuck.

Trump has told his allies he can’t leave his Twitter clone because he’s propping it up, and he doesn’t want a site so closely associated with his brand to collapse.

November 7, 2022

Twitter layoffs gutted election information teams days before midterms

Twitter has become one of America’s most influential platforms for spreading accurate voting information, but politicians, local officials and misinformation experts say Friday's layoffs have compromised that.

November 4, 2022

Musk meeting with civil rights groups upsets his fans

Elon Musk pledged not to restore banned accounts — such as former president Donald Trump’s — to the platform until after the midterm elections.

November 2, 2022

Racist tweets quickly surface after Musk closes Twitter deal

Anonymous Twitter accounts celebrated Musk’s takeover and argued it meant the old rules against bigotry no longer applied.

October 28, 2022

As Washington wavers on TikTok, Beijing exerts control

TikTok’s link to China has sparked fears over propaganda and privacy. It’s also exposed America’s failure to safeguard the web.

October 28, 2022