Latest from Drew Harwell

Biden declares major disaster in Texas as focus shifts to who is responsible for the winter weather crisis

Around 80,000 electric utility customers in Texas remained in the dark and without heat Saturday morning as the state awoke to temperatures in the 20s.
  • Feb 20, 2021

Civil rights groups ask Biden administration to oppose facial recognition

The groups argue the software "would facilitate the mass tracking of each person’s movements in public space — something intolerable in a free and open society."
  • Feb 17, 2021

Lonely, angry, eager to make history: Online mobs are likely to remain a dangerous reality

The chaos of WallStreetBets and the QAnon-fueled storming of the U.S. Capitol showcased the reality-shaping power of Internet communities. Who’s supposed to stop them when they go too far?
  • Feb 17, 2021

TheDonald’s owner speaks out on why he finally pulled plug on hate-filled site

As talk on the message board grew increasingly violent, the Army veteran who owned its domain abruptly pulled it offline. His former co-moderators call him a “sellout” who went “rogue”
  • Feb 5, 2021

As GameStop stock crumbles, newbie traders reckon with heavy losses

The Reddit forum that helped kick off the frenzy has given way to anxiety, financial bloodshed and infighting: This is not a “Disney ferry ‘One-Wish-comes-true’ show,” one poster said. “This is the place where one wants to enjoy the sado-masochistic part of the [expletive] capitalistic system we are living in."
  • Feb 2, 2021

Huawei official speaks out on why he resigned after The Post reported the tech giant had worked on a ‘Uighur alarm’

Once the face of Huawei in Denmark, Tommy Zwicky said he could no longer defend the company after the Washington Post revealed its work on a system that police could use to track minorities.
  • Feb 1, 2021

Giuliani wasn’t just a Trump partisan but a shrewd marketer of vitamins, gold, lawsuit says

Trump’s personal lawyer sought to turn unfounded conspiracy theories and voter fraud videos into online moneymakers, attorneys said in a lawsuit seeking more than $1.3 billion in damages.
  • Jan 26, 2021

QAnon and pro-Trump online forums are struggling and fracturing in aftermath of the U.S. Capitol siege

Forums central to spreading QAnon and supporting former President Trump have become fractured or gone offline entirely since then Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, raising questions about their long-term viability.
  • Jan 22, 2021

QAnon believers seek to adapt their extremist ideology for a new era: ‘Things have just started’

With Q having vanished and Trump out of office, far-right extremist groups are targeting disillusioned believers online in hopes of further radicalizing them to a new cause.
  • Jan 21, 2021

QAnon believers grapple with doubt, spin new theories as Trump era ends

While some QAnon disciples gave way to doubt as Trump's term ended, others doubled down on blind belief or strained to see new coded messages in the Inauguration Day’s events.
  • Jan 20, 2021