Gerrit De Vynck

San Francisco

Tech reporter covering Google, algorithms and ransomware

Education: Carleton University, BA in Journalism and Global Politics

Gerrit De Vynck is a tech reporter for The Washington Post. He writes about Google and the algorithms that increasingly shape society. De Vynck also helps lead The Post's coverage of ransomware and misinformation. He previously covered tech for seven years at Bloomberg News.
Latest from Gerrit De Vynck

Former Google CEO speaks out on working with the Pentagon

In today's newsletter: new revelations about Facebook's algorithm and a delay in the company's plans to roll out encryption.

November 22, 2021

Facebook told the White House to focus on the ‘facts’ about vaccine misinformation. Internal documents show it wasn’t sharing key data.

The tech giant meticulously tracked how misleading medical information spread — but didn’t tell policymakers, even as they demanded it do so.

October 28, 2021

How Facebook neglected the rest of the world, fueling hate speech and violence in India

A trove of internal documents show Facebook didn’t invest in key safety protocols in the company’s largest market.

October 24, 2021

The days of U.S. tech companies fighting back against authoritarian regimes are long gone

Companies like Apple must now reckon with how oppressive governments use their technologies to extend their power and control.

October 18, 2021

YouTube is banning prominent anti-vaccine activists and blocking all anti-vaccine content

Google-owned video site YouTube previously only banned misinformation about coronavirus vaccines. Facebook made the same change months ago.

September 29, 2021

Snapchat, TikTok, Instagram face pressure to stop illegal drug sales as overdose deaths soar

The DEA called out TikTok and Snapchat on Monday for serving as hosts for illegal drug sales.

September 28, 2021

Tech giants quietly buy up dozens of companies a year. Regulators are finally noticing.

Tech giants have quietly acquired hundreds of companies over the years without much scrutiny. A new study from the FTC is a step towards changing that

September 22, 2021

Treasury Department will sanction crypto exchanges that help channel payments to hackers

The Biden administration is also warning companies that paying ransoms to hackers might be illegal.

September 21, 2021

Human rights advocates decry Apple, Google decision to pull Navalny app as Russia voting begins

The Silicon Valley tech giants had been under pressure to remove the “Smart Voting” tool, which encourages voters to back candidates not aligned with President Vladimir Putin’s party.

September 17, 2021

Texas wanted to be the tech haven of the U.S. Its new abortion bill and other measures are causing workers to rethink their moves.

Tech workers are marking Texas off the list of places they'd consider working after the state passed the nation's most restrictive abortion law.

September 13, 2021