Jeremy B. Merrill

Washington, D.C.

Data reporter focusing on technology

Education: Claremont McKenna College, BA in linguistics and philosophy

Jeremy B. Merrill is a data reporter on the technology desk, gathering and analyzing data to understand how technology, the internet and AI affect business, society and politics. Prior to joining The Washington Post in 2021, Merrill worked as a freelance reporter, with work published at the Markup, ProPublica and the Marshall Project. Before that, he worked at Quartz, ProPublica and the New York Times.
Latest from Jeremy B. Merrill

Teslas running Autopilot involved in 273 crashes reported since last year

Regulators released the first batch of information since mandating that companies such as Tesla report on serious crashes involving their driver-assistance systems.

June 15, 2022

Musk doesn’t own Twitter yet, but conservatives are racking up followers

Carlson’s gain is one of several early signs that Musk’s takeover is already shifting the dynamics of one of the most influential social networks in the country. A Washington Post analysis of hundreds of Twitter accounts found that right-leaning accounts, including Republican members of Congress, received a surge in followers since the deal was announced last month, even as their Democratic counterparts’ followings flatline.

May 13, 2022

U.S. hasn’t stopped N. Korean gang from laundering its crypto haul

North Korean hackers who last month carried out one of the largest cryptocurrency thefts ever are still laundering their haul more than a week after they were identified as the thieves.

April 23, 2022

An ex-cop fell for Alice. Then he fell for her $66 million crypto scam.

A former police officer lost $15,000 overnight as part of a large-scale crypto swindle. It underlines the startling increase in these scams — and their growing power to affect anyone.

April 4, 2022

Social platforms’ bans muffle Russian state media propaganda

A Washington Post analysis finds that traffic to state media sites dropped on YouTube and Facebook following action by the companies.

March 16, 2022

Ukraine asked for donations in crypto. Then things got weird.

Its government has raised more than $48 million in cryptocurrency in less than six days.

March 3, 2022

As Ukraine misinformation rages, Twitter’s fact-checking tool is a no-show

A year after it launched, a crowdsourced fact-checking platform called Birdwatch is still in pilot mode, invisible to most users.

March 1, 2022

Tesla ‘phantom braking’ issue is focus of federal safety probe after owners bombard government website with complaints

The Washington Post reported on a surge in complaints of braking events, leading to more than 130 new reports over two days.

February 17, 2022

Tesla drivers report a surge in ‘phantom braking’

Owners say their Teslas are suddenly slamming the brakes at high speeds, nearly causing crashes in many cases.

February 2, 2022

How we tracked right-wing influencers’ audience numbers

These are the 47 accounts whose audience numbers The Post analyzed.

January 20, 2022