Taylor Lorenz

Los Angeles

Technology

Taylor Lorenz is a columnist at The Washington Post covering technology and online culture. Before joining The Post, she was a technology reporter for the New York Times' business section. She was also previously a technology reporter at the Atlantic and the Daily Beast. She was a 2019 Knight Visiting Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, where her research focused on Instagram and news consumption. She is also a former affiliate at Harvard's Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society. Lorenz also serves on the board of the Alliance for Technology, Learning and Society (ATLAS) Institute a
Latest from Taylor Lorenz

Followers are a valuable currency. Who should own them?

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

May 13, 2022

How Twitter lost the celebs

From Justin Bieber to Lady Gaga, Twitter’s most followed accounts have quieted over the years. Hollywood insiders say abuse and harassment are to blame — and Elon Musk probably won’t help.

May 12, 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.

April 19, 2022

Can getting dunked on online win an election?

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

April 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.

April 13, 2022

Internet ‘algospeak’ is changing our language in real time, from ‘nip nops’ to ‘le dollar bean’

To avoid angering the almighty algorithm, creators on TikTok and other platforms are creating a new vocabulary.

April 8, 2022

Some women shared the messages they get on Instagram. It’s not pretty.

A study finds that Instagram failed to act on 90 percent of abuse sent via direct message to five high-profile influencers on the platform, including actress Amber Heard.

April 6, 2022

Internet communities are battling over pixels

Reddit's r/Place shows that to have a voice online, you must be part of a movement.

April 4, 2022

    Have you seen negative articles about TikTok? Facebook might be behind some of it.

    Technology columnist Taylor Lorenz explains how Facebook's parent company Meta paid a GOP consulting firm to turn public opinion against TikTok.

    March 31, 2022

    Facebook paid GOP firm to malign TikTok

    Targeted Victory pushed local operatives across the country to boost messages calling TikTok a threat to American children. “Dream would be to get stories with headlines like ‘From dances to danger,'" one campaign director said.

    March 30, 2022