Mattathias Schwartz, The New Yorker

Mattathias Schwartz

The New Yorker

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Past articles by Mattathias:

Facebook and Twitter’s Rehearsed Dance on Capitol Hill

In their testimonies to the Senate Intelligence Committee, Jack Dorsey and Sheryl Sandberg acknowledged problems and promised improvements but avoided committing to anything specific. → Read More

Watching Congress Try to Friend Mark Zuckerberg

It is an open secret in Washington that Congress will have little say in how the law around privacy and technology will be written. It will be mostly up to Zuckerberg and his peers in the tech industry. → Read More

Mark Zuckerberg’s Dorm-Room Defense in Congress

Mattathias Schwartz writes about the Facebook founder and C.E.O.’s first day of testimony before Congress, in which he answered questions about privacy, Cambridge Analytica, and election interference. → Read More

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Trump Dropped the Ball on Paperwork to Officially Resign From Several Businesses

Donald Trump said he would resign from all his companies. But he takes a minimalist approach to ethics and has been dragging his feet. → Read More

Security Flaw in Israeli Propaganda App Exposed User Emails

Israel pours millions of dollars into propaganda, but couldn't keep its own advocates' emails safe. → Read More

James Comey, a Washington Operator, Knows How to Play the Game

Former FBI Director James Comey wrote memos about his meetings with Trump — and leaked them to prompt a special investigation. → Read More

James Comey Statement Describes Unsettling and Awkward Meetings With Trump

Former FBI Director James Comey gave a lengthy statement detailing Donald Trump’s ham-handed efforts to extract his loyalty. → Read More

Top Spies Stonewall Congress About Their Talks With Trump on Russia and Comey

Did Trump try to shut down the investigation of his own White House? Heads of the NSA, ODNI, and FBI won’t say. → Read More

DEA Lied to Congress About Deadly Raid That Killed Four Hondurans, Government Report Says

A report from the State and Justice departments confirmed what the DEA has long denied, that its forces killed four civilians in a drug raid on the Mosquito Coast of Honduras. → Read More

White House Blames Exhaustion for Donald Trump’s “Islamic Terrorism” Dog Whistle in Saudi Arabia

Donald Trump’s prepared text instead referred to “Islamist extremism and the Islamist terror groups it inspires.” → Read More

Mike Pence Speaks to Religious Group. Next Day, They Banquet at Trump Hotel.

The president's intermingling of private business interests and official duties now appears to involve a religious group that hosted the vice president. → Read More

Comey Firing Will Not Stop FBI’s Trump-Russia Investigation, Acting Director Says

The Trump-Russia investigation will go on, acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe said. Democrats are pushing for the appointment of a special counsel. → Read More

With James Comey Gone, These Three FBI and DOJ Officials Are Running the Russia-Trump Probe

Rod Rosenstein, Dana Boente and Andrew McCabe are in charge of the volatile investigation into connections between Russia and the Trump election campaign. → Read More

Why Was James Comey Fired? Donald Trump Can’t Find the Words.

The first thing Congress should do is demand that Trump stop hiding behind his subordinates and explain, in his own words, why he fired James Comey. → Read More

Sally Yates Testimony Shows White House Lied About Michael Flynn

Sally Yates, the former acting attorney general, told the Senate about her contacts with the White House on Michael Flynn, contradicting prior claims from the Trump administration. → Read More

Why Donald Trump is Scared of Sally Yates

Yates is expected, in testimony later today, to contradict the White House's narrative on Michael Flynn's contacts with Russia. → Read More

North Korea Wants to Convince the World It Can Nuke Hawaii. Donald Trump Is Happy to Oblige.

The Trump administration’s rhetoric suggests North Korea is on the verge of striking the U.S. In fact, its long-range missile tests keep failing. → Read More

Key Official in Trump-Russia Investigation Will Step Down

Mary B. McCord is stepping down from her post as the Acting Assistant Attorney General for the National Security Division. → Read More

Facebook Failed to Protect 30 Million Users From Having Their Data Harvested by Trump Campaign Affiliate

Survey participants didn’t know that operatives hired to influence U.S. voters were harvesting “likes” and demographic data from their Facebook profiles. → Read More