Ryan Mac, BuzzFeed News

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Past articles by Ryan:

Clearview AI Offered Free Trials To Police Around The World

As of February 2020, 88 law enforcement and government-affiliated agencies in 24 countries outside the United States have tried to use controversial facial recognition technology Clearview AI, according to a BuzzFeed News investigation. → Read More

After We Found Biden's Account, Venmo Will Let You Make Your Friend List Private

Venmo confirmed it is adding a feature that would let people set their friend list to private or visible only to their friends. → Read More

We Found Joe Biden's Secret Venmo. Here’s Why That’s A Privacy Nightmare For Everyone

The peer-to-peer payments app leaves everyone from ordinary people to the most powerful person in the world exposed. → Read More

Al-Aqsa: Instagram Labeled One Of Islam’s Holiest Mosques A Terrorist Org

The photo-sharing app mistakenly removed content about the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the site of clashes between Israeli police forces and Palestinian worshippers, after associating the site with terrorism. → Read More

Facebook Is Worried Starbucks Will Leave Over Hate

“Starbucks is in the process of evaluating their organic presence on FB, and whether they should continue to have a presence on the platform at all.” → Read More

Facebook Stopped Employees From Reading An Internal Report About Its Role In The Insurrection. You Can Read It Here.

After BuzzFeed News reported on an internal document that examined the social network’s failings leading up to the Capitol riot, many of Facebook's employees were prevented from accessing it. → Read More

How Facebook Failed To Prevent Stop The Steal

An internal task force found that Facebook failed to take appropriate action against the Stop the Steal movement ahead of the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, and hoped the company could “do better next t → Read More

See If Your Police Used Facial Recognition Tech Clearview AI

Search through BuzzFeed News’ database to find out if the police department in your community is among the hundreds of taxpayer-funded entities that used Clearview AI’s facial recognition. → Read More

Facebook Is Building An Instagram For Kids

“We have identified youth work as a priority for Instagram and have added it to our H1 priority list,” reads an internal Instagram post obtained by BuzzFeed News. → Read More

David Brooks Resigns From The Aspen Institute

His resignation comes amid new revelations of entanglements with Nextdoor and the Walton Foundation. → Read More

NYT David Brooks’s Project Funded By Facebook And Bezos’s Dad

The New York Times columnist has been using his perch to promote the Weave Project — without disclosing his potential conflicts of interest to his readers. → Read More

Joel Kaplan’s Policy Team Sways Big Facebook Decisions Like Alex Jones Ban

Facebook’s rules to combat misinformation and hate speech are subject to the whims and political considerations of its CEO and his policy team leader. → Read More

Parler, A Social Media Platform That Stands For Free Speech, Temporarily Blocked Its Founder

“I know it’s a ban because I know how the architecture works. I can’t log in anymore.” → Read More

Parler Offered Trump Organization A Stake If He Joined

Documents seen by BuzzFeed News show that Parler offered Trump 40% of the company if he posted exclusively to the platform. The deal was never finalized. → Read More

Facebook Takes A Stand Against Myanmar Coup

In an internal post, the company outlined how it will try to protect people opposing Myanmar’s military coup. → Read More

US Lawmakers Ask Facebook To Halt Ads Of Military Gear After Riot

“Whether through negligence or with full knowledge, Facebook is placing profit ahead of our Nation’s democracy.” → Read More

Facebook Is Showing Military Gear Ads Next To Insurrection Posts

Earlier this week, Facebook employees warned that military product ads were being advertised against news about DC riots. The company did not act. → Read More

Apple Has Threatened To Ban Parler From The App Store

The conservative app has been given 24 hours to institute a moderation policy. → Read More

President Trump Just Used Social Media To Attempt A Coup

While violent supporters stormed the Capitol, Donald Trump cheered them on using the last tool he has: the internet. → Read More

Facebook Employees Say Apple Fight Is “Self Serving”

“It feels like we are trying to justify doing a bad thing by hiding behind people with a sympathetic message." → Read More