Category Archives: Tech

Uber Sought To Hire Opposition Researcher To “Weaponize Facts”

A document obtained by BuzzFeed News points to taxi industry targets, not journalists. Bullet points, not bullets, a spokesperson says. Bloomberg Uber has in recent weeks sought to hire opposition researchers to “weaponize facts” to use against its taxi industry competition, according to a confidential recruiting document obtained by BuzzFeed News and confirmed by the company. Uber is… Read More »

Here’s How Uber Is Trying To Talk People Out Of Deleting Their Accounts

Community managers for the transit company confront journalist investigation allegations head-on to try and retain users. Kai Pfaffenbach / Reuters In the wake of a BuzzFeed News report that Uber SVP Emil Michael suggested hiring opposition researchers to find and publish personal information on journalists covering the company, some users have begun to delete their Uber profiles. But… Read More »

Grandpa Joe From “Charlie And The Chocolate Factory” Is The Internet’s Most Hated Man

A deep dive into one of the internet’s most peculiar grudges. she-who-is-named-katie.tumblr.com It is a truth universally acknowledged that we need villains to make sense of our world, and Grandpa Joe from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is, somewhat inexplicably, the internet's villain of choice. In the story, Charlie's family is impoverished — his mother works while Charlie's… Read More »

When The Best Online Dating Starts Offline

Once a way to widen our romantic circles, online dating is turning to more familiar faces. Jenny Chang/BuzzFeed Two months ago, I matched on Tinder with a lovely woman, R, who did not seem particularly happy to be there. She had downloaded the app while bored in the nail salon one day, she told me, and had found… Read More »