“Did you hear that? That’s Jojo, our gender neutral robot.”
Jojo, a chatbot, acts as a cohost of BuzzFeed News’ new weekly general-interest news podcast along with human Julia Furlan
to help listeners follow along with the stories discussed on the show. The News
, which will be released by BuzzFeed’s PodSquad team every Saturday, is designed to give those unacquainted with current events
a sensible taste of the nutso news cycle, and also to amplify BuzzFeed reporters’ profiles (hmmm
, sounds similar to a certain forthcoming Netflix show
). This includes talking through stories with reporters across the BuzzFeed newsroom, quizzing each other on fake news, and using Jojo to help push along BuzzFeed reporting for extra context.
“BuzzFeed as a brand is really smart, very upbeat Internet, but also super accessible. One of our goals has been to talk about the news for our
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, the mass shooter who killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, was previously reported to officials at the school for threats, violence, and other aggressive behavior toward a student who dated his ex.
In a BuzzFeed News report
, the outlet interviewed three of Cruz’s former classmates who claimed the 19-year-old became violent and angry after a fellow student began dating his ex-girlfriend after the two broke up. While Cruz was eventually expelled from the high school in 2017 over “disciplinary reasons,” he showed disturbing signs of instability toward peers long before his removal.
After 17-year-old Enea Sabadini
began dating Cruz’s ex, the would-be mass shooter attacked him or tried to on multiple occassion — the incident that some reports attribute to his expulsion. Filled with jealous rage, Cruz sent Sabadini numerous Instagram messages laying-out plans to violently get back at the teenager for Continue reading "Florida School Shooter Reportedly Threatened and Physically Attacked Boy Who Dated His Ex"
Ex-Fox News host Andrea Tantaros
alleged in a complaint statement that the late media mogul Roger Ailes
spied on “disrobed” women at the company using secret “surveillance equipment.”
According to a BuzzFeed News report
, Tantaros — who is in the middle of a months-long suit against Fox News — said Ailes “secretly watched female hosts changing clothes on company surveillance equipment,” despite the company denying the claims.
She stated the following in a US District Court complaint filed yesterday:
“Fox offices are where most Fox female talent, including Ms. Tantaros, disrobed daily from their regular clothing into their on-air attire, sometimes multiple times a day… Upon information and belief Ailes was surreptitiously recording, both through audio and with hidden cameras, Tantaros (and others).”
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Do you recognize the following websites
That’s Facebook’s first question on a survey for users that Facebook wrote up itself, which the company will use as a signal that affects a news publisher’s ranking in the News Feed, according to BuzzFeed News, which first obtained the entire survey
Here’s the second — and final — question Facebook intends to ask its users: How much do you trust each of these domains?
(Options: Entirely / A lot / Somewhat / Barely / Not at all)
From publishers, eyerolls and snark ensued, as well as that ever-present baseline fear of traffic to news sites drying up and the “bloodletting
” to come at organizations fixated on that absolute traffic number. Mark Zuckerberg has said in a Facebook post
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— Pizzagate truther, fringe pro-Trump media figure and newlywed — claims the Bumble dating profile of him that surfaced on Twitter yesterday is a fake account that the app created for free publicity and as part of a conspiracy against him.
Screenshots of the Posobiec dating account went viral in a Wednesday tweet after user Lindsey Ledford
posted the following:
Posobiec, who spoke to Mediaite
while attending a book launch for right-wing provocateur James O’Keefe
, said he has “never used dating apps” and added that it’s “just some trolls” posing as him.
“I’ve never used dating apps, I’ve got a really hot Eastern European wife,” noted the “happily married” Posobiec.
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A year after the infamous publishing of the “dossier” relating to President Donald Trump
and his alleged involvement with Russia, BuzzFeed
Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith
has no regrets — despite the document containing pages of unverified salacious info.
In fact, while the digital outlet was referred to as “fake news” and “a flaming pile of garbage” by the president himself for the decision, Smith called the dossier “unquestionably real news” in his New York Times op-ed
defending his decision to publish it.
Smith wrote the following today in the retrospective piece:
“A year of government inquiries and blockbuster journalism has made clear that the dossier is unquestionably real news. That’s a fact that has been tacitly acknowledged even by those who opposed our decision to publish. It has helped journalists explain to their audience the investigation into Russian influence on the 2016 election. And Mr. Trump and his allies have seized on Continue reading "BuzzFeed’s Ben Smith Has No Regrets About Publishing Trump-Russia Dossier: ‘Unquestionably Real News’"
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It’s highly unlikely – practically impossible – that a single day went by in 2017 without someone, somewhere uttering the words, “fake news.” And that constant barrage of media skepticism made creating and sharing news even more challenging for journalists and news curators alike in what was already an ever-evolving, hostile landscape.
We combed through a vast array of news apps to cut through the noise and let you know which ones bring the real news in the best ways.
Best app for trend followers: BuzzFeed News
It’s not just for cat gifs and “10 ways to tell he likes you” lists anymore. The BuzzFeed News app takes all the content the site has to offer and consolidates it into one easy-to-navigate and customizable destination. It also features a trending tab, where users can see what’s hot right now and follow
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