It’s a sad moment for the Internet. BuzzFeed has announced that its namesake news division will shut down as part of wider cuts at the company—the latest round of layoffs in what has already been a brutal year for the media industry.
When BuzzFeed News launched in 2011, there was plenty of side eye at the idea of the website best known for listicles and cute animal pictures doing longform journalism. But the site quickly established itself as an investigative powerhouse, even winning the Pulitzer Prize in 2021 for its reporting on the Chinese government’s mass detention of Muslims in Xinjiang.
BuzzFeed News has long been a favorite of Pocket readers, particularly its coverage of the dark side of the digital revolution. In honor of over a decade of stellar journalism, we’ve rounded up the most-read BuzzFeed News stories on Pocket.
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Tomi Masters was a 23-year-old from Indiana who moved to California with dreams of making it big in the cannabis business. Then she met a hacker who introduced her to a dark new world of digital manipulation, suspicion, paranoia, and fear — one that swallowed her alive and left her floating in a river in the Philippines.
We were promised community, civics, and convenience. Instead, we found ourselves dislocated, distrustful, and disengaged.
How two Jewish American political consultants helped create the world’s largest anti-Semitic conspiracy theory.
A transparency tool on Facebook inadvertently provides a window into the confusing maze of companies you’ve never heard of who appear to have your data.
A community of Orthodox Jews prospers by selling products on Amazon — and keeping one foot in modernity and one foot out.
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BuzzFeed News has been described as a chaos agent, a pirate ship, a reputable news organization, and, most notably, a “failing pile of garbage” by former president Donald Trump. We wanted to tell our own story — in our own words — about what it was like to be a part of it.