Site   Web
avatar

About ProPublica

ProPublica is an independent, non-profit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest. ProPublica is headquartered in Manhattan.

avatar

By Julia Angwin, Ariana Tobin and Madeleine Varner, ProPublica In February, Facebook said it would step up enforcement of its prohibition against discrimination in advertising for housing, employment or credit. But our tests showed a significant lapse in the company’s monitoring of the rental market. Last week, ProPublica bought dozens of rental housing ads on Facebook, but asked that they […]

Read more...
avatar

By Stefanie Dodt, special to ProPublica, Jeff Larson and Julia Angwin, ProPublica On Sept. 15, nine days before the elections in Germany, the Green party complained to Facebook about a popular series of attack ads deriding its stances on gender-neutral bathrooms, electric cars and other topics. The party accused the advertiser, Greenwatch, of providing false contact information on its […]

Read more...
avatar

By Paul Kiel, ProPublica For what appears to be decades, the credit rating agency Equifax has quietly layered three more years of tarnish on the credit histories of hundreds of thousands of people who had filed for bankruptcy under Chapter 13. While its competitors, TransUnion and Experian, placed a flag on such histories for seven […]

Read more...
avatar

By Julia Angwin, ProPublica Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg announced several steps recently to make political ads on the world’s largest social network more transparent. The changes follow Facebook’s acknowledgment earlier this month that $100,000 worth of political ads were placed during the 2016 election cycle by “inauthentic accounts” linked to Russia. The changes also follow ProPublica’s launch […]

Read more...
avatar

By Julia Angwin, Madeleine Varner and Ariana Tobin, ProPublica Want to market Nazi memorabilia, or recruit marchers for a far-right rally? Facebook’s self-service ad-buying platform had the right audience for you. Until this week, when we asked Facebook about it, the world’s largest social network enabled advertisers to direct their pitches to the news feeds of almost 2,300 people […]

Read more...
avatar

By Julia Angwin, Jeff Larson, Madeleine Varner and Lauren Kirchner Because of its “extreme hostility toward Muslims,” the website Jihadwatch.org is considered an active hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League. The views of the site’s director, Robert Spencer, on Islam led the British Home Office to ban him from […]

Read more...
avatar

By Jeff Larson, ProPublica, Surya Mattu, Gizmodo, and Julia Angwin, ProPublica Two weeks ago, on a sparkling spring morning, we went trawling along Florida’s coastal waterway. But not for fish. We parked a 17-foot motor boat in a lagoon about 800 feet from the back lawn of The Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach and pointed […]

Read more...
avatar

By Ken Schwencke, ProPublica Cloudflare, a major content delivery network that has a variety of white supremacist websites as clients, has said it will change its policies to allow people to more safely lodge complaints about the material on the hate sites. Cloudflare’s announcement comes on the heels of a ProPublica article detailing the company’s […]

Read more...
avatar

By Ken Schwencke, ProPublica Since its launch in 2013, the neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer has quickly become the go-to spot for racists on the internet. Women are whores, blacks are inferior and a shadowy Jewish cabal is organizing a genocide against white people. The site can count among its readers Dylann Roof, the white teenager […]

Read more...
avatar

By Jessica Huseman, ProPublica Here’s how preparing your taxes could work: You sit down, review a prefilled filing from the government. If it’s accurate, you sign it. If it’s not, you fix it or ignore it altogether and prepare your return yourself. It’s your choice. You might not have to pay for an accountant, or […]

Read more...
avatar

By Justin Elliott, ProPublica Donald Trump ran for president as the billionaire who would champion working people. As the president-elect put it in one of the major economic speeches of his campaign: “Too many of our leaders have forgotten that it’s their duty to protect the jobs, wages and well-being of American workers before any […]

Read more...
avatar

By Jesse Eisinger, ProPublica President-elect Donald Trump’s transition-team adviser on financial policies and appointments, Paul Atkins, has been depicted as an ideological advocate of small government. But the ways that the Trump administration and Congressional Republicans are likely to approach financial deregulation could serve Atkins’ wallet as well as his political agenda. Like Trump himself, Atkins […]

Read more...
avatar

By Lauren Kirchner, ProPublica Late on a hot August night in 2014, Syracuse, New York, police tried to pull over a car driving without headlights. The driver and passenger fled into a darkened park. As the officers chased them on foot, they said they heard a gunshot. The cops never caught the suspects, but recovered a […]

Read more...
avatar

By Eric Umansky, ProPublica Four members of Congress wrote Facebook this week demanding that the company stop giving advertisers the option of excluding by ethnic group. The letter came in response to ProPublica’s story that Facebook allows advertisers to not show ads to those with an “ethnic affinity” for various minority groups. We bought an ad […]

Read more...
avatar

By Julia Angwin and Terry Parris Jr., ProPublica Imagine if, during the Jim Crow era, a newspaper offered advertisers the option of placing ads only in copies that went to white readers. That’s basically what Facebook is doing nowadays. The ubiquitous social network not only allows advertisers to target users by their interests or background, it […]

Read more...
css.php