Fake news. Apple versus the FBI. Twitter’s abuse problem. 2016 was as bizarre online as it was IRL, and BuzzFeed Tech chronicled it all. Here are our 33 biggest and best stories of the year.
I Used Facebook To Buy An AR-15 Semi-Automatic Rifle — Alex Kantrowitz
“Facebook instituted its policy banning private gun sales with little explanation, but it followed a series of mass murders that turned location names like Newtown, Aurora, and Charleston into shorthand for shooting sprees. San Bernardino joined the list in December 2015 when two ISIS supporters opened fire on a civic meeting there with AR-15 variants, killing 14 people. A month later, Facebook banned private sales of guns on its social network. At least in theory.
I bought the AR-15 I found on Facebook just down the road from San Bernardino. Finding my gun on Facebook was simple since firearms are openly posted for sale there.”
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The Not-So-Wholesome Reality Behind The Making of Your Meal Kit — Caroline O’Donovan
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