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Ben Collins

Ben Collins covers disinformation, extremism and the internet for NBC News.

Ben Collins covers disinformation, extremism and the internet for NBC News.

Latest from Ben Collins

4d ago

Mother-daughter election workers targeted by Trump say there’s 'nowhere' they feel safe

In harrowing detail, Georgia election workers Ruby Freeman and Shaye Moss described how Donald Trump's attacks based on debunked conspiracy theories ruined their lives.
8d ago

Anti-LGBTQ threats, fueled by internet’s far right ‘machine,’ shut down trans rights and drag events

LGBTQ events are getting shut down by threats from the internet's far-right 'machine.' Through orchestrating on social media, event organizers and participants are put in danger.

Elon Musk joins Twitter all-hands meeting amid acquisition deal

Elon Musk joined an all-hands meeting at Twitter on Thursday morning, nearly two months after the Tesla CEO agreed to purchase the social media platform for
31d ago

Trans woman’s photo used to spread baseless online theory about Texas shooter

A photo of a transgender woman was shared to spread baseless theory on Texas school shooter Salvador Ramos who killed 19 children, two adults in Uvalde, Texas.

Trans woman's photo used to spread baseless online theory about Texas shooter

Sam, a transgender woman who lives in Georgia, said that on Tuesday evening, Reddit users started commenting on a photo of her that she had shared on the
40d ago

Buffalo suspect considered attacking elementary schools, churches, according to online chat logs

In chat logs that appear to be from a Discord server managed by the primary suspect in Saturday’s Buffalo, New York mass shooting, schools and churches were floated as preliminary targets.
42d ago

10 killed, 3 wounded in racist shooting at Buffalo supermarket, officials say

Suspect Payton Gendron killed 10 people and wounded three others Saturday afternoon at a Buffalo, New York, supermarket, officials said.
42d ago

The Buffalo supermarket shooting suspect allegedly posted an apparent manifesto repeatedly citing 'great replacement' theory

What is the racist Great Replacement Theory? Manifesto apparently written by Buffalo supermarket shooting suspect laid out plans to attack Black people.
44d ago

Twitter CEO pushes out executives, freezes hiring ahead of Musk takeover

Twitter's CEO said he was pushing out two executives, imposing a hiring freeze and slashing other expenses as the company prepares for an acquisition by Elon Musk.

Four House committee chairs ask Big Tech to archive evidence of war crimes in Ukraine

Facebook, YouTube and TikTok have been asked by four House Committee chairs to archive war crime evidence.
60d ago

Twitter says mass deactivations after Elon Musk news were ‘organic’

Twitter was flooded with user reports of high-profile accounts losing thousands of followers in the hours after news broke that Tesla CEO Elon Musk would