Julia Carrie Wong
Julia Carrie Wong
Julia Carrie Wong is a journalist primarily reporting on labor, tech and extremism, currently for The Guardian. Her reporting on Facebook and its involvement in disinformation and misinformation campaigns that artificially promoted candidates in Azerbaijan and Honduras has raised awareness of Facebook's content management controversies, as has her reporting on the company's similar failure to act on white supremacist groups on Facebook.
Early life and education
Wong began her journalism career in 2014 as a freelance reporter, covering social justice-related topics in the Bay Area for publications including politically progressive outlets In These Times, Salon.com and The Nation, as well as BuzzFeed, The New Yorker and Vice Media.
After freelance reporting, Wong became a staff writer for San Francisco's alt-weekly, SF Weekly, before joining the Guardian's staff in 2016, where she is now a technology reporter. In her reporting, Wong has broken down the relationships between race and meme culture, the prevalence of right-wing terrorism and extremism online, as well as misogyny and transphobia, particularly on Facebook, highlighting dynamics online, as well as the connections between labor issues and the tech industry, like the gentrification of San Francisco. Additionally, Wong has reported on debates over critical race theory and diversity and inclusion.
In 2019, Wong reported on the specific issue of white supremacist groups on Facebook, undertaking a review of white nationalist pages and organizations active on the social media site, highlighting the company's failure to act on hate speech. Following the publication of her story, Wong became the target of a notable online harassment campaign.
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- Hao, Karen (2021-07-29). "She risked everything to expose Facebook. Now she's telling her story". MIT Technology Review. Retrieved 2022-10-14.
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- "White nationalists are openly operating on Facebook. The company won't act". the Guardian. 2019-11-21. Retrieved 2022-10-11.
- Wong, Julia Carrie (2014-10-23). "Dropbox, Airbnb, and the Fight Over San Francisco's Public Spaces". The New Yorker. Condé Nast. Retrieved 2022-10-11.
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- "The year of Karen: how a meme changed the way Americans talked about racism". the Guardian. 2020-12-27. Retrieved 2022-10-11.
- "US urged to investigate deceptive Facebook ads tied to rightwing group". the Guardian. 2021-07-07. Retrieved 2022-10-11.
- "Has Facebook become a forum for misogyny and racism?". the Guardian. 2017-05-21. Retrieved 2022-10-11.
- "Memes, Subcultures and Social Media". Simon Kidd. 2017-07-10. Retrieved 2022-10-11.
- "Facebook worker living in garage to Zuckerberg: challenges are right outside your door". the Guardian. 2017-07-24. Retrieved 2022-10-11.
- Jaffe, Sarah; Chen, Michelle (2014-02-28). "Belabored Podcast #43: Google and Gentrification, with Julia Carrie Wong • Belabored - via Podcast Addict". Dissent Magazine. Retrieved 2022-10-11.
- Wong, Julia. "San Francisco Protesters Take Aim at Twitter's Tax Breaks". Truthout. Retrieved 2022-10-11.
- Jaffe, Sarah; Chen, Michelle (2014-02-28). "Belabored Podcast #43: Google and Gentrification, with Julia Carrie Wong". Dissent Magazine. Retrieved 2022-10-11.
- Braswell, Porter (2021-07-14). "The Guardian's Julia Carrie Wong: Understanding Critical Race Theory, Part 1". Harvard Business Review. ISSN 0017-8012. Retrieved 2022-10-11.
- Asthana, Anushka; Wong, Julia Carrie (2020-07-13). "Facebook, white nationalists and becoming the target of a hate campaign – podcast". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2022-10-11.
- Sullivan, Margaret (2021-03-14). "Perspective | Online harassment of female journalists is real, and it's increasingly hard to endure". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2022-10-11.