Will Oremus

Washington, D.C.

Technology news analysis writer

Education: Stanford University, BA in Philosophy; Columbia Journalism School, MA in Political Journalism

Will Oremus writes about the ideas, products and power struggles shaping the digital world for The Washington Post. Before joining The Post in 2021, he spent eight years as Slate's senior technology writer and two years as a senior writer for OneZero at Medium.
Latest from Will Oremus

AI bots are everywhere now. These telltale words give them away.

In Amazon products, X posts and across the web, ChatGPT error messages have emerged as a sure sign that a piece of writing isn’t human.

January 20, 2024

Substack’s woes deepen as tech blog leaves over Nazi content

One of the newsletter platform Substack’s most prominent writers is abandoning the platform over its decision not to moderate praise for Nazis and pro-Holocaust material.

January 11, 2024

Substack wanted to be neutral. Its tolerance of Nazis proved divisive.

Facing a writer revolt, the popular newsletter platform agrees to ban some accounts — testing its “free speech” stance.

January 10, 2024

AI’s future could hinge on one thorny legal question

Tech firms trained their AI models on copyrighted works. Was that an infringement — or “fair use”?

January 4, 2024

Elon Musk promised an anti-‘woke’ chatbot. It’s not going as planned.

Elon Musk’s “Grok” AI is drawing complaints from conservatives, who say it’s still too liberal. Musk says he’s trying to fix it.

December 23, 2023

E.U. launches inquiry into Elon Musk’s X over spread of illegal content

The formal inquiry is the first against a large social media platform under the Digital Services Act.

December 18, 2023

AI chatbot got election info wrong 30 percent of time, European study finds

Wrong answers for questions about German and Swiss elections suggest problems for U.S. election information in 2024.

December 15, 2023

Bigots use AI to make Nazi memes on 4chan. Verified users post them on X.

Online extremists are using AI tools like Microsoft’s Bing to make explicitly racist and antisemitic memes--then amplifying them with verified X accounts.

December 14, 2023

Florida GOP chairman under fire as more details emerge in rape inquiry

Christian Ziegler is at the center of an investigation over a sexual assault allegation from a woman who previously had an encounter with him and his wife.

December 2, 2023

Elon Musk’s embrace of Israel unlikely to ease X’s advertiser concerns

Accused of antisemitism, the billionaire is cloaking himself in Zionism.

November 29, 2023