Taylor Lorenz

Los Angeles

Taylor Lorenz is a columnist at The Washington Post covering technology and online culture. Before joining The Post, she was a technology reporter for the New York Times' business section. She was also previously a technology reporter at the Atlantic and the Daily Beast. She was a 2019 Knight Visiting Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, where her research focused on Instagram and news consumption. She is also a former affiliate at Harvard's Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society. Lorenz also serves on the board of the Alliance for Technology, Learning and Society (ATLAS) Institute a
Latest from Taylor Lorenz

An influencer’s AI clone will be your girlfriend for $1 a minute

Launched this week, CarynAI is a chat bot leveraging GPT-4 API technology to replicate Caryn Marjorie's voice, mannerisms, and personality.

May 13, 2023

Should mommy bloggers pay their kids for content?

Family bloggers share their lives, and their kids’ lives, online. But what happens when those kids grow up? New legislation is aiming to make sure children are protected and compensated if their parents make money off sharing their childhoods.

May 12, 2023

Heather Armstrong, who made it okay to say motherhood was hard, dead at 47

Armstrong detailed her struggles with postpartum depression, her conflicted emotions about motherhood, her battles with alcoholism, and her relationship and eventual divorce.

May 10, 2023

Welcome to the age of automated dating

Using dating apps can be a slog. But there are AI programs that will ease the travail. Just be warned that they are not perfect.

April 23, 2023

Snapchat isn’t known for minting internet stars. It’s trying to change that.

Snapchat has been faced with a declining stock price and slow user growth.

April 19, 2023

Substack unveils the product that got it banned from Twitter

Whether it will become a real competitor to Twitter won’t be known for weeks.

April 11, 2023

There are almost no legal protections for the internet’s child stars

A growing movement is pushing for Congress to pass laws to protect child influencers similar to those that cover child actors.

April 10, 2023

Twitter targets its rival Substack, forcing well-known journalists to choose

Matt Taibbi, whom Musk solicited to write the "Twitter Files," says he’ll start using Substack’s new Twitter clone.

April 7, 2023

Lemon8 is a Chinese-owned app. Can it survive the hype cycle?

The app is owned by TikTok's parent company ByteDance, but many content creators seem fatigued by the prospect of yet another platform to post on.

April 1, 2023

Congress had a lot to say about TikTok. Much of it was wrong.

‘Nyquil chicken’ and the ‘blackout challenge’ were phenomena before TikTok existed.

March 28, 2023