Julia Carrie Wong
Alma mater
EmployerThe Guardian

Julia Carrie Wong is a journalist primarily reporting on labor, tech and extremism, currently for The Guardian.[1] Her reporting on Facebook and its involvement in disinformation and misinformation campaigns that artificially promoted candidates in Azerbaijan and Honduras[2] has raised awareness of Facebook's content management controversies,[3][4] as has her reporting on the company's similar failure to act on white supremacist groups on Facebook.[5]

She began her journalism career as a freelance reporter. In the past, she has reported for The New Yorker and SF Weekly, as well as The Nation and In These Times.[6][7]

Early life and education

Julia Carrie Wong received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Harvard University and an M.F.A. from the University of Iowa.[8]


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.[8]

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.[1] In her reporting, Wong has broken down the relationships between race and meme culture,[9] the prevalence of right-wing terrorism and extremism online, as well as misogyny and transphobia, particularly on Facebook,[10][11][12] highlighting dynamics online, as well as the connections between labor issues and the tech industry, like the gentrification of San Francisco.[13][14][15][16] Additionally, Wong has reported on debates over critical race theory and diversity and inclusion.[17]

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.[5] Following the publication of her story, Wong became the target of a notable online harassment campaign.[18][19]


  1. ^ a b "Julia Carrie Wong | The Guardian". the Guardian. Retrieved 2022-10-11.
  2. ^ Hao, Karen (2021-07-29). "She risked everything to expose Facebook. Now she's telling her story". MIT Technology Review. Retrieved 2022-10-14.
  3. ^ "A tale of two Facebook leaks". Columbia Journalism Review. Retrieved 2022-10-11.
  4. ^ Ram Srivatsa, Arjun; Lozano, Kevin (28 May 2021). "Episode 46 - Fuck Zuck with Julia Carrie Wong". diversityhire.substack.com. Retrieved 2022-10-11.
  5. ^ a b "White nationalists are openly operating on Facebook. The company won't act". the Guardian. 2019-11-21. Retrieved 2022-10-11.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ "Julia Carrie Wong". SF Weekly. Retrieved 2022-10-11.
  8. ^ a b Roush, Chris (2021-04-28). "Guardian reporter Wong leaves tech beat". Talking Biz News. Retrieved 2022-10-11.
  9. ^ "The year of Karen: how a meme changed the way Americans talked about racism". the Guardian. 2020-12-27. Retrieved 2022-10-11.
  10. ^ "US urged to investigate deceptive Facebook ads tied to rightwing group". the Guardian. 2021-07-07. Retrieved 2022-10-11.
  11. ^ "Has Facebook become a forum for misogyny and racism?". the Guardian. 2017-05-21. Retrieved 2022-10-11.
  12. ^ "Memes, Subcultures and Social Media". Simon Kidd. 2017-07-10. Retrieved 2022-10-11.
  13. ^ "Facebook worker living in garage to Zuckerberg: challenges are right outside your door". the Guardian. 2017-07-24. Retrieved 2022-10-11.
  14. ^ 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.
  15. ^ Wong, Julia (4 March 2014). "San Francisco Protesters Take Aim at Twitter's Tax Breaks". Truthout. Retrieved 2022-10-11.
  16. ^ Jaffe, Sarah; Chen, Michelle (2014-02-28). "Belabored Podcast #43: Google and Gentrification, with Julia Carrie Wong". Dissent Magazine. Retrieved 2022-10-11.
  17. ^ 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.
  18. ^ 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.
  19. ^ 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.