BuzzFeed removes post after Maria Popova complains

BuzzFeed has removed a post that Maria Popova said took images she had scanned and written about. Popova wrote that she'd "tracked down a surviving copy of Ralph Steadman’s fairly obscure 1995 illustrations for George Orwell’s Animal Farm" and wrote about the edition "with the appropriate background and context."

Daniel Dalton included images from the book in a post on BuzzFeed, crediting the images to its publisher and leading Popova to call the publication "the vermin on of the internet – or, for a more context-appropriate metaphor, the pigs of the internet."

Asked about the post, BuzzFeed spokesperson Catherine Bartosevich told Poynter, "Thanks for calling to our attention. We've removed the post."

  • Andrew Beaujon

    Andrew Beaujon reported on the media for Poynter from 2012 to 2015. He was previously arts editor at and managing editor of Washington City Paper. He's the author of the 2006 book "Body Piercing Saved My Life," about Christian rock and evangelical Christian culture.


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