Billy Perrigo

Felicity McCabe for TIME

About

Hey. I'm Billy, a reporter on TIME magazine's international desk, based in London. I focus on telling stories about how new technologies are interacting with older power structures to change politics and culture around the world.
Recently I've broken news on ties between Facebook staff and India's ruling BJP; about the Trump Administration freezing funds intended to benefit Hong Kong protesters; and about how Facebook's algorithms to detect hate speech don't work in certain languages.
I write lots about India. In August 2020 I co-authored a TIME cover story about how the pandemic is reshaping the country. I've also written deep-dives on how Hindu nationalists weaponized WhatsApp to spread disinformation during the 2019 elections, and how a campaign blaming India's Muslims for spreading coronavirus gained traction on Twitter.
I also act as TIME's main UK politics reporter. I covered last year's election and Brexit turmoil, I've chased MPs around the Tory party conference, and I've explored the bowels of the Houses of Parliament while reporting on its dilapidated state.
When the news cycle demands, I cover current events in the rest of the world too.
Before joining TIME in 2018, I graduated with a first class degree in modern history from the University of Warwick. My dissertation was a study of how emerging media facilitated the rise of Hindu nationalism in postcolonial India. At the same time, I was an investigative reporter and deputy news editor for the Warwick Boar, the best swine-themed student newspaper in the world. I broke several important stories there, alongside quite a few more not-so-important ones, which you can probably find if you look hard enough.