BuzzFeed is an American internet news media company. Founded in 2006 in New York City as a viral lab by Jonah Peretti, the company has grown into a global media and technology company providing coverage on a variety of topics including politics, DIY, animals and business. In 2012, Ben Smith of Politico was hired as Editor-in-Chief, and is responsible for expanding the site into serious journalism, long-form and reportage while maintaining its popular fun and entertainment-oriented content. The site was rocked by scandal in July 2014 after it was discovered one of its political writers, Benny Johnson, had plagiarized from other sources more than 40 times. On August 10, 2014, BuzzFeed announced they had received an additional $50 million in funding from venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz.