sarah emersonNEW: Moderators who worked at Pinterest told me about feeling like "second-class citizens," discovering child porn once every couple of hours, and the disconnect between Pinterest's cheery image and its "Faustian neglect in exchange for aggressive growth."
The moderation oversight is a result of hiding rather than deleting illicit content
sarah emersonNEW: We discovered that Pinterest hosts images of young girls under code names for child pornography, violently racist content, extremist propaganda, dangerous conspiracy theories, and medical hoaxes, all while being praised for its moderation efforts
‘They wanted to see my ID before they would give me my account back’
sarah emersonNEW: Hundreds of anti-racist skinheads + musicians have been mysteriously suspended on Facebook. This includes ska, reggae, and punk artists of color, as well as racial justice advocates. It also follows the deplatforming of 200 white supremacist accounts
Menlo Park’s ‘Facebook Unit’ comes under fire amidst nationwide protests
sarah emersonNEW: Don’t forget that Facebook funds a public police force in Menlo Park.
Facebook’s direct role in expanding policing powers is very real to Black and Latino residents in East Palo Alto. On Sunday, hundreds of people marched to Mark Zuckerberg’s house
The company is backing efforts that could make its warehouses safer
sarah emersonNEW from @emilylmullin: Amazon has sunk its teeth into coronavirus treatment efforts. It's now funding a clinical trial, developing its own testing capabilities, and has a weekly meeting with the virologist who consulted on the movie 'CONTAGION'
While posting content about individuals may seem innocuous, Nextdoor users should be aware that in all likelihood, the police are watching
sarah emersonNEW: A reminder that @Nextdoor is, BY DESIGN, a haven for cops as well as a policing tool. For years, Nextdoor has failed to combat racism on its website while also aggressively recruiting law enforcement onto the platform. Your posts CAN be used as tips
My father, who grew up in the segregated South, reminded me how far we have to go
sarah emersonFriends, I hope you'll read and follow @drewcostley who is a tremendous reporter + writer, and has been doing outsized work on the environmental justice beat for our newsroom. Here's his latest essay
How to minimize risk while showing support on the streets
sarah emerson🙏 Grateful to @yeahyeahyasmin for this primer on protesting in the era of coronavirus:
1) Bring an extra mask!
3) Stick to a group
4) Sanitizer + gloves
5) Consider the elderly and immunocompromised when you come home
6) DON'T go if sick
‘We knew from a comms perspective that all hell would break loose,’ says Twitter’s vice president of global communications
sarah emersonhere's @WillOremus with the deets. notably, twitter decided that trump's tweet did not "attempt to manipulate or interfere in an election," even though it's *clearly* part of a voter suppression campaign. but of course, then they would've had to delete it
To drum up delivery businesses, big restaurant chains are rebranding themselves in apps like GrubHub
sarah emersonThe depressing future of food is all delivery apps and corporate chains masquerading as local restaurants. I spoke to the Redditor who thought she was supporting a neighborhood Philly pizza joint but turned out it was actually a Chuck E. Cheese
Social distancing is pushing restaurants toward delivery-only models powered by tech platforms
sarah emersonAs neighborhood restaurants struggle to stay alive, Silicon Valley is pushing its own vision for the future of eating: predatory delivery apps, ghost kitchens, and food that feels a lot like a startup
Without enough human contact tracers to identify infected people, the US is barreling toward a digital solution, and possible disaster.
sarah emerson"But in a worst-case scenario, the US could become a wild west of incompatible contact tracing apps that vary from state to state and city to city, managed by companies with no public health experience that rake in cash via government contracts..."