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Man left with PTSD after working as a Facebook content moderator

Jak Connor | Fri, Aug 6 2021 3:04 AM CDT

A man that has decided to remain anonymous has spoken out about his experience working as a content moderator at Facebook.

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The bombshell interview appeared on VICE at the end of last month, and it shows a man wearing a mask discussing what it was like working as a content moderator at Facebook. The ex-employee says that his job is basically removing any content that breaks community guidelines, so Facebook users don't have to see it. The ex-Facebook employee goes on to say he spent eight hours a day looking at "all the worst things that people post online so that you don't have to see it."

Throughout the interview, the man explains that he originally didn't believe in post-traumatic-stress-disorder or PTSD and that he thought it was just a thing for useless people, but after experiencing at least "five to ten percent" of "traumatizing" images and videos, he began to feel the effects. "You remember some image that you had seen, and you suddenly realize there was a naked girl on one side - or an ISIS flag in the background, so now it should have been deleted under the terrorism policy", he explained.

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White House is recruiting big social influencers to promote one thing

Jak Connor | Tue, Aug 3 2021 5:31 AM CDT

The Biden administration is moving towards recruiting many online personalities in an effort to get a message out to people aged between twelve and eighteen.

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According to a report from The New York Times, the White House is currently recruiting many online influencers on TikTok, YouTube and Twitch to raise awareness about COVID-19 vaccines. The individuals who are apart of the program have been selected based on their large follower counts, as the Times was in contact with an influencer who received inquiries from a White House marketing agency and said there was "a massive need to grow awareness within the 12-18 age range."

The report also states that state and local governments are moving towards the same kind of programs, but with local influencers and prominent online figures. These moves by the United States government are an example of the administration acknowledging the power social media and the impact prominent figures in the space can have on younger generations. If you are interested in reading more about this story, check out this link here.

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8.2M earthquake strikes Alaska, largest US earthquake in 50+ years

Anthony Garreffa | Fri, Jul 30 2021 7:47 PM CDT

The largest earthquake in the United States in 50 years hit south of the Alaska Peninsula yesterday at around 10:15 PM, the largest earthquake since the M8.7 earthquake in the Aleutians in 1965.

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While there was a lot of shaking and moving around, no major damage was reported across Alaska -- the largest state in the USA. The quake struck around 60 miles (96.56 kilometers) offshore, and around 29 miles (46 kilometers) below the surface of the North Pacific Ocean.

There were tsunami warnings in effect within seconds, with coastal communities told to evacuate, but in the end there was not much damage to report. The ground shook for up to two minutes in some places across Alaska, where the worst damage was broken glass, plates, and other household items that were being bounced around in homes.

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Twitter subscription service will begin in Australia and Canada first

Jak Connor | Sat, Jun 5 2021 5:36 AM CDT

A new subscription service is coming to Twitter, and reports are indicating that Australia and Canada will be the first countries to get it.

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Twitter is releasing a new optional subscription service called "Twitter Blue", which gives users some extra features. Users that choose to enroll in the subscription service will receive "exclusive" features such as folders to organize bookmarks, the option to "undo tweet", customization options for color/themes, and a "reader mode".

At the moment, Twitter Blue features aren't available on desktop and are currently locked to mobile, but I believe Twitter will change this in the future to accommodate Twitter desktop users. Twitter Blue will first roll out to Australia for $4.49/month and Canada and for $3.49/month. Twitter hasn't said when the new service would be rolling out in the US and other countries. But, Twitter has said that this is just the "first iteration" of Twitter Blue, suggesting that there is much more to come with the service, which no doubt includes expanding it to more regions.

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Facebook rolls back ban on posts claiming COVID-19 leaked from a lab

Jak Connor | Fri, May 28 2021 7:33 AM CDT

Facebook has rolled back some of its restrictions around posting misinformation about COVID-19 on its platform.

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Back in February, Facebook cracked down on any misinformation regarding the origins of COVID-19 and COVID-19 vaccines. The social platform announced that any posts claiming that COVID-19 was "man-made or manufactured" could be removed or restricted, and if a person repeatedly shared content that violated the new policy, they could be banned from the site entirely. Now, Facebook has rolled back those restrictions "in light of ongoing investigations into the origin".

An announcement on Wednesday revealed, "In light of ongoing investigations into the origin of Covid-19 and in consultation with public health experts, we will no longer remove the claim that Covid-19 is man-made from our apps. We're continuing to work with health experts to keep pace with the evolving nature of the pandemic and regularly update our policies as new facts and trends emerge."

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Twitter Blue teased: $2.99 per month, includes 'undo tweet' function

Anthony Garreffa | Sun, May 16 2021 9:11 PM CDT

Twitter could be about to change things up massively with the rumored introduction of a subscription service, with new rumors suggesting it will be called Twitter Blue and it will cost $2.99 per month (for now).

The new Twitter Blue subscription service would offer things that you don't get in Twitter normally because you know... you'd be a premium user now. So you would get a cool new "undo tweet" feature, a new bookmarks collection for premium Twitter Blue users.

This means you can go all OCD and bookmark everything you want to read later and use Twitter more similarly to a scrapbook. I'm a Google Keep guy myself, but potato potahto. We're told to expect more features that will also be coming from recent Twitter acquisitions, including Scroll and Revue.

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Trump's social media ban causes him to launch a new communication tool

Jak Connor | Wed, May 5 2021 6:37 AM CDT

In an exclusive report from Fox News, former President Trump has officially launched a brand new communications platform that will eventually allow him to communicate directly to his follower-base.

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The new communication tool is on the www.donaldjtrump.com/desk website and is touted as a place that as a "place to speak freely and safely". The tool has been named From the Desk of Donald J. Trump, and what we can see on there are many different posts from Trump that go back as far as March 24, 2021. As you probably gathered from the name, this space will be for Trump to directly communicate with his followers via images, text, and video.

The website has been created by Campaign Nucleus, a "digital ecosystem made for efficiently managing political campaigns and organizations". The site also has a sign-up feature that allows users who have signed up to receive notifications whenever Trump posts a new message to the board. Senior advisor Jason Miller told Fox News, "President Trump's website is a great resource to find his latest statements and highlights from his first term in office, but this is not a new social media platform. We'll have additional information coming on that front in the very near future."

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US Strategic Command confuses the world with this now deleted tweet

Jak Connor | Thu, Apr 1 2021 3:32 AM CDT

It's not often that you see an official U.S. government Twitter page seemingly type out a tweet with their elbows.

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The strange tweet comes from the U.S. Strategic Command Twitter account. It was posted on 7:48 pm, March 28th, and read as follows; ;l;;gmlxzssaw. Confusing right? The tweet was retweeted more than 11,000 times before a follow-up tweet was issued, stating, "Apologies for any confusion. Please disregard this post." Then, the U.S. Strategic Command Twitter account removed the entire tweet.

The tweet was only live for around half an hour, but that was plenty of time for people to screenshot the tweet and provide their own theories to what the U.S. Strategic Command was talking about. People humorously theorized that the U.S. Strategic Command was attempting to communicate with aliens or was revealing a "nuclear launch code", both of which are very unlikely. For more information on this story, check out this link here.

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Facebook deleted 1.3 billion fake accounts in Oct-Dec 2020

Anthony Garreffa | Mon, Mar 22 2021 6:18 PM CDT

Facebook has said that it's removed 1.3 billion "fake accounts" between just October and December of 2020, with over 35,000 people working on sorting through misinformation on the largest social network in the world.

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But it's not just the 1,300,000,000 fake Facebook accounts that were deleted, but over 12 million pieces of content regarding COVID-19 and vaccines that were flagged by global health experts as misinformation have also been removed. Guy Rosen explained on an official FB blog post: "Let's start with fake accounts. We take a hard line against this activity and block millions of fake accounts each day, most of them at the time of creation".

He continued: "Between October and December of 2020, we disabled more than 1.3 billion of them. We also investigate and take down covert foreign and domestic influence operations that rely on fake accounts. Over the past three years, we've removed more than 100 networks of coordinated inauthentic behavior from our platform and keep the public informed about our efforts through our monthly CIB reports".

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Twitter goes down, global outage stops people from posting tweets

Anthony Garreffa | Thu, Oct 15 2020 6:35 PM CDT

Twitter is suffering a global outage right now, and while I thought it was just me -- it's not, it is affecting millions worldwide who can't tweet.

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Twitter users are being met with notifications that the server is "temporarily over capacity", with tweets not being able to be sent. I went to tweet that I was about to breach 2000 followers, and it wouldn't work -- the above image is from my personal Twitter. My DMs were very patchy too.

It started for me personally overnight, waking up a few hours ago to my notifications that I couldn't tap into -- it would just be a blank page. Then I couldn't tweet, and DMs have been weird for hours.

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