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What Facebook doesn’t understand about the Facebook walkout

02-Jun-2020 07:00

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge

I. The CEO

On Friday afternoon, Facebook made one of its most controversial content moderation decisions in company history. After President Trump posted to Facebook some tweets that Twitter had placed behind a warning for “glorifying violence,” Mark Zuckerberg .

“I know many people are upset that we’ve left the President’s posts up,” Zuckerberg said in , “but our position is that we should enable as much expression as possible unless it will cause imminent risk of specific harms or dangers spelled out in clear policies.”

“When the looting starts, the shooting starts,” Trump had tweeted — who, in 1967, called for a violent crackdown on the...

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Spotify to add 8:46-minute moment of silence to playlists and podcasts in honor of George Floyd

02-Jun-2020 06:24

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Spotify will add an 8 minute and 46-second moment of silence to select playlists and podcasts on the platform to honor George Floyd. The length of the moment of silence is equal to the amount of time former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin , resulting in Floyd’s death and sparking universal outcry and demonstrations in US cities and around the world.

Spotify’s action is part of a broader movement in the music industry called designed to protest police violence and racism. A number of record labels are participating following a from Atlanta Records marketing chief Jamila Thomas and former Atlantic employee Brianna Agyemang that started with the hashtag...

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The Anonymous Minneapolis 'hack' comes from old breaches repackaged in misinformation

02-Jun-2020 05:05

The majority of the leaked passwords and logins belonging to Minneapolis city employees were already available from other breaches.

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Go read this heartbreaking story of how coronavirus spreads

02-Jun-2020 05:00

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge

At this moment, of the coronavirus and more than 1.8 million have been infected. It can be hard to wrap your head around the devastation the coronavirus has wreaked on families across the US, especially as some states try to gradually reopen and return to whatever normal looks like now.

As part of its stellar Voices from the Pandemic series, of a nursing home worker whose mother died of suspected coronavirus last month. Francene Bailey had been suffering from coronavirus symptoms for weeks and was trying to stay away from the rest of her family.

The thing is, I was trying so hard to be careful from the very beginning. It’s not like I was one of those...

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SpaceX to follow historic astronaut mission with yet another launch

02-Jun-2020 04:49

Less than a week after sending humans to space for the first time, Elon Musk's company has another routine launch ready to go.

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Uber, Lyft, DoorDash suspend operations in some US cities with curfews

02-Jun-2020 04:13

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In order to comply with local curfew orders, food delivery platform DoorDash and ride-sharing companies Lyft and Uber are temporarily suspending service in some cities across the US, . More than three dozen following demonstrations protesting the May 25th in Minneapolis. Police in several cities against protesters, and some businesses were vandalized.

A Lyft spokesperson said in an email to The Verge that the company is following the direction of local government. She did not provide a number of cities or offer details about which specific cities were affected.

An Uber spokesperson told The Verge it had suspended operations over the...

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Trump vs. Twitter: Here's what you need to know about the free speech showdown

02-Jun-2020 03:55

The president targets social media companies with an executive order.

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Grindr will remove ethnicity filters in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement

02-Jun-2020 03:53

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Grindr, a popular gay dating app, will remove ethnicity filters from its app, the company . The decision is meant to show solidarity with protests in the US over police brutality against black women and men. The filters, which allow people to pay to avoid seeing people of certain ethnicities, will be removed in the next app update.

The ethnicity filters have been controversial for years, but they went unchanged even as Grindr launched on the platform in 2018. That same year, Landen Zumwalt, Grindr’s former head of communications, that the company discussed removing the ethnicity filters but wasn’t ready to get rid of them. The team wanted to talk to its users first, he said, and the...

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How to Cop-Proof Your Phone Before Heading to a Protest

02-Jun-2020 03:06

At some point, everyone reaches a limit where they can no longer sit back and stay silent about injustice in the world. However, if you do plan on attending a protest——there are some important precautions you should take with your phone before you go.

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Consolidate Your Everyday Carry with These Wallet Phone Cases

02-Jun-2020 02:30

You only have so many pockets to spare, so why waste one on a wallet when you could easily fit those credit cards into your phone case? Between Apple/Android Pay and a decreasing reliance on cash, you can probably end up slimming down your total everyday carry, while keeping your phone well-protected. I spent the last…

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