Facebook content moderation is an ugly business. Here’s who does it

Facebook content moderation is an ugly business. Here’s who does it

Some of the workers saw video of a man being stabbed to death. Others viewed acts of bestiality. Suicides and beheadings popped up too. The reason for watching the gruesome content: to determine whether it should be pulled from Facebook before more members of the world’s largest social network could see it. Content moderators protect Facebook’s 2.3 billion users from exposure to humanity’s darkest impulses. Swarming through posts that’ve been flagged by other members of the social network or by the Silicon Valley giant’s artificial intelligence tools, they quickly decide what stays up…

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Can Mumbai’s flamboyant Art Deco be saved from salty winds and ugly alterations?

Can Mumbai’s flamboyant Art Deco be saved from salty winds and ugly alterations?

A shaft of late-afternoon sunlight falls on a deep, grey sea and bounces off the water’s surface. The effect is an artificial-looking, molten silver pool that makes the ocean seem more welcoming than it really is. The wind carries a fine, salty spray over the promenade skirting the frothy waters. It is low tide. Traffic bustles. Across the busy street, in the milkiness of a post-rain September, the features of Marine Drive’s Art Deco buildings are distinctive. Art Deco studs other cities too, popping up here and there in Ahmedabad,…

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The Future of Vegetables is Ugly

The Future of Vegetables is Ugly

The future of produce is ugly. Twisted, blemished, mutated and deformed, to be specific. That’s because an increasing number of grocery chains and crop-sharing services have begun stocking and distributing fruits and vegetables once deemed unfit for sale based solely on appearance. To be clear, these goods aren’t damaged or rotten or distasteful. If a chef chopped them up and served them in a souffle, most would never know the difference. Their banishment from shelves was purely produce prejudice. In recent years, a small number of eco-conscious consumers have begun…

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