WASHINGTON — While President Donald Trump continues to demand funding for a wall to stop migrants from Central America entering the US, a State Department office charged with trying to address the problems that make people flee to the US in the first place has been crippled by the shutdown.Two employees of the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations told BuzzFeed News that their department has been working specifically to address the instability that has resulted in 92,959 asylum-seekers leaving countries in Central America fleeing to the US in fiscal year 2018 alone — but 90% of their staff are not able to work on those programs, according to these employees, with most of the bureau’s staff furloughed and not working.The State Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment because the press team is only responding to issues of human life and property during the government shutdown.“We work on issues of trying to stabilize other … [Read more...] about Trump Shut Down The Government Over A “Humanitarian Crisis” At The Border. He Also Shut Down Most Of The Office Trying To Fix It.
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Earlier this month, after a public outcry over disturbing and potentially exploitative YouTube content involving children, CEO Susan Wojcicki said the company would increase its number of human moderators to more than 10,000 in 2018, in an attempt to rein in unsavory content on the web’s biggest video platform.But guidelines and screenshots obtained by BuzzFeed News, as well as interviews with 10 current and former “raters” — contract workers who train YouTube’s search algorithms — offer insight into the flaws in YouTube’s system. These documents and interviews reveal a confusing and sometimes contradictory set of guidelines, according to raters, that asks them to promote “high quality” videos based largely on production values, even when the content is disturbing. This not only allows thousands of potentially exploitative kids videos to remain online, but could also be algorithmically amplifying their reach.Raters told BuzzFeed … [Read more...] about YouTube Has A Massive Child Exploitation Problem. How Humans Train Its Search AI Is Partly Why.
A huge fire at a former Lucozade factory in Manchester has sparked fears of asbestos after firefighters battled to bring it under control. Dramatic pictures show flames engulfing the warehouse in Salford, which has been severely damaged. Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service this morning revealed the scale of the devastation after crews tackled the blaze. The fire service has warned people in the area not to touch asbestos, which has been blown across the local area, the Manchester Evening News reports - and schools have been recommended to stay shut. Officers worked through the night to deal with the fire, which has been described as a "very challenging incident". The fire broke out in the early hours of this morning at the Worsley Trading Estate, in Little Hulton, and eight fire engines were initially called to the scene. At the height of the blaze ten fire engines and two aerial appliances were being used to bring the flames under control. By 5am the fire was under control and … [Read more...] about Former Lucozade factory fire: Salford warehouse blaze sparks asbestos fears
A headset which zaps the brain to treat insomnia could soon be available to buy and use at home. The device targets neurons in the brain responsible for sleep with with small jolts of electricity. Its makers claim it reduces the time it takes to nod off. The portable gadget, which will cost £399, improved the sleep of more than 70 per cent of insomniacs, according to data. One third of the population has difficulties sleeping, which means they get less than the eight hours the NHS recommends each night. A portable headset which zaps the brain with small jolts of electricity could treat millions who struggle to sleep, its maker say The device targets small electrical currents at the hypothalamus, responsible for shutting down the brain's arousal signals and triggering the transition into sleep Medical treatments for insomnia are limited to potent sleeping pills, which can come with a host of nasty side effects. The new device, called Modius Sleep, claims to work … [Read more...] about Zap for Zzz: £399 headset claims to treat insomnia by zapping the brain with jolts of electricity to help people drift off faster and sleep for longer
Facebook only removes content if it celebrates or glorifies violence, not if it’s only graphic or disturbing, according to a spokesperson. Facebook also insists that the video of Philando Castile’s death was temporarily unavailable due to a technical glitch that was Facebook’s fault. That contradicts theories that the video disappeared due to Facebook waffling on whether it should stay up, a high volume of reports of it containing violent content, a deletion by police who’d taken possession of Castile’s girlfriend’s phone and Facebook account or a request from police to remove it. However, Facebook refused to detail exactly what caused the glitch, such as a traffic spike. It did release this statement, however. The temporary removal raised questions from BuzzFeed, TechCrunch and other outlets about Facebook’s roles and responsibilities for hosting citizen journalism that could be controversial or graphic. Facebook’s graphic content … [Read more...] about Facebook explains censorship policy for Live video