The Daily Populous

Tuesday September 15th, 2020 morning edition

image for A fired Facebook employee wrote a scathing 6,600-word memo detailing the company's failures to stop political manipulation around the world

A recently fired Facebook data scientist wrote a lengthy memo detailing the tech giant's failures to stop election interference in countries around the world, per a Buzzfeed report.

Instead, Sophie Zhang wrote Facebook prioritized its public image in choosing which fake networks to investigate, even if the "disproportionate impact" of real-world problems would go ignored.

The report is the latest example of Facebook's long-standing struggle to stop the spread of misinformation and election interference and to prioritize content moderation on its platform.

A recently fired Facebook employee wrote a memo on her last day at the company detailing how the tech giant routinely ignored or did not prioritize fake accounts' efforts to manipulate elections and political climates around the world, according to a Monday Buzzfeed report.

The 6,600-word memo was written by Sophie Zhang, a data scientist whose job while at the company was to identify fake accounts used to manipulate political outcomes.

Zhang wrote in her memo that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg prioritized networks concerning the US and Western Europe, but other nations took a back seat on the company's radar.

Zhang wrote that Facebook's indifference was due to "slapdash and haphazard accidents" instead of malicious intent, per the report. »

Anti-Maskers Forced to Dig Graves for Covid-19 Victims in Indonesia

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At least eight people who have refused to wear masks during the coronavirus pandemic have been forced to dig graves for people who died from covid-19 in the province of East Java, Indonesia, according to a report from the Jakarta Post.

Public health officials in the district of Cerme handle the bodies using full-body protective equipment, ensuring there’s no risk of exposure.

Advertisement. U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign event at Xtreme Manufacturing on September 13, 2020 in Henderson, Nevada. »

Oregon residents are illegally stopping drivers at gunpoint during wildfire evacuations, sheriff says

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(CNN) Suspicions of looting have driven some residents of an Oregon county to illegally stop unfamiliar drivers at gunpoint, all while much of the county is under an evacuation order as wildfires rage.

Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts said several people in the county, in efforts to "protect property," had been conducting armed checkpoints, stopping cars they didn't recognize.

"The first thing I'd ask them to do is please stop that," Roberts said during a Sunday news conference. »

Possible Marker of Life Spotted on Venus

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An international team of astronomers today announced the discovery of a rare molecule — phosphine — in the clouds of Venus.

Following their observations, they ran calculations to see whether these amounts could come from natural non-biological processes on the planet.

While the discovery of phosphine in Venus’s clouds came as a surprise, the researchers are confident in their detection. »