Facebook Content Moderators Call For Better Treatment

As Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg prepares to be grilled by a Senate committee about the handling of politically-charged posts, content moderators are insisting that properly valuing their work is key.

Two former content moderators contracted in the US to make judgment calls on posts, and one other currently tackling the same challenge took part in a conference call with reporters on Monday.

The former and current content moderators expressed concerns about posts intended to cause trouble or bedevil the outcome of the forthcoming election.

The worker still on the job spoke under condition of anonymity, since such positions involve non-disclosure agreements restricting what they can say about their work,

“I certainly am not supposed to tell the truth about my work in public,” the Facebook content moderator said.

“The truth is this work is incredibly important but it’s done completely wrong and while the policy is constantly changed the situation

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Facebook says it’s helped sign up more than 4 million people to vote

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Facebook has helped around 4.4 million people register to vote.


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This story is part of Elections 2020, CNET’s coverage of the run-up to voting in November.

Facebook has hit its goal of registering 4 million Americans to vote, the social network announced Monday. Around 4.4 million people have registered through its apps, enabling them to vote in the 2020 presidential election, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a post.

“This year, we launched the largest voting information campaign in US history,” Zuckerberg said. 

You can check out Facebook’s voting information center for more info on how to vote in your area. 

As well as providing information on voting, Facebook and other social media platforms have also been working on debunking and removing misinformation about the

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Facebook says it helped 4.4 million voters register ahead of election

  • Facebook said it has helped 4.4 million people register to vote on its platform.
  • The metric exceeds Facebook’s original goal set in June of registering 4 million people to vote ahead of the presidential election.
  • The company’s announcement comes after a months of pressure on tech firms to crack down on election interference, political misinformation, and conspiracy theories on their platforms.
  • Facebook isn’t the only tech company to integrate voter information tools into its platforms — Snapchat launched a similar registration initiative that it said caused 1 million people to register through the app.
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Facebook said Monday that it has helped 4.4 million people to register to vote on its platforms, surpassing a metric that it set for itself in June.

Mark Zuckerberg announced the launch of a voter information tool this past summer, and said he wanted to bolster turnout to this

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Facebook Takes Mobile Games Into The Cloud

Facebook on Monday put its spin on cloud gaming by letting players instantly hop into an array of mobile games at the social network without downloading apps — but won’t be offering the service for Apple iOS devices.

Vice president of play Jason Rubin noted that Facebook is not spinning off a cloud gaming service along the lines of Google Stadia and Microsoft xCloud, which offer console-quality titles hosted online.

The new Facebook capability is designed to let players start games at the social network then switch to downloaded mobile apps without losing any progress it wouldn’t synch with iPhones due to “control” exerted by Apple, according to Rubin.

“Unfortunately, we’re not launching cloud games on iOS, so only Android and web players will enjoy integrated cloud games on Facebook while we work on alternative options for iOS,” Rubin said in a blog post.

“Apple treats games differently and continues

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Facebook Cloud Gaming Is A Bit Different

Facebook has announced its own cloud gaming service, with streaming games playable through the Facebook app and in a browser. The beta includes both full playable games and what Facebook is calling “cloud playable ads” that allow players to immediately try out a demo of a game.

The selection is limited so far to a handful of games, and Facebook is open about its limitations. For now the first set includes Asphalt 9: Legends, Mobile Legends: Adventure, PGA Tour Golf Shootout, Solitaire: Arthur’s Tale, and WWE Supercard. Facebook says it’s focusing on free-to-play mobile games to lean into its existing strengths. It also chose specific genres–sports, card, sim, and strategy games–to help mitigate any possible latency issues. It is also implementing Player Names and game-themed avatars to use instead of your standard Facebook profile image.

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But Facebook is issuing more caveats than the ambitious statements put out by companies like

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Facebook enters into cloud gaming with free-to-play games

Oct. 26 (UPI) — Facebook entered into the world of cloud gaming on Monday by launching several cloud-streamed games that can be played instantly with no downloading required.

The company said it is not starting a cloud gaming service like Google and Amazon and that these free-to-play titles can be accessed in the Facebook app or on a web browser through Facebook’s Gaming tab or News Feed.

No hardware or controllers are needed as the titles can be played on smartphones or by using a mouse and keyboard on a computer. The free-to-play cloud games are releasing in Beta for Android devices and web browsers.

Facebook said it will not be launching cloud-streamed games on iOS devices for now.

Asphalt 9: Legends, Mobile Legends: Adventure, PGA TOUR Golf Shootout, Solitaire: Arthur’s Tale and WWE SuperCard make up the first lineup of free-to-play games. Dirt Bike Unchained will

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Facebook wants to add cloud games to its platform, but you won’t find them on Apple devices

So far, the platform has four free games, including “PGA Tour Golf Shootout” and “Solitaire: Arthur’s Tale,” and the company says it will be adding more in coming weeks. Those games don’t need to be downloaded, because they stream from the cloud.

But don’t try looking for those Facebook games on Apple devices.

Although Facebook has tried multiple times to launch a Facebook Gaming app with playable games this year, Apple has spurned each attempt. The Facebook Gaming app was launched in August without any playable games, after Apple rejected its app five times. When you open the app in iOS, you can see other streamers playing games — but you can’t play games yourself.

Facebook developed cloud games for Android alone, saying it’s unsure of how to proceed on iOS.

“We’re spending a lot of time and energy trying to figure out how to bring this to iOS,” said

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Facebook Prepares Potential Emergency Measures for the Election: Report

In preparation for possible unrest related to the election, Facebook is planning for a potential rollout of internal tools designed to slow the spread of misinformation in “at-risk” countries, according to a new Wall Street Journal report.



Mark Zuckerberg wearing a suit and tie: Mark Zuckerberg testifies before the House Financial Services Committee in October 2019. Getty Images


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While executives have stated that they would only enact such a plan if something as serious as election-related violence were to occur, the measures reportedly include “slowing the spread of viral content and lowering the bar for suppressing potentially inflammatory posts,” as well as

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“tweaking the news feed to change what types of content users see.”

In the wake of the platform’s decision to slow the spread of spuriously sourced New York Post reports on Hunter Biden’s business connections in Ukraine, a potential platform-wide action to slow misinformation would certainly amplify Republican complaints of

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Facebook Preps Potential Election Emergency Measures: Report

Mark Zuckerberg testifies before the House Financial Services Committee in October 2019.
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In preparation for possible unrest related to the election, Facebook is planning for a potential rollout of internal tools designed to slow the spread of misinformation in “at-risk” countries, according to a new Wall Street Journal report.

While executives have stated that they would only enact such a plan if something as serious as election-related violence were to occur, the measures reportedly include “slowing the spread of viral content and lowering the bar for suppressing potentially inflammatory posts,” as well as
“tweaking the news feed to change what types of content users see.”

In the wake of the platform’s decision to slow the spread of spuriously sourced New York Post reports on Hunter Biden’s business connections in Ukraine, a potential platform-wide action to slow misinformation would certainly amplify Republican complaints of censorship. In a company-wide

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Section 230: Why the CEOs of Facebook, Google and Twitter are testifying before the Senate this week

What began as complaints about anti-conservative censorship by social media companies has now evolved into outright allegations of election interference, as high-ranking Republicans have accused online platforms of helping Democrats by way of their content moderation decisions. On Wednesday, the Senate Commerce Committee is set to grill the CEOs of Facebook (FB), Google (GOOG) and Twitter (TWTR) amid right-wing cries of partisanship and threats to change a critical law, known as Section 230, that protects the companies’ ability to moderate content as they see fit.

Outside experts have found little evidence to support claims of widespread, systematic political bias in Silicon Valley’s technology. But the conservative allegations are an explosive charge and a dramatic escalation ahead of Election Day. They reflect not only the stakes of the race, but also the fact that Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have become key parts of America’s … Read More