Archive - September 2019

Recent Match Report – Worcestershire vs Essex, Twenty20 Cup (England), Final |

Recent Match Report – Worcestershire vs Essex, Twenty20 Cup (England), Final |
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  • David HoppsGeneral editor, ESPNcricinfo


      David Hopps joined ESPNcricinfo as UK editor early in 2012. For the previous 20 years he was a senior cricket writer for the Guardian and covered England extensively during that time in all Test-playing nations. He also covered four Olympic Games and has written several cricket books, including collections of cricket quotations. He has been an avid amateur cricketer since he was 12, and so knows the pain of repeated failure only too well. The pile of untouched novels he plans to read, but rarely gets around to, is now almost touching the ceiling. He divides his time between the ESPNcricinfo office in Hammersmith and his beloved Yorkshire.

Essex 148 for 6 (Westley 36, Bopara 36*) beat Worcestershire 145 for 9 (Harmer 3-16) by four wickets

Eight hours earlier, Wayne Parnell had successfully defended Notts’ requirement of a single off the final ball to take Worcestershire into the final of the Vitality Blast. Now, at the end of English cricket’s longest day, with Edgbaston once again a sea of delirium, he had to do it again. This time Simon Harmer beat the off-side field and Essex had seen off the defending champions to win the tournament for the first time.

It was fitting that Harmer had the last word. In Essex’s semi-final stroll against Derbyshire and this narrowest of victories, he returned the combined figures of 7 for 35, the best ever recorded on T20 Finals Day. He was perfectly served by a surface that turned substantially throughout the day and perhaps, just perhaps, gave Essex a little added zip with a hint of dew in the closing overs.

“It’s a lottery,” decry the critics of Twenty20. Don’t tell that to Worcestershire. In successive seasons, their nerveless, intelligent cricket under the brilliant stewardship of Moeen Ali (is there a better captain in the country?) had made them the most resilient side in the land. They had defended 147 against Notts; now it was 145. But this time they had to reckon with Ravi Bopara.

For much of the climax to this riveting final, it had felt like Bopara versus Worcestershire, and for his most zealous admirers (and there are many) Bopara versus The World. County cricket’s most reluctant finisher, who has gently carped all summer long about batting at No 6, fashioned a super-cool 36 from 22 balls to hold together an Essex chase that, when they lost their fifth wicket at 82, needing 64 from 41, was so patently down to him.

This was Essex’s fifth Finals Day appearance and the first time they had won a semi-final. With two wins from their first 10 in the South Group it has been win-or-bust ever since and Bopara has been at the heart of it. “It’s the one trophy I don’t have in my cabinet and we finally have it,” he said. He has been trying since a T20 debut, batting at No 9, against Surrey at East Molesey in 2003. His international career ended in 2015 just as England adopted a new approach to limited-overs cricket and that his reputation was tarnished by association with their previous failings is his misfortune.

Bopara’s six over long off from Moeen’s penultimate ball was a key moment, leaving Essex 39 short with four overs left. He then clattered Pat Brown’s slower ball over midwicket as that rate fell to 23 from two.

When Brown bowled Paul Walter, Essex were still 17 short with eight balls left. Harmer drove Brown down the ground to cut the last-over requirement to 12 – but 11 for the tie, and victory by virtue of losing fewer wickets, was likely to be enough. Harmer drilled Parnell down the ground to reduce the trophy-winning requirement to one off the final ball. Parnell looked distraught and close to exhaustion. Moeen offered calming words. Harmer whistled the final shot to the cover boundary.

Essex’s Powerplay had yielded only 36 for the loss of Cameron Delport, who was strangely subdued in making a single off seven balls in an innings that came to grief when he clipped Parnell to backward square. Adam Wheater, a No 5 all season, came in at three, and no doubt to orders provided a decorous run-a-ball 15 until he was bowled attempting a reverse lap at Daryl Mitchell. Essex appeared composed enough at 63 for 2 at midway, with 83 needed from the second half of the innings, but Moeen had retained nine overs from himself, Parnell and Brown for the second half of the innings.

The strength of Worcestershire’s batting line-up, one that seems full of bit parts from as high as No 4, is that it finds a way. And, in making 145 for 8, it appeared to have found a way again. But Worcestershire could not subdue Harmer. He followed his 4 for 19 against Derbyshire in the semi-final with 3 for 16, a comparable return despite the sense that Worcestershire were playing him with rather more nous.

Moeen and Riki Wessels provided the substance with a second-wicket stand of 56 in 48 balls. Moeen’s presence was enough to persuade Harmer not to bowl in the Powerplay, as he had in the semi-final, Sam Cook’s pace was as unthreatening as that of Jamie Porter, who had been preferred to him in the semi.

Harmer intervened with wickets in successive balls at the start of his second over. Moeen’s first boundary had been an uppish slice against Lawrence through backward point, but he smoothed his way to 32 in 26 balls with another exercise in cricketing meditation.

But Harmer’s turn defeated his work to leg whereupon the bowler, one of the best slippers in the country, plunged forward to hold an excellent low catch. Ben Cox, who had guided Worcestershire to the trophy a year ago, was lbw next ball as he tried to sweep, but even the president of the Respect for Umpires Association would have deemed this a terrible decision, because Cox was well outside the line and got a big inside-edge on the ball too.

Parnell fell to Harmer’s penultimate ball, bowled by a faster arm-ball, and at 90 for 4 with the 14th over about to begin, Worcestershire promoted Mitchell above Whiteley. In Western terms, the peace-loving sheriff had been preferred to the local gunslinger, and Mitchell duly provided a cautious 19 from 15 balls to edge Worcestershire to a realistic total.

Wessels was a figure of realism, too, with 31 from 34 balls;. Once a square-of-the-wicket adventurer, he still has those qualities but increasingly in this Worcestershire side, a successful side at that, he finds himself pushing singles to hold the innings together. It might have been enough. Instead, he became a support act in a wonderfully entertaining day.


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How Lifetime dramatized the Allison Mack scandal for Escaping the NXIVM Cult

How Lifetime dramatized the Allison Mack scandal for Escaping the NXIVM Cult

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Antonio Brown Fired by an Owner Charged with Sex Crimes –

Antonio Brown Fired by an Owner Charged with Sex Crimes –

Antonio Brown is a handful. Nobody is denying that. He’s potentially much more than that. Fresh off sexual assault allegations, the New England Patriots released the contentious wide receiver this morning. They released a statement saying:

“The New England Patriots are releasing Antonio Brown. We appreciate the hard work of many people over the last 11 days, but we feel that it is best to move in a different direction at this time.”

Meanwhile, Patriots owner Bob Kraft, who faces his own sex crime charges of soliciting prostitution, is still sitting comfortably in his owner’s box. The NFL and the Patriots have done nothing.

To be clear, the two are obviously in different positions of power. The Patriots can release Brown because he’s just a player. Bob Kraft owns the team; nobody can release him except the NFL, or maybe himself. And both have been equally quiet on that front.

Antonio Brown’s Final Straw

The Patriots, who are well-known for taking on troublesome players, have finally had it with Brown. The former Pittsburgh Steeler was accused of sending threatening text messages to one of the two women accusing him of sexual assault. The Patriots, who stayed with him and even let him play a game after the allegations surfaced, apparently could not look past this latest mishap.

I’m not saying that they should’ve kept him. It’s well within their right to let go of a team member facing such serious charges. The problem is that their owner is wrapped up in his own sex charges and he’s been relatively unbothered.

The NFL and Bob Kraft

Kraft was charged with soliciting sex prostitution at a Florida spa in February. An investigation found that women were being kept in “sexual servitude” at the Orchids of Asia Day Spa, where Kraft was caught.

The NFL and its commissioner Roger Goodell have yet to take any disciplinary action, which seems to contradict their policies. In 2014, they updated their personal conduct policy to say:

“We must endeavor at all times to be people of high character; we must show respect for others inside and outside our workplace; and we must strive to conduct ourselves in ways that favorably reflect on ourselves, our teams, the communities we represent, and the NFL.”


“In order to uphold our high standards, when violations of this Personal Conduct Policy do occur, appropriate disciplinary action must follow.”

They also claim to hold “owners, coaches, players, other team employees” and more to the same standards. To be fair, Antonio Brown’s threatening texts provided actual proof that, at the very least, he has a questionable character. It’s not like Kraft has, I don’t know, video proof of him engaging in sex crimes just floating around…

If nothing else, the dichotomy is just another reminder that sports execs are playing an entirely different game than the players. We saw this in NBA when former LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling got away with years of racist behavior before finally getting pushed out. In this case, both men are facing very serious allegations. Both men have denied culpability. And neither has been found guilty in a court of law. But only one of them is out of a job. It seems like the NFL needs another policy update.

This article was edited by Gerelyn Terzo.

September 21, 2019 1:58 AM


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“Know My Name” – Chanel Miller, Stanford sexual assault survivor, tells her story in first television interview with “60 Minutes”

“Know My Name” – Chanel Miller, Stanford sexual assault survivor, tells her story in first television interview with “60 Minutes”

For nearly five years, Chanel Miller has remained anonymous and silent as the media, the courts, and even her assailant, have described what happened the night of her assault and during her year-and-a-half-long legal battle. Now, Chanel Miller is discarding her “Emily Doe” alias, given to protect her identity, to reclaim authorship of events that drew outrage across the country and led to major changes in California law. She also discusses the powerful victim impact statement she wrote and read to her assailant Brock Turner in court, that went viral and helped light the spark for the modern #MeToo movement.


In an interview with Bill Whitaker, Miller expresses the shock she felt over the short sentence given to Turner and offers a blistering critique of the U.S. legal system, which she says fails victims of sexual assault. Whitaker also speaks to the two Swedish graduate students who stopped the assault and subdued the fleeing Turner. The interview will be broadcast on “60 Minutes,” Sunday, September 22 at 7:30 p.m. ET and 7 p.m. PT on CBS.

Chanel Miller reads her victim impact statement

Turner was convicted of three felony sex crimes, including assault with intent to rape. Rape charges were dropped because there was no evidence of intercourse, which was required in California at the time.

Moments after Miller read her statement directly to Turner in the courtroom, Judge Aaron Persky sentenced the convicted sex offender to six months in county jail, which with good behavior, meant 90 days behind bars. “I was in shock,” says Miller. “So you’re saying I just put aside a year and a half of my life so he could go to county jail for three months. There are young men, particularly young men of color, serving longer sentences for non-violent crimes, for having a teeny bit of marijuana in their pocket. And he’s just been convicted of three felonies … one month for each felony. How can you explain that to me?”

The victim statement went viral around the world, with private citizens, celebrities and members of Congress staging and posting public readings. As a result, Judge Persky became the first judge to be recalled from the bench in California in more than 80 years.

Persky cited, among other things, the fact Turner was intoxicated that night as a factor in his lenient sentence. Miller blacked out and was unconscious when two Swedish graduate students, Peter Jonsson and Carl-Fredrik Arndt, came upon her and Turner on the ground behind a dumpster. “[Turner] was moving a lot. But we just saw her lying there completely still,” recalls Arndt.  Jonsson says, “She was completely unconscious.”

Miller, who has no memory of the assault, describes the shame she felt reading critical online comments from press accounts of her assault questioning why she was at a frat party and why she would consume so much alcohol. Miller tells Whitaker “Rape is not a punishment for getting drunk. And we have this really sick mindset in our culture, as if you deserve rape if you drink to excess,” she tells Whitaker. “You deserve a hangover, a really bad hangover, but you don’t deserve to have somebody insert their body parts inside of you.”

Miller has written a memoir called “Know My Name.” It appears in bookstores September 24.

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Indonesia: Woman collapses as she’s caned for ‘having sex outside marriage’

Indonesia: Woman collapses as she’s caned for ‘having sex outside marriage’

Three “canoodling” couples were cruelly whipped in a humiliating public punishment in Indonesia for violating local sharia law.

After the backs of the six men and women had been flogged more than 20 times each, some collapsed, bleeding, crying with severe pain and had to be carried off stage.

The couples were punished in Banda Aceh for showing affection in public, and their whipping — using a rattan cane — came after they’d already been jailed for several months, according to Gulf News.

They were beaten by a masked officer for behaving “amorously”.

Merdeka reports the “Islamic sharia violators” were whipped at Bustanus Salatin Park “in the middle of the city”, near the town hall.

The publication said not many residents attended the punishment, but students from Malaysia, studying at the Ar-Raniry State Islamic University, witnessed the distressing beating.

Wincing with pain, some collapsed after the caning, while one man was so badly injured paramedics tried to stretcher him off the stage, but he refused, and was instead carried down by police.

The mayor of Banda Aceh, Animulla Usman, said the aim of flogging the couples in public was to “make them repent”.


He said carrying out the whipping in the middle of a park, on a stage, was not to encourage people “to laugh at the perpetrators but to serve as a lesson to us all”.

Mr Usman said none of the couples were local residents but had violated strict sharia laws while in the city of Banda Aceh.

The Indonesian province routinely flogs gamblers, adulterers and homosexuals.

Mr Usman told children they were banned from watching the punishment, as it could affect their “psychological development”.

Amnesty International says caning is an “inhuman and degrading form of punishment that may amount to torture which should never be used in any circumstances”.

“The Aceh authorities’ decision to cane unmarried couples and sex workers, in front of hundreds of spectators, is an act of utmost cruelty,” Amnesty International Indonesia executive director Usman Hamid said.

The charity said between January and April last year 47 people were flogged in public, “and the list is only getting longer”.

“The provincial administration of Aceh must immediately remove this abhorrent form of punishment from its law books,” Mr Hamid said.

“It is also high time for the international community to press Indonesia to provide a safer environment for everyone in Aceh.

“The situation risks deteriorating rapidly unless the local administration is pushed to take its obligations to respect human rights seriously.”

The Times says about 90 per cent of Indonesia’s 250 million people are Muslims, making it the largest Islamic population in the world.

But it has long taken an inclusive and tolerant line.

Over the past two decades, more conservative rules have been established, and in ultraconservative Aceh, sharia is enforced by dedicated police, and offences are punishable by public floggings and prison sentences.

Earlier this year, two teenage sweethearts were brutally caned in front of a baying crowd just because they were caught cuddling.


Sharia law is a set of religious principles that aim to help Muslims understand how to lead their daily lives as part of Islamic tradition.

Serving as Islam’s religious legal system, it was derived from both the Koran — the central religious text of Islam — and fatwas, rulings made by Islamic scholars familiar with sacred Islamic texts.

The Arabic word sharia originally meant “way” or “path” and refers to the revealed law of God. It informs every aspect of the daily life of a Muslim.

There are two main branches of sharia — ibadat, meaning rituals or acts of worship, and mu’amalat, meaning human interactions and social relations.

These break down into smaller branches that include things like finances, marriage, diet, prayers, fasting and pilgrimage.

This article originally appeared on The Sun and was reproduced with permission


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Meeting the Transgender Moment

Meeting the Transgender Moment

School administrators and sports organizations are facing new questions about transgender athletes. Medical professionals are weighing how best to treat transgender patients. The Trump administration and the military are waging with internal battles over transgender Americans serving in the armed forces. When the Supreme Court hears a transgender employment case this fall, we could be looking at the Roe v. Wade—or Obergefell v. Hodges—of the transgender movement. (Those were the decisions legalizing abortion and same-sex marriage, respectively.)

Once unheard of, virtually every sector of American life must confront an apparently growing number of people who say their personal gender identity does not match their birth sex. Indeed, the whole concept of sex as a binary male/female reality has been questioned as never before. Where did this all come from?

For many Americans, their first introduction to the “T” in the common LGBTQ acronym was the news that Bruce Jenner, the former Olympic champion, had decided to live as a woman. As confirmation, he appeared on the cover of Vanity Fair with long hair and perky breasts, astounding some and invigorating others. 

A year later, the Obama administration unveiled the now-infamous “Dear Colleague” requiring schools and colleges to let transgender students have access to facilities consistent with their gender identity. Even though then-president Barack Obama skirted around a legislative fight or even a formal executive order, with a letter technically coming from the U.S. Department of Education, the move swept the country and provoked debate on all sides as transgender activists engaged on multiple fronts: education, the workplace, and medicine.

Ryan T. Anderson, a senior research fellow at the conservative Heritage Foundation, has been an outspoken critic of the transgender movement and published a book, When Harry Became Sally, surveying our brave new world of gender politics. He told me via e-mail that “technology, ideology, and power politics” explain how transgender issues became a front-and-center policy issue in the first place:

Only within recent decades have synthetic estrogen and testosterone, and the various surgeries, even been a possibility. So there’s a technological component here of what’s even possible. Second, an ideological component of what is even thinkable, that someone could be trapped in the wrong body, that gender could be both fluid and exist along a spectrum, with the Gender Unicorn serving as the new catechism. And third, there’s a political dimension. This isn’t a populist or grassroots movement. No, this is something that is being imposed on [a majority of] Americans via rich, politically powerful Americans. Once they had won on the “LGB” part of the acronym, the activists pivoted seamlessly to the T.

The Obama Education Department’s letter prompted the American Civil Liberties Union to connect with a handful of students who, with the encouragement of their parents, sued school districts that did not comply with the new federal guidelines. This ensured school officials faced costly litigation or an expensive settlement if they did not go along with the recommended accommodations for transgender students in their jurisdictions. 

Gavin Grimm was a sophomore at Gloucester High School in Virginia in 2014 when the transgender male student sued the school district over restroom access. The district would only allow Grimm to use a private bathroom, not the boys’ room.

“As part of Gavin’s medical treatment for severe gender dysphoria, Gavin and his mother notified administrators of his male gender identity at the beginning of his sophomore year so that he could socially transition in all aspects of his life,” the ACLU said in a public statement about the lawsuit. “With permission from school administrators, Gavin used the boys’ restroom for almost two months without any incident.” Parents complained and the school board voted 6-1 to adopt a new policy “despite warnings from the ACLU.”

Even though the Supreme Court declined to hear the case and Grimm graduated in 2017, it’s still being litigated in the lower courts. It was this and similar cases that motivated dozens of state legislatures to try to pass “bathroom” laws to protect the privacy of students who wanted to continue using the bathroom according to their biological sex, something that is still an ongoing issue. States that have advanced such legislation have been threatened with boycotts.

In February 2019, a jury in Iowa ruled in favor of Jesse Vroegh, a transgender man who filed a complaint against the Iowa Department of Corrections, where Vroegh was employed as a nurse. Vroegh alleged his employer wouldn’t allow him to use the men’s restrooms and also wouldn’t cover his transgender surgery. The jury agreed that the employer had engaged in gender identity discrimination and awarded him $120,000. This was based on Iowa’s Civil Rights Act, which includes gender identity. 

“The next battle we’re likely to witness is with medical doctors being prevented from practicing good medicine and being forced to practice bad medicine,” Anderson said via e-mail. Though a relatively new concept, this is already happening, particularly to hospitals with religious affiliations. In March 2019, the ACLU filed a lawsuit on behalf of Oliver Knight, a transgender man who claimed he was denied a hysterectomy because the hospital where it was scheduled was a Catholic institution. As in the other cases, Knight claimed sex discrimination, even though the hospital maintains their religious affiliation precludes them from performing such procedures.

What does the future hold? When Republicans lost control of the House of Representatives in the midterm elections last year, congressional Democrats proposed the Equality Act, which would prohibit discrimination on the basis of “sexual orientation and gender identity” despite objections based on privacy, religious liberty, and biology. The bill passed the House in May. Republicans still have a majority in the Senate.

In October the Supreme Court is expected to hear R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, an employment law case with potentially major implications for the legal meaning of sex. After working at R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes for several years, Aimee Stephens began to identify as transgender. The funeral home fired Stephens for not abiding by the workplace dress code and Stephens sued for discrimination. The Supreme Court will examine whether the lower courts were correct in redefining “sex” in Title VII to mean “gender identity.” The justices’ decision could have far-reaching consequences for the transgender movement.

Nicole Russell covers politics, law, and culture. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic and The Washington Examiner. Follow her on Twiter @russell_nm


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Parents hit back after council bosses order them to ‘be pushy’

Parents hit back after council bosses order them to ‘be pushy’

Parents hit back after council bosses order them to ‘be pushy’ and send their children to school when they are ill

  • A council said coughs and colds were ‘not necessarily a reason’ to stay home
  • The ‘Be A Pushy Parent’ scheme is being promoted through different channels
  • Families labelled the advice ‘uncaring’ and said policy is just a ‘tick box’ exercise 

By Daily Mail Reporter

Published: 01:05 BST, 19 September 2019 | Updated: 01:36 BST, 19 September 2019

Parents have criticised council officials for telling them to ‘be pushy’ and send children to school even if they are ill.

East Sussex County Council said coughs and colds were ‘not necessarily a reason’ for pupils stay at home.

The ‘Be A Pushy Parent’ scheme is being promoted through different channels, including Facebook posts, bus advertisements and the council’s website.

But families have labelled the advice ‘uncaring’ and suggested the policy is just a ‘tick box’ exercise.

East Sussex County Council said coughs and colds were ‘not necessarily a reason’ for pupils stay at home (stock image)

A council spokesman said: ‘We’re saying a minor cough or cold is not necessarily a reason to stay off school’ (stock image)

One council Facebook post read: ‘Putting your foot down isn’t always easy but 100 per cent attendance should be every parent’s goal. Unless there’s a genuine reason for your child to be absent, be a pushy parent and get them to school.’

The post resulted in nearly 200 angry comments from families.

One parent, Clare White wrote: ‘How dare you! Just so you can tick boxes and sit behind a desk and gather data. I recall [another] campaign telling parents to send children in to school with a headache or cold, how uncaring. I’m quite sure you’d be off sick if you felt ill. I despair.’

A council spokesman said: ‘We’re saying a minor cough or cold is not necessarily a reason to stay off school.’ Another representative added: ‘Absence from school can adversely affect a child’s education.’


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Vlaams Belanger uit partij na racistische uitspraken op Tinder

Vlaams Belanger uit partij na racistische uitspraken op Tinder

Een lid van het Mechelse afdelingsbestuur van Vlaams Belang is uit de partij gestapt nadat een aantal van zijn racistische en vrouwonvriendelijke uitspraken op Tinder zijn geopenbaard op sociale netwerksite Twitter.

Op Twitter circuleerden in de loop van de dag een aantal berichten van een jong lid van het Mechelse afdelingsbestuur van Vlaams Belang. Tot een jaar geleden was hij ook penningmeester van de jongerenafdeling.

In die privé-berichten van de dating-app Tinder schrijft hij aan een jonge vrouw onder meer dat hij ‘jammer genoeg niet genoeg kapitaal heeft om een neger aan te schaffen’ en noemt hij een persoon met een zwarte huidskleur ‘een huisdier’. Een vrouw noemt hij nog ‘een object zonder mening’.

De jongeman maakt niet langer deel uit van de partij. ‘Hij neemt zelf zijn verantwoordelijkheid’, zegt Klaas Slootmans, de woordvoerder van Vlaams Belang. ‘Hij geeft toe dat het een domme fout en misplaatste humor was. Hij wenst de partij geen verdere schade te berokkenen.’

‘Platvoers racisme’

Als hij zelf niet was opgestapt, was hij uit Vlaams Belang gezet. Dat benadrukt Slootmans. ‘Voor ons is dat heel simpel: er is een rode lijn en die heeft hij duidelijk overschreden. Het is logisch dat daar gepaste sancties aan gekoppeld zouden worden.’

‘Dit is platvloers racisme. Dat kan niet. Als partij zijn wij kritisch ten aanzien van massamigratie. Maar wij houden een pleidooi tegen het systeem, niet tegen de individuele mensen. Mensen met een andere achtergrond kunnen wel degelijk Vlaming worden, mits ze zich natuurlijk voldoende assimileren. Wie discrimineert op basis van huidskleur heeft geen plaats binnen de partij.’


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Was extreme Inhalte anrichten – deutsche Facebook-Moderatoren packen aus

Was extreme Inhalte anrichten – deutsche Facebook-Moderatoren packen aus

In acht Stunden müssen Facebook-Moderatoren 500 Beiträge kontrollieren. Früher waren es sogar doppelt so viele gewesen.

Guten Morgen! Während ihr geschlafen habt, ging andernorts die Arbeit in der Digitalszene weiter.

Die Top-Themen:

Facebook hat sich zu einem schwer kontrollierbaren Monstrum entwickelt. Bei rund 1,6 Milliarden aktiven Nutzern werden jeden Tag hunderte Millionen Nachrichten, Posts und Fotos verbreitet. Diese müssen überwacht werden, damit die Facebook-Regeln eingehalten werden: Hasskommentare, sexuelle Inhalte, Gewalt und Falschnachrichten müssen entfernt werden.

Bereits im Februar hatte das US-Medium The Verge über die katastrophalen Bedingungen und den Druck für Facebook-Moderatoren geschrieben. Nun hat die britische Zeitung „The Guardian“ Facebook-Moderatoren in  Berlin interviewt und ebenfalls Erschreckendes herausgefunden: Einige rutschten durch Hasskommentare und Falschmeldungen ins rechtsextreme Spektrum ab, andere wurden geradezu süchtig nach den verstörenden Inhalten. Besonders belastend empfinden die Mitarbeiter aber die Chats, die Pädophile versenden. „Wir haben reiche weiße Männer aus Europa, aus den USA, die an Kinder auf den Philippinen schreiben“, erzählte eine Mitarbeiterin.  [Mehr bei The Guardian]

Auf Gründerszene: Das Berliner Startup Horizn Studios ist 2015 mit dem Konzept „smarter Koffer“ auf den Markt gegangen – zur gleichen Zeit wie ein Konkurrent in den USA.  Schickes Design und Powerbanks sollen vor allem Millenials ansprechen. Wie sieht es vier Jahre nach der Gründung bei den Berlinern aus? [Mehr bei Gründerszene]   

Und hier die weiteren Schlagzeilen der Nacht:

Facebook will ein unabhängiges Kontrollgremium ins Leben rufen, das Fragen bezüglich kontroverser Inhalte klären und Standards setzen soll. Letztendlich sollen 40 Menschen in dem Ausschuss sitzen. [Mehr bei Wall Street Journal]

Facebook bestimmt auch die Inhalte unserer nächsten News: So arbeitet das soziale Netzwerk laut eines Medienberichts mit Ray-Ban (Luxottica) zusammen, um unter dem Codenamen „Orion“ eine intelligente AR-Brille zu entwickeln. [Mehr bei CNBC]

US-amerikanische Unterhaltungsfirmen liefern sich derzeit eine Art Wettrennen um die besten Serien, um mehr Streaming-Kunden für sich zu gewinnen. So schloss Warnermedia einen Vertrag für die „Big Bang Theory“ ab, während Netflix „Seinfeld“ erwarb. Netflix-Mitgründer Marc Randolph sagte dazu: „Als Konsument von Fernsehen und Filmen finde ich es toll, was gerade passiert.“ Randolph geht davon aus, dass Netflix mit Neueinsteigern wie Apple und Disney konkurrieren kann. [Mehr bei Wall Street Journal und CNBC]

Adobe gab eine geringere Umsatzprognose bekannt, als Analysten der Wall Street dies vorhergesehen haben. Die Software-Firma rechnet in den drei Monaten bis Ende November mit etwa 2,97 Milliarden US-Dollar Umsatz anstatt knapp über drei Milliarden. [Mehr bei Bloomberg]

Wework soll laut eines Medienberichts wenige Stunden, nachdem bekannt wurde, dass sich der Börsengang verzögern wird, Stellen abgebaut haben. Die Entlassungen betrafen weniger als zehn Mitarbeiter in New York. [Mehr bei Bloomberg]

Unser Lesetipp auf Gründerszene: Vor allem in der Lebensmittelbranche sind Schwarmfinanzierungen verbreitet. Eine Crowdfinanzierung hat viele Vorteile, doch für jedes Jungunternehmen ist sie nicht geeignet. Wir haben Tipps von Experten eingeholt. [Mehr bei Gründerszene]

Einen schönen Mittwoch!

Eure Gründerszene-Redaktion

Bild: Chesnot/Getty Images


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