Tag: tech

“A sweatshop in America”

Facebook contractor Cognizant is tasked with moderating the deluge of inappropriate content posted to Facebook at 98% accuracy.

The company has never risen above 92% and in fear of losing its lucrative US$200m contract pushes work conditions and employees beyond their limits.

Bodily fluids & pubic hair on desks, a worker death whilst at his desk, sexual harassment cases, bathrooms covered in faecal matter and menstrual blood. The list goes on.

Facebook have committed to investigating their contractor sites as well as an increase to the end worker wage, but the psychological and emotional trauma afflicted to many employees sees the move come all too late.

This is a fascinating long-form read that paints a truly bleak picture of today’s social-media driven world.

Source: Facebook moderators break their NDAs to expose desperate working conditions – The Verge

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Aussie startup darling Canva made it public that their user database had been compromised over the weekend.

The breach has resulted in the usernames, emails and passwords being compromised and the company asking users to change their password immediately via an email.

On May 24, we became aware of a security incident. As soon as we were notified, we immediately took steps to identify and remedy the cause, and have reported the situation to authorities (including the FBI)

Canva have advised the users were salted & hashed meaning they’re not immediately accessible had they been in plain-text but doesn’t make them bullet proof either.

Anyone who’s signed up for the online graphic design tool should take steps to update their details immediately.

Source: Canva Status