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Google Exec's Internal Email On Its Data Leak Policy Has Rattled Employees

An all-staff email sent Thursday reminded Google employees that accessing internal information without permission could get them fired.

Caroline O'Donovan • 12 days ago

A Post About China's "996" Workweek Went Viral On GitHub. Now Microsoft Employees Want To Protect It From Censorship.

A viral GitHub project that discusses the grueling demands on Chinese tech workers could be a target for state censorship.

Caroline O'Donovan • One month ago

Google Founders Have Skipped All Of The Company's 2019 Town Hall Meetings

Following leaks and employee revolts, the absences raise questions about the future of transparency at Google.

Alex Kantrowitz • One month ago

Activists Are Demanding Amazon’s Help In The Fight Against Anti-LGBT Laws In Tennessee

Amazon plans to open a new office building in Nashville, where legislators are considering banning same-sex couples from adopting.

Caroline O'Donovan • One month ago

The Staff Of Gimlet Media Is Unionizing

Gimlet Media, a podcasting startup recently acquired by Spotify, is the first audio-focused outlet to unionize in a wave of newsroom labor organizing.

Caroline O'Donovan • 2 months ago

Amazon Removed Anti-Vax Documentaries From Prime Video

Anti-vax documentaries have disappeared from search results on the platform, and appear to no longer be available to Prime members for free streaming.

Caroline O'Donovan • 2 months ago

Student Groups Don’t Want Salesforce And Palantir On Campus

Stanford and UC Berkeley have met with opposition over which tech companies should be allowed to pay for access to campus resources and recruiting opportunities.

Caroline O'Donovan • 2 months ago

YouTube Just Demonetized Anti-Vax Channels

After advertisers complained about programmatic ad placements on anti-vax videos, YouTube removed ads on videos that advocate against vaccination.

Caroline O'Donovan • 3 months ago

Microsoft Employees Are Demanding The Company Cancel Its HoloLens Contract With The US Army

“We did not sign up to develop weapons,” says an employee letter to Microsoft executives published Friday.

Caroline O'Donovan • 3 months ago

YouTube Continues To Promote Anti-Vax Videos As Facebook Prepares To Fight Medical Misinformation

While Facebook vows to stop recommending anti-vaccination content to users, YouTube is still promoting videos like “You’ll Be Glad You Watched This Before Vaccinating Your Child!”

Caroline O'Donovan • 3 months ago

Instacart Workers’ Revolt Over Tips Reveals A Big Problem For The Gig Economy

Companies like Instacart, DoorDash, and Uber rely on workers to report problems with the app, creating an opening for both regulators and the public to criticize them.

Caroline O'Donovan • 3 months ago

After Scrutiny, Instacart Will End Its Controversial Tipping Policy

The company’s decision to stop using customer tips to cover a guaranteed pay minimum for delivery workers follows an organized labor campaign and pressure from elected officials.

Caroline O'Donovan • 3 months ago

Delivery Startups Are Using Tips To Fulfill Pay Promises, And Customers Are Mad

Instacart customers are quitting the service because the company is using customers' predelivery tips to fulfill the base pay minimum it guarantees delivery workers.

Caroline O'Donovan • 3 months ago

We Followed YouTube’s Recommendation Algorithm Down The Rabbit Hole

Despite year-old promises to fix its “Up Next” content recommendation system, YouTube is still suggesting conspiracy videos, hyperpartisan and misogynist videos, pirated videos, and content from hate groups following common news-related searches.

Caroline O'Donovan • 4 months ago

Government Employees Are Being Recruited On Social Media To Work For Lyft, Uber, And Postmates

Government workers waiting on paychecks are being targeted with referral links and other promotions to join the gig economy.

Caroline O'Donovan • 4 months ago

Here's Why Airbnbs Cost More Than You Think — And What Airbnb Is Doing About It

People are still mad about cleaning fees that can double the cost of renting a room.

Caroline O'Donovan • 5 months ago

25 Things BuzzFeed News Tried And Loved In 2018

Some of these things may change your life.

Katie Notopoulos • 5 months ago

Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg Was Supposed To Change The World With "Lean In." So What Went Wrong?

As Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg grapples with an ongoing parade of company scandals, the women’s movement she started is stagnant.

Caroline O'Donovan • 5 months ago

Amazon Won’t Say It Doesn’t Work With ICE

Public scrutiny of US law enforcement’s use of Amazon’s facial recognition tech has grown in response to reports that the technology could at times be inaccurate, and even racially biased.

Davey Alba • 5 months ago

Jewish Israeli Airbnb Hosts Sue, Claiming The Company Violated Their Civil Rights

Airbnb announced it would remove properties in Jewish settlements in the West Bank earlier this month.

Caroline O'Donovan • 5 months ago