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Three Senators Are Demanding Answers From Amazon About Its "Unfair And Dangerous" Delivery System

Following a BuzzFeed News investigation into Amazon's delivery network, Sens. Richard Blumenthal, Elizabeth Warren, and Sherrod Brown wrote to Jeff Bezos, accusing the tech giant of disregarding public safety and workers’ rights and demanding information about the companies that deliver its packages.

Ken Bensinger • 8 days ago

Amazon’s Next-Day Delivery Has Brought Chaos And Carnage To America’s Streets — But The World’s Biggest Retailer Has A System To Escape The Blame

Deaths and devastating injuries. A litany of labor violations. Drivers forced to urinate in their vans. Here is how Amazon’s gigantic, decentralized, next-day delivery network brought chaos, exploitation, and danger to communities across America.

Caroline O'Donovan • 20 days ago

Amazon Worker Protests Have Spread To Chicago As Temperatures Rise

Warehouse workers in Chicago succeeded in pressuring management to send them home with pay due to high temperatures in an un-air-conditioned facility this weekend.

Caroline O'Donovan • One month ago

Amazon Employees Demand It Stop Working With ICE. The Company Said It’s Up To The Government.

Some Amazon employees vocally oppose selling technology to immigration enforcement agencies and law enforcement, but the company said the government should make the rules.

Caroline O'Donovan • 2 months ago

YouTube Has Finally Admitted That Steven Crowder Mocking Someone For Being A Gay Latino Is Not OK

Less than 24 hours after YouTube said Crowder’s anti-gay opinions were allowed on the platform, the company reversed course and banned him from selling ads.

Caroline O'Donovan • 3 months ago

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 • 4 months 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 • 5 months 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 • 5 months 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 • 5 months 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 • 6 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 • 6 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 • 6 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 • 6 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 • 6 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 • 7 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 • 7 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 • 7 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 • 7 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 • 7 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 • 8 months ago