1 500 accounts have been deleted from Twitter after a concerted trolling effort
A systematic trolling campaign was launched against Twitter not long after Elon Musk took over the business last week. The coordinated attempt, according to Yoel Roth, the company’s head of safety and security, was to lead users to believe that Twitter’s regulations have been relaxed. Additionally, Roth stated that the firm was striving to stop the campaign that had sparked a rise in hate speech and other offensive behavior on the website. The executive has since issued an update on Twitter’s cleanup efforts, stating that over 1,500 accounts involved in the trolling have been deleted and that the company has made “measurable progress” since Saturday.
These 1,500 accounts didn’t belong to 1,500 people, according to Roth. Many of them were repeat offenders, he tweeted. The executive added that the number of times a piece of information is viewed by users, or impressions, is Twitter’s main yardstick for the performance of content moderation, and that the business was able to almost completely eliminate impressions of the vile content that flooded its platform.
Our primary success measure for content moderation is impressions: how many times harmful content is seen by our users. The changes we’ve made have almost entirely eliminated impressions on this content in search and elsewhere across Twitter. pic.twitter.com/AnJuIu2CT6
— Yoel Roth (@yoyoel) October 31, 2022
Roth discussed how Twitter is modifying how it enforces its rules addressing harmful tweets in addition to giving an update on how the latest trolling campaign on the platform is being handled. Bystander reports are handled differently by the firm than first-person reports, he said, adding that “we have a higher threshold for bystander reports in order to discover a violation” because bystanders “don’t necessarily have full context.” Because of this, even when reports of hostile behavior on the platform are made by unaffiliated third parties, the reports are frequently tagged as non-violations of the site’s regulations.
With a pledge to share additional information about how the website is altering how it enforces its rules, Roth concluded his series of tweets. How Twitter’s personnel will be able to uphold its principles in the coming days, however, is called into question by a recent Bloomberg story. The news source claims that Twitter has restricted access to internal tools used for content moderation for the majority of its staff.
It appears that the majority of Twitter’s Trust and Safety team employees have lost the authority to take action against accounts that violate the platform’s policies on hate speech and disinformation. Employees are understandably concerned about how Twitter will be able to control the dissemination of false information with the US midterm elections on November 8 just a few days away in light of this tragedy.
According to Bloomberg, the decision to limit the employees’ access to moderation tools is a part of a larger effort to freeze the software code of Twitter, preventing employees from making modifications to the service when it changes hands. The group added that Musk requested a revision of various Twitter policies, notably the one regarding misinformation that sanctions postings that contain untrue information about politics and COVID-19. A portion of Twitter’s abusive conduct policy that sanctions posts containing “targeted misgendering or deadnaming of transgender individuals” is another regulation Musk reportedly urged the team to consider.
Industry and Service
Best Practices for Using Composite IBC Totes
According to the International Organization for Standardization (IOS), totes are classified into two categories. Let us take a closer look:
First, there are intermediate bulk container (IBC) totes that are described as rigid. These are often made from metal, wood, or fiberboard. They are designed as a single unit and do not call for additional support when they are filled up.
Then there is the composite kind. These are made up of a cage that supports and protects the inner lining when weight is added. As a result, the lining and the cage work in tandem as one unit.
In this read, we are going to dive into the gist of things and explore practices that you should implement when it comes to using your 330 reconditioned IBC totes. Keep in mind that these are general requirements and you should seek specific advice from your supplier as your needs may be different.
-If you intend to store products meant for human use, ensure the totes are food grade. This helps ascertain harmful interactions or reactions do not happen during transportation or storage.
-When handling items with extremely low flashpoints, store them in totes that are explosion-proof. Some materials, however, will need permeation barriers to prevent them from diffusing through the lining.
-In regards to hazmat transit, the container’s material as well as filling material compatibility should undergo thorough testing. These tests, however, can differ between European and American regions. They are put into place to determine the best material to use for your situation and so, is imperative to allocate enough time for comprehensive testing.
The Best Practices for Filling & Handling/Shipping IBC Totes
In order to fill a tote, the following three things should be done:
-Close the outlet valve
-During filling, the process should be performed at atmospheric pressure, and shouldn’t go beyond 70ºC/158ºF. Therefore, the tote should not be pressurized.
-During the cooling stage, the receptacle should be vented. This is to prevent vacuum deformation from occurring. Once this is done, ensure the cap is screwed in tightly.
- Handling or Shipping
-The totes should be well-secured to make sure no damage occurs during transit
-Never use tie ropes on the totes with the intention of moving them this way.
-If you are using a pallet jack or a forklift to handle the IBC totes, the forks should reach the pallets’ entire length.
- Storage or Stacking
-Prior to stacking, it is imperative to identify the plate for stack testing. This helps determine whether the IBC totes are stackable.
-Always put nesting into consideration. It means arranging the totes in a way that they fit closely together. An effective way to do this is by using a two on two configuration.
-During transportation, the stack should not go beyond two layers
-When emptying a tote, only do it through the lower outlet valve.
-Open the top before emptying to avoid a vacuum collapse
-If you are emptying through a pipe or a pump, make sure that it is supported and does not rely on the cage. If you use the cage to support the pump or pipe, the vibrations are likely to cause damage to the cage.
These are some of the general practices when handling composite IBC totes. It is also important to note that these practices are just the tip of the iceberg. As such, we recommend forming a relationship with a supplier that has been in the field for years to ensure that you always make informed decisions.
Activision Blizzard and the US Justice Department reach a settlement over accusations of esports wage suppression
The U.S. Justice Department filed a complaint against Activision Blizzard on Monday in the District of Columbia, accusing the company of underpaying esports athletes, a claim that has apparently already been resolved.
Activision Blizzard was accused by the Justice Department of enacting a “competitive balance tax” in order to reduce competition for professional Call of Duty and Overwatch players in esports leagues. This would act as a salary cap by penalizing a team if player compensations went over a certain limit (established by Activision Blizzard).
Activision Blizzard’s representative issued the following in a statement: “We have always held the opinion that the Competitive Balance Tax was legitimate and had no negative effects on player pay. We still hold this opinion today. The leagues voluntarily removed the tax from our rules in 2021 because it was never imposed.”
Activision Blizzard has reiterated its commitment to “leading the esports industry and fostering opportunities for players to earn fair pay and benefits,” as well as to refrain from enacting the competitive balance tax or any other kind of ceilings or restrictions on the pay of esports players in the future.
In other Activision Blizzard news, UK authorities no longer worry that the ongoing acquisition narrative would have a significant influence on console competition, so it appears to be nearing to some sort of conclusion.
Players of The Condition of the Outer Worlds on PS5 are requesting refunds
The RPG The Outer Worlds: Spacer’s Choice Edition was recently published on the PS5, but even in its specialized performance mode, it performs poorly. As a result, several players have already requested refunds in threads on the game’s subreddit.
Even though problems probably aren’t to blame for the game’s performance issues, customer service has told affected players (who appear to all be PS5 users) to report bugs to the publisher, Private Division, which is having trouble.
The parent company of Private Division, Take-Two Interactive, announced layoffs on Monday, citing the need for “another long period of success” as the reason. The Twitter account for The Outer Worlds sent players looking for information to the troubled publisher, Obsidian Entertainment, which is now owned by Microsoft.
We're sorry to hear that The Outer Worlds: Spacer's Choice Edition is having performance issues. We recommend submitting a bug report to Private Division. https://t.co/J4NhnR4iac
Thanks, and sorry for the frustration that this issue has caused!
— The Outer Worlds (@OuterWorlds) March 8, 2023
It is unknown if Sony or Private Division will offer refunds. It’s true that it’s not the complete disaster that Cyberpunk 2077 was at first, but we’ll monitor the situation as it changes. The Outer Worlds: Spacer’s Choice Edition on the PS5 bothered you?
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