Daily Bread for 8.29.20

Good morning.

Saturday in Whitewater will be sunny with a high of seventy-seven.  Sunrise is 6:17 AM and sunset 7:32 PM, for 13h 14m 58s of daytime.  The moon is a waxing gibbous with 89.4% of its visible disk illuminated.

Today is the one thousand three hundred ninetieth day. 

 On this day in 1997, Netflix is launched as an internet DVD rental service.

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Ryan Mac reports A Kenosha Militia Facebook Event Asking Attendees to Bring Weapons Was Reported 455 Times:

In a companywide meeting on Thursday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that a militia page advocating for followers to bring weapons to an upcoming protest in Kenosha, Wisconsin, remained on the platform because of “an operational mistake.” The page and an associated event inspired widespread criticism of the company after a 17-year-old suspect allegedly shot and killed two protesters Tuesday night.

The event associated with the Kenosha Guard page, however, was flagged to Facebook at least 455 times after its creation, according to an internal report viewed by BuzzFeed News, and had been cleared by four moderators, all of whom deemed it “non-violating.” The page and event were eventually removed from the platform on Wednesday — several hours after the shooting.

“To put that number into perspective, it made up 66% of all event reports that day,” one Facebook worker wrote in the internal “Violence and Incitement Working Group” to illustrate the number of complaints the company had received about the event.

BuzzFeed News could not verify the content on the militia page or its associated event because they had been removed from the platform. A previous story from the Verge noted that the page had issued a “call to arms” and hosted a number of commenters advocating for violence in Kenosha following the police shooting of 29-year-old Black man Jacob Blake.

A Facebook spokesperson declined to comment.

Shirin Ghaffary reports Facebook banned violent militia groups. We still found plenty of them on its platform:

Just last week, Facebook finally banned militia groups and pages that advocate for violence on its platform. But Recode’s quick Facebook search for “militia” groups and pages on Friday surfaced over a dozen results for national and local militia groups, most of them private, with many of them openly calling for violence against protesters.

Two of these groups that Recode accessed had a combined 25,000 members and included posts where members encouraged and celebrated shooting people involved in recent Black Lives Matter protests. Some groups did not contain “militia” in the title but still encouraged members to take up arms. One page, called the “The III% Organization,” contained overtly racist and violent posts, such as a meme comparing BLM protesters to dogs and joking about running them over with a car.

After Recode flagged seven of these groups and pages to Facebook, the company took down four of them for violating its policies, and said it independently took down another.

Jason Owens reports NBA arenas across the country to be used as polling places because of player strike:

NBA owners agreed to work with local election officials to provide each league arena as a polling place for November’s elections or find an alternative if regulations don’t allow it.

From the agreement announced on Friday:

Every arena that is owned and operated by the team will work with local election officials to convert the facility into a polling place for the upcoming 2020 election. If the deadline to do that has passed, the team will work with officials to find a different use for the building to support the 2020 election.

Sun-like star and its 2 giant planets imaged for first time:

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