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Google Reportedly Tightens Internal Message Board Guidelines As More Employees Work From Home

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Google is asking employees to more closely monitor internal message boards after an increase in posts flagged for racism or abuse, which it attributed to employees using the message boards more frequently as they work from home and the rise of “tough global conversations,” according to internal documents obtained by CNBC.

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Google is expanding a content moderation pilot it started in 2019 which barred employees from making statements that “insult, demean, or humiliate” other employees or business partners, discouraged employees from engaging in a “raging debate over politics or the latest news story” and set other community guidelines enforced by community managers, according to CNBC. 

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In closely divided Kenosha, Trump’s law and order message hits close to home after Jacob Blake shooting

KENOSHA, Wis. — As a longtime activist calling for racial and social equality in his hometown, Isaac Wallner has been moved in recent days by the large street protests demanding justice in the wake of the police shooting of Jacob Blake.



a group of people riding bikes on a city street: Protesters gather outside the Kenosha County Courthouse on August 27, 2020, to demand the release of fellow protesters detained the previous night in Kenosha, Wisconsin.


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Protesters gather outside the Kenosha County Courthouse on August 27, 2020, to demand the release of fellow protesters detained the previous night in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

But as those peaceful daytime demonstrations gave way to violent confrontations with police, destruction of businesses and burning of buildings at night, Wallner said he’s become increasingly worried that the urgent push for change will be drowned out by President Donald Trump’s calls for law and order, a central theme of the Republican’s reelection campaign.

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“This is an election year, and I feel Trump and the Republican Party will benefit from the unrest, and we need to

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