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A dozen current and former employees who moderated disturbing and traumatic content for Facebook at a third-party contractor in Arizona told The Verge that their experiences caused PTSD-like symptoms amid difficult working conditions.

Why it matters per Axios' David McCabe: Facebook has spent over a year promising regulators, media and the public that it will address the flood of malicious content on its platform. Workers in Phoenix and at other content moderation sites are a key part of that effort — and both Facebook and its contractor, Cognizant, told The Verge that adequate support for employees was provided at the site — but their struggles are far less visible than the lives of executives and engineers at Facebook's Silicon Valley HQ.

Facebook VP of Global Operations Justin Osofsky posted a memo Monday he shared with employees over the weekend that explained the process of content reviewing at Facebook.

"A lot of the recent questions are focused on ensuring the people working in these roles are treated fairly and with respect. We want to continue to hear from our content reviewers, our partners and even the media – who hold us accountable and give us the opportunity to improve."

Go deeper, via Wired: The laborers who keep beheadings out of your Facebook feed

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Florida fully lifts coronavirus restrictions on restaurants

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) announced Friday the state will completely reopen its economy, allowing restaurants at operate full capacity and barring localities from ordering businesses to close.

Why it matters: The state became one of the world's epicenters for the virus in July, forcing DeSantis to pause its first round of reopening.

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Eyeing the end of gas-powered cars

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Gasoline-powered cars may be going the way of the woolly mammoth, even if it will take decades to replace them and seems hard to fathom today.

The big picture: Internal combustion engines (ICEs) have powered automobiles for more than 100 years. But the shift to electric vehicles, slow to materialize at first, is now accelerating due to tightening government policies, falling costs and a societal reckoning about climate change.

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam tests positive for coronavirus

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Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) and his wife, Pamela, both tested positive for coronavirus, his office announced on Friday.

The state of play: The Northams were tested after one of their staff "who works closely within the couple's living quarters" tested positive. The governor is asymptomatic, while his wife is "experiencing mild symptoms." They plan to isolate at home for 10 days.

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