A picture is worth a thousand words, which means that I really could have just added one more picture and skipped the 990 words (< 4 minute read) I used writing today's Login.
Content moderators work at a Facebook office in Austin, Texas. Photo: Ilana Panich-Linsman for The Washington Post via Getty Images
Reports of poor working conditions at Facebook contract facilities are casting a fresh spotlight on Silicon Valley's longstanding yet risky reliance on a two-tiered workforce, Axios' Scott Rosenberg reports.
Driving the news: Contract workers issued a letter on an internal forum Thursday calling for better pay and changes to non-disclosure agreements to ensure they can talk to outside therapists about issues they encounter at work. And those protests have been building for a while.
The big picture: It's common for tech companies to rely on a large army of contractors for work that's unglamorous or unrelated to their core focus.
And while every dominant tech company relies on contractors, they've also all run into problems. Microsoft lost a major case brought by contractors in the '90s, and Google has faced challenges more recently over its two-tiered system.
Where it stands: Facebook execs told The Verge that a variety of reforms are underway to improve the environment for its content moderators, who must view a stream of disturbing postings and make tough judgment calls relying on a constantly changing rulebook.
Our thought bubble: CEO Mark Zuckerberg has frequently said Facebook intends to develop artificial intelligence filters to perform this function at the vast scale Facebook needs.
Longtime Apple design chief Jonathan Ive, right, with Tim Cook. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
Jony Ive won't be completely going away from Apple when he ceases being an employee later this year. And his role in product design had already been on the wane for some time.
Still, his exit is a big deal.
Why it matters: Ive has had a hand in all of the company's most iconic products of the last two decades, including the iMac, iPod and iPhone. He is also the strongest remaining tie to the Steve Jobs era of product design.
Yes, Apple has a kitchen table full of talented designers, but none with Ive's clout or history — as evidenced by the fact design duties are being split among two executives who will report not to CEO Tim Cook, but to COO Jeff Williams.
What they're saying: Opinions ranged from those predicting doom to those who suggested that Ive really hasn't had a big direct impact on Apple's products since shifting roles in 2015. Here are some other voices...
Illustration: Lazaro Gamio/Axios
Twitter announced Thursday that it will add warning screens to tweets that violate the platform's rules but that aren't being taken down because the service determines they are "a matter of public interest."
What we're hearing: I asked followers on Twitter to share their thoughts on the move. Here are some of those reactions...
Go deeper: How Jack Dorsey plans to change Twitter
There were plenty of interesting tidbits at the Players Technology Summit that Bloomberg hosted on Thursday.
Details: The event was packed with NBA players and professional investors. But one of the more interesting insights came from Yvette Martinez-Rea, CEO of esports company ESL North America.
"No one is making money in e-sports," she said. "Yet."
Between the lines: This has some in the industry worried about a bubble, Axios' Kendall Baker wrote earlier this week.
I think we all need to hear Cookie Monster singing "Take me out to the ball game."