Rapper XXXTENTACION—born Jahseh Onfroy—mounted his career with a stream of self-released singles and mixtapes before catapulting into the mainstream in 2017 with 17 and the chart-topping ?, the latter released months before his death. In March, Onfroy’s sophomore album, “?,” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. At the time of his death, the rapper was awaiting trial after pleading not guilty to domestic abuse against his former girlfriend, Geneva Ayala.
The question of how to treat Onfroy’s music remains tricky. Just last month, the streaming platform Spotify announced a new “hateful conduct” policy that prohibited the music of Onfroy and accused sexual predator R. Kelly on its playlists. Many applauded the gesture. But, as a spokesperson for Onfroy pointed out on Twitter, the new policy excluded many other alleged — largely white — abusers, including David Bowie and Gene Simmons of Kiss. Just two weeks later, Spotify reversed its policy, reportedly because several artists, including Kendrick Lamar, threatened to pull their music from the platform. (For more on the Spotif y banning and reinstatement, click here) The question of ethical listening will likely come up again soon, however, because Onfroy has intimated a new album might drop in June.
Facebook moderators working at Cognizant’s Phoenix location told BuzzFeed News there is just one middle manager who is mostly in charge of interpreting Facebook’s policies ‘” a single guy who doesn’t work for Facebook but is charged with interpreting the nuance of its policy shifts for moderators struggling to police the platform’s fire hose of content. ‘śThe entire operation is leaning on one guy’s understanding,’ť one moderator told BuzzFeed News.
At the time of his death he was facing 15 felony charges for alleged incidents of domestic violence including false imprisonment, aggravated battery of a pregnant woman and domestic battery by strangulation regarding his ex-girlfriend.
He was right. Two years later, after the pair had been dating for five months, Ayala would come forward and accuse Onfroy of the unrelenting, torturous domestic abuse that would send him to jail, to house arrest, and to jail again, then launch him meteorically into the spotlight.
But people tracked her in real life too. She took a job at a Dunkin’ Donuts but had been working there only a week before Onfroy’s fans found her. They began showing up every day, harassing her, taking photos of her, and trying to follow her home. Ayala quit after three weeks. “I can’t even go to the mall or Walmart without being noticed and eyed down,” she says.
Mr. Onfroy was born on Jan. 23, 1998, in Plantation, Fla. He was raised primarily by his grandmother, and had multiple scuffles with the law. In 2013, he began recording and releasing music in earnest following a stint in a juvenile detention center. Over the next two years, he self-released several projects, both as a solo artist and also as a member of the Members Only collective.
When the rapper XXXTentacion was shot and killed in June 2018, Facebook’s third-party moderators weren’t sure how to handle the flood of content about his death. Some posts outright mocked his death, while others pointed to his arrest for domestic battery and false imprisonment against his pregnant girlfriend and criticized him for being an abuser.
It was the rapper’s third studio album and followed “?”, which debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 last March and later reached platinum status following his death.
Nearly six months after his arrest, Onfroy left Broward County Jail after pleading no contest to his 2015 charges of armed home invasion, robbery, and aggravated battery with a firearm. He got out March 26 and, just days later, announced a surprise show in downtown Miami. The rapper barely promoted the event, but by 9:30 p.m. April 7, a massive line had formed outside the venue.
Onfroy’s debut album, 17, debuted at number 2 on the US Billboard 200, receiving a mixed response from critics, some of whom lauded the album for its personal narratives and diverse musical style.
He was facing 15 felony charges at the time of his death, including aggravated battery of a pregnant woman in 2016, domestic battery by strangulation and witness tampering.
Cognizant moderators receive four weeks of training on Facebook’s policies before they are put to work. Once training is over, they begin work by reporting to a different layer of Cognizant leadership called the policy team, which is responsible for interpreting Facebook’s rules. The company did not respond to questions about the training members of this team are given. Moderators who spoke to BuzzFeed News said the policy teams they work with typically consist of about six to seven people, including those who oversee the Spanish-language moderators.
After coming forward with her allegations, Ayala was abandoned by many of her friends. Only Talyssa Lee, the stranger she’d met in Orlando, stood by her story publicly. Ayala received phone calls from Onfroy’s family and friends telling her to drop the charges.
For the rank-and-file moderators at Cognizant facilities, who rarely communicate directly with actual Facebook employees, the bottleneck is even worse. When they have a question about a policy that isn’t clear, team leaders would log it in a spreadsheet of queries to be put to Facebook. But current and former moderators who spoke to BuzzFeed News said the questions on that spreadsheet would often go unanswered. Sometimes an individual moderator is given an answer that should have been more widely shared, and the question is asked again. And again. Since moderators cannot communicate directly with Facebook, their questions are filtered through their Cognizant superiors, which adds another layer of murkiness to everything.
Punkty zbieżne są. I jeden, i drugi zginęli zastrzeleni na ulicy; Pac w wieku 25 lat, XXX był pięć lat młodszy. Każdy z nich mógł legitymować się konkretną policyjną kartoteką, każdy też był idolem mas – ku zgrozie starszych słuchaczy. I w przypadku każdego było czuć, że te największe sukcesy są dopiero przed nimi. Nie sądzimy, że jedynka na Billboardzie byłaby ostatnią w wykonaniu XXXTENTACIONA, tak samo jak nie wierzymy, że singlowy pochód 2Paca skończyłby się na California Love.
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Eventually, those leaders at Cognizant flagged it to Facebook as a trend they were seeing, and Facebook told them to do the opposite: XXXTentacion was exempt from the rule that forbids mocking his death because he was a ‘śviolent criminal.’ť Mocking his death was allowed.
In the past six months, this guy has rarely left his house. That’s partly because he was working on an album that, when it dropped this past March 16, debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 But it’s mostly due to the fact he’s on what his lawyer calls “modified house arrest” while awaiting trial for a disturbing list of criminal charges, including domestic battery by strangulation, false imprisonment, and aggravated battery of a pregnant woman.
According to a report from Page Six, XXXTentacion’s former girlfriend who he supposedly assaulted will make an appearence in a new music video following the rapper’s death. Cleopatra Bernard, his mother, posted an audio clip to her IG account in which Tentacion claimed he wanted his ex, Geneva Ayala, to be a part of a music video sometime in the future.
Two months later, the death of John McCain, a war hero, Arizona senator, and the 2008 Republican nominee for president, inspired a flood of reactions ‘” some of them memes mocking his brain tumor. Once again, Facebook’s third-party moderators weren’t sure what to do. The issue wasn’t whether the memes were tasteless, but whether McCain’s death was ‘śpremature.’ť Under Facebook’s policies, mocking a death is moderated differently than mocking a ‘śpremature’ť death. The senator was 81 years old and died of an illness, but moderators weren’t sure if that qualified as premature.
Earlier that month, Bernard shared an emotional message on Instagram in tribute to her late son, who was fatally shot in Deerfield Beach, Florida, on 18th June 18 2018.
W związku z wejściem w życie 25 maja 2018 roku nowych przepisów dotyczących ochrony danych osobowych (RODO), pragniemy przypomnieć Ci podstawowe informacje z zakresu przetwarzania danych dostarczanych przez Ciebie podczas korzystania z naszego serwisu. Klikając w przycisk z napisem „W PORZĄDKU”, potwierdzasz, że zgadzasz się na wymienione niżej działania.
Onfroy’s tumultuous but intensely close relationship with his mother, Cleopatra Bernard, was one of the defining aspects of his early life and tied to the pattern of fighting that characterized his adolescence. He didn’t live with her while growing up; she was 17 or 18 when she had him and in a hard spot financially. “Raising a kid was, honestly, one of her last priorities,” the singer says. He spent the first decade of his life cycling through the homes of friends, family, and babysitters.
But no matter the lofty principles, the moderators who spoke to BuzzFeed News say the outsourcing system by which Facebook governs the content on its platform is fundamentally broken.
Xxxtentacion found alive after turning himself into the authorities. the formerly dead rapper claimed he did it to punk his fans for a new concept albums hes releasing called the dangers of fake news. This new album will be discussing the dangers of lying, fake news and slander and it’ll be coming out this year at record stores and streaming services. Make sure to get your copy soon or listen to it on xxx’s spotify.
Facebook policy says that images depicting violent death should be ‘śmarked as disturbing,’ť which would put a blurred overlay on the image that a viewer would have to click through to see.
X was fatally shot and killed while outside a motorcycle store in Florida in June of 2018. Once he passed away, Ayala claimed she was heartbroken. The ex-girlfriend of X stated she thought it was disgusting” that people were speaking for her. Ayala added that it was painful to see X had lost his life.
Suspecting coercion, prosecutors over the next few weeks charged Onfroy with 15 counts of witness tampering and harassment relating to both the domestic abuse charges and earlier alleged crimes. As evidence, they submitted recordings of 213 phone calls the singer made from jail to friends and witnesses including Ayala. When New Times requested to hear the calls under Florida’s Sunshine Law, Onfroy’s lawyers objected, claiming among other things that the audio was exempt because it amounted to a “confession.” A judge granted an emergency hearing in private and then sealed the records until this September.
The next morning, Sweetwater Police arrested Onfroy and later charged him with aggravated battery on a pregnant victim, domestic battery by strangulation, false imprisonment, and witness tampering. He pleaded not guilty and bonded out for $10,000 but was soon detained by Broward County officials for violating his house arrest.
Niemal rok po śmierci Lil Peepa i kilka miesięcy po śmierci XXXTentaciona w sieci pojawił się wspólny kawałek tych dwóch raperów. Mama XXX-a potwierdziła, że jego zwrotki są jednymi z ostatnich nagranych przed fatalną w skutkach strzelaniną.
Onfroy’s triggers were, in some ways, predictable — usually jealousy — but also erratic. Small things could set him off: like her humming another rapper’s verse or asking a friend what music he was playing.