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Badgers can’t handle Ohio State

first_imgCompetition was hot on a chilly spring day as the University of Wisconsin women’s tennis team lost 4-3 Sunday to Ohio State at the Nielsen Tennis Center.The marathon match lasted 4 1/2 hours and made a mid-match transition from the outdoor courts to the indoor ones after play was suspended for rain.The series was back and forth as Ohio State and Wisconsin traded leads and momentum throughout the day. The matches seemed to go Ohio State’s way after it swept the doubles point and quickly won the singles six match.UW’s No. 2 doubles team of Emese Kardhordo and Katya Mirnova fought hard in a tough 9-7 loss to Julie Blackmore and Cami Hubbs. The No. 3 team of Angela Chupa and Aleksandra Markovic also made a comeback only to fall 9-7 as well to Ohio State’s Kirsten Flower and Paloma Escobedo.Before that, Ohio State quickly won the No. 1 doubles as the team of Christina Keesey and Angela DiPastina defeated UW’s Elizabeth Carpenter and Jessica Seyferth.But fortunes turned as the Badgers won the next three matches to go up 3-2 with wins from Carpenter, Mirnova and Chupa at the No. 1, 2, and 5 singles respectively.Chupa quickly defeated DiPastina 6-4, 6-4; Mirnova took down Escobedo 6-2, 6-2; and Carpenter won her last home match as a senior, defeating Flower in straight sets 6-4, 6-2.“I was excited while I was playing, just enjoying the moment,” Carpenter said. “It was great — it was an awesome win for me.”The Badgers did lose No. 6 singles as Ohio State’s Kelsey Haviland dominated the match against Dana Larsen, winning the match 6-2, 6-1.Many of the points were hotly contested, and many close calls were debated among the players, umpires, coaches and fans.Ohio State’s Flower was the most vocal, as she was visibly upset after several of Carpenter’s calls. Wisconsin head coach Brian Fleishman got into a few arguments with the umpires as well, even telling one to “shut up” after a call in the first few points.In college tennis, the players make the calls while the umpires are there as a second opinion for any challenges from players.The results came down to the last two matches, both of which were fiercely competitive. All that remained was UW’s Aleksandra Markovic against Kristina Keesey at No. 3 singles and the No. 4 singles match of Wisconsin’s Jessica Seyferth vs. Hubbs.They were hotly contested, with intense rallies, long points and extended deuces. The turning point came when the match was suspended due to rain and the play moved to the indoor courts where play is a little quicker and the speed increases. The Badgers knew the switch wouldn’t help their team, especially against Ohio State.“Outdoors, when you hit the ball, it doesn’t come at you as hard,” Mirnova said. “In Jessie’s case, her opponent is pretty much an indoor player, so she hit the ball and it’s coming at you at full speed. I think we’re pretty good outdoors compared to indoors.” Fleishman also felt the transition didn’t help the last two matches.“You hope that’s not the reason you ended up losing the match, but it’s faster in here, and their players are a little bit more of an indoor team. They’re big girls; they hit the ball pretty hard, so I think the transition helped them.”Shortly after moving indoors, Markov lost her second set, losing the match 7-5, 6-4. With the score tied, 3-3, it came down to the third set between Seyferth and Hubbs. After trading points, breaks and leads, to the results were determined by a first to seven points tiebreaker. After going up four to three, Seyferth lost her next two serves and four points overall to drop the match to Hubbs 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (7-4).Although the team lost in devastating fashion, Elizabeth Carpenter was happy with her performance on Senior Day and will look back on this win fondly.Fleishman knows it will be hard to replace a talent and leader like Carpenter.“She had to step up and fill the void of not having a No. 1 player, and she has accepted that challenge, and she is our No. 1 player and she’s done a good job,” Fleishman said.Mirnova was also upset to see the three seniors, Carpenter, Elizabeth Dolan and Erin Jobe leave.“I’m good friends with everyone on the team,” Mirnova said. “It’s going to be sad, but on the other hand, I’m looking forward to whoever comes here next year.”last_img read more

NYT Facebook exposé fallout Board defends Zuckerberg and Sandberg Media call and

first_imgOn Wednesday, New York Times published a report on Facebook that raised questions on the company’s way of dealing with the controversies surrounding it, disinformation, the way it treats competitors and critics. The report scathingly pointed out how Facebook denied and deflected the blame it faced, time and again- listing a series of issues faced by the company which affected its users right from 2015. In response to this report, Facebook released a statement on Thursday pointing out inaccuracies in the report by the New York Times. Further on a press call yesterday, Mark Zuckerberg planned, to discuss how the social network manages problematic posts and its community standards. He also released a “community standards” transparency report, on the very same day, listing the actions proactively taken to take down illicit accounts and the struggles that the company still faces. However, the almost 90 minute call mainly ended up focusing on discussions around the New York Times story and what Facebook intends to do in its aftermath. Mark Zuckerberg’s call with the reporters “The reality of running a company of more than 10,000 people is that you’re not going to know everything that’s going on”-Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive and chairman On Thursday, Mark Zuckerberg held a conference call with reporters of top media firms like USA today, Bloomberg, ABC news, Wired and many others to discuss Facebook’s latest transparency report, which lists how the company caters to its community standards that govern content on its platform. While addressing questions on how he and Facebook’s COO, Sheryl Sandberg,  dealt with the issues listed in the New York Times report, Mr. Zuckerberg defended the social network, Ms. Sandberg and his own record. In response to the Russian interference, he acknowledged that the company was slow to act, but did not hinder investigation at any point. He stated: “I’ve said many times we were too slow to spot Russian interference, to suggest we weren’t interested in knowing the truth or wanted to hide what we knew or wanted to prevent investigations is simply untrue.” This was aligned to Facebook’s board statement on Thursday where the board acknowledged that the two executives responded slowly to Russian interference on Facebook and that directors had pushed them to act faster, but “to suggest they knew about Russian interference and either tried to ignore it or prevent investigations into what had happened was grossly unfair.” As for hiring a PR firm- Definers- who reportedly diverted attention from Facebook’s problems to its rival companies issues, Zuckerberg repeatedly said that he had only learned of Facebook’s work with Definers from the NYT report and Sandberg was also previously unaware of the relationship. When asked who was aware, Zuckerberg simply said  “someone on our comms team must have hired them.” “As soon as I read it, I looked into whether this is the type of firm we want to be working with, and we stopped working with them,” he added. “We certainly never asked them to spread anything that wasn’t true.” However, as COO, Facebook’s corporate communications team is under the purview of Sandberg. In a statement on Facebook late Thursday, Ms. Sandberg  wrote: “I did not know we hired them or about the work they were doing, but I should have.” During the call, Zuckerberg mentioned that Facebook will soon create an independent oversight body to adjudicate appeals on content moderation issues. This analogous to a Supreme court, will be created sometime next year and attempt to bring a balance between the right to free speech while keeping people safe around the world. A Blueprint for Content Governance and Enforcement On Thursday, Facebook released its second transparency report listing its advances in proactively identifying hate speech, and the first numbers for bullying, harassment, and child sexual exploitation takedowns .The report emphasizes the company’s efforts to remove bad content before users ever see it, while fielding an ever-growing number of requests from governments. In line to establishing an independent body to govern content moderation issues, he wrote “I believe independence is important for a few reasons. First, it will prevent the concentration of too much decision-making within our teams. Second, it will create accountability and oversight. Third, it will provide assurance that these decisions are made in the best interests of our community and not for commercial reasons.” Some interesting statistics to note from this report are: From July to September of 2018, Facebook took down far more pieces of unacceptable content. It removed 2.1 million and 8.7 million pieces of content from the category of bullying and harassment and child sexual exploitation and nudity, respectively. It removed 1.23 billion pieces of spam and closed 754 million fake accounts in the past quarter. Facebook says these are mostly spam, although it’s periodically removed accounts linked to political propaganda campaigns. Facebook removed 15.4 million pieces of violent content between June and September of 2018. Facebook has also become better at removing this content before users report it, claiming to proactively find more than 96 percent of the material, compared to around 71 percent last year. Facebook is still fielding government requests for user data, which has increased around 26 percent between the last half of 2017 and the first half of 2018. Facebook has made progress at deploying thousands of newly hired reviewers and artificial-intelligence tools, to enforce its community standards more aggressively. They have managed to catch 95 percent of nudity, fake accounts and graphic violence before users report it to Facebook. Public’s Reaction The New York Times reported that, in Washington, Republicans and Democrats threatened to restrain Facebook through competition laws. They also plan to open investigations into possible campaign finance violations. Shareholders ramped up calls to oust Mr. Zuckerberg as Facebook’s chairman while activists filed a complaint to the Federal Trade Commission about the social network’s privacy policies and condemned Ms. Sandberg, the chief operating officer, for overseeing a campaign to secretly attack opponents. Mr. Zuckerberg said on the conference call that he was not willing to step down as chairman. Jessica Guynn, a reporter for USA Today, started an interesting thread on twitter where she stresses on the point that Mark Zuckerberg is denying allegations in the Times story and instead is stressing on solutions to divert people’s attention from the problems. Jessica also proded Mark on the topic of being the right person to lead Facebook. To which he replied “ We are doing the right things to fix the issues. I am fully committed to getting this right.” You can head over to the New York Times for a complete coverage of this news. Read Next What is Facebook hiding? New York Times reveals Facebook’s insidious crisis management strategy Facebook shares update on last week’s takedowns of accounts involved in “inauthentic behavior” Emmanuel Macron teams up with Facebook in a bid to fight hate speech on social medialast_img read more