Startup fundings: Dance Church lands $4.7M to fuel online fitness platform, and other recent PNW deals


Here’s our latest rundown on recent funding rounds raised by Pacific Northwest companies. — Dance Church, the Seattle-based creators of a high-energy, dance-focused movement class that also includes an online subscription platform, has raised $4.7 million in seed funding. The gist: Founded in 2010 by Kate Wallich, Dance Church teamed with Pioneer Square Labs in June for help in taking the popularity of its in-person classes and bringing them online for a global audience with a dance-on-demand product called “Dance Church Go.” Users can get access to a library of online classes for $19 a month or $199 per year.… Read More

Facebook disputes report that its AI can’t detect hate speech or violence consistently

Facebook is disputing a report that says its artificial intelligence isn’t effective at detecting hate speech. | Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge

Facebook vice president of integrity Guy Rosen wrote in blog post Sunday that the prevalence of hate speech on the platform had dropped by 50 percent over the past three years, and that “a narrative that the technology we use to fight hate speech is inadequate and that we deliberately misrepresent our progress” was false.

“We don’t want to see hate on our platform, nor do our users or advertisers, and we are transparent about our work to remove it,” Rosen wrote. “What these documents demonstrate is that our integrity work is a multi-year journey. While we will never be perfect, our teams continually work to develop our systems, identify issues and build solutions.”

The post appeared to be in response to a Sunday article in the Wall…

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