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April 04, 2022 T&S Newsletter

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T&S Early Warning News

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No One Is Giving You a Free iPhone on Instagram: How to Avoid the Latest Social Media Scam

Cnet | April 03,2022

Company Listed: Instagram

Social media scams are nothing new, but cyberthieves continue to think up new ploys to get your personal information. If you use Instagram, you might've noticed a sudden uptick of strangers tagging you in posts about winning a free iPhone 13. All you have to do is click the link in the description to claim it, the post says. This scheme isn't new: It reportedly has resurfaced every few years along with the release of a new phone.

If you've been tagged in one – or several – of these posts, sorry, but there's no free phone waiting for you. If you click the link, you'll be redirected to a webpage where you'll be asked to enter a few details and your credit or debit card information, according to a February report by Hindustan Times Tech.

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Twitter Bans Over 34K Accounts For Content Related To Child Abuse & Terrorism

INC42 | April 03, 2022

Company Listed: Twitter

Microblogging site Twitter has released its compliance report for the period between January 26, 2022 and February 25, 2022

According to the report, Twitter reported a total of 268 complaints during the same period. Most of the grievances pertained to online harassment (161), followed by impersonation (40), hateful conduct (18),manipulated media (14), defamation (11), copyright infringement (7), sensitive adult content (5), among others.

Based on these complaints, a total of 638 URLs were taken down. These included 471 URLs for online harassment, 50 for sensitive adult content, 42 for hateful conduct, 35 for IP-related infringement, 23 URLs for manipulated media, among others

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The metaverse is not designed for women

Meta | April 02, 2022

Company Listed: Meta Facebook

It was the dawn of the ‘metaverse’. Just days after its launch, Nina Jane Patel, a psychotherapist and researcher reported being sexually assaulted there.

Within 60 seconds of joining — I was verbally and sexually harassed — 3 – 4 male avatars, with male voices, essentially, virtually gang raped my avatar and took photos — as I tried to get away they yelled — ‘don’t pretend you didn’t love it’ and ‘go rub yourself off to the photo’, she said.

The comments on her post describing her ordeal were familiar terms commonly used to dismiss victims of sexual assault: ‘don’t choose a female avatar, it’s a simple fix’, ‘don’t be stupid, it wasn’t real’, ‘a pathetic cry for attention’, ‘avatars don’t have lower bodies to assault’, ’you’ve obviously never played fortnite’.

When Patel’s story was picked up by news outlets, she said the hate escalated and she began receiving death threats and abusive comments on social media and email.

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T&S Policies & Regulations

Regulatory news and policy decisions impacting the T&S ecosystem.

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Google India Removes 93,067 Content Pieces In February; Weight of Copyright Complaints Heavier

Inc42 | April 02, 2022

Company Listed: Google

In the month of February this year, the U.S. tech giant Google has received 30,065 complaints in India, 96.1% or 28,890 complaints of which are copyright-related.

Google also said that between February 1 and 28, 2022, the company has removed 93,067 content based on users’ complaints against them. However, it is about an 11% drop when compared to January’s report.

The complaints Google receives are of various categories, including alleged infringement of intellectual property rights, violation of local laws prohibiting types of content on grounds such as defamation. The tech giant has always claimed to have assessed such complaints carefully.

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NYC GOP lawmakers say they are being ‘stifled’ by Facebook and Twitter

NY Post | April 03, 2022

Company Listed: Twitter, Facebook Meta

Facebook and Twitter are waging war on the New York City Council’s GOP members, disabling or refusing to verify some of their accounts — including that of a Ukrainian native-turned-national figure, the pols claim.

Brooklyn Republican Councilwoman Inna Vernikov, who was born in Ukraine, says Twitter denied her request for verified status with no specific explanation.

“Welcome to the USSR — United States of Soviet Republic,” Vernikov told The Post.

“The problem is I am a conservative. They’re stifling conservative voices. There is no other reason,” she said.

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Florida Attorney General and other states urge TikTok and Snapchat for stronger parental controls | April 02, 2022

Company Listed: TikTok, Snapchat

Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody has joined 43 attorneys general from around the county urging social media sites to allow parents the ability to monitor a child’s online activity.

In a letter to TikTok and Snapchat this week, Moody and others asked the social media companies to create parental control applications and features to protect children from harmful content.

The internet is a dangerous place for children to explore without any guidance or protection. As a mother, I worry about what my child may encounter online.” Moody said.

The letter goes on to point out that several other social media platforms already use some form of content moderation and community guidelines, but note that they are not always sufficient to protect children and teenagers who are vulnerable.

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T&S Careers & Jobs

T&S jobs posted recently, often within the last 24 hours, looking for top talent.

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Director of Trust & Safety

Kickstarter | Anywhere

Posted: April 04th 2022

  • Our ideal candidate has experience working collaboratively across technical and non-technical teams

  • Worked in the online risk industry for several years in a managerial role managing a team, preferably in a two-sided marketplace or community-driven organization

  • Strong leadership skills and experience

  • Experience dealing with e-fraud, intellectual property (DMCA, etc.), payments, legal compliance and regulatory issues

  • Experience managing moderation and abuse prevention inside a marketplace or community

  • Experience with documenting policies and procedures

Legal Trust and Safety Technology Data Program Manager

Meta | Chicago, IL, USA

Posted: April 02th 2022

  • The Technical Programs team in Meta’s Security, Integrity, and Investigations organization is looking for an experienced Technical Program Manager with a strong data background who is able develop process, prioritization and strategy balancing the needs of multiple stakeholders

  • Lastly, the candidate should have familiarity with or be willing to work on the intersection of tech, legal, compliance, and government matters

  • B.S. in Computer Science or a related technical discipline, or equivalent experience

  • 8+ years of software engineering, data, or technical product/program management experience

  • Experience delivering tech programs or products from inception to delivery

  • Knowledge of user needs, gathering requirements, and defining scope

Trust and Safety Risk Operations Investigator

Infinity Consulting Solutions, Inc. | Tucson, AZ, USA

Posted: April 03th 2022

  • 2+ years complex financial crime investigative experience; and or