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India blocks 22 YouTube news channels citing national security

Reuters | April 05, 2022

Company Listed: YouTube

India's government on Tuesday said it has banned 22 YouTube channels, including four of Pakistani origin, for disinformation on subjects concerning national security and public order, the latest such federal crackdown in the country.

The country's Ministry of Information & Broadcasting said the blocked YouTube channels had a combined total of 2.6 billion viewers.

The government, which invoked "emergency powers" under India's IT laws, said it had for the first time blocked 18 Indian YouTube channels, with previous actions focusing on accounts it has said operated from neighbouring Pakistan.

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TikTok is having a bad war,' say disinformation experts

France24 | April 06, 2022

Company Listed: TikTok

Every day, Shayan Sardarizadeh, a journalist with the BBC's disinformation team, ploughs through a hallucinatory mix of fake and misleading information about the war being spewed out on the video-sharing site.

"TikTok is really not having a good war," he told AFP.

"I haven't seen another platform with so much false content," he added.

"We've seen it all: videos from past conflicts being recycled, genuine footage presented in a misleading way, things that are so obviously false but still get tens of millions of views."

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Man incorrectly listed as mass shooting victim in social media posts

Fox40 | April 05, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

A Sacramento man who many thought had been killed in Sunday’s shooting on K Street is alive and well.

Incorrect messages on social media spread false rumors about Ricardo Ignacio’s death.

Ignacio was candid about his feelings when he found out he was named as one of the victims in a shooting tragedy that left six people dead and another 12 injured in downtown Sacramento Sunday morning.

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The Metaverse: Technology, Privacy and Security Risks, and the Road Ahead

Moderndiplomacy | April 06, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

A metaverse is a combination of persistent, multi-user, shared, 3D virtual spaces that are intertwined with the physical world and merged together to create a unified and perpetual virtual universe. Users enter the metaverse with avatars, and can interact with each other and with the items, applications, services, and businesses that the metaverse contains. In particular, the metaverse is currently seen as the next evolution of the Internet. That is, a technology-empowered, cyber-physical Internet 3.0 capable of surpassing the mobile Internet paradigm. This vision of the metaverse as the next evolutionary leap of both our physical and digital networking capabilities and thus, also of our social life perfectly explains the massive hype and the spasmodic attention that built rapidly around the metaverse.

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Twitter’s ‘safety mode’ could shield politicians from harassment. It could also silence critics.

Washingtonpost | April 05, 2022

Company Listed: Twitter

For months, Twitter has been building out a new safety tool aimed at making it easier for users to tune out harassment, including by automatically blocking “uninvited” messages.

But the social network is still grappling with whether those protections should extend to politicians, who free speech advocates fear could use the features to silence critics.

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"The FBI is spending millions on social media tracking software"

Washingtonpost | April 05, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

Social media users seemed to foreshadow the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol and the FBI apparently missed it.

Now, the FBI is doubling down on tracking social media posts, spending millions of dollars on thousands of licenses to powerful social media monitoring technology that privacy and civil liberties advocates say raise serious concerns.

The FBI has contracted for 5,000 licenses to use Babel X, a software made by Babel Street that lets users search social media sites within a geographic area and use other parameters.

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The UK’s Online Safety Bill: more revisions needed to ensure legislation tackles harms on the web

Globalgovernmentforum | April 05, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

I grew up in Dodge City, Kansas, a part of the United States that many associate with settlers, cowboys, and outlaw gangs; a part of the United States that many call the “Wild West.” It is fitting then that I spend my days here in England at the University of Oxford researching online harms in an online space which many today consider the “Digital Wild West”.

Like in the Old West, powerful companies hold outsized sway. Substitute powerful railroad and mining companies with online social media and e-commerce platforms and you have some idea of the chaos and mayhem that self-regulation in this new environment brings to the concept of online harms. Much like the Wild West, many have now come to realise a sheriff might be needed to introduce the rule of law and order to the online world. The UK’s Online Safety Bill takes on the challenge of trying to define and regulate online harms. This Bill appoints technology companies to be the sheriffs and Ofcom as the deputy of the Digital Wild West. I study malicious actors online (e.g., trolls, hate groups) and misinformation, so I was interested to see how the Bill would address these topics.

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Aussie Social Media Influencers Could Face Up To 5 Years in Jail Under New Crackdown

Ladbible | April 06, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

Aussie social media influencers who specialize in finance are being targeted under a new federal crackdown.

‘Finfluencers’ are content creators who offer financial advice in investing, budgeting and all things money across their social media platforms.

They've recently come under scrutiny by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC), as many financial content creators don’t have a license.

ASIC released new guidelines that state influencers who continue to talk about ​​stocks, investment funds or financial products without a license will face five years in jail as well as a hefty $1 million fine.

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Big Tech and Free Speech: How Both the Left and the Right Are Wrong

Fee | April 05, 2022

Company Listed: Facebook

The war of words over online speech has been fierce and apparently unresolvable.

From the left, we have calls to crack down on “misinforma