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Russian invasion driving more disinformation online, says Meta
The Guardian| April 07, 2022
Company Listed: Meta Facebook
Russia-aligned hackers compromised the social media accounts of dozens of Ukrainian military officers, attempting to upload videos of defeated and surrendering Ukrainian soldiers before being stopped by Meta, a new report revealed.
The report from Facebook and Instagram’s parent company detailed a surge in social media disinformation this year, including an increase in contentlinked to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Russia Accuses Google Of 'Fake' News On YouTube, Bans Advertising
RFERL | April 07, 2022
Company Listed: Youtube, Google
Russian media regulator Roskomnadzor has accused Google of violating Russian law and said it will take punitive measures against the giant tech company, including an advertising ban on the platform and its information resources.
In its April 7 statement, Roskomnadzor said Google's YouTube video-sharing platform "turned into one of the key platforms spreading fake news" about Russia's ongoing unprovoked invasion of Ukraine that Russian authorities call a "special military operation."
The statement says that the materials in question on YouTube "discredit the Russian Federation's armed forces," and that the measures against Google, which include a warning on search engines saying it is violating Russian law, would remain in place until it complied with legislation.
AEC investigating popular union TikTok accounts skirting transparency rules ahead of federal election
ABC News | April 07, 2022
Company Listed: TikTok
Several Australian popular union-linked TikTok accounts targeting young voters with anti-government content have not abided by electoral transparency rules around political messaging, an ABC investigation has found.
The ABC has identified three union accounts that failed to publish proper mandatory authorisations, as required by the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC), which governs how political messaging is presented to voters.
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Yellen Clarifies Government's Role in Crypto Regulation
The Street | April 08, 2022
Company Listed: Social Media
U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen called for "responsible innovation" in the development of digital assets in her first remarks following President Joe Biden's executive order on cryptocurrency.
Our regulatory frameworks should be designed to support responsible innovation while managing risks," Yellen said in prepared remarks on April. "Especially those that could disrupt the financial system and economy."
Pinterest unveils climate misinformation policy
PR Week | April 08, 2022
Company Listed: Pinterest
Pinterest has launched a climate misinformation policy, which the company says makes it the only major digital platform to have clearly defined guidelines against such misinformation.
The new policy, announced on Wednesday, ensures that Pinterest will remove “content that denies the existence or impacts of climate change, the human influence on climate change, or that climate change is backed by scientific consensus,” according to a press release.
Online Safety Bill: Collaborating to make the internet safer for all
Computer Weekly | April 08, 2022
Company Listed: Social Media
The Online Safety Bill is a landmark piece of legislation designed to lay down in law a set of rules about how online platforms should behave to better protect their customers and users.
It aims to prevent the spread of illegal content and activity such as images of child abuse, terrorist material and hate crimes, including racist abuse; to protect children from harmful material; and to protect adults from legal – but harmful – content.
Regulator urges Facebook to cull scam investment adverts
Scottish Legal | April 07, 2022
Company Listed: Facebook Meta
Nikhil Rathi, chief executive of the FCA, listed Facebook’s owner Meta and Twitter as companies that must accelerate their crackdown on fraudsters. The regulator has voiced concerns that global tech giants are allowing criminals to attract vulnerable customers via their online platforms.
Currently, investment companies can post adverts on Facebook and Twitter regardless of whether they are regulated by the FCA. This has allowed scammers to entice savers into spending their money on fake investments with the promise of unrealistic returns.
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Twitter is dealing with harassment with a 'don't @ me' feature
The Protocol | April 07, 2022
Company Listed: Twitter
Twitter is officially letting you say "don’t @ me" — and now it actually means something. The platform announced Thursday that it's testing a feature called "unmentioning," which helps quiet your noisy notifications by letting you leave a conversation you have no interest in being part of.
The feature is currently being tested by a small group of users and is only available on the web. Twitter said the feature is "a way to help you protect your peace and remove yourself from conversations." Users that have this feature can select the menu next to the reply button on a tweet and choose the option to “get you out of this conversation." Users who choose this will be untagged from the conversation, as well as prevent further mentions and notifications. When used, your Twitter handle will be grayed out on that post.