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April 22, 2022 T&S Newsletter

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Regulation has to be part of the answer’ to combating online disinformation, Barack Obama said at Stanford event

Stanford | April 21, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

During a speech at Stanford University on Thursday, former U.S. President Barack Obama presented his audience with a stark choice: “Do we allow our democracy to wither, or do we make it better?”

Over the course of an hour-long address, Obama outlined the threat that disinformation online, including deepfake technology powered by AI, poses to democracy as well as ways he thought the problems might be addressed in the United States and abroad.

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How End-To-End Encryption Impacts Human Rights? The Good and The Bad

Medianama | April 21, 2022

Company Listed: Meta

End-to-end encryption of messaging directly enables the right to privacy, which in turn enables other rights such as freedom of expression, association, opinion, religion, movement, and bodily security,” Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) said in its report on the impact of end-to-end encryption (E2EE) published on April 4.

While end-to-end encryption is being promoted by companies and civil groups for its privacy benefits, governments and law enforcement agencies have been against it because E2EE makes it hard for them to track down criminals. The BSR report lays out the arguments that exist on both sides of this debate.

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How to Decide Whether To Share Content on Social Media

FORBES | April 21, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

Sharing original content is more impactful than just “liking” other people’s posts. When should you post content?

For busy professionals, sharing original content can seem like a heavy lift. Busy people will say, “I don’t have the time to be on social media” or “I don’t have the time to write a thoughtful post.”

By not engaging with social media in a strategic way, you are losing out on opportunities to advance your career. It is not enough to keep your head down and do good work. Your network needs to be aware of your expertise. Sharing content with your network will help you to share your expertise and enhance your professional brand.

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Russia fines Google over Ukraine 'fakes', far-right content – TASS

Reuters | April 22, 2022

Company Listed: Google

A Russian court has fined Alphabet Inc.'s (GOOGL.O) Google 11 million roubles ($137,763) for failing to delete what it terms "fake" information about the conflict in Ukraine and YouTube videos produced by Ukrainian far-right groups, TASS reported.

Russia's communications watchdog said earlier this month that it was taking steps to punish Google for "spreading fakes" on YouTube, and has previously warned the U.S. company that it would be fined if it failed to comply, part of a wider battle with foreign tech firms and media to control information flows.

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Facebook content disputing violence in bucha shared more than the truth: Study

Arabnews | April 22, 2022

Company Listed: Facebook

A new study by the Institute for Strategic Dialogue has found that 27.5 percent of the Facebook posts it analyzed “cast doubt on the legitimacy of images from Bucha used by Western mainstream media,” and even more importantly, gained “significantly more traction online than those that did not question the mainstream narrative.”

Russian troops withdrew from the Ukrainian city of Bucha on March 30. As international media outlets reported their departure, footage of destruction, deaths and testimonies emerged.

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What challenges does the metaverse pose? Developers say data privacy security, disinformation & hate speech

Thetechpanda | April 21, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

According to a study, surveyed developers pointed to data privacy security, disinformation and hate speech as the most potent challenges of the metaverse.

A new kind of social media is on the horizon, where developers touch users in an unprecedented way, the metaverse. While this fills us with awe and inspiration, all isn’t hunky dory when it comes to shaking hands virtually.

We already know the pitfalls of data privacy and fake news. We will see this on a metaverse version, says this commissioned study that examined how developers feel about the current state and inevitable evolution of the metaverse.

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Vietnam plans 24-hour take-down law for "illegal" social media content: sources

Zawya | April 21, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

HANOI/SINGAPORE- Vietnam is preparing new rules requiring social media firms to take down content it deems illegal within 24 hours, three people with direct knowledge of the matter said.

The planned amendments to current law will cement Vietnam, a $1 billion market for Facebook, as one of the world's most stringent regimes for social media firms and will strengthen the ruling Communist Party's hand as it cracks down on "anti-state" activity.

The 24-hour time frame to take down "illegal content and services" will not have a grace period, while active "illegal livestreams" must be blocked within three hours, the people said. Companies that do not meet the deadlines could see their platforms banned in the country, they added.

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End of the Five Star Burnt Lasagne?

National Law Review | April 21, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) published yesterday proposals to protect consumers from fake online reviews and to give full legal status to the CMA’s guidance published earlier this year regarding goods and services supplied via a subscription model.

Under the proposals a new law would be implemented to make it “clearly illegal” to pay for the writing or hosting of fake online reviews with new powers for the CMA to fine businesses up-to 10% of global turnover (or £300,000 in the case of individual traders) for breaches. It would also become an offense to offer to write or commission fake reviews.

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As Europe Approves New Tech Laws, the U.S. Falls Further Behind

NY Times | April 21, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

In just the last few years, Europe has seen a landmark law for online privacy take effect, approved sweeping regulations to curb the dominance of the tech giants and on Friday was nearing a deal on new legislation to protect its citizens from harmful online content.

For those keeping score, that’s Europe: three. United States: zero.

The United States may be the birthplace of the iPhone and the most widely used search engine and social network, and it could also bring the world into the so-called metaverse. But global leadership on tech regulations is taking place more than 3,000 miles from Washington, by European leaders representing 27 nations with 24 languages, who have nonetheless been able to agree on basic online protections for their 450 million or so citizens.

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T&S Good News

Some of the good news in the T&S industry that leaders want to know