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April 25, 2022 T&S Newsletter



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YouTube comments bombarded with porn and scam links targeting channels with millions of young fans


Inews | April 24, 2022

Company Listed: YouTube


Spam commenters are flooding popular YouTube channels with links containing suspected scams and directing young audiences towards pornographic websites.


An investigation found comments sections on channels such as that of MrBeast – a YouTuber famous for viral stunts with more than 94 million subscribers – were bombarded with spam comments despite YouTube claiming to have addressed the problem in 2019.


Using an open-source spam detection algorithm, our investigation found that on a number of popular channels with millions of subscribers, spam comments made up around one in five comments.

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A Woman's Guide to the Most Toxic Trolls on the Internet


Wired | April 24, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media


ONE OF THE most surprising phenomena I’ve encountered since I began making television appearances in 2017 is the sudden proliferation of men in my Twitter mentions, my email inbox, my Instagram and Facebook followers, and my direct messages. The most innocuous (but still unsettling and creepy) ones simply follow you in droves on their social media platform of choice after an appearance. I get off the air, and within minutes, my Facebook or Instagram account is flooded with notifications of man after man after man staring at me from behind their avatars after quietly clicking the follow button. On Twitter, the platform most aligned with my work, where I have tens of thousands of anonymous followers, I would think nothing of it. But the idea that these men have sought out the personal platforms where I often share images of myself, and done so immediately after seeing me on television, makes my skin crawl. I can think of a single time when a young woman followed me on Instagram after a TV appearance; she sent me a message to tell me how inspiring she found my commentary. The men, on the other hand, mostly just lurk, sometimes liking long strings of my selfies in binges of scrolling and double-tapping.


Unfortunately there are many denizens of the internet who are much more vocal than the lurkers. It is helpful to be acquainted with their various incarnations before you encounter them so you do not mistake their initial approach as anything other than bad-faith. They burst violently into your mentions and your life like the Kool-aid man, demanding your attention, hawking opinions that they believe are unarguably, manifestly correct and indispensable. “PAY ATTENTION TO ME!” they bellow. “MY OPINION MATTERS!”

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Creating a family safety plan could help prevent child abuse


Abc4 | April 24, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media


SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) – April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and as the country focuses on how to protect it’s greatest “natural resource” – children – there are things families can do close to home to help education both children and adults about appropriate behavior and abuse prevention safety.


According to Prevent Child Abuse Utah, one in seven children will be sexually abused by age 18. And 90% of the time, children are sexually abused by someone they know and trust. Prevent Child Abuse Utah is a Utah-based non-profit working to educate adults and children about abuse prevention.

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Russia fines Google, Facebook for failing to delete banned content


Arabnews | April 25, 2022

Company Listed: Google, Facebook


A Russian court said on Tuesday it has fined US technology giants Google and Facebook Inc. over a failure to delete content that Moscow deems illegal, the latest development in an escalating standoff between Russia and Big Tech.


Russia has already placed a punitive slowdown on US social network Twitter for not deleting banned content, part of a push by Moscow to rein in Western tech companies and beef up what it calls its Internet “sovereignty.”


Facebook was fined 26 million roubles ($353,890) in total, on eight separate counts, while Alphabet Inc’s Google was ordered to pay a total of 6 million roubles for three different offenses, Moscow’s Tagansky District Court said.

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T&S Policies & Regulations

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

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New B.C. research measures climate anxiety from social media


Vancouversun | April 25, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media


A group of B.C. researchers have launched a project to monitor climate change-related anxiety in the hopes of providing front-line health care workers and policy-makers with better tools.


The project — based on studies conducted during last years’ heat dome and atmospheric river events — aims to understand how climate change is impacting Canadians’ mental health.


“There’s lots of things that inform people’s worries and anxieties,” said Kiffer Card, lead researcher at SFU. “Not just weather related events, but also what they’re hearing in the media, what they’re hearing in social media.”

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EU law targets big tech companies over hate speech, disinformation


Financial Express | April 24, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media


Big tech companies like Google and Facebook parent Meta will have to police their platforms more strictly to better protect European users from hate speech, disinformation and other harmful online content under landmark EU legislation approved early Saturday.


European Union officials clinched the agreement in principle on the Digital Services Act after lengthy final negotiations that began Friday. The law will also force tech companies to make it easier for users to flag problems, ban online ads aimed at kids and empower regulators to punish noncompliance with billions in fines.

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EU enacts landmark social media law to end self-regulation by big tech


Maktoobmedia | April 24, 2022

Company Listed: Facebook


The European Union on Saturday passed a landmark law that seeks to reduce social media’s harmful effects by requiring Big Tech corporations to quash disinformation and illicit content on their platforms or else face multibillion-dollar fines.


The Digital Services Act (DSA) would compel Facebook, YouTube, TikTok, Twitter, and other platforms “to set up new policies and procedures to remove flagged hate speech, terrorist propaganda, and other material defined as illegal by countries within the European Union,” the New York Times reported.


“The law aims to end an era of self-regulation in which tech companies set their own policies about what content could stay up or be taken down,” the newspaper noted. “It stands out from other regulatory attempts by addressing online speech, an area that is largely off-limits in the United States because of First Amendment protections.”

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EU officials agree on tech rules


Arkansasonline | April 25, 2022

Company Listed: Google, Facebook


BRUSSELS -- Big tech companies like Google and Facebook parent Meta will have to police their platforms more strictly to better protect European users from hate speech, disinformation and other harmful online content under landmark EU legislation approved early Saturday.


European Union officials clinched the agreement in principle on the Digital Services Act after final negotiations that began Friday. The law will also force tech companies to make it easier for users to flag problems, ban online ads aimed at kids and empower regulators to punish noncompliance with billions in fines.


The Digital Services Act, one half of an overhaul for the 27-nation bloc's digital rule book, helps cement Europe's reputation as the global leader in efforts to rein in the power of social media companies and other digital platforms.

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T&S Good News

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


Twitter bans 'misleading' climate change ads


Wio news | April 25, 2022

Company Listed: Twitter