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How misinformation derails free speech

Straits Times | August 01, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

DAVOS (Switzerland) - Own nothing, be happy. You might have heard the phrase. It started life as a screenshot, culled from the internet by an anonymous antisemitic account on the image board 4chan.

"Own nothing, be happy - The Jew World Order 2030", said the post, which went viral among extremists.

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Anti-vax Twitter accounts pushing food crisis misinformation, study finds

The Guardian | August 01, 2022

Company Listed: Twitter

Twitter accounts that have promoted QAnon and anti-vaccine conspiracy theories are switching focus and increasingly spreading disinformation about the global food crisis caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, according to a new study.

The research by the Network Contagion Research Institute (NCRI), found that conspiracy theorist social media accounts started pushing the idea that western countries are responsible for the interruption of wheat, barley and maize exports from Ukraine.

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Google’s Removed Over 50k YouTube Channels Linked to Influence Operations Originating from China

Social Media Today | August 01, 2022

Company Listed: Google, YouTube

This seems to be a significant, yet largely buried element within Google’s TAG Bulletin reports, which provide an overview of all of the coordinated influence operations that its team has detected and shut down over time.

As we reported back in May, at the time of Google’s Q1 TAG Bulletin, Google removed more 31,000 YouTube channels linked to Chinese-based influence operations between July last year and March 2022, a huge amount, which far outweighed any other element.

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Citing youth mental health crisis, Calif. lawmakers target social media

UPI | August 01, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

Karla Garcia said her son's social media addiction started in fourth grade, when he got his own computer for virtual learning and logged on to YouTube. Now, two years later, the video-sharing site has replaced both schoolwork and the activities he used to love -- like composing music or serenading his friends on the piano, she said.

Alessandro Greco, now 11 and a soon-to-be sixth grader, watches videos even when he tells his mom that he is starting homework, making his bed or practicing his instrument. When she confronts him, she said, he gets frustrated and says he hates himself because he feels like watching YouTube isn't a choice.

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Restaurant faces online harassment following author incident

Seattle Times | August 01, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

It’s hard to miss Epilogue Kitchen and Cocktails when walking through Salem’s downtown district. Taped to its windows are tons of signs, some of them handmade. They read: “Black Lives Matter,” and, “No Place For Hate.”

There are large portraits of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, and in chalk marker, the names of dozens of other people killed by police in recent years.

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Google purges over 111,000 'bad content' over user complaints in India

Business Standard | August 02, 2022

Company Listed: Google

Google removed 1,11,493 pieces of bad content based on user complaints in June this year in compliance with the new India IT Rules, 2021.

Most of the content it removed were related to copyright violations, while other categories included trademark, court order, graphic sexual content, circumvention, and others.

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Twitter reports largest ever period for data requests in new transparency report

ITPRO | August 01, 2022

Company Listed: Twitter

Twitter has seen its largest ever number of legal demands to remove content, as well as the most government legal demands targeting journalists and news organizations, the company has revealed.

In its 20th transparency report, Twitter released information for the period running from July 1 2021 to December 31 2021. Across the period, a record 47,572 legal demands were made regarding 198,931 accounts, comprising a mixture of court orders and other such formal demands by government entities and the lawyers of individuals for content to be taken down.

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HILL TECH & CYBER BRIEFING: Lawmakers to Take Privacy Pitch Home

Bloomberg Law | August 01, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

House and Senate lawmakers may soon hit pause on efforts to pass privacy legislation with support divided between claiming easy wins or pushing a package to overhaul privacy policy at large.

Senators view kids’ privacy as low-hanging fruit for congressional action, while the House remains committed to advancing a comprehensive bill.

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New York Attorney General Enforces Data Protection Laws

National Law Review | August 01, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

As the rate of international cyberattacks increases, it is essential that corporations that collect and store their customers’ personal data keep it safe from breaches. But even large corporations can be slow to act in order to implement effective data protection. Recent enforcement actions reveal that New York is among the states leading the way in investigating and fining corporations for both actual and potential data breach situations. Within the past month alone, Attorney General Letitia James (“NYAG”) secured monetary settlements and consent agreements from two large corporations who failed to maintain adequate administrative, technical and physical safeguards as required by New York law.

In the first, the NYAG joined 45 other states in recovering $1.25 million from Carnival Cruise Line. After Carnival first reported a 2019 data breach in 2020 -- ten months after becoming aware of suspicious activity on its servers -- the states launched an investigation as a possible violation of their data breach notification laws. It revealed that Carnival’s storage of personal information was unstructured and disorganized, and included personal information stored via email and exposed to potential intruders. As a result, in addition to imposing the fine, the states required Carnival to implement a breach response and notification plan, institute email security training for employees, add multi-factor authentication for remote email access, use strong passwords with rotation and secure storage, and implement enhanced logging of network activities and independent security assessments.

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Meta's Facebook Algos Are Losing Ground to Europian's mad men

Washington Post | August 02, 2022

Company Listed: Meta, Social Media