August 05, 2022 T&S Newsletter

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ALISTAIR HEATHER: From politics to our language – social media bots are reshaping Scotland

The Courier | August 04, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

These accounts all feel a bit ‘fake’. Very one-note and angry.

Lots of these toxic accounts, across Twitter and Facebook in particular, seem to focus their energies tearing into Scottish issues like the upcoming referendum, the Scots language, and SNP and Tory parties.

And since many of us rely on social media for our news and much of our social interaction, it’s worth the occasional health check, to see how far we can trust what we’re seeing.

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Dozens of fake news websites and social media accounts pushed pro-China talking points

CNBC | August 04, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

A Chinese marketing firm hosted a ring of at least 72 fake news sites in 11 languages with corresponding fake social media personas that pushed Chinese government talking points, according to research published Thursday.

NBC News has viewed the English-language sites, which obscure their ownership and authors. Their articles frequently criticized the U.S. and the West, and appeared to attempt to smooth over concerns in those countries, such as China limiting democracy in Hong Kong and putting ethnic minority Uyghur citizens into detention camps.

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Chinese info operation uses false news and social media to hammer U.S., cyber firm says

Washington Times | August 04, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

A forged letter from Sen. Marco Rubio, false news sites criticizing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Taiwan trip, and fake social media accounts are all part of a complex pro-China information operation revealed by the cybersecurity firm Mandiant on Thursday.

Mandiant said it found 72 suspected false news sites targeting audiences in North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia with messages critical of the U.S. and boosting China.

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Meta Outlines Evolving Efforts to Combat Mass Reporting and ‘Brigading’ in Latest Threat Report

Social Media Today | August 04, 2022

Company Listed: Meta

Meta has published its latest Adversarial Threat Report, which looks at all the malicious and scam networks that it detected and took action against in Q2 2022.

And much of it is as we’ve come to expect – Meta removed two clusters of hacker groups operating in South East Asia, as well as a troll farm originating from Russia, which targeted global public discourse about the war in Ukraine, in an effort to seed pro-Russia sentiment.

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T&S Policies & Regulations

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

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TikTok data privacy issues prompt need for social media plan

Tech Target | August 04, 2022

Company Listed: TikTok

TikTok has more than 1 billion users, a 45% increase from its 689 million users in 2020, according to Statista. Companies are increasingly joining the popular social media platform to reach new, younger audiences.

"Organizations are turning to popular social media applications like TikTok for advertising purposes," said Demetrice Rogers, adjunct professor in the Tulane University School of Professional Advancement.

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US senator urges Supreme Court to revisit privacy standards

International Association of Privacy Professionals | August 04, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

Cyberscoop reports U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., wrote U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts urging improved privacy practices for court filings and records. "Federal court rules — required by Congress — mandate that court filings be scrubbed of personal information before they are publicly available," Wyden wrote, noting a recent report from the court's Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure, citing inconsistencies with enforcing and enacting privacy rules. Issues with redactions may extend to Social Security numbers, birthdates, full names and more.

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Internet now safer for kids with anti-online sexual abuse law

Philippine News Agency | August 04, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

Several studies have revealed that the country has become one of the world’s largest sources of online child sexual exploitation and abuse cases with a rapid increase in cyber tip reports, aggravated by the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic.

With Republic Act 11930 or the Anti-Online Sexual Abuse and Exploitation of Children (OSAEC) Law, which lapsed into law last July 30, several child rights groups such as the Child Rights Network (CRN) said this marks the dawn of safer online spaces for children.

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India Withdraws a Proposed Law on Data Protection

NY Times | August 04, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

The Indian government on Wednesday unexpectedly withdrew a proposed bill on data protection that a panel of lawmakers had been laboring over for more than two years, saying it was working on a new law.

The abandoned legislation, Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019, would have required internet companies like Meta and Google to get specific permission for most uses of a person’s data, and would have eased the process of asking for such personal data to be erased. Countries worldwide have been adopting such steps, including in Europe with the General Data Protection Regulation.

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Classic Internet Censorship

NY Times | August 04, 2022

Company Listed: Google, Meta, Netflix, TikTok, Apple, Twitter

I want us to consider the implications of this new reality: In three of the four most populous countries in the world, governments have now given themselves the power to order that the internet be wiped of citizens’ posts that the authorities don’t like.

Indonesia — the world’s fourth-most populous country, and a democracy — is in the process of implementing what civil rights organizations say are overly broad regulations to demand removal of online speech that officials consider a disturbance to society or public order. Most major internet companies, including Google, Meta, Netflix, TikTok, Apple and Twitter have effectively agreed to go along with the rules, for now.

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T&S Careers & Jobs

T&S jobs posted recently, often within the last 24 hours, looking for top talent.

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Project Manager - Trust & Safety Scaled Ops Quality

RPO International | Sunnyvale, CA

Posted: August 03, 2022

  • BA/BS degree

  • 4+ years of cross-functional project management experience

  • Proven track record of documenting technical implementations

  • Strong communication and collaboration skills

  • Excellent problem-solving, critical thinking, and analytical skills

  • Bachelor's (Required)

Head of Trust & Safety

Faire | San Francisco, CA

Posted: August 05, 2022

  • Bachelor’s degree and 7+ years of experience, including 3+ years of people management experience.

  • Direct experience in Trust and Safety or related field, ideally for a marketplace business and/or high growth company.

  • Experience leading and driving cross-functional initiatives with varied stakeholders across Product, Data Science, Legal & Comms.

  • Experience working with global counterparts to deliver on org-and-company level goals.

  • You are detailed-oriented and can help us define and maintain a high-quality bar on Faire.

Trust and Safety Specialist

Meetup | Remote, OR

Posted: August 05, 2022

  • Feel a sense of accomplishment from helping people and making the internet a safer, more trustworthy place.

  • Are empathetic and understand that members are real people and should be treated with kindness and compassion.

  • Are energized by investigating issues and connecting the dots to take action.

  • Pride yourself on your ability to provide a consistent and objective point of view when making difficult decisions with limited information available.

  • At least 2 years of experience in a Trust and Safety, legal, tech policy, or risk mitigation role.

  • Experience with managing response times and general customer support emails.

Senior Security Engineer, Trust

GitLab | Remote, OR

Posted: August 05, 2022

  • A successful candidate is someone who is curious and willing to learn, has at least a basic understanding of security concepts, is comfortable moving forward in the face of ambiguity and able to effectively manage competing priorities.

  • 5+ years of demonstrated experience in Software Engineering with some experience in web or cloud security or abuse detection.

  • A minimum of 2 years experience working with incident response.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

  • Capability to build working relationships with key stakeholders.

  • Experience with operating system internals, web applications and browser security.


What is T&S?

Great question (and one the industry hasn’t fully agreed upon). Think of Trust & Safety as the organization that protects social media and Big Tech companies and users from online abuse. As long as users are able to generate content online, time has told us that a minority of these users will create content that is offensive, scandalous, fraudulent, disingenuous, misinformative, hateful, spiteful, and harmful. T&S fights this with flexible policies, resilient operations, and informed detections.

Is T&S interesting?

That depends. If you enjoy stopping bad actors and keeping good people safe, then you’ll love T&S. It requires understanding new technologies and staying on top of breaking issues across society and the world. It also pays Big Tech salaries (no coding skills required).

How do you get into T&S?

That’s the tricky part. The short answer is: not easily. Most T&S orgs are part of Big Tech and (as a result) pay extremely well, so jobs are highly competitive. If you don’t know someone in the industry who can help refer you in, then you can learn more about T&S policies, current events, issues, regulations, and jobs at to improve your hiring chances and start doing meaningful work that helps people.