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Political Misinformation Meant to Forestall Latino Power Threatens All
LA Progressive | August 07, 2022
Company Listed: Twitter, Telegram
Researchers and teachers who specialize in Latino politics are increasingly alarmed by the flood of misinformation targeting Hispanic voters a tsunami of lies that the U.S. government and social media giants are failing to confront.
For example, Spanish-language Twitter and Telegram have in the past four weeks seen new claims that President Biden suffers from "dementia," offering no medical evidence, but pointing to awkward use of teleprompters as proof that Biden suffers a cognitive disorder. The potential political impact of such misinformation is obvious.
Royal Malaysia Police denies link to troll farm alleged by Meta, 596 accounts removed
Daily Times | August 08, 2022
Company Listed: Meta, Instagram, TikTok, Twitter
Meta has removed a troll farm linked to the Royal Malaysian Police active across its platforms Facebook and Instagram. According to Meta the troll farm posted memes in Malay, supporting the current government coalition and the police while accusing its critics and the opposition of corruption across platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, TikTok and Twitter, according to Meta's quarterly adversarial threat report for the second quarter of 2022. However, the Royal Malaysian Police has issued a statement denying its involvement in the troll farm, and is collecting more information about the incident.
According to Meta's report, the troll farm managed Facebook pages and posed as independent news entities while using fairly under developed fake accounts with stolen profile pictures to target domestic audiences in Malaysia. Their posting activities usually peaked during the weekdays, while taking breaks for lunch. Some of the accounts were detected and disabled by its automated systems. Meta identified the troll farm following information about a small portion of its activity initially suspected to have originated in China, by researchers at Clemson University.
Facebook, TikTok and fake news play key role in Kenyan elections: Millions to vote tomorrow after ugly online campaigns
City A.M. | August 08, 2022
Company Listed: Facebook, TikTok
NAIROBI – Politicians and political parties across Kenya have spent tens of millions on social media campaigns in recent weeks in a last effort to win over voters, as the East African country is going to the polls tomorrow.
Alongside hundreds of genuine statements and ads, fake and false online claims play a key role in the Kenyan elections.
As online hate speech hits Africa, social media firms told to act
IOL | August 08, 2022
Company Listed: Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp, Social Media
SOCIAL media used to be a source of light entertainment for Nora, a 47-year-old Zimbabwean domestic worker living in South Africa. But lately, it has become a source of fear.
As she scrolls through her Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp, she finds posts blaming Zimbabweans for everything from crime and drug rings to corruption, the kind of xenophobic hate speech she worries could fuel violent attacks against migrants.
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Revealed: BeReal may share your location data without your consent
Digital Journal | August 07, 2022
Company Listed: Social Media
Technology experts at VPN Overview have warned against the dangers of BeReal as it is revealed that the application can track your location without your consent. BeReal is a photo sharing app for iOS and Android. Every day at a random time that varies by country, the app sends out a push notification — Time to BeReal. — and users have two minutes to take their pictures. The camera snaps a selfie and a rear-facing photo simultaneously. The app is popular in terms of downloads.
Demand for the app has increased by 1619 percent in the past year with millions of users taking snapshots of their day to day lives in a two minute time frame wherever that may be in the world. The alert can go off at any given moment, encouraging users to simultaneously ‘be real’ and take a snapshot from both the front and back facing camera.
Social media communication apps may soon be regulated by DoT: Report
Deccan Herald | August 07, 2022
Company Listed: Social Media
Social media apps for communication, such as WhatsApp, Telegram and Signal, may soon be regulated by the Department of Telecommunications (DOT), considering 'misuse' and security issues.
The DoT is likely to consult with ministries of electronics & IT and information and broadcasting over this matter. It will seek views from telecom regulators as well, according to a report by The Economic Times.
Regulators to Shutter PredictIt's Elections Gambling Platform
Nasdaq | August 08, 2022
Company Listed: Social Media
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Instagram Takes Inspiration from BeReal with New Test Features
Social Media Today | August 07, 2022
Company Listed: Instagram
In the modern social media landscape, replication is the ultimate compliment, and it seems that rising app BeReal is the latest app that’s getting attention, and various ‘compliments’ as a result.
BeReal, which has now surpassed 10 million total downloads according to data.ai analysis, has gained significant momentum throughout 2022.
T&S Careers & Jobs
T&S jobs posted recently, often within the last 24 hours, looking for top talent.
TikTok | New York, NY
Posted: August 05, 2022
2+ years of experience in data science or quantitative analysis.
Experience with SQL, ETL, R/Python.
Degree in a quantitative discipline (e.g., Statistics, Economics, Computer Science, Mathematics, Engineering).
Ability to solve problems using quantitative approaches and strong communication skills.
Whatnot | United States
Posted: August 06, 2022
Your ability to make good trade-offs and exercise good judgment is essential to us.
5+ years of software engineering experience.
Excellent product instincts.
You first think about users rather than the best technical solution.
Excellent problem solver and don’t need to be told exactly what to do.
Spark Foundry | Cupertino, CA
Posted: August 07, 2022
8-10 years (or more) experience in a technical program management role.
Defining KPIs and metrics to measure customer satisfaction and trust factor.
Shown to thrive in a fast-paced environment and able to deliver within established deadlines.
Driving what matters for the engineering team you support including but not limited to running a standup, BRBs, sprint planning, meetings, and doing whatever needs to be done to ship your projects.
Proven ability to prioritize features/products with input from teams across the company and balancing different perspectives and priorities.
TikTok | Austin, TX
Posted: August 07, 2022
Utilization of Natural Language Processing and Machine Learning wherever and whenever applicable
Working level competency in one or more programming languages including SQL, Python and R is required.
Sound understanding of ML models and how they can be leveraged to act upon a range of content and safety risks.
Minimum 5+ years work experience in quantitative analysis with relevant degree / experience
Experience working on consumer-facing products, with a keen sense of malicious and inappropriate activities that occur on social media.
Rover.com | Spokane, WA
Posted: August 08, 2022
To be considered for this role, you must be able to work one or both weekend days, holidays, and be comfortable with a flexible schedule.
Love for pets and people and a desire to keep them safe.
Commitment to doing what is best for the customer and the company.
Capacity to neutrally and empathetically review all sides and perspectives of a situation.
Ability to multitask and crush sometimes repetitive work while maintaining strong ownership.
Sound judgment, exceptional instincts, and a strong moral compass to help you solve problems quickly, sometimes with limited information.
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 trustsafetyinstitute.com to improve your hiring chances and start doing meaningful work that helps people.