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August 08, 2022 T&S Newsletter

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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T&S Policies & Regulations

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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.

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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.

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Regulators to Shutter PredictIt's Elections Gambling Platform

Nasdaq | August 08, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

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When it comes to politics, all bets are off.

Since 2014, online predictions marketplace PredictIt has allowed Americans to vote with their wallets and gamble on elections, but the Australian-based site has been ordered to shutter its US-based operations by February.

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T&S Good News

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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 analysis, has gained significant momentum throughout 2022.

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T&S Careers & Jobs

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Data Scientist, Analytics - Trust & Safety

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.

Senior Software Engineer, Trust & Safety

Whatnot | United States