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August 09, 2022 T&S Newsletter

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Why is TikTok allowing dangerous trends to be pushed on teens?

Daily Mail | August 08, 2022

Company listed: TikTok

TikTok has come under fire for exposing teenagers to dangerous trends including 'rape culture', how to hotwire new cars and a vile 'blackout challenge' that has killed youngsters.

The social media giant has failed to strip down misogynistic comments by former kickboxer Andrew Tate, footage of thugs stealing KIAs and Hyundias and content encouraging children to asphyxiate themselves.

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California can end social media’s immoral ploys to keep children clicking

Desert Sun | August 08, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

Under many reasonable laws, we as members of society have a common duty to be careful not to cause harm to others in our everyday affairs. Laws impose on us all — from the biggest manufacturers to every individual — a duty of “ordinary care.” In our system, we require and expect those who cause harm to be held accountable for the harm they cause.

Assembly Bill 2408, first-of-its-kind legislation, would hold accountable the largest social media giants who have played a leading role in the most acute and widespread youth mental health crisis experts have ever seen. The bill, authored by Assemblymembers Jordan Cunningham (R-San Luis Obispo) and Buffy Wicks (D-Oakland), will clarify the legal duty of the largest social media companies — Meta (formerly Facebook), Instagram, TikTok and Snap — not to addict children by designing their products and features to be progressively habit-forming.

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Abusers coerce more children into sharing sexual images

The Times | August 09, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

A charity has reported a sharp rise in children aged as young as seven being tricked by abusers into sharing sexual images of themselves online.

The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) found almost 20,000 web pages of child sexual abuse imagery in the first half of 2022 — 8,000 more than in the same period last year.

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T&S Policies & Regulations

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

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India's new rules for data privacy may be more like Chinas than Europes

Business Standard | August 09, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

After five years of negotiations involving the government, tech companies and civil society activists, the world’s largest democracy is sending its debate on privacy back to the drawing board. The Indian government has junked the personal data protection bill, and decided to replace it with “a comprehensive legal framework.” If the current anarchy wasn’t bad enough, nobody knows what the revamped regime will contain — whether it will put individuals first, like in Europe, or promote vested commercial and party-state interests, like in China.

Back in 2017, India’s liberals were hopeful. In July that year, New Delhi set up a panel under retired Justice B.N. Srikrishna to frame data protection norms. The very next month, the country’s Supreme Court held privacy to be a part of a constitutionally guaranteed right to life and liberty. But the optimism didn’t take long to fade. The law introduced in parliament in December 2019 gave the government unfettered access to personal data in the name of sovereignty and public order — a move that will “turn India into an Orwellian State,” Srikrishna cautioned.

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Brussels defends its online child sexual abuse law as 'legally solid' following privacy criticism

Euro News | August 08, 2022

Company Listed: Facebook, Messenger

The European Commissioner for Home Affairs on Sunday defended her proposal to clamp down on child sexual abuse online as "well-reasoned" and "legally solid" following criticism from data protection watchdogs.

The Commission unveiled its Better Internet for Kids strategy in May. The plan would require social media platforms or communication providers to pro-actively look for Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM) shared online and to automatically share it with national authorities and a new EU expertise centre.

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House bill seeks to criminalize creating, spreading 'fake news'

CNN Philippines | August 08, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

A bill seeking to criminalize the creation and dissemination of false information has been filed in the House of Representatives.

"It cannot be stressed enough that nowadays, people have been repeatedly misinformed about what they consider to be data and facts through the advent of 'fake news,’" House bill authors An Waray party-list Rep. Florencio Noel and Malabon Rep. Jaye Lacson Noel wrote.

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T&S Good News

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

WhatsApp to advertise new privacy features on UK billboards and TV after government criticisms

Sky News | August 09, 2022

Company Listed: WhatsApp

The changes will also allow people to control who can see when they are online and to prevent screenshots of auto-deleting "View Once" messages.

The features are described as ways to keep users' messages as "secure as face-to-face conversations" by Mark Zuckerberg, the chief executive of WhatsApp's parent company Meta.

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Snapchat's new parental controls try to mimic real-life parenting, minus the hovering

NPR | August 09, 2022

Company Listed: Snapchat, Social Media

Snapchat is rolling out parental controls that allow parents to see their teenager's contacts and report to the social media company — without their child's knowledge — any accounts that may worry them.

The goal, executives say, is to enable parents to monitor their child's connections without compromising teens' autonomy. Named Family Center, the new suite of tools released Tuesday requires both caregiver and teen to opt in.

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T&S Careers & Jobs

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Trust and Safety Data Labeling Analyst

TikTok | Los Angeles, CA

Posted: August 08, 2022

  • 3+ years of professional experience in a fast-paced consumer internet environment.

  • Bachelor's degree from a top accredited educational institution.

  • Data-oriented and skilled in structuring, crunching, analyzing and presenting metrics; intermediate Excel/spreadsheets capability.

  • Experience building effective working partnerships and skilled at communicating both verbally and written with cross-functional global teams and external partners across a variety of functions (engineering, legal, vendor operations).

  • Respect for and desire to learn from and interact with other cultures in a truly global, multicultural company.

Content Operations Specialist, Trust & Safety

Smart News | Anaheim, CA