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August 16, 2022 T&S Newsletter

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How Frustration over TikTok Has Mounted in Washington

NY Times | August 14, 2022

Company Listed: TikTok

Early last year, Senator Marco Rubio, a Florida Republican, and Jake Sullivan, President Biden’s national security adviser, met to discuss China and industrial policy. During their conversation, Mr. Rubio raised his worries about Beijing’s influence over TikTok, the Chinese-owned viral video app.

Under former President Donald J. Trump, TikTok had been embroiled in questions over whether it could compromise U.S. national security by sharing information about Americans with China. The issue, which was never resolved, was inherited by the Biden administration. Mr. Sullivan “shared our concerns,” Mr. Rubio said in an interview.

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U.K. Police Investigate Online Threat to J.K. Rowling

NY Times | August 14, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media, Twitter

The authorities in the United Kingdom said on Sunday that they were investigating an online threat against the author J.K. Rowling after she offered support on social media to Salman Rushdie, the novelist who was attacked last week at an event in western New York.

Hours after the attack on Mr. Rushdie, who was stabbed roughly 10 times as he prepared to speak at the Chautauqua Institution, Ms. Rowling tweeted her condolences. She first wrote on Twitter, “Horrifying news,” then added: “Feeling very sick right now. Let him be OK.

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Steve Toussaint reveals racist abuse after being cast in House of the Dragon

The Guardian | August 16, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

Steve Toussaint has revealed he received racist abuse online after he was cast as Corlys Velaryon in the upcoming Game Of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon.

The 57-year-old British actor has previously starred in Doctor Who, Line of Duty and Death in Paradise.

Speaking to the Radio Times about his lead role in the highly anticipated HBO series, Toussaint said: “When they announced [my casting], one of the first things I saw on social media was a drawing of the character [from the books] next to a picture of me.

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Police investigate alleged child abuse viral videos

New Straits Times | August 16, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

The police have opened an investigation paper into two videos showing alleged child abuse, which went viral on social media, yesterday.

Sentul police chief Assistant Commissioner Beh Eng Lai said both five-second videos showed a woman hitting a child hard with her hand in an incident believed to have happened in May.

He said the videos that were uploaded on Facebook also showed the child crying after being hit and was forced to eat something.

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T&S Policies & Regulations

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

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On TikTok, Election Misinformation Thrives Ahead of Midterms

NY Times | August 14, 2022

Company Listed: TikTok

In Germany, TikTok accounts impersonated prominent political figures during the country’s last national election. In Colombia, misleading TikTok posts falsely attributed a quotation from one candidate to a cartoon villain and allowed a woman to masquerade as another candidate’s daughter. In the Philippines, TikTok videos amplified sugarcoated myths about the country’s former dictator and helped his son prevail in the country’s presidential race.

Ahead of the midterm elections this fall, TikTok is shaping up to be a primary incubator of baseless and misleading information, in many ways as problematic as Facebook and Twitter, say researchers who track online falsehoods. The same qualities that allow TikTok to fuel viral dance fads — the platform’s enormous reach, the short length of its videos, its powerful but poorly understood recommendation algorithm — can also make inaccurate claims difficult to contain.

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TikTok and WeChat algorithms were revealed to local authorities

Giz China | August 15, 2022

Company Listed: TikTok

In China, an extraordinary event took place – local IT giants, from Tencent Holdings which onws WeChat to ByteDance which owns TikTok, for the first time provided the authorities with information about the algorithms on which their systems operate. Experts do not rule out that such measures are theoretically capable of compromising highly guarded corporate secrets.

On Friday, the local regulator released a list of 30 algorithms that companies like Alibaba Group Holding and Meituan use to collect user data. Make personalized recommendations and manage content. Only brief descriptions of the algorithms are available to the public, but the authorities have received much more detailed information.

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T&S Good News

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

How do I keep my children safe online? Advice from the front lines, including teens themselves

USA Today | August 15, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

Modern technology has done many great things in this world, but making parenting easier is not one of them. Kids and parents face more worries today than ever before when it comes to staying safe online. Social media, cyberbullying, screen addiction, porn – all of those and the struggle and concern around them are real.

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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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Supervisor Trust and Safety

Aston Carter | Tempe, AZ

Posted: August 14, 2022

  • Must have 2+ years of supervisor experience managing a team.

  • Investigating Skills, Data Entry, Fraud, Trust and Safety.

  • 1+ years of work experience investigating fraudulent activity in a high demand environment.

  • Data competency, including the ability to answer inquiries from internal partners.

  • Proficiency in identifying trends and product/operational countermeasures.

  • Proficiency in operating autonomously while working with internal partners.

Trust and Safety, Quality/Training Supervisor

Teleperformance | Port St. Lucie, FL

Posted: August 14, 2022

  • Higher, secondary specialized education, Bachelor's degree is preferred.

  • 4+ years of work experience working within a QA capacity.