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August 17, 2022 T&S Newsletter

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‘Near-Perfect Detection:’ World Economic Forum Pushes AI Censorship of Online Speech

Breitbart | August 16, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

The article, published on the WEF’s website, bundles together the real problems faced by online content moderators, such as detecting and removing child sexual abuse material (CSAM), with establishment preoccupations like containing “misinformation” and “white supremacy” — increasingly flexible labels that tech elites use to censor the enemies of progressivism.

Since the introduction of the internet, wars have been fought, recessions have come and gone and new viruses have wreaked havoc. While the internet played a vital role in how these events were perceived, other changes – like the radicalization of extreme opinions, the spread of misinformation and the wide reach of child sexual abuse material (CSAM) – have been enabled by it.

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TikTok Will Submit Algorithms and Moderation Processes for Review to Ease Concerns Around CCP Meddling

Social Media Today | August 16, 2022

Company Listed: TikTok

As part of its broader effort to reassure western lawmakers of its independence from Chinese Government meddling, TikTok will now enable US data hosting partner Oracle to regularly review its algorithms and content moderation models, in order to ensure that they are not being manipulated by Chinese authorities.

As reported by Axios, the new process will see TikTok submit its algorithms for assessment by Oracle ‘to ensure that outcomes are in line with expectations and that the models have not been manipulated in any way’.

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Facebook failed to detect misinformation about Brazil election, group warns

NBC News | August 16, 2022

Company Listed: Facebook

Facebook failed to detect blatant election-related misinformation in ads ahead of Brazil’s 2022 election, a new report from Global Witness has found, continuing a pattern of not catching material that violates its policies the group describes as “alarming.”

The advertisements contained false information about the country’s upcoming election, such as promoting the wrong election date, incorrect voting methods and questioning the integrity of the election — including Brazil’s electronic voting system.

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New Report Details Sexual Harassment and Gender Discrimination at Nintendo Of America

My Droll | August 17, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

Nintendo is famous for having a family—friendly image and game that people of all ages can enjoy. But a report by Kotaku paints the picture of a company that’s not so different from other gaming giants that had previously been accused of fostering a “frat boy” workplace culture. The publication talked to several female game testers who recounted how they were harassed by colleagues and how they were paid less than their male counterparts.

One of Kotaku’s main sources is a former game tester called Hannah, who was allegedly told to be less outspoken after she reported the inappropriate behavior of a full-time Nintendo employee in a workplace group chat. The employee reportedly posted a copy of a Reddit post detailing why Vaporeon was the best Pokémon to have sex with and justified why it was OK to be sexually attracted to Paimon, a Genshin Impact NPC with a child-like appearance.

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Online safety to continue as a front-and-centre focus of Australian law

Lexology | August 16, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

Last year we wrote about the expansion of the eSafety Commissioner from a regulator of relatively narrow scope (combatting cyberbullying of Australian children), to a more generalist authority with responsibility for the online safety of all Australians. These powers expanded significantly under last year’s Online Safety Bill, with the finalised Online Safety Act 2021 (Cth) (OSA) commencing earlier this year.

The implementation of the OSA was something of a capstone to the former Coalition Government’s sometimes controversial (and sometimes unique) approach to regulating the online world. From the rapid legislating of abhorrent violent material laws in response to the Christchurch terrorist attack, to the News Media Bargaining Code, and the (ultimately unsuccessful) proposed anti-trolling reforms, the past few terms of Federal Parliament have dramatically shifted the dial in respect of how Australian law now expects service providers to respond to online harms and intermediary liability.

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DOD Releases Social Media Policy to Protect Against Disinformation and Fake Accounts

HS Today | August 16, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) yesterday released a policy that for the first time spells out, from the highest levels of the defense community, how DOD military and civilian personnel should use official social media accounts to best advance the mission of the U.S. military and further instill trust in the credibility of the DOD. 

DOD Instruction 5400.17, titled “Official Use of Social Media for Public Affairs Purposes,” provides principles for social media use within DOD, direction regarding records management procedures for social media accounts, and guidance to ensure personal social media accounts are not misrepresented or misinterpreted as official accounts.

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How will the Online Safety Bill change the tech industry?

IT Pro | August 16, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

Rumbling in the wings of the government’s policy programme for the last few years has been the widely anticipated Online Safety Bill.

This major piece of legislation will be among the first laws directly regulating tech companies and the way they operate, with 25,000 businesses falling under the scope of this complex framework. The overarching ambition is to make the internet a safer place to be – given it’s reportedly rife with terrorism, hate speech and exploitative content – although critics say it infringes on free speech.

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Google still failing to clamp down on ad 'scams,' senator charges

Washington Post | August 16, 2022

Company Listed: Google

Digital advertising behemoth Google is “routinely” failing to curtail fraudulent ads, despite having policies in place prohibiting them, according to one top Democrat.

In a new letter to Google CEO Sundar Pichai shared exclusively with The Technology 202, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D.Conn.) wrote that the tech giant has demonstrated a “troubling record of inadequate due diligence against fraud and abuse.”

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Digital India Act to police social media and OTT platforms

Economic Times | August 17, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media, Twitter, Facebook

Digital India Act (DIA), the upcoming digital regulatory framework, will cover crime on Twitter, Facebook, and Metaverse and will monitor content on OTT platforms like Netflix and Amazon for spreading misinformation or inciting violence, two people aware of the development said.

The Ministry of Electronics and IT (MeitY) is rushing to roll out DIA, which will have specific guidelines around child and women's safety. The new regulation will replace the existing IT Act 2000 by the winter session, ET has learnt.

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T&S Good News

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

Meta Launches New Reels Features, Including Stories to Reels Conversion and Improved Analytics

Social Media Today | August 16, 2022

Company Listed: Meta