August 18, 2022 T&S Newsletter

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T&S Early Warning News

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Facebook Is Collaborating With Cops to Criminalize Pregnancy Outcomes

Truthout | August 17, 2022

Company Listed: Facebook

Celeste Burgess, a 17-year-old girl, and her mother, Jessica Burgess, now face felony charges in their home state of Nebraska after Celeste Burgess allegedly self-managed an abortion after Nebraska’s 20-week abortion ban. Celeste, who is being tried as an adult, faces a felony charge related to burying the fetal remains and two misdemeanor charges of “concealing the death of another person” and lying to police. Her mother, who allegedly helped her self-manage an abortion, faces five charges, including inducing an abortion and performing an abortion without a license.

Law enforcement received a tip that Celeste Burgess allegedly miscarried and then buried the fetus with her mother’s help. Law enforcement then served Facebook a search warrant, with which Facebook complied, to find private messages in which the mother and daughter discussed Celeste Burgess’s self-managed abortion.

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Wasn’t TikTok Supposed to Be Fun?

NY Times | August 17, 2022

Company Listed: TikTok

There is a predictable trajectory for social media apps. Many of them start out as helpful or even pure fun. But when they get popular enough, just about every app becomes a place for consequential discussions about politics and social issues, too. And with that comes both meaningful conversations and a litany of nastiness.

This reality has come for TikTok. An app better known for viral dance videos has become a significant source of political and social misinformation, as my colleague Tiffany Hsu detailed in a recent article.

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Social media as valuable as classified info in fighting cyber threats, intel official says

Washington Times | August 17, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

Social media posts are as valuable as classified information in understanding cyber threats, according to Laura Galante, intelligence community cyber executive.

Ms. Galante leads the Cyber Threat Intelligence Center, which has responsibility for gathering and analyzing intelligence on cyberattackers and hackers targeting government, business and critical infrastructures such as power and water systems.

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TikTok vows to close loophole letting users skirt ban on political ads

ARS Technica | August 18, 2022

Company Listed: TikTok

As TikTok’s popularity and earnings soar, the company has decided to crack down on political content creators—sometimes with thousands of followers—who violate the app's policies against paid political ads. TikTok says it has been aware of the problem since 2020, but it became an issue of public concern in 2021. That’s when the Washington Post and The Mozilla Foundation uncovered TikToks from both left- and right-wing content creators that appeared to be violating FTC guidelines, which require, at a minimum, that posts must be marked with an "#ad" hashtag.

TikTok has always left it up to content creators to self-disclose when they conduct deals with business partners off-site. However, in June 2021, the company made it easier to flag posts as ads (or “branded content”) in an effort to encourage more self-disclosure. Mozilla considered this a step in the right direction, but it recommended that TikTok work harder ahead of the next elections to promptly remove undisclosed paid political ads.

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TikTok to clamp down on paid political posts by influencers ahead of U.S. midterms

Reuters | August 18, 2022

Company Listed: TikTok

TikTok will work to prevent content creators from posting paid political messages on the short-form video app, as part of its preparation for the U.S. midterm election in November, the company said on Wednesday.

Critics and lawmakers accuse TikTok and rival social media companies including Meta Platforms (META.O) and Twitter (TWTR.N) of doing too little to stop political misinformation and divisive content from spreading on their apps.

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T&S Policies & Regulations

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

Compare and review T&S Policies for dozens of companies here

Federal Court Rejects $27.5 Million Settlement In Block. One ICO Case, Questions Reach Of Securities Law

Forbes | August 17, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

A United States district court shot down a proposed $27.5 million settlement in a class-action lawsuit against Cayman Islands-based, that alleged a 2017 initial coin offering by the developer behind EOSEOS -7.9%.IO blockchain, was an unregistered securities sale. The court’s decision raised questions about how to determine which blockchain transactions are considered domestic and subject to U.S. securities law.

In 2019, the SEC fined $24 million for conducting an unregistered securities offering. The company paid the penalty without admitting to the regulator’s findings. In the class-action case, the court rejected the settlement on the grounds that the lead plaintiff in the case, Crypto Assets Opportunity Fund, is not an adequate class representative. The class represented by Crypto Assets Opportunity Fund includes individuals in and outside of the United States. The court ruled the U.S.-based fund’s foreign versus domestic token purchases do not proportionally align with the breakdown of the entire class, an issue because of different treatment for potential damages.

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India’s Data Privacy Bill Withdrawn: Why did this happen, and what happens next?

Lexology | August 17, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

Like the flying car or the new ‘Game of Thrones’ novel, India’s new data privacy law had been described as being ‘almost ready’ and ‘a few months away’ for a very long time! The draft Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019, was in the public domain for a couple of years, raising hopes that India would have its own ‘GDPR equivalent’ privacy law very soon.

Then, in early August 2022, new broke that the Bill had been formally withdrawn from Parliament by the Indian Government. In this article we look at the history of this Bill, why it was withdrawn, and discuss what comes next for data protection in India.

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Coinbase CEO: We'd Shut Down Ethereum Staking If Threatened by Regulators

Decrypt | August 18, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

Between the U.S. Treasury Department sanctioning coin mixer Tornado Cash earlier this month, and the long-awaited Ethereum merge quickly approaching, blockchain technologists are increasingly concerned that government regulations could impact the fundamental operation of Ethereum and its post-merge proof-of-stake consensus mechanism.

Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong responded to a hypothetical scenario on Twitter today, saying that in the event of regulatory threats, his company would shut down its Ethereum staking service in order to preserve the integrity of the blockchain network.

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T&S Careers & Jobs

T&S jobs posted recently, often within the last 24 hours, looking for top talent.

Check out all the recent T&S job postings here.

Advisor, Guest Trust and Safety (Remote)

Evolve | United States

Posted: August 17, 2022

  • 3+ year’s of experience in the following type of environments: Ambiguous, complex, and quick-changing where you had to use your high level of resiliency to thrive under pressure.

  • Where you had to communicate effectively with emotionally compromised stakeholders while remaining balanced under pressure.

  • Where you had to use the strength of judgment, temperance in actions, goodwill towards others, and courage to take on vulnerable situations.

  • Where you had to establish and maintain command over situations as they develop, and act quickly with reasonable and effective decisions.

  • Customer service role where you had to use your strong written and verbal communication skills.

  • You are able to work with a diverse group of stakeholders, using your strong organizational skills and attention to detail to achieve objectives and alignment.

Trust & Safety Specialist- Safety

GoFundMe | Atlanta, GA

Posted: August 17, 2022

  • Exemplify T&S core values (Protect Altruism, Agreement in Action, Find a Solution Together) and embody company and team culture.

  • Are a consistent high-performer.

  • Are an effective problem solver: spots issues or efficiency gains and brings solutions forward.

  • Exude strong leadership skills.

  • Will support and implement efforts to connect with the Dublin team.

  • Display natural ability to "think big" and take initiative.

Program Manager, Market Integrity (Mexico) – Trust & Safety

ByteDance | Mountain View, CA

Posted: August 17, 2022

  • Understanding of the Mexico User Generated Content (UGC) market.

  • You have product management experience, ideally within a safety/ risk control/ anti-spam strategy environment.

  • You are comfortable with large volumes of data and able to do in-depth data interpretation with familiarity with SQL is a bonus.

  • Fluency in Spanish and English.

Trust & Safety Specialist- Safety

CrowdRise | United States

Posted: August 17, 2022

  • Exemplify T&S core values (Protect Altruism, Agreement in Action, Find a Solution Together) and embody company and team culture.

  • Are a consistent high-performer.

  • Are an effective problem solver: spots issues or efficiency gains and brings solutions forward.

  • Exude strong leadership skills.

  • Will support and implement efforts to connect with the Dublin team.

  • Display natural ability to “think big” and take initiative.

Senior Manager - Trust and Safety Product Policy

Resume Library | New York, NY

Posted: August 18, 2022

  • You will create plans that have objective, measurable success criteria and clearly communicate progress and outcomes and anticipate the gaps between teams, processes, and system architectures to help their organization produce the best possible results for our community.

  • 5+ years of technology industry expertise in either policy, policy communications, operations, or legal.

  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills.

  • Experience working with user generated content and licensed content services and the surrounding policy environments.

  • Demonstrated experience problem-solving in demanding environments.

  • Experience working with global teams and communicating with stakeholders cross-functionally.


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 to improve your hiring chances and start doing meaningful work that helps people.