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August 19, 2022 T&S Newsletter

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TikTok to clamp down on paid political posts before midterms

NY Times | August 17, 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 midterm election in November, the company said Wednesday.

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

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TikTok’s In-App Browser Includes Code That Can Monitor Your Keystrokes, Researcher Says

Forbes | August 18, 2022

Company Listed: TikTok

When TikTok users enter a website through a link on the app, TikTok inserts code that can monitor much of their activity on those outside websites, including their keystrokes and whatever they tap on the page, according to new research shared with Forbes. The tracking would make it possible for TikTok to capture a user's credit card information or password.

TikTok has the ability to monitor that activity because of modifications it makes to websites using the company's in-app browser, which is part of the app itself. When people tap on TikTok ads or visit links on a creator's profile, the app doesn't open the page with normal browsers like Safari or Chrome. Instead it defaults to a TikTok-made in-app browser that can rewrite parts of web pages.

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Finland’s Prime Minister Parties, but Then Videos Leak

NY Times | August 18, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

HELSINKI — Sometimes a prime minister just wants to have a little fun.

Last December, Sanna Marin, Finland’s 36-year-old leader, was spotted clubbing in Helsinki with friends into the early morning hours without her official phone, on which she had received a message warning her that she had been exposed to the coronavirus.

She publicly apologized after facing criticism for failing to immediately quarantine.

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Facebook bans 'Libs of TikTok' after Boston children's hospital hit with threats

NY Post | August 18, 2022

Company Listed: Facebook, TikTok

The right-leaning social media account “Libs of TikTok” said it has been suspended by Facebook after staffers at Boston Children’s Hospital reportedly got threats following a post that alleged the hospital was providing hysterectomies to minors.

“Facebook just suspended our account. No reason given,” Libs of TikTok tweeted on Wednesday, sharing a screenshot indicating that the account “didn’t follow our Community Standards.”

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Facebook and Instagram Remove Robert Kennedy Jr.’s Nonprofit for Misinformation

NY Times | August 19, 2022

Company Listed: Facebook

Facebook and Instagram on Thursday removed the accounts of Children’s Health Defense, an organization led by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. that is one of the largest U.S. anti-vaccine groups, for spreading medical misinformation.

In an emailed newsletter, Children’s Health Defense said Facebook and Instagram had taken down its accounts after a 30-day ban by the social networks. The nonprofit, which Mr. Kennedy has run since 2018, accused the apps of censorship.

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T&S Policies & Regulations

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

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Android 13 comes with privacy tweaks and other helpful tools

Washington Post | August 17, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

After a few months of public testing, the latest version of Google’s Android operating system — Android 13 — is now available. Well, to some people, anyway.

As usual, the new software is coming to Google’s own phones first, though at least a few people are still anxiously waiting for their long-awaited updates to arrive. And eventually, Android 13 will make its way to devices made by companies including Samsung, Motorola, OnePlus and more. In a blog post announcing the release, Sameer Samat, Android’s vice president of product management, said the software would arrive on third-party devices “later this year.”

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Twitter's updated privacy policy comes into effect today. All you need to know

Hindustan Times | August 19, 2022

Company Listed: Twitter

Twitter, the social networking platform which has been involved in several privacy-related rows in India over the past couple of months, has announced that its updated privacy policy comes into effect from Thursday, August 19. In a blog post informing users of its updated terms of service, Twitter notes the changes in its privacy policy -- which includes those around Twitter Blue, Twitter Spaces, payment features, and the like.

"We have made some updates to our Privacy Policy," Twitter announced on its official website. "The updated Privacy Policy will go into effect on August 19, 2021. We believe you should always know what data we collect from you and how we use it, and that you should have meaningful control over both. We want to empower you to make the best decisions about the information that you share with us. That’s the basic purpose of this Privacy Policy."

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Apple warns of security flaws for iPhones, iPads and Macs: Update now

USA Today | August 19, 2022

Company Listed: Apple, Social Media

Apple disclosed serious security vulnerabilities for iPhones, iPads and Macs that could potentially allow attackers to take complete control of these devices.

Apple released two security reports about the issue on Wednesday, although they didn’t receive wide attention outside of tech publications.

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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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Critical Safety Specialist, Trust & Safety

Uber | Phoenix, AZ

Posted: August 18, 2022

  • Minimum 1 year of urgent customer service support or relevant prior experience handling urgent and high-priority issues, such as accidents, safety concerns, issue remediation, and/or insurance loss or 1 year of Uber experience.

  • Willingness to work weekends, holidays and outside a standard 8 to 5 shift (Looking for overnight graveyard shifts).

  • Pursuing degree in Criminal Justice, Business, or Communications.

  • Experience in Law Enforcement, Claims Liability, HR.

  • Experience with Crisis Management or Sensitivity Training.

  • Experience in interviewing or debriefing critical incidents either in-person or over the phone.

Trust & Safety Investigator

Turo | Phoenix, AZ

Posted: August 18, 2022