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August 31, 2022 T&S Newsletter

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Canada’s deputy prime minister called traitor in ‘disgusting display of abuse’

The Guardian | August 30, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

Canadian police are investigating after the deputy prime minister, Chrystia Freeland, was subjected to a foul-mouthed tirade at a city hall meeting.

A video posted on Twitter shows a large man approach Freeland during the session in Grande Prairie, Alberta, swearing at her and calling her a “traitor″.

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Facebook, Google told to release info on YouTube channel

Bworld Online | August 30, 2022

Company Listed: Facebook, Google and YouTube

A MANILA trial court on Tuesday ordered Google and Meta Platforms, Inc., Facebook’s parent company, to disclose information on a YouTube channel that allegedly promotes child sexual abuse.

The court allowed the Philippine National Police’s anti-cybercrime group to compel YouTube and Facebook to submit data on the said channel within 72 hours, according to a copy of the warrant posted by state-run news agency People’s Television Network on Twitter.

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Building collapses in Nigeria; 8 people pulled from rubble

Washington Post | August 3, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

ABUJA, Nigeria — A three-story building under construction collapsed Tuesday in northwestern Nigeria, trapping shoppers in a busy neighborhood. Emergency response workers told the Associated Press that at least eight people have been pulled from the rubble and they were searching for more.

The building in Kano state, northern Nigeria’s commercial hub, was being constructed as a business center though businesses were already operating on the ground floor, said Nura Abdullahi, head of Nigeria’s National Emergency Management Agency in Kano.

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Saudi woman jailed for 45 years over social media use, says group

The Guardian | August 3, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

Another Saudi Arabian woman has been sentenced to decades in prison by the kingdom’s terrorism court for using social media to “violate the public order”, according to court documents seen by a human rights group.

Nourah bint Saeed al-Qahtani was sentenced to 45 years in prison after a specialized criminal court convicted her of “using the internet to tear [Saudi Arabia’s] social fabric”, according to documents that were obtained and reviewed by Democracy for the Arab World Now (Dawn), an organization founded by Jamal Khashoggi.

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Twitter’s attempt to monetize porn reportedly halted due to child safety warnings

Tech Crunch | August 31, 2022

Company Listed: Twitter

Despite serving as the online watercooler for journalists, politicians and VCs, Twitter isn’t the most profitable social network on the block. Amid internal shakeups and increased pressure from investors to make more money, Twitter reportedly considered monetizing adult content.

According to a report from The Verge, Twitter was poised to become a competitor to OnlyFans by allowing adult creators to sell subscriptions on the social media platform. That idea might sound strange at first, but it’s not actually that outlandish — some adult creators already rely on Twitter as a means to advertise their OnlyFans accounts, since Twitter is one of the only major platforms on which posting porn doesn’t violate guidelines.

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Metaverse Technology Opens Up a Wider World of Privacy Concerns

Bloomberg Law | August 30, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

The expansion of digital experiences accessible through immersive headsets and related technologies is generating concerns about the information that’s collected on people who wear the devices, and how to protect it.

The metaverse promises to bring innovation to sectors from education to e-commerce, with the potential to generate up to $5 trillion in economic impact by 2030, according to a June report by management consulting firm McKinsey & Co. Adopters of extended reality, or XR, technologies face the challenge of balancing the promise of its many uses with the possible privacy pitfalls of its many data points.

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What California’s new ‘Kids’ Code’ means for the rest of the U.S.

Seattle Times | August 30, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

Social media and game platforms often use recommendation algorithms, find-a-friend tools, smartphone notices and other enticements to keep people glued online. But the same techniques may pose risks to scores of children who have flocked to online services that were not specifically designed for them.

Now California lawmakers have passed the first statute in the nation requiring apps and sites to install guardrails for users younger than 18. The new rules would compel many online services to curb the risks that certain popular features — like allowing strangers to message one another — may pose to child users.

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The Daily Reality Of Modern Privacy Problems

Forbes | August 30, 2022

Company Listed: Apple

Privacy concerns are definitely becoming more mainstream. Someone out there is trying to take advantage of our personal data—but who? The way we talk about privacy often disguises the true identity of the would-be data thief.

Earlier this year, Apple released a new TV ad targeting consumer concerns about online privacy. The ad promotes Apple's new privacy-focused features while highlighting the supposedly pernicious role that data brokers and other entities play in exploiting the various details of people's lives.

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Data brokers invade Americans’ privacy. But does their business model violate federal law?

Fortune | August 3, 2022

Company Listed: Facebook

FTC officials on Monday sued one of the nation’s larger data brokers, Kochava, alleging the Idaho-based company has violated federal law by acquiring and selling data that tracks consumers’ precise movements through their mobile phones. Agency lawyers said in a complaint that Kochava’s customers can use the data to identify the addresses of tens of millions of people, as well as their visits to sensitive locations (medical offices, domestic violence shelters, places of worship, etc.).

The lawsuit comes after the FTC board’s new Democratic majority, led by Chair Lina Khan, filed the agency’s first blockbuster case since gaining power, claiming that Facebook parent Meta’s planned acquisition of an up-and-coming virtual reality fitness app violates federal antitrust laws. While Big Tech foes cheered the action, some legal analysts said the case rested on weak legal arguments, and Bloomberg reported that Khan overruled staff members who opposed the lawsuit. Several prominent entrepreneurs also argued that the Meta lawsuit, if successful, would chill investment in innovative companies.

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California lawmakers pass landmark children’s online safety bill

Washington Post | August 30, 2022

Company Listed: TikTok