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July 08, 2022 T&S Newsletter

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TikTok’s leaders ask Americans to trust them. Don’t.

Washington Post | July 07, 2022

Company Listed: TikTok

New revelations are intensifying concerns about TikTok, the world’s fastest growing social media app. Critics have long worried that its proliferation exposes millions of Americans to the abuse of their data by the government of China, where its parent company, ByteDance, is based. But because TikTok refuses to fully acknowledge — much less properly address — these concerns, Congress and the U.S. government must take steps to mitigate the risks.

Recent bombshell reporting by BuzzFeed News, based in part on leaked documents about 80 internal corporate meetings, shows that critics’ concerns about the vulnerability of TikTok user data are shared inside TikTok itself. “Everything is seen in China,” said a member of TikTok’s Trust and Safety department in a September 2021 meeting, Buzzfeed reported. This seems to contradict TikTok executives’ previous testimony claiming that Chinese employees’ access to U.S. user data is strictly controlled.

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The watchdog fighting to protect children from online sexual abuse

News Centre | July 07, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) is a not-for-profit charity independent of government and law enforcement. It has a mission to remove child sexual abuse images from the internet.

This may seem like a depressingly impossible task in the era of encrypted digital communications, but in the 20 years since Vodafone has been supporting the charity’s work, there have been some significant successes, says Michael Tunks, the IWF’s senior policy and public affairs manager.

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Social Media Campaign to End the Stigma against Addiction and Mental Illness

EIN News | July 07, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

There is a close link between addiction and mental illness. In fact, 50% of people struggling with mental illness turn to drugs or alcohol to deal with the difficult-to-manage symptoms of undiagnosed or untreated conditions.

Many people struggle with substance abuse and mental illnesses, including depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, and other conditions, concurrently. The most commonly abused substances include prescription drugs, street drugs, and alcohol.

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Michael Laws Social Media Post Labelled As Racist

Scoop | July 08, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

Social Justice Aotearoa CEO Jackie Foster has called out The Platform Radio host Michael Laws' social media post “as nothing but racial and separatist comments.

On Wednesday, Michael Laws posted on his Facebook page in response to an article about the removal of name suppression of a person convicted of murdering her daughter.

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T&S Policies & Regulations

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Europe faces Facebook blackout

Politico | July 07, 2022

Company Listed: Facebook

Europeans risk seeing social media services Facebook and Instagram shut down this summer, as Ireland's privacy regulator doubled down on its order to stop the firm's data flows to the United States.

The Irish Data Protection Commission on Thursday informed its counterparts in Europe that it will block Facebook-owner Meta from sending user data from Europe to the U.S. The Irish regulator's draft decision cracks down on Meta's last legal resort to transfer large chunks of data to the U.S., after years of fierce court battles between the U.S. tech giant and European privacy activists.

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Why lawmakers aren’t buying TikTok’s assurances on China

Washington Post | July 07, 2022

Company Listed: TikTok

Lawmakers are accusing TikTok of misleading Congress and the public about its security practices in light of reports finding that workers in China repeatedly accessed U.S. user data and that the company remains entangled with Beijing-based parent company ByteDance.

On Tuesday, Sens. Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) — the chair and vice chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee — urged the Federal Trade Commission to investigate whether the company engaged in deceptive practices.

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Texas Lawmaker Pledges to File Social Media Ban for Minors

The Texan | July 07, 2022

Company Listed: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

A Texas Republican announced he will file a bill to raise the age limit for using social media to 18 when the legislature reconvenes next year.

On Tuesday, State Rep. Jared Patterson (R-Frisco) tweeted, “It’s long past time to recognize the incredible harm social media is doing to the mental health of young Texans. Next session, we put an end to it.

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US Sues TikTok after Girls Die Choking Themselves In 'Blackout Challenge'

NDTV | July 08, 2022

Company Listed: TikTok

Video-sharing sensation TikTok is being sued in California after children died while taking part in a "Blackout Challenge" that makes a sport of choking oneself until passing out.

The lawsuit filed in state court in Los Angeles last week accuses TikTok software of "intentionally and repeatedly" pushing the Blackout Challenge that led to the deaths of an eight-year-old girl in Texas and a nine-year-old girl in Wisconsin last year.

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The evidence about TikTok feeding user data to Beijing is starting to build

Startup Daily | July 08, 2022

Company Listed: TikTok

Yet social media platforms are some of the world’s most powerful businesses – not least because they can collect massive amounts of user data, and use algorithms to turn the data into actionable knowledge.

Today, TikTok has some of the best algorithms in the business, and a suite of data-collection mechanisms.

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Trust & Safety Operations Analyst, Platform Abuse

OpenAI | San Francisco, CA

Posted: July 06, 2022

  • Have a pragmatic approach to being on an operations and incident response team and can get in the weeds to get stuff done.

  • Have experience on a trust and safety team and/or have worked closely with policy, content moderation, or security teams.

  • Have experience in a technical analysis role or have experience with log analysis tools like.