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July 12, 2022 T&S Newsletter

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Libs of TikTok extremist group attacks Canadian LGBTQ youth center

Washington Blade | July 11, 2022

Company Listed: TikTok

The LGBTQ youth center in North Bay, a quiet city located about three hours north of Toronto, is currently under siege with death threats and extremist anti-LGBTQ bullying. In fact the flow of hate washing over this small center is a virtual tsunami.

The striking aspect to all of this ugly vitriol is that a massive percentage is coming from online, in text, voice mail messages and comments left on the center’s social media accounts from outside of Canada.

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Pinterest Shares New Insights into the Impact of Banning Weight Loss Ads in the App

Social media Today | July 11, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

This is an interesting case study in how smaller changes and policy tweaks, in relative terms, can have a big impact on user behavior online.

Last year, as part of an expanded push to reinforce body positivity within its app, Pinterest banned all ads with weight loss language and imagery, which was a significant stance within the broader, visual-focused social media sphere.

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Restaurants Face an Extortion Threat: A Bad Rating on Google

NY Times | July 11, 2022

Company Listed: Google

In a new scam targeting restaurants, criminals are leaving negative ratings on restaurants’ Google pages as a bargaining chip to extort digital gift cards.

Restaurateurs from San Francisco to New York, many from establishments with Michelin stars, said in recent days that they’ve received a blitz of one-star ratings on Google, with no description or photos, from people they said have never eaten at their restaurants. Soon after the reviews, many owners said, they received emails from a person claiming responsibility and requesting a $75 Google Play gift card to remove the ratings. If payment is not received, the message says, more bad ratings will follow.

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How Elon Musk Damaged Twitter and Left It Worse Off

NY Times | July 12, 2022

Company Listed: Twitter

SAN FRANCISCO — For years, Twitter was a runner-up social media company. It never grew to the size and scale of a Facebook or an Instagram. It simply muddled along.

Then, Elon Musk, a power user of the service, stormed in. He offered $44 billion to buy Twitter and declared that the company could perform far better if he were in charge. He disparaged Twitter’s executives, ridiculed its content policies, complained about the product and confused it's more than 7,000 employees with his pronouncements. As Mr. Musk revealed the company’s lack of business and financial prospects, Twitter’s stock plunged more than 30 percent.

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When Data Privacy Became a Startup’s Nightmare

Washington Post | July 12, 2022

Company Listed: Twitter

Twitter Inc. recently took the Indian government to court over what it views as “arbitrary” and “disproportionate” directions to take down content and block accounts. Last year, Meta Platforms Inc.’s WhatsApp began legal proceedings in New Delhi against India’s new internet rules demanding traceability of chats. Such an obligation, the messaging service contends, will force it to break its promise of end-to-end encryption, posing a serious risk to journalists and political activists.

Beyond those high-profile cases, though, a bigger worry is the deteriorating operational environment for ordinary digital businesses in India. Their rapid growth is routinely applauded, but the minefields they navigate on a daily basis don’t get enough attention.

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Letter to Dorries: Campaigners warn Online Safety Bill amendment risks becoming disinformation laundromat

City A M | July 11, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

Dozens of campaigners and academics have written to the Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries to warn that the Online Safety Bill could make the UK the world’s first “disinformation laundromat”, where malicious actors receive legal protections to spread hate and lies.

It comes after the government published a last-minute amendment to the bill last week designed to protect press freedom, which effectively bans social media platforms from removing harmful content from media outlets, including state-influenced channels like Russia Today, or extremist websites, while they appeal.

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TikTok Adds New Inventory Filters to Ensure Safe Ad Placement in the App

Social media Today | July 11, 2022

Company Listed: TikTok

TikTok’s looking to provide more ad placement assurance for brands with a new ‘Inventory Filter’ process, that will enable advertisers to ensure that their content isn’t shown alongside potentially offensive clips in the app, if they so choose.

The TikTok Inventory Filter provides advertisers with more control over the content that appears adjacent to their In-Feed Ads on the For You page. Now available in 25 countries and 15+ languages, the TikTok Inventory Filter is both a major milestone for brand safety and suitability on TikTok and a foundational technology for future advertising offerings.

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Could TikTok Charge Users to View Your Videos? The Law Says Yes

Wired | July 11, 2022

Company Listed: TikTok

AT LINKEDIN, WE’RE committed to respecting what’s yours,” says the narrator of a video titled “Who owns your content? You do.” They continue: “So we’ll always ask your permission before using your content in the ads, publications, or websites of other companies.”

This should go without saying. Our content should not be used in third-party ads without our knowledge or consent. Social media sites should not use content we post for business reasons we didn’t intend.

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Getting Transparency Right

Law Fare | July 11, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

Transparency is essential to getting every other part of platform regulation right. But defining sound transparency rules—identifying what information is needed most from platforms like Twitter or YouTube, and how to get it—is quite complicated. In a Senate hearing this spring, one of us testified about these complexities. This post builds on that congressional testimony. Its substantive points are relevant to EU regulators and U.S. state lawmakers currently considering transparency legislation, in addition to members of Congress.

New legal models for platform transparency can be found in laws like the EU’s Digital Services Act and proposals like the draft Platform Accountability and Transparency Act and the Digital Services Oversight and Safety Act in the U.S. Collectively, these models set forth multiple transparency measures, each serving different purposes.

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Children’s rights groups call out TikTok’s ‘design discrimination’

Tech Crunch | July 12, 2022

Company Listed: TikTok

Research examining default settings and terms & conditions offered to minors by social media giants TikTok, WhatsApp and Instagram across 14 different countries — including the US, Brazil, Indonesia and the UK — has found the three platforms do not offer same level of privacy and safety protections for children across all the markets where they operate.

The level of protection minors receive on a service can depend upon where in the world they happen to live, according to the new report — entitled: Global Platforms, Partial Protections — which found “significant” variation in children’s experience across different countries on “seemingly identical platforms”.