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July 25, 2022 T&S Newsletter

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T&S Early Warning News

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Google Fires Engineer Who Claims Its A.I. Is Conscious

New York Times | July 23, 2022

Company listed: Google

Google fired one of its engineers, Blake Lemoine, on Friday, more than a month after he raised ethical concerns about how the company was testing an artificial intelligence chatbot that he believes has achieved consciousness.

A Google spokesman, Chris Pappas, said Mr. Lemoine, a senior software engineer in its Responsible A.I. organization, “chose to persistently violate clear employment and data security policies that include the need to safeguard product information.

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TikTokers are using calamine lotion as makeup primer. Doctors say: Bad idea

Washington Post | July 24, 2022

Company Listed: TikTok

Women around the world are smearing calamine lotion all over their faces before applying makeup — a “beauty hack” that’s gone viral on TikTok that they say helps dry out oily skin, repair acne scars and keep their makeup in place for hours on end.

Some are using a sponge or a makeup brush to dab on the over-the-counter product commonly used to soothe rashes and other skin conditions that cause itching, such as chickenpox. Others wasted no time, pouring the pink lotion directly onto their face and rubbing it in with their bare hands before applying foundation and other makeup right on top of the thin crust.

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For creators, community is the new follower count

Washington Post | July 24, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

Kate Glavan and Emma Roepke, both 23, are best friends and New York City content creators, known for skewering the wellness industry on their Instagram meme page and popular podcast, “Sea Moss Girlies.”

In April 2021, the pair’s followers encountered an invitation to a new medium: “Join Geneva and meet other Sea Moss Girlies.” Within minutes, fans flooded in.

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Cotswold District Council members face 'unacceptable' abuse

BBC | July 25, 2022

Company Listed: Social media

Cotswold District Council unanimously agreed to denounce such behavior, which members said was spreading from social media into real life.

A recent Local Government Association (LGA) poll found that seven out of ten councilors across England and Wales experienced abuse over the last year.

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T&S Policies & Regulations

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

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China vows privacy, information protection in using digital yuan

Reuters | July 25, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

China will fully respect privacy and protect personal information in using the digital yuan, state media quoted a senior central bank official as saying on Sunday, as Beijing encourages greater adoption of e-CNY.

Limited anonymity is a key feature of the digital yuan, Mu Changchun, director-general of the central bank's Digital Currency Research Institute said, noting it ensures reasonable anonymous transactions.

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South Carolina bill outlaws websites that tell how to get an abortion

Washington Post | July 25, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

Shortly after the Supreme Court ruling that overturned the right to abortion in June, South Carolina state senators introduced legislation that would make it illegal to “aid, abet or conspire with someone” to obtain an abortion.

The bill aims to block more than abortion: Provisions would outlaw providing information over the internet or phone about how to obtain an abortion. It would also make it illegal to host a website or “[provide] an internet service” with information that is “reasonably likely to be used for an abortion” and directed at pregnant people in the state.

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100,000 happy pictures: a new tool in the cyber ‘arms race’ against child sexual abusers

The Guardian | July 25, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

Leading Senior Constable Dr Janis Dalins is looking for 100,000 happy images of children – a toddler in a sandpit, a nine-year-old winning an award at school, a sullen teenager unwrapping a present at Christmas and pretending not to care.

The search for these safe, happy pictures is the goal of a new campaign to crowdsource a database of ethically obtained images that Dalins hopes will help build better investigative tools to use in the fight against what some have called a “tsunami” of child sexual assault material online.

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T&S Good News

Some of the good news in the T&S industry that leaders want to know

Social media companies promise to reduce harmful content in New Zealand

The Guardian | July 25, 2022

Company Listed: Meta, Google, TikTok, Amazon, Twitter

Global social media companies including TikTok, Twitter and Meta have signed a “world first” code of conduct that commits them to reducing the spread of harmful content in New Zealand, but some user-advocacy groups fear the code lacks any real bite.

Facebook and Instagram operator Meta, Google, TikTok, Amazon and Twitter have voluntarily signed the code of practice for online safety and harms, requiring them to reduce harmful content on their platforms, introduce a robust public complaints system and provide yearly reports on safety standards.

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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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Ad Policy Specialist, Trust & Safety

SmartNews | United States

Posted: July 25, 2022

  • Experience in designing Internet Advertising Policies (listing criteria and review criteria).

  • Experience in designing guideline and operational playbook.

  • Experience in Ad Quality Assurance or contents moderation.

  • Experience in building training program and driver to operators.

  • Experience in managing quality control program.

  • Strong communication and stakeholder management skills.

Senior Product Director, Trust & Safety

Indeed | United States

Posted: July 25, 2022

  • 8+ years of product management experience with a proven track record of successfully launching products.