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July 27, 2022 T&S Newsletter



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T&S Early Warning News

Get ahead of new stories that are impacting the T&S industry.


Why Does the Prison-Life Content on TikTok Feel So Familiar?


NY Times | July 27, 2022

Company Listed: TikTok


In a recent video on TikTok, a suburban-looking mom called Marci Marie walks into a suburban-looking kitchen. She has bleached-blond hair, a kind smile, sparkling eyes and a warm Texan accent. “Hey y’all,” she says. “Today I want to show you guys how we made pizza in the penitentiary.” She produces a bowl and begins. “The trickiest part,” she says, “is getting your sauce right.” She starts with ketchup as a base, adds a little V8 juice and then thickens the mix with crushed potato chips. “Guys, the seasoning is the key,” she says, adding garlic powder and minced onion. Next comes the dough, made by shredding slices of white bread into a potato-chip bag and tipping in a little water. She works the bag with her hands, then unfurls it and pats the dough into a flat circle.

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Wren Eleanor’ TikTok movement inspires moms on social media to remove photos of kids: ‘Sick people’


NewYork Post | July 27, 2022

Company Listed: TikTok, Social Media


A 3-year-old girl unknowingly sparked a mass social media movement of moms removing public photos and videos of their children online after online sleuths noticed a disturbing trend.


Makayla Musick is one of many mothers who have recently informed their followers that they are done sharing public content of their kids online.

“I just saw the posts on Tiktok and was absolutely appalled by the story and had decided that I needed to protect my daughter,” she told Fox News Digital.

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TikTok’s biggest rival in South America is pushing creators to make videos about domestic abuse


Rest Of The World | July 26, 2022

Company Listed: Tiktok


The first time Juan Arena tried cheating on his partner, it didn’t feel right. The second time wasn’t very convincing either. The third time, the take was perfect and he uploaded it to his profile. It was then, in his home about an hour away from Buenos Aires, that Arena realized what Kwai’s algorithm had made him do.


Arena, a 39-year-old actor, began to produce videos for Kwai, a Chinese short-form video-sharing social media app — and TikTok’s main competitor — in 2021. “A lot of us are on Kwai because it’s the only platform that pays for content and lets us live from our artistic work,” he told Rest of World. Even his cast partners had never really considered performing the sort of scenes they were now acting out. The pair produced these videos because this was the most watched content according to the platform’s algorithm — and that meant better pay.

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Instagram responds to criticism with shocking revelation that it will 'continue to support photos'


Yahoo News | July 27, 2022

Company Listed: Instagram


Instagram head Adam Mosseri posted a video this morning addressing mounting concerns about changes to the app's feed and its increasing emphasis on video. Even Kim Kardashian and her sister Kylie Jenner, the most-followed women on Instagram, posted their distaste for the new features, so you know it's serious remember when Kylie singlehandedly drove down Snap stock because she said she didn't open the app anymore?


It's no secret that over the last year and change, Instagram has been chasing the dominance of TikTok, so much so that it declared it's no longer just a photo-sharing app. The platform has even offered influencers tempting cash bonuses if they're successful enough, exploiting TikTok's meager creator payouts.

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T&S Policies & Regulations

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

Compare and review T&S Policies for dozens of companies here


Pelosi in a bind as California leaders object to federal privacy bill


The Washington Post | July 27, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media


House lawmakers are forging ahead with a watershed federal privacy bill that has drawn broad bipartisan support in Washington. But it has faced loud objections from a slew of officials in California who say it would undermine the state’s own data protections.


Now, as proponents push for the full House to vote on the measure, the chamber’s highest ranking Californian will need to decide whether to try to reconcile those differences — and risk tanking talks altogether.

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Meta Calls on Oversight Board to Review its Approach to COVID Misinformation


Social Media Today | July 27, 2022

Company Listed: Meta Facebook


Meta may soon change its approach to COVID-19 misinformation, with the platform calling on its Oversight Board to rule on how it should police COVID-related posts moving forward.

As explained by Meta:


“Misinformation related to COVID-19 has presented unique risks to public health and safety over the last two years and more. To keep our users safe, while still allowing them to discuss and express themselves on this important topic, we broadened our harmful misinformation policy in the early days of the outbreak in January 2020.”

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Social companies eye self-regulatory body to tackle content issues


The Economic Times | July 27, 2022

Company Listed: Meta Facebook, Twitter, Google


Global Internet corporations – Meta (Facebook), Twitter, and Google are drawing up the structure for a self-regulatory body to handle appeals by social media users in India over content and takedown issues, multiple people aware of the matter told ET. The proactive move by the social media giants comes in the wake of the Centre proposing a Grievance Appellate Committee (GAC) in its draft amendments to the IT Rules, 2021, triggering sustained resistance from the intermediaries.


The latest proposal by the social media intermediaries is likely to be taken for detailed discussions with the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology by the end of this week or the next week, the sources said. The self-regulatory framework envisions creation of a panel headed by either a retired chief justice or a judge of the Supreme Court or one of the high courts of the country. Other members will be drawn from the ranks of the industry, independent technology policy experts and one or two members as appointed by the government, they added.

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Social Media Cos. Refute Parent’s Product Liability Allegations


Law Street | July 26, 2022

Company Listed: Meta Facebook, Twitter, Google


A motion to dismiss filed on Monday by ByteDance Inc., Meta Platforms Inc., Snap Inc. and TikTok Inc. sought to dismiss a suit filed by a parent over their daughter’s death by suicide, ostensibly driven by mental health issues developed from her use of Instagram, TikTok, and Snapchat.


The defendants’ filing asserted that Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act shields them from liability, and secondarily, that the First Amendment bars the plaintiffs’ claims because they impermissibly challenge the platforms’ content moderation policies.

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T&S Good News

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


Big Tech Firms Unite To Reduce Harmful Online Content While Dodging Government Regulations


Digital Information World | July 26, 2022

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


Some of the biggest names in the tech industry have opted to unite and put an end to harmful online content in New Zealand.


The move is being described as one where the firms joined hands on Monday and dodged an alternative to the usual government regulations in place as they feel not enough is being done.


The Big Tech companies include the likes of TikTok, Meta, Google, Amazon, and Twitter. They’ve all reportedly put their signatures on a single document, better known as a code of practice. This news was recently confirmed by a group that deals with internet safety called Netscafe.

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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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React Full Stack Developer - Trust and Safety


Zoom | Santa Fe, NM, USA

Posted: July 27, 2022

  • Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or related field

  • Minimum 2+ years of software development experience building large-scale web applications

  • Frontend javascript experience building React single page web applications

  • Experience using a client-side state management framework like Redux

  • Experience with implementing performant server-side logic and APIs

  • In-depth experience with algorithms, data structures, and design patterns

Transparency Program Manager - Trust & Safety

TikTok | New York, NY, USA

Posted: July 27, 2022

  • 4+ years of total working experience within the safety, security, fraud, tech policy or regulatory or similar spaces

  • Meticulous attention to detail and proven track record of delivering products or communications that face public or legal scrutiny

  • Deep experience developing and coordinating large scale projects or products across multiple partner teams

  • Fluid communicator who is able to speak to a variety of stakeholders such as: users, executives, policymakers, and data scientists

  • Understanding of emerging online safety issues and a passion for creating solutions and preventive measures for tackling them

  • A problem-solving mindset able to work across teams and geographies; added bonus for fluency in non-English languages

Senior Frontend Engineer, Trust & Safety

Patreon | San Francisco, CA, USA

Posted: July 27, 2022

  • Demonstrated frontend engineering experience on larger, cross-functional projects

  • Experience in React, or a willingness to learn

  • Trust and Safety as a domain

  • Modern machine-learning approaches to adversarial problems

Java Software Engineer - Trust and Safety

Zoom | Sacramento, CA, USA

Posted: July 27, 2022

  • Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or related field

  • Minimum 2+ years of software development experience building large-scale cloud applications

  • Programming experience in Java, Spring Boot, and Spring MVC

  • In-depth experience with algorithms, data structures, and performance optimization techniques

  • Distributed system architecture design knowledge or experience with high traffic, high concurrency system development

  • Experienced in cloud computing, application security, and familiar with secure development practices

Head of Trust & Safety, Legal Support and Investigations

OpenSea | United States

Posted: July 27, 2022

  • Build, lead, and scale multiple Legal Operations teams and functions, including intellectual property operations, law enforcement response, and investigations

  • Partner with senior leaders across the company to set the vision for the Legal Operations team as it grows and matures

  • Provide leadership, guidance, and development to a team of Operations Associates, Investigators, and Leads

  • Establish team goals and work with direct reports and leaders across the organization on strategies for executing, measuring progress, and sharing results

  • Drive improvements across workflows, policies, outsourcing strategies, and tooling that improve efficiency and quality of work

  • Utilize data to help the team identify trends, emerging risks, and new attack vectors in order to define goals and improve process, policy, or product solutions


T&S FAQs

What is T&S?

Great question (and one the industry hasn’t fully agreed upon). Think of Trust & Safety as the organization that protects social media and Big Tech companies and users from online abuse. As long as users are able to generate content online, time has told us that a minority of these users will create content that is offensive, scandalous, fraudulent, disingenuous, misinformative, hateful, spiteful, and harmful. T&S fights this with flexible policies, resilient operations, and informed detections.


Is T&S interesting?

That depends. If you enjoy stopping bad actors and keeping good people safe, then you’ll love T&S. It requires understanding new technologies and staying on top of breaking issues across society and the world. It also pays Big Tech salaries (no coding skills required).


How do you get into T&S?

That’s the tricky part. The short answer is: not easily. Most T&S orgs are part of Big Tech and (as a result) pay extremely well, so jobs are highly competitive. If you don’t know someone in the industry who can help refer you in, then you can learn more about T&S policies, current events, issues, regulations, and jobs at trustsafetyinstitute.com to improve your hiring chances and start doing meaningful work that helps people.