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June 09, 2022 T&S Newsletter

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How has misinformation and disinformation impacted elections?

News4jax | June 08, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

Increasingly during an election year, the terms “misinformation” and “disinformation” have become more common, especially when it comes to media coverage of elections.

But what do those terms mean and how have they become an issue for how elections are covered?

Fergus Bell, the founder and CEO of Fathm, an independent news lab and consulting organization, offers insight into key questions surrounding misinformation and disinformation.

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Calgary study finds Canada has been targeted with Russian disinformation with tweets linked to foreign powers

Global News | June 08, 2022

Company Listed: Twitter

An analysis of over six-million tweets and retweets — and where they originate from — has found that Canada is being targeted by Russia to influence public opinion here.

The study by the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy found that huge numbers of tweets and retweets about the war in Ukraine can be traced back to Russia and China, with even more tweets expressing pro-Russian sentiment traced to the United States.

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What Texas Gains by Investigating Twitter’s Fake accounts

New York Times | June 08, 2022

Company Listed: Twitter

When Elon Musk said on Twitter last month that he planned to vote Republican and predicted that Democrats would mount a “dirty tricks campaign against me,” he received a warm response from Ken Paxton, the attorney general of Texas.

“Believe me when I say, ‘I understand,’” Mr. Paxton tweeted on May 24, the same day he won a bruising Republican primary runoff for re-election, despite being accused of wrongdoing by former aides and facing criminal indictment in state court for securities fraud.

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Johnny Depp’s Lawyers Deny Social Media Influenced Jury, Verdict Will Impact Victims Coming Forward

Hollywood Reporter | June 08, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

Johnny Depp’s lawyers refute that the outcome in the actor’s defamation trial against Amber Heard will impact the movement and domestic violence victims coming forward, while also denying a statement made by Heard’s lawyers that social media around the televised trial swayed the jury.

Camille Vasquez and Ben Chew, who represented Depp in the trial, appeared on Good Morning America and Today Wednesday morning for separate interviews about the trial’s outcome. While appearing on Today and speaking to Savannah Guthrie, who disclosed at the top of the interview that her husband had consulted with Depp’s team for the case, Vasquez responded to whether they worried that the verdict would discourage other victims of abuse from coming forward.

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80% of consumers worry about how their personal data is mined and used, with little understanding of what they consent to

Internet Retailing | June 08, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

80% of UK shoppers are concerned about how their personal data is mined and used online, with social media seen as the biggest culprit for misuse and online retail a concern for around a third of shoppers.

Research by from highlights just how heightened consumer awareness has become to online privacy – a trend ecommerce retailers need to embrace if they’re to adapt to new consumer preferences.

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E.U. justice chief ‘confident’ data deal with U.S. will survive legal challenge

Washington Post | June 09, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

European Union Justice Commissioner Didier Reynders expressed conviction that the bloc’s closely watched agreement with President Biden on data flows will withstand legal scrutiny, even as final contours of the deal are still being hashed out.

“I'm quite confident in the fact that we have a robust solution, taking into account the specificities of the American legal system and the specificity of what is possible to do or not with the different actors,” he said during a sit-down with reporters and editors at The Washington Post last week.

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Twitter Plans to comply with musk demands for data

Washington Post | June 08, 2022

Company Listed: Twitter

After a weeks-long impasse, Twitter’s board plans to comply with Elon Musk’s demands for internal data by offering access to its full “firehose,” the massive stream of data comprising more than 500 million tweets posted each day, according to a person familiar with the company’s thinking, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe the state of negotiations.

The move aims to end a standoff with the billionaire, who has threatened to pull out of his $44 billion deal to buy Twitter unless the company provides access to data he says is necessary to evaluate the number of fake users on the platform.

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Texas social media law brings content debate to Supreme Court

Tech Target | June 08, 2022

Company Listed: Twitter

Regulators are treading carefully to rein in the power of social media platforms and control the spread of misinformation, but it's a tricky issue that may eventually be settled by the Supreme Court.

While some policymakers want social media platforms like Twitter, as well as Instagram and Facebook owner Meta to take down information considered untruthful about issues such as COVID-19, others claim social media companies don't have the right to determine what is or isn't fact and remove content. Lawmakers in Texas proposed a law seeking to hinder social media companies from taking down content, but the Supreme Court last month stepped in to block its advancement for now.

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WhatsApp has until July to comply with EU consumer law, EU says

Reuters | June 08, 2022

Company Listed: WhatsApp

WhatsApp has until July to show that a privacy policy update introduced in January complies with EU consumer law, the European Commission said on Wednesday, in a case prompted by complaints from consumer bodies across Europe.

The European Consumer Organisation (BEUC) and the European Network of consumer authorities said WhatsApp had not explained the changes in plain and intelligible language in breach of EU consumer law.

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Policy Program Manager, Trust and Safety

Google | Sunnyvale, CA

Posted: June 09, 2022