June 10, 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.

Facebook’s ban on gun sales gives sellers 10 strikes before booting them

Washington Post | June 09, 2022

Company Listed: Facebook

Facebook prohibits gun sales on its service. But buyers and sellers can violate the rule 10 times before they are kicked off the social network, according to internal guidance obtained by The Washington Post.

The policy, which has not previously been reported, is much more lenient than for users who post child pornography, which is illegal, or a terrorist image on Facebook, which prompts immediate removal from the platform.

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Your kids’ apps are spying on them

Washington Post | June 09, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

Imagine if a stranger parked in front of a child’s bedroom window to peep inside. You’d call the police.

Yet that happens every day online, and Big Tech looks the other way.

Apps are spying on our kids at a scale that should shock you. More than two-thirds of the 1,000 most popular iPhone apps likely to be used by children collect and send their personal information out to the advertising industry, according to a major new study shared with me by fraud and compliance software company Pixalate. On Android, 79 percent of popular kids apps do the same.

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Old tricks, new crises: How misinformation spreads in the US

Forbes | June 10, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

Washington, US: With gun control under debate and monkeypox in the headlines, Americans are facing a barrage of new twists on years-old misinformation in their social media feeds.

Accurate news stories about mass shootings have attracted eyeballs but algorithms have also spurred baseless conspiracy theories from trolls who want to push lies to attract traffic. And thousands have unwittingly shared them on Facebook, Twitter and other sites.

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Misleading post claims there are no shootings in Israel despite teens with guns

Euro Tech | June 09, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

Amid the debate on stricter gun control in the US following the Uvalnde, Texas shooting, misinformation about guns has spread online.

A misleading post has been widely shared on social media stating that Israel has never seen a mass shooting because teenagers can carry weapons to school. Euronews has fact-checked this false claim.

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T&S Policies & Regulations

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

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TikTok Begins Showing Users New In-App Alerts That Inform Them about Data Collection Policy Changes

Digital Information World | June 09, 2022

Company Listed: TikTok

TikTok has begun introducing some new changes that are certainly not going unnoticed by various privacy as well as social media experts.

Users hailing from nations like the United Kingdom, Europe, and Switzerland are starting to see some new alerts from the app that inform them about any changes in policies relating to data collection.

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Reporter Felicia Sonmez Is Fired by the Washington Post

NY Times | June 09, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

Felicia Sonmez, a reporter for The Washington Post who in recent days has been at the center of a debate over the organization’s social media policies and the culture of the newsroom, was fired on Thursday, according to three people with knowledge of the matter who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss personnel matters.

Ms. Sonmez was fired over email on Thursday afternoon, according to one of the people. In an emailed termination letter, which was viewed by The New York Times, Ms. Sonmez was told that The Post was ending her employment, effective immediately, “for misconduct that includes insubordination, maligning your co-workers online and violating The Post’s standards on workplace collegiality and inclusivity.”

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Meta was sued for its algorithm. Section 230 might not be a shield.

Protocol | June 09, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

Social media companies are under fire lately, and Section 230 may no longer provide a solid defense.

This week, Meta was slapped with eight different complaints, filed in as many states, alleging that its algorithms have contributed to mental health issues such as eating disorders, sleeplessness and suicidal thoughts or tendencies in younger users. The complaints allege that excessive time on Instagram and Facebook pose serious risks to mental health, with one plaintiff claiming that Meta “misrepresented the safety, utility, and non-addictive properties” of its platforms.

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T&S Good News

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

How to Keep Your Accounts Safe from Password Breaches

Tech Times | June 10, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media, Facebook

Nowadays, everyone is juggling more and more accounts than ever before. With plenty of social media accounts, service, and banking apps - plus the accounts we manage for work - it has become difficult to keep track of everything. This is the reason why most people are prone to using weak or similar passwords, which should not be the case. A lack of security habits may make you susceptible to the risks of account breaches.

Equifax, Facebook, Home Depot, Marriott, Target, and Yahoo are just some of the companies that have been stuck by data breaches and password leaks in the past decade. If you were a customer with any of these businesses when they were breached, there's a good chance your private information was leaked. Cyber attacks like these become more prevalent each year, so it is always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to your data. You should take advantage of the tools available to keep your data safe, such as 1Password!

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T&S Careers & Jobs

T&S jobs posted recently, often within the last 24 hours, looking for top talent.

Check out all the recent T&S job postings here.

Director, Trust & Safety

Reverb | Chicago, IL

Posted: June 10, 2022

  • You have extensive experience in a leadership role leading operational teams responsible for fraud and regulatory review. At least 5 + years managing others.

  • Experience leading operational teams responsible for customer due diligence and/or suspicious activity review processes is a plus.

  • You possess strong executive presence and clearly articulate strategies, goals and outcomes at the C-Level.

  • You have deep subject matter expertise in anti-money laundering and an ability to translate and apply payments-related compliance obligations to a marketplace business model.

  • You have demonstrated success in improving operational efficiency and effectiveness through process improvements, technology deployment and other mechanisms.

  • You thrive in a fast-paced, tech environment and having come from tech or online retailer is strongly preferred.

Technical Program Manager, Trust and Safety

Google | Austin, TX

Posted: June 10, 2022

  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, a similar technical field, or equivalent practical experience.

  • 1 year of experience in technical leadership, systems design, or technical program management with an engineering team.

  • 2 years of experience managing cross-functional and/or cross-team projects.

  • Experience working in the trust and safety space.

  • Familiarity with using Google products and services.

  • Excellent analytical, troubleshooting, and problem-solving skills.

Trust & Safety Anti Fraud and Abuse, Strategist - Direct Messaging

Indeed | United States

Posted: June 09, 2022

  • As an ideal candidate, you are collaborative, strategic, innovative, analytical, hard-working, detail-oriented, passionate, proactive, and able to define, develop, and prioritize initiatives for improving Messaging experiences.

  • 5+ years work experience with an emphasis on business intelligence, data analysis, operations or related fields.

  • Able to apply project management best practices.

  • Experience communicating with a wide variety of stakeholders, including Operations, Client Success, Sales, Product, and Engineering teams, including leadership.

  • Knowledge of SQL to write complex, highly-optimized queries across large volumes of data.

Software Engineer - Trust & Safety (Remote)

Github | San Francisco, CA

Posted: June 10, 2022

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.

  • Experience in any of these technologies: Javascript, Typescript, React, GraphQL, Ruby, Rails, Java, Flink, Python, Go, C#.

  • Analytical and problem-solving skills.

  • Passionate about solving customer problems, both internal and external.

  • Interest in or experience fighting spam, malware, fraud, or attack activity at scale.

  • Experience in stream processing and data pipelines.

Trust & Safety Strategist - Operational Support

Indeed | United States

Posted: June 09, 2022

  • Bachelor's degree in a related field or 4+ years of relevant work experience; OR Advanced degree in a related field or 2+ years of relevant work experience; OR 6+ years of relevant work experience.

  • Experience in independently scoping and managing vague, large scale projects and requests.

  • Experience in languages such as SQL is required.

  • Experience with Tableau or similar visualization platform required.

  • Detail-oriented, data-focused mindset.

  • Ability to work effectively in a team-oriented environment.

  • Self-starter, intellectually curious and comfortable operating in a fast-paced, ever-changing environment.


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 to improve your hiring chances and start doing meaningful work that helps people.