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June 14, 2022 T&S Newsletter

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The Long Road to Addressing Digital Safety in the Metaverse

Entrepreneur | June 13, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

Are we ready for the metaverse? It seems we are all eager to experience it, yet we have not dimensioned its depth and complexity.

The metaverse promises to shift our perception of reality, but it's not without safety risks. It hasn't taken long for alarming tales of safety violations in the metaverse to spread. Though it's still in its nascent stages, early testers have been intimidated, sexually assaulted and subjected to racist tirades. Indeed, if immersive games have told us anything, it's that users of these spaces are constantly at risk.

After years of experience facing the challenges of social media and gaming platforms, we now understand the complexity of the risks we could face in the metaverse. Consequently, this may be the right time to start planning for digital safety. We need to understand potential risks, design different scenarios to face them, and leave enough room for dealing with the unknown if we are to make the metaverse a safe, productive tool for humanity.

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Twitter Will Be Worse For LGBTQ Individuals under Elon Musk's View of Free Speech

Paste Magazine | June 13, 2022

Company Listed: Twitter

Billionaire CEO of SpaceX and Tesla Elon Musk’s attempt to purchase Twitter appears to be floundering, but the backlash facing both the social media giant and the billionaire remains strong.

The financial markets have reeled in the wake of the purchase bid being announced on April 25. On the day the purchase offer was announced, Tesla was worth $998.02 per share and Twitter traded for $51.70 per share. As of June 9, Tesla had lost more than 27.9% of its value and Twitter’s overall value dropped by nearly a quarter.

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Facial Recognition Aids Authorities’ Mass Arrests on Russia Day

Find Biometrics | June 13, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

The Russian government continues to provide ammunition for Western critics of facial recognition technology, this time by using it to arrest scores of pro-democracy civilians.

According to a report from OVD-Info, which Radio Free Europe describes as a group monitoring “the arrests of representatives of democratic institutions, rights defenders, and opposition politicians,” at least 67 individuals were arrested on Russia Day, June 12, after being identified by facial recognition technology surveilling the Moscow metro system. Some of those arrested later reported that the police had identified them as potential protestors who could disrupt the national holiday.

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The Fight to End ‘Cyberflashing’

NY Times | June 13, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

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Payton Iheme’s wide-ranging career has taken her from collecting intelligence in the Army to advising the White House on science and technology. Working for a dating app wasn’t the most obvious next move.

But as Bumble’s head of public policy for the Americas, Ms. Iheme, 43, has found a cause that synthesizes her past experiences, varied as they are. She is leading an effort across several states to pass legislation that penalizes cyberflashing.

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TikTok boss slammed for criticising maternity leave

HR Magazine | June 13, 2022

Company Listed: TikTok

News that a senior TikTok boss has reportedly told London staff he doesn't think companies should offer paid maternity leave has been universally condemned as out of touch and even “dangerous.”

Joshua Ma, head of e-commerce at TikTok Europe for ByteDance – the parent company of the social media app – is alleged to have made the remarks to staff according to an article that first appeared in the Financial Times.

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Spotify forms council to deal with harmful content

Reuters | June 13, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media, Spotify

Spotify Technology SA (SPOT.N) on Monday announced it has formed a Safety Advisory Council to provide third-party input on issues such as hate speech, disinformation, extremism and online abuse.

The group represents another step in Spotify’s efforts to deal with harmful content on its audio streaming service after backlash earlier this year over “The Joe Rogan Experience,” in which the podcaster was accused of spreading misinformation about COVID-19.

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Meta, TikTok, Google and Twitter All Preparing to Sign-On to New Misinformation Rules in Europe

Social Media Today | June 13, 2022

Company Listed: Meta, Google, Twitter, TikTok

Amid ongoing debate around the impact of misinformation shared online, and the role that social media, in particular, plays in the spread of false narratives, a new anti-disinformation push in Europe could play a big role in improving detection and response across the biggest digital media platforms.

As reported by The Financial Times, Meta, Twitter, Google, Microsoft and TikTok are all planning to sign on to an updated version of the EU’s ‘anti-disinformation code’, which will see the implementation of new requirements, and penalties, in dealing with misinformation.

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Young American Views on Social Media Regulation Shaped by Use, Panelists Discuss

Broadband Breakfast | June 13, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

Panelists at a Gallup event on Wednesday said young American’s use of social media primarily as an entertainment source shapes their views on tech regulation.

The view comes after a March study by Gallup and Knight said that young Americans aged 18 to 34 are less likely to stay within partisan boundaries about tech regulation. The study of 10,000 adults sought to compile American views on internet regulation and found that young adults are less likely to be very concerned about hurtful discourse online than adults 55 and older.

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California bills seek to minimize social media harms on children

Wng | June 13, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

A recent short video released by the Dove Self-Esteem Project depicted teenage girls and their mothers watching social media influencers promote “toxic beauty advice” ranging from dieting pills, lip-filler kits, teeth-filing tips, and the benefits of “baby Botox.”

The video said social media has normalized harmful beauty advice for teen girls. “This stuff is on every girl’s feed,” one teen said. One in two girls agreed that idealized beauty content on social media caused them low self-esteem, Dove found in an April survey.

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Mainland China adopts new regulation on algorithmic recommendation technologies

Dentons | June 13, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

A new regulation in Mainland China that may have profound effects on the operation of e-commerce companies, the Internet Information Service Algorithmic Recommendation Management Provisions (the Provisions), came into effect on March 1, 2022.