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June 15, 2022 T&S Newsletter

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Children are targets for ID theft. Here’s what parents need to know

Washington Post | June 14, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

Axton Betz-Hamilton remembers the moment she decided to become an identity theft expert. She was 11 years old and watching her parents deal with a string of increasingly invasive identity crimes they couldn’t seem to shake, no matter how closely they guarded their personal information.

Her commitment only grew when she applied for her first apartment as an undergraduate and learned that the thief had stolen her credentials and ruined her credit, she said.

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Can Virtual Reality Help Autistic Children Navigate the Real World?

New York Times | June 14, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

Vijay Ravindran has always been fascinated with technology. At Amazon, he oversaw the team that built and started Amazon Prime. Later, he joined the Washington Post as chief digital officer, where he advised Donald E. Graham on the sale of the newspaper to his former boss, Jeff Bezos, in 2013.

By late 2015, Mr. Ravindran was winding down his time at the renamed Graham Holdings Company. But his primary focus was his son, who was then 6 years old and undergoing therapy for autism.

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Elon Musk comes to defense of 'Libs of TikTok' over Twitter death threats

NY Post | June 14, 2022

Company Listed: TikTok, Twitter

Elon Musk has come to the defense of the woman behind the controversial Twitter account “Libs of TikTok” after she tweeted that she was receiving death threats.

Musk, the Tesla CEO who has committed to acquiring the social media site for $44 billion, tweeted: “Why?” after the “Libs of TikTok” creator — who was identified by The Washington Post as Chaya Raichik of Brooklyn, New York — tweeted on Monday she had “now received about a dozen death threats after radical leftists accused me of being a domestic terrorist extremist.

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Japan's new legislation makes 'online insults' punishable by one year in prison

WION | June 14, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

Online bullying has been a problem plaguing the world in the time of social media and Japan has taken strong steps to deal with the problem. The country’s parliament passed a legislation on Monday which made “online insults” punishable by fine and even imprisonment. The decision was taken by the authorities to curb online bullying after the suicide of a reality television star who faced online abuse. According to the new legislation, people found guilty of online bullying or insults can be jailed for up to one year, or fined 300,000 yen (about $2,200), according to Reuters. Earlier, the punishment was imprisonment for 30 days and a fine of 10,000 yen ($75). But, amid the rising concerns among the public, stricter steps were taken by the Japanese government.

However, the legislation has also created a lot of uproar among the citizens as a lot of them saw it as an attack on free speech and criticism of the government. The main concern was the process by which “online insults” will be determined by the authorities and how it can be easily misused.

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A dark web version of the metaverse and the security risks associated with it

CIO | June 15, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

The metaverse will be an immersive version of the internet with interactive features using different technologies such as virtual and augmented reality, 3D graphics, 5G, hologram, NFT, blockchain, haptic sensors, and artificial intelligence.

Every technology that is being used as a building block for the metaverse brings its own risks.

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Advocates call on Congress to bolster protections for kids in privacy bill

Washington Post | June 14, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

When President Biden called on Congress to “strengthen privacy protections” and “ban targeted advertising to children” during his State of the Union address in March, kids’ safety advocates lauded the endorsement as a game changer that could jump-start negotiations.

But as lawmakers consider their most significant proposal to date on the subject, some advocates warn that the bill’s protections for kids aren’t strong enough and language around age verification could give companies an easy way to skirt enforcement.

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House Republican measure would block Big Tech companies from hosting CCP officials on platforms

Fox News | June 14, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

House Republican Study Committee member Rep. Brian Mast, R-Fla., is leading the initiative, along with committee Chairman Jim Banks, R-Ind., committee National Security and Foreign Affairs Chairman Joe Wilson, R-S.C., and co-sponsor Rep. Tom Tiffany, R-Wis., in an effort to "hold China and Big Tech accountable."

The "China Social Media Reciprocity Act" would impose sanctions prohibiting providers of social media platforms to provide accounts to any individuals involved in the Chinese Communist Party, unless the president can certify to Congress that the government of China and the CCP have "verifiably removed prohibitions on officials of the U.S. government from accessing, using, or participating in social media platforms in China.

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Does tiktok pose ‘data espionage’ concerns for the us? The answer is complicated

North Eastern | June 14, 2022

Company Listed: TikTok

While Chinese-owned social media platform TikTok has had a meteoric rise in popularity since it was released in 2016, the app’s growth has posed privacy concerns when it comes to the collection of users’ information, highlighting what a recent New York Times op-ed labeled a “data espionage problem.”

The fear surrounding so-called data espionage is that social media apps collect users’ data in vast quantities, which can be used by adversarial governments for harmful purposes. TikTok is owned by the Chinese company ByteDance, and some cybersecurity experts warn that the authoritarian country, which already monitors its own citizens through different emerging technologies, could use the platform to gather and exploit consumers’ information.

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Kids’ Social Media Safety Bill Must Advance, US Senators Told

Bloomberg Law | June 14, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

A coalition of advocates for children’s mental and physical health is urging Senate Commerce Committee leadership to move forward on bipartisan legislation to make social media platforms liable for harms to minors.

The committee should vote this month on the Kids Online Safety Act, more than 100 groups led by the American Psychological Association, the Eating Disorders Coalition, Fairplay, and Mental Health America said in a Tuesday letter to its Democratic Chair Sen. Maria Cantwell (Wash.) and highest-ranking Republican member Sen. Roger Wicker (Miss.).

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Nigeria to require social media platforms to open local offices

E and T | June 14, 2022

Company Listed: TikTok, Twitter, Facebook