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June 17, 2022 T&S Newsletter

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T&S Early Warning News

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Elon Musk tells Twitter staff harassment will drive people from service

Washington Post | June 16, 2022

Company Listed: Twitter

In his first address to Twitter’s staff, Elon Musk said Thursday that too much harassment on the site would threaten the platform’s future but that content decisions also should be governed by whether posts are entertaining.

In the virtual town hall, Musk said that people needed to “like” being on Twitter, and if they were “harassed or uncomfortable,” the product would lose so many users that it would turn into a niche service.

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White House rolls out task force to curb online abuse

Washington Post | June 16, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

The White House on Thursday launched a task force focused on the prevention of online abuse, marking one of the most significant steps the Biden administration has taken to examine the connection between digital vitriol and violence.

The launch fulfills a pledge Biden made on the campaign trail to convene experts to study online sexual harassment, stalking and non-consensual pornography, as well as the connection between such abuse and mass shootings and violence against women. The long-awaited initiative comes on the heels of massacres in Uvalde, Tex., and Buffalo, which involved attackers with histories of online threats and radicalization.

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SpaceX workers write letter to executives with concerns about Elon Musk’s tweets

New York Times | June 16, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

Employees at SpaceX have written an open letter denouncing the behaviour of Elon Musk, the company’s chief executive, following recently publicized allegations of sexual misconduct against him.

“Elon’s behavior in the public sphere is a frequent source of distraction and embarrassment for us, particularly in recent weeks,” read the letter, which was obtained by The New York Times. “As our CEO and most prominent spokesperson, Elon is seen as the face of SpaceX — every tweet that Elon sends is a de facto public statement by the company.

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Explainer: Are Australian retailers using facial recognition software on their unknowing customers?

Cosmos Magazine | June 17, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

Imagine that your every move, every expression, every purchase could be tracked without your knowledge, with this information shared or sold for marketing to make you spend more money. This is already happening to us when we shop online, use a streaming service – and also, as it turns out, when we shop in-store.

It has been revealed that some of Australia’s largest retailers, including Kmart, Bunnings and The Good Guys, are using facial recognition technology (FRT) on their customers.

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T&S Policies & Regulations

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

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WhatsApp gives users more control over who can see their profile picture, about info, and last seen

Financial Express | June 16, 2022

Company Listed: WhatsApp

Meta Platforms-owned messaging platform WhatsApp has updated its privacy control settings, giving users more control over who can see their profile picture, about info, and last seen status.

The privacy settings can be adjusted to control who sees what information — last seen, profile picture, about info, or status — among the following options: everyone, all contacts, selected contacts, and nobody.

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U.S. states take center stage in battles for control over social media

Reuters | June 17, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

Parents in California could soon be able to sue social media giants for getting children addicted to their platforms under a bill going through the state's legislature.

It is among a wave of state-level activity aimed at regulating social networks on issues ranging from child safety to political bias, with some lawmakers and campaigners saying national efforts to limit Big Tech's power have stalled.

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Canada Proposes New Rules to Protect Personal Information

Bloomberg | June 16, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

New legislation to give Canadians more control over their personal information will include the steepest corporate fines among Group of Seven nations, according to the country’s industry ministry.

The proposed Consumer Privacy Protection Act establishes penalties of C$25 million ($19.4 million), or as much as 5% of global revenue, whichever is greater, for companies that breach privacy rules.

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UK data rules to ease burden on business, cut cookie warnings

Global Online Economy | June 17, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

Britain will set out a brand new information safety regime on Friday that diverges from EU rules, which it says will ease the burden of compliance on companies and scale back the variety of annoying cookie pop-ups that plague customers on-line.

The federal government stated it believed the brand new guidelines wouldn’t cease the free move of information with the European Union and attorneys stated Britain was adopting incremental reform.

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EU Launches Updated ‘Code of Practice on Disinformation’ Which Will See Platforms Implement New Measures

Social Media Today | June 16, 2022

Company Listed: Meta, Google, TikTok

Meta, Google, TikTok and more have all signed on to the European Commission’s updated ‘Code of Practice on Disinformation’, which aims to increase enforcement action against concerted efforts to mislead users through various types of online manipulation.

“Today, the Commission welcomes the publication of the strengthened Code of Practice on Disinformation. The 34 signatories, such as platforms, tech companies and civil society followed the 2021 Commission Guidance, and took into account the lessons learned from the COVID 19 crisis and Russia’s war of aggression in Ukraine.”

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T&S Good News

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

Discord adds new Twitch-like AutoMod feature to help keep users safe

Washington Post | June 16, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

Discord, a voice and text-based communications platform near-ubiquitous among gamers, is a communications marvel, but a logistics nightmare. Individual servers can teem with tens, hundreds or thousands of people, making round-the-clock moderation a nauseatingly tall order. That’s where Discord hopes AutoMod will come in.

AutoMod, which became available to Discord users Thursday, is a variation on a tool made popular on platforms like Reddit and Twitch. True to its name, it automates portions of the moderation process such that human moderators — who are often volunteers — don’t have to stay glued to their screens to keep text chats and threads free of foul language, off-topic/