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June 20, 2022 T&S Newsletter

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YouTube pulls Jan. 6 committee post, citing election disinformation

Washington Post | June 17, 2022

Company Listed: YouTube

YouTube took down a clip uploaded by the Jan. 6 committee to the video platform, saying the video, which featured a clip of former president Donald Trump telling lies about the 2020 election, spread misinformation without the proper context.

The video was one of many uploaded by the House committee, which is investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol by a pro-Trump mob, as a way to create an online record of its work and share it with a larger number of people.

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Non-Monogamy Advocates Ask Facebook to Be More Open

Newyork Times | June 17, 2022

Company Listed: Facebook

A group that supports ethical non-monogamy sent an open letter to Meta on Thursday calling for Facebook to allow users to list more than one relationship status in their profiles.

The letter, which was initiated by the Organization for Polyamory and Ethical Non-monogamy, or OPEN, said that Facebook’s current policy is “arbitrary” and “exclusionary.” Signees included leaders of groups like the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom and the Center for Positive Sexuality.

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TikTok says its American traffic is going through Oracle servers, but it retains backups

Newyork Times | June 17, 2022

Company Listed: TikTok

TikTok, the Chinese-owned video app, said on Friday that it was moving all of the data produced by its American users through servers controlled by Oracle, the Silicon Valley company, in a bid to convince the U.S. government that it will not expose the personal information of Americans to the Chinese government.

But TikTok added that it would still store its own backups of that information, potentially complicating those efforts.

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FIFA Racism Study Discovers Two Most Abused Footballers On Social Media

News18 | June 19, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

Zurich: FIFA’s study into racist abuse on social media during Euro 2020 and this year’s Africa Cup of Nations has revealed that nearly half of the players including Marcus Rashford, Bukayo Saka and Jadon Sancho were targeted across social media platforms during international tournaments.

The world’s football governing body has published an independent report on Saturday, highlighting the increasing degree of abuse directed at footballers on social media platforms.

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Online hate law should address ‘deepfakes’ and disinformation: advisory panel

Global News | June 19, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

Disinformation, including “deepfake” videos and bots spreading deception, should come within the scope of a future online harms bill, say a panel of experts appointed by Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez to help him shape a future law.

Members of the expert panel, including Bernie Farber of the Canada Anti-Hate Network and Lianna McDonald of the Canadian Centre for Child Protection, have advised that the act impose a duty on tech giants to tackle the spread of fake news and videos.

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T&S Policies & Regulations

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Data next battle for Facebook, other social media giants

The Sydney Morning Herald | June 20, 2022

Company Listed: Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Snapchat, WeChat, TikTok

Social media giants including Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Snapchat, WeChat and TikTok may be forced to turn over data on posts and audience figures so the government can decide whether to tighten laws on misinformation.

Such data is the currency of social media companies, which have become among the world’s most valuable firms by using it to target ads, and they guard it closely.

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Social media is rife with skin-whitening products. But little is being done to regulate the market

CNN | June 20, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

This story is part of 'White lies', a series by CNN's As Equals investigating skin whitening practices worldwide to expose the underlying drivers of colorism, the industry that profits from it and the cost to individuals and communities. For information about how CNN As Equals is funded and more, check out our FAQs.

Once primarily sold in markets and beauty stores, skin-lightening products have exploded in their availability online and today, they are pervasive on every major social media platform.

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TikTok moves US user data to Oracle servers

IT News | June 20, 2022

Company Listed: TikTok

TikTok has completed migrating information on its US users to servers at Oracle, in a move that could address US regulatory concerns over data integrity on the popular short video app.

The move comes nearly two years after a US national security panel ordered parent company ByteDance to divest TikTok because of fears that US user data could be passed on to China's communist government.

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T&S Good News

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

No, social media are not destroying democracy

Spiked | June 20, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

Have you heard that social media are destroying democracy? What about the idea that Facebook ‘filter bubbles’ are creating echo chambers and driving up partisanship? Maybe you’ve read that YouTube’s recommendation algorithm drives people into ‘rabbit holes’ with ever-more extreme content? Or that the business model of social-media firms means people routinely come across misinformation and fake news?