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June 23, 2022 T&S Newsletter

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Top Senate Democrat casts doubt on prospect of major data privacy bill

Washington Post | June 22, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

A top Democratic senator poured cold water Wednesday on the prospect of a landmark bipartisan privacy bill advancing this Congress as written, dealing a significant blow to long-stalled efforts to pass federal protections for consumers’ personal data.

Senate Commerce Chair Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), whose panel controls the fate of any data privacy bill, told The Washington Post that she’s not close to supporting a major proposal recently unveiled by Democratic and Republican leaders in the House and Senate. And she said Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) has said he will not bring the current bill up for a vote in the upper chamber, signaling roadblocks for the push.

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Facebook Oversight Board says company should be much more transparent

Washington Post | June 22, 2022

Company Listed: Facebook

More than a year after its creation, the Facebook Oversight Board argued in the first of what are to be annual reports that the social media company should be far more transparent about how it decides which posts and accounts to leave up and which to take down.

The board, an international panel of human rights advocates, politicians and academics that oversees Facebook’s thorniest content moderation decisions, said the company had made some progress in implementing the board’s policy recommendations but needed to share more information about content removal systems. The group took aim at the opaque nature of the company’s strikes system, which gives users who break the platform’s content guidelines a specific number of passes and a tiered system of punishments before their accounts are suspended.

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China plans to have every single comment reviewed before it's published on social media

Business Insider | June 23, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

China may soon review every single comment before it goes out on social media, sparking fears of further censorship in a country that already has one of the world's most restrictive media environments.

On Friday, China's internet watchdog published a new set of draft rules on its website, instructing content platforms to review all online comments before they are published and to report any "illegal and bad information" found to the authorities.

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Online child abuse triples over pandemic; pedophiles using gaming headsets

Wnky | June 22, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

Sex offenders are using popular games like Fortnite or Minecraft to seduce children. It’s become a serious problem especially since gaming usage has skyrocketed during the pandemic.

Just this month, Kentucky State Police arrested a man using PlayStation to solicit sex acts from children prompting News 40 to investigate.

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Online abuse is costing us - especially women - emotionally and financially

The Standard | June 22, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

Like the now-abolished sales tax on tampons, it mostly affects women. But sadly, this financial penalty is one many pay every day of the month.

Online abuse — the kind that disrupts your life and turns your mobile phone into a delivery device for insults, harassment and threats — is on the rise. And with it is the amount of time people affected must spend dealing with the fallout.

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TikTok Updates Ad Policies to Limit Unwanted Exposure among Younger Users in Europe

Social Media Today | June 22, 2022

Company Listed: TikTok

TikTok has agreed to change its policies around branded content to ensure greater transparency, in line with EU rules, which will also see it implement new regulations around the promotion of alcohol, cigarettes and 'get rich quick' schemes within the app.

The updates come as a result of an investigation into alleged breaches of EU consumer rules, with TikTok found to be failing in its duty to protect children from hidden advertising and inappropriate content.

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Dust over FG’s latest plans to regulate social media with practice code

Vanguardngr | June 23, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

In this report, Ise-Oluwa Ige examines the various steps taken by the Federal Government since 2015 to regulate social media and other online platforms in Nigeria without success with a focus on the latest draft Code of Practice released by the National Information Technology Development Agency, NITDA, and the clouds of dust it is presently generating.

A fresh plan by the Federal Government to regulate social media and other online platforms through adoption of a proposed Code of Practice for Interactive Computer Service Platforms /Internet Intermediaries, appears to have set the country on fire.

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Florida social media law fight headed to US Supreme Court

Wink News | June 22, 2022

Company Listed: Twitter

Attorneys for the state and online industry groups plan to go to the U.S. Supreme Court in a battle about a 2021 Florida law that would crack down on social media giants such as Facebook and Twitter, according to new court filings.

The filings effectively seek to put proceedings on hold in a federal district court and the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals while the case goes to the Supreme Court.

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Who Is Melanie Dawes the Woman About To Regulate Social Media In The UK

Hindustan Times | June 22, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

Melanie Dawes will soon be in charge of regulating social media in Britain. But as a result of trolling she's suffered online, the Chief Executive Officer of watchdog Ofcom almost never uses one of the most prominent platforms coming under her watch, Twitter Inc.