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June 27, 2022 T&S Newsletter

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With Roe overturned, period-tracking apps raise new worries

Washington Post | June 24, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

With a menstrual-tracking app, you can see when your periods and fertile days start and end. And, because these apps leave a digital trail, other people can see, too.

With 13 states poised to ban abortion after a Friday Supreme Court decision overturning the right to get one, many worry that data from period apps could become evidence of a crime. Some people are deleting the apps; others are sending data deletion requests to the companies that run them. And, while actual reproductive health data isn’t the only way law enforcement or other prying eyes could infer someone had an abortion, cutting down on personal data-sharing could become habit for women in post-Roe v. Wade America absent action from tech companies or the government to protect them.

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How to scrub yourself from the internet, the best that you can

Washington Post | June 24, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

Data brokers collect detailed information about who we are based on our things like our online activity, real world purchases and public records. Together, it’s enough to figure out your political leanings and health status, even if you’re pregnant. Friday’s news that the Supreme Court had overturned Roe v. Wade, and abortion could become illegal in at 13 states within a month, highlight concerns about ways these piles of information could be used.

You can’t fully scrub yourself from the internet. A little bit of you will always linger, whether it’s in data-broker databases, on old social media you forgot about or in the back of someone else’s vacation photos on Flickr.

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Sketchy TikTok ads push high-interest payday loans

New York Post | June 26, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media, TikTok

A group of secretive TikTok advertisers are using sketchy tactics to push massive loans that experts say could run afoul of deceptive advertising laws, The Post has learned.

Some of the ads tease “almost instant” five-figure deposits despite bad credit, while others appear to imply they are part of government “inflation programs” and use the logos of news organizations like CNN.

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Online disinformation stokes tensions as Kenya elections near

Thomson Reuters | June 27, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

Social media users in Kenya are being exposed to political disinformation, hate speech and incitement against ethnic communities ahead of elections in August, with rights groups warning the posts are stoking tensions around the vote.

A report by the Mozilla Foundation this month highlighted scores of posts on the TikTok app, including videos that likened a political candidate to Hitler and claimed he would attack other ethnic groups once in power.

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Young people must report harmful online content, says UK watchdog

The Guardian | June 27, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

Young people should report harmful online content, the communications watchdog has said, after finding that two-thirds have encountered potential harms on social media but only one in six report it.

Ofcom found that 67% of people aged between 13 and 24 had seen potentially harmful content online, although only 17% report it. The regulator is charged with enforcing measures in the forthcoming online safety bill, which will require social media companies to protect children and adults from online harms.

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T&S Policies & Regulations

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

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For people seeking abortions, digital privacy is suddenly critical

Washington Post | June 24, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

When someone gets an abortion, they may decide not to share information with friends and family members. But chances are their smartphone knows.

The Supreme Court decision to effectively overturn the right to abortion in Roe v. Wade turns years of warnings about digital surveillance into a pressing reality in many states. Suddenly, Google searches, location information, period-tracking apps and other data could be used as evidence of a crime.

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Democrats need a united front against GOP attempts to regulate social media

The Hill | June 26, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

The internet collectively breathed a sigh of relief last month after the Supreme Court temporarily blocked Texas HB20 — a proposal that would prohibit online platforms from removing hateful, violent and spammy content, forcing them to host it. It’s the latest Republican attempt at government intervention which they say will prevent “censorship” of conservative viewpoints.

The court’s decision was swift and came down on the side of preserving online services’ current freedom to moderate — for now. But Democrats calling for companies to take down harmful content have to understand the urgency of what still is on the line.

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T&S Careers & Jobs

T&S jobs posted recently, often within the last 24 hours, looking for top talent.

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Health Platforms Lead, Trust and Safety

Google | Atlanta, GA

Posted: June 24, 2022

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent practical experience.

  • 11 years of experience in the Internet Industry, Trust and Safety, Consulting, and/or Corporate Strategy and Operations with a focus on managing technology programs.

  • 3 years of experience with people management.

  • Experience driving strategies in a fast-paced environment.

  • Experience leading security or Trust and Safety teams.

  • Ability to solve large unstructured business problems, working closely with cross-functional teams (e.g., Engineering, Product, Legal, and Public Relations).

Head of Policy Consultation, Compute, Trust and Safety

Google | San Francisco, CA

Posted: June 24, 2022

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent practical experience.

  • 8 years of experience in developer support, policy enforcement, customer support, policy creation, or operations consulting.

  • 2 years of experience with people management.

  • Experience and knowledge in data analysis, complex problem solving, and efficient execution.

  • Ability to learn the complex workflow and connect the dots to understand the big picture, anticipate the risk in advance, and advocate for putting the right solutions by themselves.

  • Ability to simplify and present complex concepts to executive stakeholders.

Incubation Program Manager, Trust and Safety, YouTube