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June 29, 2022 T&S Newsletter

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Evil Geniuses wants data, not money, to determine success in esports

Washington Post | June 28, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

Nicole LaPointe Jameson, chief executive of Evil Geniuses, is trying to bring big data to esports.

On Tuesday, Evil Geniuses — one of the oldest names in competitive gaming — announced a partnership with Hewlett-Packard Enterprise (HPE) in a multiyear agreement that’ll provide the organization’s teams access to artificial intelligence and machine-learning services to spot developing talent and inform in-game strategies.

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Chinese posed as Texans on social media to attack rare earths rivals

Washington Post | June 28, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

An English-language social media propaganda effort that previously criticized Hong Kong protesters and other foes of the Chinese government and has been linked to China has taken the rare step of going after private companies in a strategic industry, researchers said Tuesday.

Accounts on Twitter and Facebook have been posing as Texans to attack a rare earths processing facility in that state being built by Lynas Rare Earths Ltd., according to the cybersecurity firm Mandiant.

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Google tries to assuage GOP on charges its email filter is ‘biased’

Washington Post | June 28, 2022

Company Listed: Google

Since a March study found that Google’s Gmail service sent emails from conservative candidates to spam more often than their liberal counterparts, Republicans have railed against the search giant. Though researchers found that Microsoft’s Outlook and Yahoo Mail sent more Democrats’ missives to spam, the findings reignited GOP claims of “censorship” by Google.

So when Google CEO Sundar Pichai flew to Washington to meet with top lawmakers last week, he came equipped with a response: a new proposal to minimize how often candidates' emails hit Gmail's spam filter and to allow the company to share more data on its practices with campaigns - without facing legal repercussions.

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Instagram, Facebook delete posts offering abortion pills to US women

The Guardian | June 28, 2022

Company Listed: Facebook, Instagram

Facebook and Instagram have begun removing posts related to abortion pills, as posts about such medication spiked following the supreme court’s ruling stripping away constitutional protections for abortions.

Memes and status updates explaining how people can obtain abortion pills in the mail have exploded across social platforms in recent days.

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FCC says TikTok should be banned for surreptitious data practices

Hyper Text | June 29, 2022

Company Listed: TikTok

For a number of years now TikTok has been viewed as a data security threat as a result of its parent company ByteDance, which is based out of China and is alleged to have ties to that government.

The latest development in this ongoing saga sees the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) taking aim at TikTok. To that end its commissioner, Brendan Carr, recently tweeted out that the social media platform has unauthorized access to user data.

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Europe’s online child abuse law will make us all less safe

Politico | June 29, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

Would you trust Europol with pictures of your children? With pictures of your pets, friends and everything else on your camera roll?

In a misguided effort to combat child sexual abuse material (CSAM), the European Commission has come up with a new proposal, which could lead to exactly that. Ostensibly designed to detect “any potential abuse,” if passed, this proposal would essentially create a mass surveillance regime across the European Union.

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Social Platforms Could Face Legal Action for Addictive Algorithms Under Proposed California Law

Social Media Today | June 28, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

In what could be a significant step towards protecting children from potential harms online, the California legislature is currently debating an amended bill that would enable parents, as well as the state Attorney General, to sue social platforms for algorithms and systems that addict children to their apps.

“Social-media companies such as Facebook parent Meta Platforms could be sued by government attorneys in California for features that allegedly harm children through addiction under a first-in-the-nation bill that faces an important vote in the state Senate here Tuesday. The measure would permit the state attorney general, local district attorneys and the city attorneys of California’s four largest cities to sue social-media companies including Meta - which also owns Instagram - as well as TikTok, and Snapchat, under the state’s law governing unfair business practices.

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TikTok post banned for breaching UK and world rules on alcohol

Wales Online | June 29, 2022

Company Listed: TikTok

A TikTok post in which a young influencer promoted an alcohol brand by saying it has “only 63 calories a can” and would “actually get you drunk” has been banned. Rosie Breen’s video for Whisp hard seltzer alcoholic drinks in February was titled: “3 reasons I drink Whisp Alcohol” and went on to show her dancing with a can in each hand and and pointing to further captions including: “Im [sic] on my weight loss journey & they’re only 63 calories a can”, and “They actually get you drunk”.

A viewer complained that the calorie claim was not permitted for alcoholic drinks and the ad was irresponsible because it encouraged excessive drinking. The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) investigated whether the ad breached advertising regulations for featuring someone who was, or seemed to be, under 25 years of age.

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T&S Good News

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What to Know About Using TikTok as a Mental Health Resource

Health Line | June 28, 2022

Company Listed: TikTok