March 08, 2022 T&S Newsletter

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70% of breached passwords are still in use

Helpnetsecurity | Mar 08, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

SpyCloud announced a report that examines trends related to exposed data. Researchers identified 1.7 billion exposed credentials, a 15% increase from 2020, and 13.8 billion recaptured Personally Identifiable Information (PII) records obtained from breaches in 2021.

Through its analysis of this data, it was found that despite increasingly sophisticated and targeted cyberattacks, consumers continue to engage in poor cyber practices regarding passwords, including the use of similar passwords for multiple accounts, weak or common passwords and passwords containing easy-to-guess words or phrases connected to pop culture.

“Reused passwords have been the leading vector in cyberattacks in recent years, and the threat of digital identity exposure is a growing problem,” said David Endler, Chief Product Officer of SpyCloud. “The findings of our annual report show that users are still not taking password security as seriously as they should. The threat of account takeover is not enacting wholesale improvements to consumer cyber hygiene, and that’s an alarming thought given the frequency of digital identity fraud.”

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Reddit's silencing of pro-Palestine speech betrays its own ethos

Alaraby | Mar 07, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

In today’s day and age, social media platforms are the digital equivalent of the Pony Express, telegraph and telephone of their era. They have even supplanted television as a source of news and information.

Reports prepared by digital rights groups have shown that these platforms not only shape political views, they also amplify extremism and violent tendencies. For better or worse, social media plays a gargantuan role in shaping global human discourse.

Facebook is the Big Daddy of this market, with nearly 2-billion daily users and 3-billion monthly users. That is nearly 40% of the world population. It is 5th globally in overall internet traffic, valued at nearly $650-billion, and is the 34th largest Fortune 500 company.

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Anti-Russian hate in Europe is making chefs and school children out to be enemies

Washington Post | Mar 07, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

Russian chef Alexei Zimin is donating part of his London restaurant’s revenue to support Red Cross work with Ukrainian refugees. He has been singing songs by a Russian dissident poet on Instagram, posting messages such as: “Stop the war. Withdraw troops. Bring our soldiers home.” He knows that in speaking out this way, he may never be able to return to Russia, where he has been credited with leading a gastronomic revolution and owns two more restaurants.

And yet angry messages are filling his restaurant’s voice-mail inbox. “Russians are killers,” one declared. “You’re Putin’s Russians,” another accused.

Zimin, 50, is among those who have been hit by a sudden and rapidly rising tide of anti-Russian sentiment in Europe. While governments have moved to punish Russian President Vladimir Putin and sanction oligarchs, while societies have been calling for cultural figures — from hockey stars to opera singers — to denounce the war, Russian expats who have never had sympathy for Putin and who are horrified by what’s happening in Ukraine say they are facing a wave of generalized hostility.

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T&S Policies & Regulations

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

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Google and Meta Mount Offensive against Australian Privacy Law, Touting the Benefits of Ad-Supported Services

Cpomagazine | Mar 07, 2022

Company Listed: Google, Meta

Google and Meta have weighed in on the current review of Australia’s Privacy Act with arguments for the benefits of ad-supported apps and cloud services, in a bid to soften data collection rules and have location data excluded from the category of protected “sensitive” data. The Privacy Act 1988, the primary Australia privacy law, has been under review since 2020 as lawmakers seek to modernize it.

Meta’s submission to the review collected statistics and survey results that ranged across small business benefits and consumer preferences, while Google took a more specific focus on exempting non-specific location data from the category of sensitive data.

Tech firms seek to put their stamp on Australia privacy law update

Meta opened its statement by lauding the federal government review of the outdated Australia privacy law, which applies pre-internet terms and views to an internet-connected world in some cases, and stating that it agrees with stronger protections for consumers. However, the company clearly has a very distinct vision of what those protections should look like.

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The pervasive culture of violence against women and girls

Newstatesman | Mar 07, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

It’s been nearly five years since the #metoo campaign first encouraged individuals to speak up about their experiences of sexual abuse and harassment. Since then, the discussion around how women are seen and treated by society has only deepened. In 2021, the murders of Sarah Everard and Sabina Nessa triggered a further outpouring of public anger and demands for change.

As more and more women come forward to tell their stories, we can now see that these things can happen to any of us; that sexism, abuse and violence against women is both endemic and systemic.

There is a clear spectrum of attitudes and behaviours that can lead to everyday sexism and discrimination, online and real-life sexual abuse, violence and, in some cases, murder.

The first two are made up of thousands upon thousands of smaller acts, many of which might be claimed to be “jokes”, the last defence of bullies everywhere. The cumulative effect is entrenched harassment of women on the internet and in real life. It curtails our lives, as it is intended to, making us afraid to participate online, step into public life or simply walk home.

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TikTok blocks new content uploads in Russia after launch of ‘fake news’ law

Eandt | Mar 07, 2022

Company Listed: TikTok, Facebook, Twitter

In a series of tweets, TikTok confirmed that while users in the country would be able to access older content, new uploads would be unavailable for the time being. Older content made by users outside Russia would also be unavailable to stream.

Russia has already blocked Facebook and Twitter after they restricted the country’s state-backed media on their platforms for spreading propaganda related to the war in Ukraine.

The country recently passed new legislation - quickly rubber-stamped by both houses of the Kremlin-controlled parliament - that imposes prison sentences of up to 15 years for those spreading information that goes against the Russian government’s preferred narrative on the war in Ukraine.

“TikTok is an outlet for creativity and entertainment that can provide a source of relief and human connection during a time of war when people are facing immense tragedy and isolation. However, the safety of our employees and our users remain our highest priority,” the firm said in a tweet.

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"Australia's social media anti-trolling bill raises alarm for Big Tech"

Gadgetsnow | Mar 08, 2022

Company Listed: Meta, YouTube

Big Tech companies like Meta, Twitter and YouTube have decried Australia's proposed social media anti-trolling bill, stressing that it would put an "unprecedented level" of defamation risk on social media platforms.

The Social Media (Anti-Trolling) Bill 2022 seeks to remove the right of social media platforms to use the innocent dissemination defence for potentially defamatory material posted by users based in Australia, reports ZDNet.

"The removal of the defence of innocent dissemination for providers of social media services exposes social media providers to an unprecedented level of defamation risk while being wholly unnecessary to achieve the Bill's objectives," according to Google-owned YouTube.

Meta (formerly Facebook) said it is not clear that social media providers "would only lose the innocent dissemination defence in instances where the potential defamatory material was posted by a user located in Australia".

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T&S Good News

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

Digital Protest: Women fighting for their rights using the power of social media

DW | Mar 07, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

Four women, four continents, countless causes: The political activists have one thing in common: They are using online tools to lead a new wave of feminist and pro-democracy protests online. The digital sphere is a space for women a space to speak up and be heard.

Rosebell Kagumire from Uganda runs the website "", which gives a voice to women across the African continent. To her, social media and the internet are tools for sharing her vision of a better world and for connecting with like-minded women.

Using catchy hashtags in one way to raise awareness for campaigns. In Latin America, #NiUnaMenos – not even one less – became the slogan for the fight against femicides. Iranian activist Masih Alinejad, who lives in exile, created the hashtag #Whitewednesdays: As a sign of protest against compulsory veiling laws, women post photos and videos of themselves without a veil or wearing white on Wednesdays.

With #ActOnLakeChad, Nigerian climate activist Adenike Oladosu calls for determination and real action to stop climate change. These are just three examples of women around the world using digital tools and platforms to raise their voice and connect with other activists.

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US prosecutors launch an investigation into the effects of TikTok on the health of minors | Technology

Codelist | Mar 08, 2022

Company Listed: TikTok

A bipartisan group of attorneys general from several US states announced last Wednesday that they had decided to open an investigation into the impact of the popular Chinese social networking app TikTok on young Americans. Attorneys general from California, Florida, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Nebraska, New Jersey, Tennessee and Vermont are seeking to learn what methods TikTok uses to keep people on the social network as long as possible. They also seek to determine the potential damage and its effects on both children and young people.

News of the investigation came just a day after President Joe Biden called, during his annual State of the Union address, for greater accountability for tech platforms “for the national experiment they are conducting on our children for profit.” . Biden called on Congress to pass legislation to tighten regulation of social media. In a fact sheet, the White House said Biden’s fiscal year 2023 budget would propose spending $5 million on research into the impact of social media on mental health.

“Children and adolescents already deal with anxiety, peer pressure and depression, so we cannot allow social media to further harm their physical health and mental well-being,” said Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey. , it’s a statement. “Attorneys general have an imperative to protect young people and seek more information about how companies like TikTok are influencing their daily lives.”

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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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Lead Counsel - Integrity Legal

Facebook | New York, NY, USA

Posted: Mar 08, 2022

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  • We are looking for a skilled and motivated lawyer to join us in partnering with teams across the company to help sustain Meta s role as the industry leader in Internet trust and safety across a range of problem areas.

  • Provide thought leadership to the company, with a focus on continuous improvement of Meta s integrity risk mitigation strategies, particularly with respect to global legal developments and industry best practices in the field of social technology trust and safety.

  • Lead Counsel - Integrity Legal ResponsibilitiesPartner and collaborate with product teams, global operations teams, regional teams, and other lawyers to identify risks to trust and safety on our platforms, develop integrity enforcement and other integrity risk mitigation strategies, and help execute on the company s existing integrity frameworks and safeguards.

  • Now, Meta is moving beyond 2D screens toward immersive experiences like augmented and virtual reality to help build the next evolution in social technology.

  • Apps like Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp further empowered billions around the world.

  • Partner and collaborate with policy teams, law enforcement teams, safety teams, and other lawyers to develop and implement policies that mitigate integrity risks in accordance with applicable legal and regulatory requirements around the globe and that respond to other integrity-related legal demands.

  • People who choose to build their careers by building with us at Meta help shape a future that will take us beyond what digital connection makes possible today beyond the constraints of screens, the limits of distance, and even the rules of physics.

Threat Analyst (Technical)- Trust & Safety

TikTok | Mountain View, CA, USA

Posted: Mar 08, 2022

  • It is important that the candidate is a self starter, adaptable, creative, action oriented and is focussed on results

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent in Computer Science, Information Systems, Information Security, or related quantitative disciplines such as Mathematics

  • 3+ years of relevant analytics experience focussed on data mining and data modeling primarily using Python (NetworkX or similar) and SQL

  • Data analysis skills include data wrangling and root cause analyses, investigating and solving problems using data and providing practical business insights

Strategy Consultant - Trust & Safety

TikTok | Mountain View, CA, USA

Posted: Mar 08, 2022

  • 3-5 years of experience in content strategy, safety strategy or consulting, or equivalent experience in high-growth organization; experience in strategy planning, management consulting for toC internet products/services is a plus.

  • Self-driven team player with a strong sense of ownership, good project management skills; able to adapt to flexible working hours.

  • Strong interest and knowledge in international politics, economics and cultures; Bachelor's or Master's degree in social sciences and humanities would be preferred.

  • Excellent communicator, with a curiosity for cultural nuances

  • Passion for a career in a tech firm with product lines in UGC content, entertainment and social media.

Engineering Quality Analyst, Payments, Trust and Safety

Google | Sunnyvale, CA, USA

Posted: Mar 08, 2022

  • Bachelor's degree in a technical field, or equivalent practical experience

  • 5 years of experience in analytics and/or consulting, with experience in data analysis

  • 3 years of experience in the payments industry, risk and fraud investigation, and/or internet industry

  • Experience in SQL and one additional scripting/programming language (e.g., Python or R)

  • Experience with fraud, security, and threat analysis in the context of Cloud service providers

  • Experience with project management and process optimization with a data analytics component

  • Experience in querying and analyzing large sets of data

  • Knowledge of fraud dynamics in the online world and sense of mission in protecting users

  • Ability to understand engineering systems and processes, by using analytical and problem-solving skills

Policy Manager - Trust & Safety - Apple Cloud Services

Apple | Cupertino, CA, USA

Posted: Mar 08, 2022

  • 4+ years in product or content policy, ideally with a consumer facing or infrastructure product or service dealing with the trust and safety online space

  • This bucket could include roles across Trust and Safety operations, project or program management, policy, legal, risk analysis, compliance and/or content moderation solutions

  • Ability to distill complex information into a compelling narrative

  • Experience with exposure to sensitive topics across an array of trust and safety areas of harm including child safety, survivor safety, and content and behavior rules

  • Experience engaging with external individuals/entities, such as non-government organizations or civil society groups, on behalf of a company or organization

  • Outstanding project management skills with an attention to detail

  • Ability to synthesize numerous points of view while working with challenging priorities and different timescales

  • Can identify trust and safety risks real-time in a product, project, or program review and propose risk mitigation methods and opportunities

  • A successful candidate for this role will be self-motivated and analytically minded

  • You have exceptional written and verbal communication skills and have experience with trust and safety initiatives

  • BA/BS and/or equivalent experience


What is T&S?

Great question (and one the industry hasn’t fully agreed upon). Think of Trust & Safety as the organization that protects social media and Big Tech companies and users from online abuse. As long as users are able to generate content online, time has told us that a minority of these users will create content that is offensive, scandalous, fraudulent, disingenuous, misinformative, hateful, spiteful, and harmful. T&S fights this with flexible policies, resilient operations, and informed detections.

Is T&S interesting?

That depends. If you enjoy stopping bad actors and keeping good people safe, then you’ll love T&S. It requires understanding new technologies and staying on top of breaking issues across society and the world. It also pays Big Tech salaries (no coding skills required).

How do you get into T&S?

That’s the tricky part. The short answer is: not easily. Most T&S orgs are part of Big Tech and (as a result) pay extremely well, so jobs are highly competitive. If you don’t know someone in the industry who can help refer you in, then you can learn more about T&S policies, current events, issues, regulations, and jobs at to improve your hiring chances and start doing meaningful work that helps people.