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March 10, 2022 T&S Newsletter



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T&S Early Warning News

Get ahead of new stories that are impacting the T&S industry.


Online violence against women – a weapon used to silence and degrade


Ids | Mar 09, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media


The digital space has become an essential medium for activists and individuals to reach global audiences with messages on human rights, gender justice, and other critical social issues through social media platforms like Facebook. While online activism for gender justice is growing, violence against women on these online spaces is also on the rise. This issue of online violence as part of the larger backlash against women’s rights is the focus of a new pilot research project by BRAC Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD), in collaboration with IDS under the Countering Backlash programme.


Through the research we explore the online hate and threats of violence towards advocates for gender justice, and women in general, causing them to lose confidence, courage, and interest to speak out or advocate.

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Ban on restrictions of social media content passes Georgia Senate


Ajc | Mar 09, 2022

Company Listed: Facebook, Twitter, Social Media


Facebook and Twitter would be prohibited from deleting posts or removing users based on the views they express, according to a bill that passed the Georgia Senate on Tuesday.


The legislation, supported by Republican senators who believe social media companies have censored GOP opinions, would allow the companies to be sued in Georgia courts.


The Senate voted 33-21 to approve the measure, Senate Bill 393, which now advances to the state House.


The bill arose from complaints that Facebook and Twitter restricted conservative views by deleting posts that the companies considered false or misleading, especially on the topics of election fraud and COVID-19.

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T&S Policies & Regulations

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

Compare and review T&S Policies for dozens of companies here


Privacy and security challenges for Metaverse


Techiexpert | Mar 09, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media


We can expect the companies in the Metaverse to simply collect various information for the purpose of individual identification, tracking and advertisement via multiple channels like microphones, wearable devices, respiratory and heart monitors, and user interactions to the extent that we have never ever seen before.


This could even lead to a world of no privacy.


Apart from this having some of the major concerns for the way private data will going to be used and collected, there is also a concern over how the metaverse could help to provide with an escape from reality. As per the report, “the potential to alter our sense of reality, distorting how we interpret our direct daily experiences.”


In other words, they can even strategically place you in various context and offer you content that only help selected people can see to bend your reality, form your amplify and opinions divisions between people.

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Telegram assures safety of Ukrainians' data


Iapp | Mar 09, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media, Telegram


Telegram co-founder Pavel Durov promised the messaging application's Ukrainian users that their personal data is protected from any potential security issues stemming from the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine, BBC News reports. "I stand for our users no matter what. Their right to privacy is sacred — now more than ever," Durov said in response to concerns raised about whether Telegram's cloud-based platform had sufficient encryption to preserve privacy. While user data is safe, the platform indicated not all of its functions carry end-to-end encryption capabilities.


The billionaire Russian-born co-founder of messaging app Telegram has told Ukrainian users their data is safe.


In a Telegram post, Pavel Durov, who lives in Dubai, wrote: "I stand for our users no matter what. Their right to privacy is sacred - now more than ever."


Telegram was Ukraine's most popular messaging app - the Observer newspaper reported.

But some experts have raised concerns about the security of users' data.

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"Social Media Regulation Sought by Bill Passed by US State Senate Researchers have not found widespread evidence that social media companies are biased against conservative news."


Gadgets | Mar 09, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media


The Georgia state Senate voted 33-21 on Tuesday to pass a bill that seeks to prohibit social media platforms from removing or censoring content amid an outcry from conservatives that their political views are being discriminated against, even though a similar Texas law has been put on hold by a federal court.


Senate Bill 393 moves to the House for more debate. It declares that social media companies that have more than 20 million users in the United States are common carriers and that they can't block people from receiving certain messages based on viewpoints, location, race, ethnicity, religion, political beliefs, gender, sexual orientation or disability.


“What we are stating here is you cannot be discriminated against for your viewpoint, your gender, your age or other things in this 21st century public square,” said Sen. Greg Dolezal, a Cumming Republican who is sponsoring the bill. Dolezal said companies could still pull down lewd, obscene or offensive materials.

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Social media firms and search engines to face new penalties for scam adverts


Eandt.theiet | Mar 09, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media


Social media sites and search engines will be legally required to prevent scam adverts from appearing on their platforms as part of a new rules to protect people online.


The latest draft of the Online Safety Bill will give regulators greater powers to tackle harmful, offensive and misleading adverts.


It could also see tougher penalties places on influencers who fail to declare payment for promoting products on their social media channels.


The latest changes to the bill follow calls from a coalition of 17 consumer and business groups last year for the government to include scams within the scope of the much-delayed bill.

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T&S Good News

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


PureVPN Launches PSA on Online Abuse Against Women #RingTheAlarm


Newswire | Mar 10, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media


PureVPN is honoring women this International Women's Day by highlighting the alarming rise of gender-based abuse in digital spaces.


Incidents of domestic violence, workplace harassment, and street-based harassment now have to contend with a new monster - online harassment.


Despite the fact that online harassment is a criminal act, many people still feel comfortable engaging in it. This can be incredibly damaging for the victim who may feel like they are being attacked constantly and have no way to escape the abuse. Such incidents when repeated can lead to severe negative consequences and emotional trauma.


Online harassment can take many different forms, but it often involves someone sending or posting hurtful or threatening messages to or about another person. It can also involve stalking, cyberbullying, and/or abusing one's private information.

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How to ensure the safety and security of women in online spaces


Asianatimes | Mar 09, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media


The internet is seen as a place to receive a multitude of opportunities, from creative ingenuity and innovation, virtual spaces bring many things to life, but it has also brought existing problems, especially gender discrimination to online spaces.


Women’s safety is a major issue online or offline, something that breaks through several guidelines set across platforms to help curb the matter.


If the internet is supposed to be an open, accepting space to host different communities, it must begin by ensuring the safety and security of women participating in online spaces.

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Google’s Harassment Manager Can Filter Unwanted Comments on Social Media


Bengali | Mar 09, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media


Tech giant Google has launched an open-source anti-harassment tool called ‘Harassment Manager’ to help journalists, activists, and public figures.


Google’s Jigsaw unit released the code for the open-source anti-harassment tool that can currently work with Twitter’s API to combine moderation options — like hiding tweet replies and muting or blocking accounts — with a bulk filtering and reporting system.


The tool will also let users download a standalone report containing abusive messages; this creates a paper trail for their employer or, in the case of illegal content like direct threats, law enforcement.


Google made the announcement on the occasion of International Women’s Day and framed the tool as “particularly relevant to female journalists who face gender-based abuse, highlighting input” from “journalists and activists with large Twitter presences.”

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T&S Careers & Jobs

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

Check out all the recent T&S job postings here.


Learning and Development Operations Partner, Trust & Safety

TikTok | Mountain View, CA, USA

Posted: Mar 10, 2022

  • Experience supporting operations, planning and coordination of events

  • A love for "poking holes" in existing processes, providing solutions to increase efficiency and a belief that there is always room for improvement

  • Excellent verbal and written skills

  • Experience using tools such as SharePoint, Canva, PPT, Excel and Survey-monkey

  • Have experience with tools such as Smartsheets, Microsoft Project, In-design or Adobe Illustrator

  • Know-how on building dashboards to track metrics and KPI's

  • Experience launching and driving marketing/communications aimed at employees

Sr. Manager, Trust & Safety Insights

LinkedIn | Sunnyvale, CA, USA

Posted: Mar 10, 2022

  • 5+ years of management experience, building new teams, identifying strong talent and investing in career development

  • 8+ years in data, data science, analytics, machine learning, or modeling experience

  • Masters or an advanced degree in Mathematics, Physics, Statistics, Computer Science, Engineering, Economics, Information Systems, a similar quantitative field or equivalent practical experience

  • Experience in SQL or any other data analysis languages (i.e

  • Python, R, etc)

  • Having interviews in an accessible location

  • Being accompanied by a service dog

  • Having a sign language interpreter present for the interview

Policy Lead, Adversarial Abuse, YouTube Trust and Safety

YouTube | San Bruno, CA, USA

Posted: Mar 10, 2022

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent practical experience

  • 5 years of experience in developing or managing policy for an online platform/engagement with online public policy issues

  • Experience working with global teams and communicating with cross-functional stakeholders

  • Understand and clearly communicate the challenges and needs presented by the latest global trends

Training Manager, Scaled Operations, YouTube Trust and Safety

Google | San Bruno, CA, USA

Posted: Mar 09, 2022

  • Bachelor's degree in Education, Instructional Design, a related field, or equivalent practical experience

  • 10 years of experience managing and deploying training programs

  • 10 years of relevant work experience.

  • People management experience.

  • Experience in consulting, on-boarding, managing cross-functional projects with delivery and impact at scale in organizations.

  • Experience in collaborating and influencing stakeholders (i.e. vendor teams) for driving product/policy solutions at scale.

Senior Data Scientist - Trust & Safety Research & Algorithmic Impact

Spotify | New York, NY, USA

Posted: Mar 09, 2022

  • You have 5+ years proven professional experience in applied research and statistical analysis

  • You are passionate about working with product teams and Trust & Safety leaders to promote equitable algorithmic outcomes

  • You have the technical competence to perform advanced analytics: coding skills, experience with analytics and visualization tools/libraries (Python, SQL, Tableau, ggplot/matplotlib or equivalent), and experience performing analysis with large datasets

  • You bring experience in experimentation methodologies and statistics, and have basic knowledge of Machine Learning techniques

  • You like to learn, and deeply appreciate the need for interdisciplinary collaboration, and the combination of quantitative and qualitative methods

  • You have the ability to tackle loosely defined problems, and distill the results of complex methods into simple, impactful recommendations for diverse audiences

  • You are a communicative person who values building positive relationships with co-workers and partner teams, and enjoys mentoring and teaching others


T&S FAQs

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 trustsafetyinstitute.com to improve your hiring chances and start doing meaningful work that helps people.