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March 11, 2022 T&S Newsletter

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Urgent warning for parents after children exposed to ‘very dark’ side of the metaverse

7news | Mar 11, 2022

Company Posted: Social Media

Parents are being warned their children could be exposed to ‘virtual crimes’ on the metaverse which currently have little to no policing.

The ‘metaverse’ is an entire virtual world, created using artificial intelligence where users create lifelike avatars to interact with and live inside the alternate universe.

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The universe hosts various virtual bars, restaurants, stadiums, casinos and even the chance to buy and trade real estate with cryptocurrency.

But with all of this accessible to children from their bedrooms, experts are warning the universe leaves them vulnerable to online predators.

Victor Dominello, Customer Service and Digital Minister, told 7NEWS he has grave concerns for children who use the platform.

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Social media poses ‘existential threat’ to traditional, trustworthy news: UNESCO

News | Mar 10, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media, Google, Meta

In the past five years, both news audiences and advertising revenues have moved in huge numbers to internet platforms, with only two companies - Google and Meta (formerly known as Facebook) – soaking up half of all global digital advertising spending.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) analysed media development trends from 2016 to 2021 and found that global newspaper advertising revenue has fallen by half during the five year period.

Social media feast, news famine

The report indicates that news outlets often struggle to get clicks from readers that determine advertising revenue, and many find themselves “squeezed out” by the proliferation of new voices in the online space and algorithms of digital intermediaries.

“The digital ecosystem has unleashed a flood of competing content and turned large internet companies into the new gatekeepers”, the study explains.

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Facebook temporarily allows posts on Ukraine war calling for violence against invading Russians or Putin’s death

Arabnews | Mar 10, 2022

Company Listed: Facebook

Meta Platforms will allow Facebook and Instagram users in some countries to call for violence against Russians and Russian soldiers in the context of the Ukraine invasion, according to internal emails seen by Reuters on Thursday, in a temporary change to its hate speech policy.

The social media company is also temporarily allowing some posts that call for death to Russian President Vladimir Putin or Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko in countries including Russia, Ukraine and Poland, according to internal emails to its content moderators.

“As a result of the Russian invasion of Ukraine we have temporarily made allowances for forms of political expression that would normally violate our rules like violent speech such as ‘death to the Russian invaders.’ We still won’t allow credible calls for violence against Russian civilians,” a Meta spokesperson said in a statement.

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Twitter unveils version of site that can bypass Russia block

Arabnews | Mar 10, 2022

Company Listed: Twitter

Twitter has launched a privacy-protected version of its site to bypass surveillance and censorship after Russia restricted access to its service in the country.

Russia has blocked access to Facebook and has limited Twitter in an attempt to try to restrict the flow of information about its war in Ukraine. Both companies have said they are working on restoring access to people inside Russia even as they restrict the country’s state media from their services.

Known as an “onion” service, users can access this version of Twitter if they download the Tor browser, which allows people to access sites on what is also referred to as the “dark web.” Instead of .com, onion sites have a .onion suffix. Regular websites, including, are also accessible on Tor, but the .onion versions are made specifically for Tor and prevent the site from being spoofed by malicious actors.

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Telegram founder reiterates commitment to Ukrainian users’ privacy, says no links to Russia

Indian Express | Mar 10, 2022

Company Listed: Telegram

Russian-born Pavel Durov, the founder and CEO of the messaging platform Telegram and founder of Russian social media site VK, has reiterated his commitment to Ukrainian users’ privacy in a message. Durov wrote on his Telegram channel about how he was forced to leave VK and Russia after not complying with a Russian intelligence agency and that anyone questioning the app’s commitment to privacy was wrong.

Earlier, Signal co-founder Moxie Marlinspike had posted on Twitter that it was surprising that users in Ukraine were still relying on Telegram and had raised concerns around its privacy.

Durov has once again tried to dispel myths about his Russian connection by speaking about his mother’s Ukrainian ancestry and recounting the story of his exit from VK.

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Sports Betting And Data Protection In Nigeria: Cybersecurity, Data Protection, And Privacy Rights In Nigerian Gaming Industry

Mondaq | Mar 10, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

Based on statistics, around 66% of people in Nigeria have made a bet on a sporting event at least once in their lives. That is a significant amount of gambling. Online gaming is massive and developing at a breakneck pace. By 2023, it is predicted to expand to a worldwide industry of 93 billion dollars.

This rapidly expanding sector of gaming law has implications for cybersecurity, data protection, and individual rights to privacy. Legalized sports betting rapid expansion, as well as igaming, mobile gaming, daily fantasy sports (DFS), and competitive video gaming (esports), has produced both possibilities and problems for the lawyer.

Online and mobile platforms for sports betting and daily fantasy sports, as well as team trademarks and esports game design, create concerns of intellectual property, data collecting and reporting, data ownership, protection, and privacy, and assuring data security.

These issues are becoming more entwined with the dynamic field of digital currencies and cryptocurrencies, blockchain technology and transactions, and compliance inside and beyond local and international governments.

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Data privacy measures are in place for users in India: Truecaller

Hidustan Times | Mar 11, 2022

Company Listed: Truecaller

Truecaller, the app that’s well known for caller identification and call blocking on smartphones, has clarified its stand on data privacy and how a user’s information is collected and handled, as well as the options available for users in India. The company has also detailed how the software development toolkit (SDK), used for building the app, works.

This comes after certain media reports suggested that Truecaller doesn’t offer any privacy control features for users in India.

Truecaller has 300 million monthly active users globally, and there are 220 million active users in India, according to the official numbers shared by the company. All users in India continue to have access to a full-fledged privacy center, much like users in the European Union – the options there are dictated by GDPR (general data protection regulation), which is in force.

“We offer easy ways to control how you are seen on Truecaller and to un-list a number permanently. These are GDPR requirements, offered to all users of Truecaller, regardless of location,” says the company in an official statement.