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March 28, 2022 T&S Newsletter

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Tory MP Maria Miller tells how she was cyber-flashed while on busy train into Waterloo as she welcomes government crackdown making it criminal offense

Daily Mail | Mar 27, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

A Conservative MP who was cyber-flashed while on a busy train to London revealed she has become accustomed to a 'regular bombardment of online verbal abuse, rape, and even death threats'.

Basingstoke MP Maria Miller, 57, recalled the moment she received an unsolicited explicit image without consent of a man's genitalia by someone she was sharing a packed train with to Waterloo station.

The 57-year-old also hailed the Online Safety Bill, which was introduced in Parliament last week and called it 'a ground-breaking piece of legislation' that will 'hold tech giants to account for the first time'.

She said: 'Like any other woman in Basingstoke I have received abuse online and I have received a cyber-flashing image of a man’s naked genitals.

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Avoiding crypto currency scams: How scammers use your friends and social media against you

Ktvq | Mar 27, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

MISSOULA — Experts say it is a perfect storm: the combination of unknown and cutting edge currency, making scammers come out of the woodwork.

Paper money? Try computer-generated, digitally encoded signature money. That is crypto currency, and it is now number two on the Better Business Bureau’s (BBB) riskiest scam report.

“Because it's coming from your friends, your relative, your brother, you think, 'Oh, is this real? Is this legitimate?' And you look into it a little bit more,” said Rebecca Barr, BBB communications manager.

It’s a scam artist's dream—unknown, cutting edge, and unregulated. Using social media and the influence of friends, by hacking social media accounts, scammers target the younger generation by luring them into buying crypto currency.

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Professor aims to prevent fraud by ‘sock puppet’ social media accounts

Myjournalcourier | Mar 27, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

How many times has a message like this come across your social media feed? A researcher at Southern Illinois University Carbondale is working on technologies to stop “sock puppet” requests that can lead to profile hacking, identity theft and other havoc for social media users.

Sajedul Talukder, assistant professor in SIU’s School of Computing and director of the Security and Privacy Enhanced Machine Learning Lab, has received a $158,000 grant from the National Science Foundation’s Computer and Information Science and Engineering Research Initiative to investigate ways to prevent “sock puppet” connection requests, which are false online identities and user accounts created for deceptive purposes.

Talukder aims to build a digital framework rooted in cognitive psychology, user-centric research and machine learning methods to defend against such accounts and requests in online social networks. The work will begin in April and last at least two years.

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This Week in Apps: Google’s alternative billing, Instagram’s chronological feeds, digital driver’s licenses

Techcrunch | Mar 26, 2022

Company Listed: Google, Instagram

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the weekly TechCrunch series that recaps the latest in mobile OS news, mobile applications and the overall app economy.

The app industry continues to grow, with a record number of downloads and consumer spending across both the iOS and Google Play stores combined in 2021, according to the latest year-end reports. Global spending across iOS, Google Play and third-party Android app stores in China grew 19% in 2021 to reach $170 billion. Downloads of apps also grew by 5%, reaching 230 billion in 2021, and mobile ad spend grew 23% year over year to reach $295 billion.

Today’s consumers now spend more time in apps than ever before — even topping the time they spend watching TV, in some cases. The average American watches 3.1 hours of TV per day, for example, but in 2021, they spent 4.1 hours on their mobile device. And they’re not even the world’s heaviest mobile users. In markets like Brazil, Indonesia and South Korea, users surpassed five hours per day in mobile apps in 2021.

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Former TikTok content reviewers file lawsuit over California labor law violation

Economic Times | Mar 25, 2022

Company Listed: TikTok

Two former TikTok content moderators filed a lawsuit against TikTok and ByteDance, alleging that the companies failed to provide appropriate support to help workers cope with mental trauma caused because of prolonged exposure to extreme content.

Both plaintiffs Reece Young and Ashley Velez were on contract with TikTok through third-party companies - Atrium, a New York-based company, and Telus International, a Canadian firm, respectively. They had to engage themselves for 12 hours during workdays to remove objectionable content deeply. The kind of content they had to filter out included suicide, murder, child sexual abuse, torture, rape, beheadings, etc., and the plaintiffs were also exposed to conspiracy theory and hate speech, which again impacted their mental well-being negatively.

Velez and Young are trying to obtain class-action status for their lawsuit, alleging that these companies violated California labor laws as they failed to provide appropriate support to mitigate the psychological trauma due to their exposure to offensive content. The lawsuit also claims that the companies pushed the content moderators to review and remove high volumes of unfiltered and disgusting content and alleviated the psychological trauma by forcing them to sign an NDA that legally binds them from discussing any of it with others.

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TikTok hit by another lawsuit over working conditions for its content moderators

Kake | Mar 25, 2022

Company Listed: TikTok

TikTok has been hit with another lawsuit from former content moderators who claim the job traumatized them.

Ashley Velez and Reece Young, former contract content moderators for TikTok, allege that their work involved reviewing "unfiltered, disgusting and offensive content," including "child sexual abuse, rape, torture, bestiality, beheadings, suicide, and murder," according to a complaint filed Thursday in a California district court against the popular short-form video platform and its parent company, ByteDance. They accuse the company of negligence, alleging that it failed to provide adequate care to protect moderators from harm and support them after reviewing such content.

"By requiring content moderators to review high volumes of graphic and objectionable content, Defendants require content moderators to engage in abnormally dangerous activities," the complaint alleges, adding that the company is "failing to implement acknowledged best practices to mitigate risks necessarily caused by such work."

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This article was published in with the title " TikTok is propagandists’ new tool to win elections in Southeast Asia".

Thejakartapost | Mar 27, 2022

Company Listed: TikTok, Facebook, Twitter

Scholars and political observers have raised concerns over public opinion maneuvering on social media in Southeast Asia as three countries in the region - the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia, are gearing up for elections.

Propagandists' strategic maneuvering of public opinion on social media remains a dangerous threat to democracy in Southeast Asia.

Over the years, strategic use of cybertroopers in Southeast Asian countries has been prominent, especially during the election periods.

Political actors have attempted to sway public opinion via Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to push for a political narrative to garner more supporters in the region.

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How women can deal with online harassment

Washingtonpost | Mar 27, 2022