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March 31, 2022 T&S Newsletter



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Apple and Meta provided subscriber data to hackers who posed as law officers


The Print | Mar 31, 2022

Company Listed: Apple, Meta


Apple Inc. and Meta Platforms Inc., the parent company of Facebook, provided customer data to hackers who masqueraded as law enforcement officials, according to three people with knowledge of the matter.


Apple and Meta provided basic subscriber details, such as a customer’s address, phone number and IP address, in mid-2021 in response to the forged “emergency data requests.” Normally, such requests are only provided with a search warrant or subpoena signed by a judge, according to the people. However, the emergency requests don’t require a court order.

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Rise of 'TikTots': 16% of children under four use platform despite minimum age requirement


Finance Yahoo | Mar 30, 2022

Company Listed: TikTok


A third of children aged between five and seven have a social media profile despite being under the minimum age requirement, a new study suggests.


Analysis from Ofcom shows that TikTok is the most popular platform among the youngest users, who have been nicknamed TikTots.


Britain's communications watchdog found 16% of children in the UK aged three and four are already using the platform.

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Feds task experts with helping rework bill on harmful online content


Ctvnews | Mar 30, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media


After announcing they’d essentially be going back to the drafting table on their promised online harms legislation, the federal government unveiled the expert panel that will be helping them rework the bill aimed at ensuring the kind of behavior that is illegal in-person, is also illegal online.


The panel—composed of twelve experts and specialists in platform governance and content regulation, civil liberties, tech regulation, and national security— will meet regularly over the next two months and ultimately give advice to Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez about what the bill should, and shouldn’t include.

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Social media user can seek action if account suspended with no notice


Indianexpress | Mar 31, 2022

Company Listed: Twitter, Social Media


Stating that a user can initiate proceedings against a social media platform for suspending his or her account without a prior notice, the Centre on Wednesday told the Delhi High Court that a significant social media intermediary may remove only the unlawful content of the user but not take down the account itself. Only in such cases where the majority of content by a user is unlawful, the extreme step of suspending the account may be taken, the Centre said.


In response to a batch of petitions challenging the suspension of accounts by Twitter and other platforms, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology said that such platforms “discharging public functions” are duty bound to ensure that there is no infringement of such rights of citizens. The Centre in its reply equated the suspension of account without prior notice to “depriving an individual citizen” of right to freedom of expression.

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Facebook nudges climate-skeptics towards disinformation, says a study


Wionews | Mar 30, 2022

Company Listed: Facebook


A human rights group has said in its report that its findings pointed towards the possibility that popular social media platform Facebook nudged users towards climate change denying content than that obtained from reliable sources. The group, named Global Witness, said that Facebook users who show an interest in climate skepticism are often nudged by the platform towards "increasingly extreme" climate misinformation by FB's algorithms.


"We simulated the user experience of an individual liking pages such as “Net Zero Watch”, an organization countering climate policies and linked to the UK Conservative MP Steve Baker. We found that immediately after liking this page, the user recommended “Climate Depot”, a US based outlet run by Marc Morano and part of CFACT, a group that calls human-induced climate change “a myth”" said the group in its press release.

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Indonesian govt to impose fines for digital platforms that refuse to remove unlawful content


Thestar | Mar 31, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media


JAKARTA (The Jakarta Post/Asia News Network): The government is preparing new administrative sanctions and fines for digital platforms that refuse to take down content it deems unlawful, stoking fears of increased censorship as the state seeks to reign in Big Tech.

The push to regulate the digital sphere, ostensibly to combat rampant misinformation in the country, comes as cyber protection policies for the individual languish in the legislature.


Data theft has affected a number of state institutions and corporations in recent years. The stolen personal information is often sold clandestinely and victims are left with few options for redress.

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‘Embarrassing’: Russia scrambles to copy banned social media platforms


Theguardian | Mar 30, 2022

Company listed: Social Media


The creators of Rossgram call it Russia’s answer to Instagram. Its critics call it “absolute shit”.

As Russia continues its invasion of Ukraine, opportunistic developers have rolled out a suite of locally made social networks to replace services such as Instagram that have been blocked by the government, or YouTube, which is under growing pressure.


Many appear to be hasty imitations or include obvious attempts at surveilling ordinary Russians, as the Kremlin tries to censor news about the war and further clamp down on dissent under the country’s president, Vladimir Putin.

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Facebook algorithm pushes climate sceptics deeper into disinformation


Cityam | Mar 30, 2022

Company Listed: Facebook


A new investigation has revealed that climate sceptic Facebook users are being driven towards more extreme forms of disinformation by algorithms, despite the social media giant’s claims of a crackdown.


By simulating the user experience of an individual liking pages such as “Net Zero Watch”, an organization countering climate policies, Global Witness found that it was immediately met with a recommendation of “Climate Depot”, a US based outlet run by Marc Morano and part of CFACT, a group that calls human-induced climate change “a myth”.


In an overwhelming majority of cases a similar pattern continued, leading the user to see content that included claims that climate change is a hoax, described the UN as an “authoritarian regime” that has less credibility than “Bugs Bunny” and accused the “green movement” of “enslaving humanity”.