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May 01, 2022 T&S Newsletter

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T&S Early Warning News

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WhatsApp bans over 18 lakh bad accounts in India in March

Dtnext | May 02, 2022

Company Listed: WhatsApp, Meta

Meta-owned WhatsApp on Monday said that it banned over 18 lakh bad accounts in India in the month of March in compliance with the new IT Rules 2021.

The platform had banned over 14 lakh such accounts in the country in February.

The company said that it also received 597 grievance reports in the same month from the country, and the accounts "actioned" were 74.

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FAMILY FIGHTS BACK Sister of Delphi ‘Snapchat murder’ victim Libby German slams vile trolls who have targeted family online

The Sun | May 01, 2022

Company Listed: Twitter, Meta

Kelsi German, 22, speaking to The US Sun, told how for the past five years the family had to deal with “people on social media spreading hate”.

Libby, 14, along with her friend Abby Williams, 13, were found murdered on the Delphi Historic Trails in Indiana on February 14, 2017.

The case remains unsolved but cops revealed last December they were investigating the fake “anthony_shots” social media profile created by Kegan Kline, 27, in connection with the case.

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Good Morning Britain’s Alex Beresford ‘reports racist online abuse to police’ after onslaught

Metro | May 01, 2022

Company Listed: Twitter

The weatherman is believed to have reported an incident to the Metropolitan Police last month after receiving a sickening level of personal attacks on Twitter.

The action comes after Alex was targeted with vile abuse, which he retweeted on his profile.

‘He gets so much hate on Twitter and, after this particularly despicable comment, he decided to go to the police, a source said. ‘They are now looking into it.

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Russia using Internet trolls to target Ukraine war critics, Britain finds

Straits Times | May 01, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

The Kremlin is using a new troll factory to spread disinformation on social media and in comment sections of popular websites to try to manipulate public opinion about its war in Ukraine, a British government-funded report showed.

"Cyber soldiers" are targeting politicians and audiences across countries including Britain, South Africa and India, the report said.

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said the government has alerted international partners to the troll factory, and "will continue to work closely with allies and media platforms to undermine Russian information operations".

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T&S Policies & Regulations

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

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U.S. Data Privacy Laws in 2022: State and Federal Laws That Protect Your Data

Cloudwards | May 01, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

The U.S. labels itself as the leader of the free world, so it might be surprising to learn how little it does to protect its citizens’ right to privacy. This article will guide you through the U.S. data privacy laws — including both federal and state legislation — that aims to protect the data privacy rights of U.S. citizens.

Here at Cloudwards, we often decry privacy laws in the U.S. as subpar and, at times, actively harmful. However, it’s not all bad. The U.S. — and certain states in particular — have several laws and regulations that serve its citizens well. This article will go over U.S. data protection laws that try to protect the data of American citizens and users of U.S.-based services.

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Stronger government regulation of social media companies could improve free speech, says expert

CBC | May 01, 2022

Company Listed: Twitter, Social Media

Social networking companies that bill themselves as "public squares" should be subject to government regulation that helps reduce harm against users, says media expert Taylor Owen.

Last Monday, Tesla CEO Elon Musk struck a deal to purchase Twitter for $44 billion US. The move will take the company private.

Musk, a self-described free speech absolutist, has yet to announce if he will make changes to the platform's rules. Twitter has come under fire in recent years over increased content moderation and the banning of high-profile figures, including former U.S. president Donald Trump.

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Europe has to monitor hate speech and illegal content on social media more closely

NPR | May 01, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

European lawmakers are targeting Big Tech like never before. The EU recently advanced rules that would force companies like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to crack down on misinformation and hate speech or face multibillion-dollar fines. NPR tech reporter Bobby Allyn joins us to explain what the new law does and how it could eventually change how everyone uses social media. Good morning, Bobby.

RASCOE: So this is called the Digital Services Act, but it isn't the first time European lawmakers have moved to kind of rein in the tech industry, right?

ALLYN: So European regulators have already passed laws aimed at tech privacy and the dominance of Big Tech. So this is actually the third sweeping tech law in recent years. And it's looking at the societal effects of tech platforms, and it's really a huge deal. It affects social media, search engines and lots of other platforms, big and small.

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T&S Good News

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

Checklist: What to do if you're being harassed online

Washingtonpost | May 01, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media