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May 05, 2022 T&S Newsletter

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Media Litracy Vs Fake News

Republic Times | May 04, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

Just last week, the Department of Homeland Security formed a Disinformation Governance Board. As Associated Press reported, the board was created to counter false and misleading information surrounding false information coming from Russia as well as U.S. immigration policy.

The announcement prompted a flurry of mixed reactions. Proponents feel the agency is necessary to expose Russia spreading false information - in some cases to cover up atrocities regarding the War in Ukraine.

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Rights groups cite 338 violations in El Salvador arrests

Washington Post | May 04, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador — Five human rights groups reported Wednesday there have been complaints of at least 338 violations of human rights during El Salvador’s massive arrests of suspected gang members.

The five non-governmental organizations said the most frequently cited abuse was arbitrary arrest, as well as illegal searches of homes, injuries, robbery and the death of a detainee.

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Teachers’ Union Pushes Facebook Owner Meta to Take Closer Look At ‘Harms’ To Children

Forbes | May 04, 2022

Company Listed: Facebook

The American Federation of Teachers on Wednesday encouraged the leaders of its members’ pension funds to support an independent evaluation of Facebook owner Meta’s risk management practices, which the teachers’ union said have failed to mitigate “clear threats” the social networking company poses to kids and teenagers.

AFT President Randi Weingarten asked state and local pension fund trustees, whose funds hold $6.3 billion in Meta stock, to vote in favor of a shareholder resolution that would instruct Meta’s board of directors to hire a law firm to evaluate the board’s performance at managing the risks posed by Facebook and Instagram.

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T&S Policies & Regulations

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

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Duopoly battle moves to Canada as Google and Meta publisher 'link tax'

Pressgazette | May 05, 2022

Company Listed: Google, Meta

Justin Trudeau’s government laid out the details of its Online News Act last month. Canada now looks set to become the second country (after Australia) to introduce legislation that effectively forces the Duopoly to pay publishers for their content.

Ahead of the introduction of Australia’s News Media Bargaining Code, Google threatened to withdraw services from the country, while Meta (then known as Facebook) briefly blocked news content from its social media sites.

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DHS Disinformation Board's Work, Plans Remain a Mystery

US News | May 05, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

WASHINGTON (AP) — There is little credible information about the new Disinformation Governance Board.

The board, part of the Department of Homeland Security, was announced last week. But DHS has released few details on how the board will function and what powers it will have.

DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas was attacked again Wednesday by Republican members of Congress who have already called for the board to be disbanded. Some civil liberties advocates also worry the group could violate freedom of speech.

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Is this Congress’s best shot to open up the ‘black box’ of social media?

Washington post | May 04, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

For years, lawmakers have blanketed social media platforms with letters demanding information about how their products and the algorithms that power them work. But many of them say they still lack access to basic data needed to fully understand the tools — and how to regulate them.

Led by a trio of prominent dealmakers, the Platform Accountability and Transparency Act (PATA) marks one of Congress’s most significant efforts to date to shed light on what lawmakers often lament as the “black box” of social media. But it’s got a long way to go to become law.

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Instagram must stop the scammers targeting Gen Z

Financial Times | May 05, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

I have a question for you. How do you know it’s really me writing this article? It looks genuine. There’s a picture of my face and it’s published on a media platform you trust.

What if I told you, valued reader, that I had a crypto investment opportunity that could rapidly double your money?

I would hope FT readers would immediately conclude the article must have been written by an imposter. Sadly, it’s much easier for impersonation scams to proliferate on social media platforms. Lloyds Bank recently reported a 155 percent annual increase in scams on Instagram in the past year, focused on the under-25s.

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Could the UK's Online Safety Bill change gaming worldwide?

Gamesindustry | May 04, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

Creating safe, inclusive and engaging spaces for the gaming community has long been the goal of the gaming industry, with games businesses creating and implementing tools, features and processes to address illegal and unwanted behaviors and keep players safe online.

To date, this approach has largely been self-motivated, with only limited regulation; namely the take down requirements for unlawful content under the e-commerce regulations.

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T&S Careers & Jobs

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Policy Lead, Trust and Safety, Google Cloud

Google | Mountain View, CA

Posted: May 05, 2022

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent practical experience.

  • 4 years of experience in policy, law, or technology.

  • JD, MBA, or Master’s degree.

  • Experience with internet/web technologies and enterprise products.

  • Experience with advanced product/program management.

  • Experience using data and technology to solve business problems.

  • Experience with policy and knowledge of the technology sector and key policy issues affecting the internet (e.g., harmful content, privacy, artificial intelligence).

  • Experience in stakeholder engagement/strategic thinking with the ability to translate complex issues into simple, clear language and collaborate with cross-functional stakeholders, and navigate organizational boundaries.

Director, Trust Risk Management- Trust & Safety