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May 11, 2022 T&S Newsletter

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Elon Musk says he would reverse Twitter ban on Donald Trump

The Washington Post | May 11, 2022

Company Listed: Twitter

Elon Musk said he would reverse Twitter’s ban on former president Donald Trump, articulating for the first time his stance on one of the most consequential decisions before him at the social media site he is acquiring.

“I do think it was not correct to ban Donald Trump. I think that was a mistake,” Musk said at an event Tuesday hosted by the Financial Times. “It alienated a large part of the country and did not ultimately result in Donald Trump not having a voice.”

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After Latin School sophomore Nate Bronstein takes his own life, social media star Tristan Jass launches push to stop bullying in his honor

CBS News | May 11, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

At the age of just 15, Nate Bronstein took his own life – after his parents say other students cyberbullied him relentlessly at one of Chicago's top private schools.

As CBS 2's Marissa Perlman reported Tuesday night, a social media star heard Nate's story - and is now launching a campaign to put a stop to bullying in his honor.

The CBS 2 Investigators first told you the Latin School of Chicago did not investigate the bullying, or tell Nate's parents – despite being required by law and school policy to do so.

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Content moderator is suing Meta in Kenya over working conditions | May 10, 2022

Company Listed: Meta Facebook

Social media giant Meta and its Nairobi-based content review subcontractor Sama will have to defend themselves in court over claims of inhumane working conditions after a law suit was filed against them in the Kenyan capital on May 10.

The suit by South African content moderator Daniel Motaung through Nzuli and Nsumbi Advocates claims that Sama fired him shortly after he tried to form an employee union in 2019, a few months after he was hired.

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What Spotify and Tinder aren't telling us

NewsWise| May 11, 2022

Company Listed: Spotify, Tinder

Our online and real-world lives are increasingly influenced by algorithmic recommendations based on data gathered about our behavior by companies that are often reluctant to tell us what data they’re gathering how they are using it.

Researchers at the University of Auckland have endeavored to find out more about how these algorithms work by analysing the legal documents - Terms of Use and Privacy Policies - of Spotify and Tinder. The research, published in the Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand, was done Dr Fabio Morreale, School of Music, and Matt Bartlett and Gauri Prabhakar, School of Law.

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Meta Looks Set to Push Publishers Towards Short Video in New Pivot

SocialMedia Today | May 11, 2022

Company Listed: Meta Facebook

Hi news publishers, it’s me, Facebook – you may remember me from my previous hits including ‘pivot to video’ and ‘prioritizing content from family and friends’.

In the latest reminder that news organizations, or publishers and brands in general, should not trust Meta to provide them with ongoing audience reach, the company is once again re-considering how it promotes news content in the app, with The Information reporting that Meta’s now looking to push news organizations towards short video, where it’s seeing the most growth in user engagement.

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Twitters new policy highlights its efforts to combat spam and duplicative tweets

TechCrunch | May 11, 2022

Company Listed: Twitter

Twitter announced today that it’s rolling out a new “Copypasta and Duplicate Content” policy to clarify how the platform works to combat spam and duplicative content. For context, copypasta refers to an attempt by multiple individuals to duplicate content from an original source and share it widely. The social media giant first revealed in August 2020 that it would limit the visibility of copypasta tweets and is now highlighting what it considers to be a violation and what action is taken to limit the visibility of such violations.

An example of a violation is identical or near-identical content tweeted by an individual account or several accounts. Another example is a duplicate or copy-pasted tweet that Twitter thinks will “disrupt the experience of others.” Twitter notes that it won’t limit the visibility of retweets or tweets that include existing content alongside unique content or commentary.

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Culture wars, misinformation & Ukraine further complicate firms’ social media policies and presence

Thomson Reuters | May 11, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

Culture war topics, the spread of misinformation, and the war in Ukraine have further complicated many firms' social media presence and their efforts to craft policies guiding what employees should and should not say online.

Firms should reassess policies guiding employees’ social media posts on accounts linked to the company and weigh whether they are going too far monitoring employees’ opinions online. Intrusive monitoring risks breaking privacy laws as well as being unethical, say compliance and ethics experts.

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A judge was sure Twitter isn’t a website. Now tech law could get messy.

The Protocol | May 11, 2022

Company Listed: Twitter

A panel of three federal appeals court judges on Monday seemed to struggle with basic tech concepts, and the result could signal an unexpected victory for conservative critics of the legal approach underpinning modern social media.

The judges presiding over the hearing in a New Orleans courtroom were weighing whether to clear the way for a Texas law that was designed to punish social media services for alleged anti-conservative bias.

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UK opts for slow reboot of Big Tech rules, pushes ahead on privacy ‘reforms’

TechCrunch | May 11, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

The U.K. government has confirmed it will move forward on a major ex ante competition reform aimed at Big Tech, as it set out its priorities for the new parliamentary session earlier today.

However it has only said that draft legislation will be published over this period — booting the prospect of passing updated competition rules for digital giants further down the road.

At the same time today it confirmed that a “data reform bill” will be introduced in the current parliamentary session.

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Why social media firms will struggle to follow new EU rules on illegal content | May 10, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

Social media allowed us to connect with one another like never before. But it came with a price—it handed a megaphone to everyone, including terrorists, child abusers and hate groups. EU institutions recently reached agreement on the Digital Services Act (DSA), which aims to "make sure that what is illegal offline is dealt with as illegal online."