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May 16, 2022 T&S Newsletter

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Elon Musk’s free-speech agenda poses safety risks on global stage

Washington Post | May 16, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

Elon Musk’s controversial vow to restore free speech to Twitter is likely to be complicated to implement in the United States. But it could create even bigger problems abroad in places such as India.

Musk has said he wants to remove many of the rules that currently govern the social media site to allow for a more diverse conversation, including eliminating the ban of former president Donald Trump.“My preference is to hew close to the laws of countries in which Twitter operates,” Musk tweeted last week.

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Health authority sues Brandon psychiatric nurse over allegedly defamatory social media posts

CBC | May 15, 2022

Company Listed: TikTok, Facebook, Instagram

A Brandon, Man., woman who was a psychiatric nurse is being sued by her former employer over posts on TikTok, Facebook and Instagram calling fellow employees "idiots" and accusing the health authority of killing its patients.

The case comes at a time when legal experts say the number of lawsuits filed over social media posts is growing rapidly.

In its lawsuit filed April 12, the Prairie Mountain Health authority is seeking a court injunction to prohibit the nurse from publishing defamatory statements about her former employer and make her remove existing posts.

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Final former eBay employee involved in bizarre EcommerceBytes harassment case pleads guilty

Yahoo | May 16, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

Earlier this week, David Harville, one of seven former eBay employees involved in a 2020 campaign to harass the creators of a newsletter critical of the e-commerce company, pleaded guilty to five federal felony charges, ending one of the most bizarre episodes in recent tech history.

In June 2020, the US Department of Justice charged six former eBay employees, including Harville, with conspiracy to commit cyberstalking and conspiracy to tamper with witnesses. Of the group, Harville was the final employee to admit involvement in the harassment campaign that targeted Ina and David Steiner, The Associated Press reported on Thursday.

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After Buffalo Shooting Video Spreads, Social Platforms Face Questions

New York Times | May 15, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

In March 2019, before a gunman murdered 51 people at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, he went live on Facebook to broadcast his attack. In October of that year, a man in Germany broadcast his own mass shooting live on Twitch, the Amazon-owned live streaming site popular with gamers.

On Saturday, a gunman in Buffalo, N.Y., mounted a camera to his helmet and live streamed on Twitch as he killed 10 people and injured three more at a grocery store in what the authorities said was a racist attack. In a manifesto posted online, Payton S. Gendron, the 18-year-old whom the authorities identified as the shooter, wrote that he had been inspired by the Christchurch gunman and others.

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Musk doesn’t own Twitter yet, but conservatives are racking up followers

Washington Post | May 13, 2022

Company Listed: Twitter

Hours after Twitter accepted Elon Musk’s bid to buy the company, Fox News host Tucker Carlson called the sale the biggest political development since Donald Trump won the presidency.

“You just became a little more powerful,” Carlson told his millions of viewers hours after the deal was announced. “It’s that simple and it’s that profound.”

Indeed, Carlson was about to get a little more powerful himself: Since April 25, the day Twitter accepted Musk’s offer, his Twitter followers have jumped by more than 230,000 — a nearly 5 percent increase.

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Tech groups ask Supreme Court to block Texas social media law

Washington Post | May 13, 2022

Company Listed: Google, Facebook

Two Washington-based groups representing Google, Facebook and other tech giants filed an emergency application with the Supreme Court on Friday, seeking to block a Texas law that bars social media companies from removing posts based on a user’s political ideology.

The Texas law took effect Wednesday after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit in New Orleans lifted a district court injunction that had barred it. The appeals court action shocked the industry, which has been largely successful in batting back Republican state leaders’ efforts to regulate social media companies’ content-moderation policies.

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The Technology 202: The future of social media could be decided by the Supreme Court

Washington Post | May 13, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

Good morning and TGIF! We’re filling in for Cristiano today. Twitter shares fell this morning after Elon Musk tweeted that his bid to buy the company was temporarily on hold. Here's our colleagues' must-read story.

Below: Lawmakers want tech companies to archive potential war crimes in Ukraine, and U.S. cities are considering reversing their facial recognition bans.

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An appeals court ruling just threw online speech into disarray

Washington Post | May 15, 2022

Company Listed: Google, Twitter and Facebook

While Congress has done little to regulate social media sites, states are doing a lot — often with hardly anyone noticing. And now, a three-person panel of appeals court judges has thrown the world of online speech regulation into disarray.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit decided 2 to 1 on Wednesday to reinstate a Texas law that restricts how platforms such as Google, Twitter and Facebook can moderate user-generated material by prohibiting them from removing a user over a “viewpoint.” A lower court judge had on First Amendment grounds imposed an injunction on the legislation pending a lawsuit brought by industry. He also called parts of the law “prohibitively vague.” The two judges who voted to overturn that ruling last week didn’t write anything; no opinion accompanied the decision, which came after a hearing full of confusion about the legal regime that underpins expression on the Internet today.

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Facebook whistleblower works to pass new Internet laws

Thestar | May 16, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

Frances Haugen was cooking dinner one Friday evening when her phone rang. On the other end of the line was the White House.

Could Haugen get to Washington in four days, Deputy Chief of Staff Bruce Reed asked. She’d been chosen to be the first lady’s guest at the forthcoming State of the Union.

“It actually was mildly disruptive,” recalls Haugen, who lives in Puerto Rico. “But, you know — the kind of disruption you don’t mind.”

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