May 19, 2022 T&S Newsletter

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What a racist massacre tells us about free speech online

Washington Post | May 18, 2022

Company Listed: Twitter

The idea is appealing in its simplicity: Social networks should only take down posts if they violate the law. Otherwise, they should remain.

That’s how billionaire Elon Musk, a self-described “free speech absolutist,” has suggested he would run Twitter if he succeeds in acquiring it. The idea has won Musk many fans, especially on the right, who have grown frustrated with social platforms deciding what users can say and what they can’t. Some Republican-led states are also passing laws that would make it illegal for tech companies to remove posts based on users’ viewpoints.

This past weekend, Twitter and other major platforms were once again scrambling to take down posts and videos that were legal under the First Amendment but violated their policies. In this case, the videos showed a gunman, allegedly an 18-year-old white supremacist, slaughtering 10 people in a grocery store in a predominantly Black neighborhood of Buffalo. And the posts included the suspect’s racist screed, for which he seems to have intended the massacre to serve as an advertisement.

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Amber Heard supporters bombarded with misogynistic hate from Johnny Depp fans

Nypost | May 18, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

In a “disturbing” case of life imitating true-crime TV, Amber Heard supporters have alleged harassment and threats from Johnny Depp fans on social media.

Since April, the embattled ex-couple — who made headlines all the way back in 2016 during their initial split — has divided millions as a jury decides whether Heard, 36, had defamed Depp, 58, when she signed a 2018 op-ed in the Washington Post, which appeared to accuse her former love of domestic abuse.

Depp is suing the actress for $50 million; Heard subsequently filed a $100 million countersuit.

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Seeking Pills, Young People Head to Social Media, With Deadly Results

NY Times | May 19, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

Shortly after Kade Webb, 20, collapsed and died in a bathroom at a Safeway Market in Roseville, Calif., in December, the police opened his phone and went straight to his social media apps. There, they found exactly what they feared.

Mr. Webb, a laid-back snowboarder and skateboarder who, with the imminent birth of his first child, had become despondent over his pandemic-dimmed finances, bought Percocet, a prescription opioid, through a dealer on Snapchat. It turned out to be spiked with a lethal amount of fentanyl.

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WhatsApp, Facebook most frequently used apps to harass Pakistani women: report | May 18, 2022

Company Listed: WhatsApp, Facebook

WhatsApp and Facebook were the most frequently used applications to harass Pakistani women, a report published by the Digital Rights Foundation (DRF) stated.

DRF — a research-based NGO in Pakistan — released its five-year cyber harassment helpline annual report, marking the five-year milestone of the helpline on combating online violence and harassment.

A total number of 11,681 cases have been received by the DRF on their cyber harassment helpline in the last five years, while the helpline received 4,441 cases in 2021 with an average of 370 cases per month with a significant rise between March and September, a statement released by the DRF said.

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How social media posts could affect credit scores

Finchannel | May 18, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

Researcher warns of risks with using alternative data in lending. What does your SAT score mean for your ability to pay off a car loan? What does your Facebook feed say about your chances of landing a mortgage? And, what does your propensity for snacking on road trips mean for your credit score? The answers: More than you think.

Traditional credit scoring is based on a person’s demonstrated ability to take on debt and pay it off. But with the dawn of larger data pools and access to more sophisticated modeling programs, lenders and credit agencies are taking more nonfinancial factors into rating creditworthiness, particularly those without an extensive credit history. This group tends to include vulnerable populations who are often more susceptible to predatory lending practices.

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T&S Policies & Regulations

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

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Digital Technology Invaded Our Lives. Now Women May Pay For It.

NY Times | May 19, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

Over 130 years ago, a young lawyer saw an amazing new gadget and had a revolutionary vision — technology can threaten our privacy.

“Recent inventions and business methods call attention to the next step which must be taken for the protection of the person,” wrote the lawyer, Louis Brandeis, warning that laws needed to keep up with technology and new means of surveillance, or Americans would lose their “right to be left alone.”

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Texas, 12 states fire back at tech industry in Supreme Court filings

Washington Post | May 18, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

Texas on Wednesday filed a petition calling on the Supreme Court to reject an emergency application seeking to block a state law regulating content moderation decisions at large social media companies.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton argued that the state law, which bars platforms from blocking users based on viewpoint, is focused on businesses’ conduct and does not violate the First Amendment, which protects private companies from government regulation of speech. In his response to the petition, filed by tech industry groups, he says that social media platforms are the “twenty-first century descendants of telegraph and telephone companies” and that they should be treated as “common carriers,” which are subject to government regulation because of the essential nature of the services they offer.

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How the Biden administration let right-wing attacks derail its disinformation efforts

Washington Post | May 18, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

On the morning of April 27, the Department of Homeland Security announced the creation of the first Disinformation Governance Board with the stated goal to “coordinate countering misinformation related to homeland security.” The Biden administration tapped Nina Jankowicz, a well-known figure in the field of fighting disinformation and extremism, as the board’s executive director.

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Livestreamed mass shooting shows more internet regulations needed: experts

The Star | May 18, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

WINNIPEG - David Shanks felt a familiar sense of distress as he learned a video was quickly spreading online depicting a mass shooting in a Buffalo, N.Y., supermarket.

Only three years ago, Shanks was faced with the question of how to stop the spread of a video of a vicious massacre in Christchurch, New Zealand.

“It’s incredibly sad and I just feel so deeply for everyone affected by this,” Shanks said.

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T&S Careers & Jobs

T&S jobs posted recently, often within the last 24 hours, looking for top talent.

Check out all the recent T&S job postings here.

Digital Safety Principal GPM -Trust and Safety

Microsoft | Redmond, OR, USA

Posted: May 19, 2022

  • Bachelor's degree and 8+ years experience in Program Management OR 11+ years of experience in one of the following: in program management and/or development, driving efforts across multiple disciplines and teams in Hardware/Software Development and/or Management, or equivalent.

  • At least 2+years of experience in digital safety, privacy, or data governance architecture.

  • At least 2+ years of people management experience.

  • Experience leading technical teams both directly and indirectly (via hub and spoke) and designing and implementing large-scale transformations including cultural change.

  • Technical and engineering depth, evaluating, and determining roadmaps both directly and indirectly through others, a natural aptitude for communicating with senior leadership and addressing implementation challenges that arise from customer, company, or policy decisions.

  • Experience developing quality measures and metrics to drive product feature decisions.

Sr. Manager, Trust & Safety PMO

LinkedIn | Sunnyvale, CA, USA

Posted: May 19, 2022

  • The ideal candidate is a proven Operations and Business Development leader with exceptional project management, analytical and problem-solving skills who is comfortable interacting with all levels, including executive management, data science, policy, product, engineering and legal teams.

  • You are able to handle highly sensitive, confidential, and non-routine information supporting a rapidly changing organization.

  • 10+ years of Operations experience in fields such as Project Management, Customer Experience/Support, Trust & Safety and/or Risk Management.

  • 5+ years of project management/coordination or relative consulting experience.

  • 5+ years leading a team of project managers and/or similar operational roles.

Product Strategy And Operations Lead, Trust And Safety

Google Inc | San Bruno, CA, USA

Posted: May 19, 2022

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent practical experience.

  • 6 years of experience in management consulting, business intelligence, data science, corporate strategy, trust and safety, and/or operations.

  • Experience with SQL, data visualization, and other data analytics.

  • Master's degree in a quantitative field (e.g., statistics, computer science, engineering, mathematics, and/or data sciences).

  • Ability to work across teams, build relationships, and influence executive leadership.

  • Ability to influence the direction of data efforts across the business.

  • Excellent technical and analytical skills.

Trust and Safety Policy Analyst

Tinder | Los Angeles, CA, USA

Posted: May 19, 2022

  • Positivity and attention to detail are a must.

  • 2-3 years of professional working experience in Trust & Safety.

  • Experience in developing and/or improving content policies.

  • Record of successful project management.

  • Strong attention to detail, highly determined, and results-oriented.

  • Consistent track record to use collect, synthesize, analyze, and interpret both quantitative and qualitative data.

  • Experience working with, influencing, and negotiating with a broad array of collaborators.

  • Organized and comprehensive communicator.

Senior Product Manager, Trust and Safety (Remote)

Match | United States

Posted: May 19, 2022

  • You have at least 3 years of product management or equivalent experience, delivering high-quality features across multiple platforms (Android, iOS, and Web).

  • You have a successful track record shipping high-quality consumer-facing products from a user-centric perspective.

  • You are excited to solve complex problems with a collaborative attitude and understand the value of ruthless prioritization.

  • You are someone who thinks ahead and can easily identify patterns.


What is T&S?

Great question (and one the industry hasn’t fully agreed upon). Think of Trust & Safety as the organization that protects social media and Big Tech companies and users from online abuse. As long as users are able to generate content online, time has told us that a minority of these users will create content that is offensive, scandalous, fraudulent, disingenuous, misinformative, hateful, spiteful, and harmful. T&S fights this with flexible policies, resilient operations, and informed detections.

Is T&S interesting?

That depends. If you enjoy stopping bad actors and keeping good people safe, then you’ll love T&S. It requires understanding new technologies and staying on top of breaking issues across society and the world. It also pays Big Tech salaries (no coding skills required).

How do you get into T&S?

That’s the tricky part. The short answer is: not easily. Most T&S orgs are part of Big Tech and (as a result) pay extremely well, so jobs are highly competitive. If you don’t know someone in the industry who can help refer you in, then you can learn more about T&S policies, current events, issues, regulations, and jobs at to improve your hiring chances and start doing meaningful work that helps people.