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May 23, 2022 T&S Newsletter

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How Twitch took down Buffalo shooter’s stream in under two minutes

Washington Post | May 20, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

Last weekend, a gruesome scene unfolded live on Twitch as a shooter opened fire in a Buffalo, New York, supermarket. Ultimately, ten people were killed. Since then, millions have viewed videos of the coldblooded carnage on platforms like Facebook. But at the time, just 22 concurrent viewers tuned in. Twitch pulled the plug less than two minutes after the shooter opened fire.

Twitch managed to move quickly where others faltered — especially the comparably much larger Facebook — on content that was live, rather than prerecorded. Facebook also moved to immediately delete copies of the live-streamed video, but a link to the footage from lesser-known site Streamable garnered 46,000 shares on Facebook and remained on the site for more than 10 hours. In a statement to The Washington Post earlier this week, Facebook parent company Meta said it was working to permanently block links to the video but had faced “adversarial” efforts by users trying to circumvent its rules to share the video.

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Elon Musk wants to save the ‘public square.’ Tech veterans have a reality-check for him.

Washington Post | May 20, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

Elon Musk says he wants to help rescue the digital “public space” by overhauling Twitter.

But in a new open letter to the tech mogul, a group of veteran social media safety professionals warn Musk that doing so will take a lot more work than offering generic pledges to uphold “free speech.”

In a missive shared exclusively with The Technology 202, members of the newly formed Integrity Institute nonprofit organization told Musk that to achieve his goals, he will need to think a lot more deeply about how to actually implement those plans and to make thorny calls around harmful content that industry leaders have grappled with for years. And it won’t be as easy as granting everyone a digital podium.

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Glut of social media posts, political divisiveness a challenge for content moderators

Seaway News | May 22, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

TORONTO — Leigh Adams has seen a steady rise of material for review since she began moderating user comments on websites roughly 14 years ago, but she says the volume only exploded in the last few years as the content’s nature became so divisive there’s only one word for it: “Bonkers.”

Misinformation, trolling and worse has always existed online, but Adams says she saw a shift after the U.S. elected Donald Trump president in 2016 that reached a new height when George Floyd, a Black man in Minneapolis, was killed in police custody in May 2020, fuelling racial tensions just as the world was locked down due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Data privacy and harassment could spoil Grindr’s Wall Street romance

Protocal | May 22, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

Grindr's looking for more than just a hookup with Wall Street. Finding a stable relationship may be tough.

The location-based dating app favored by gay men was a pioneer, predating Tinder by three years. It bounced from owner to owner after founder Joel Simkhai sold it in 2018 for $245 million. A SPAC merger could be the answer, but businesses serving the LGBTQ+ community have had trouble courting investors. And Grindr has its own unique set of challenges.

Introduced in 2009, Grindr pioneered the use of then-new iPhone location features to show nearby users ready to chat or, well, go further. Its distinctive notification sound became a way LGBTQ+ people could stealthily reveal themselves to each other — or prank their friends. Grindr got blamed for killing gay bars — a charge Simkhai disputed — and coarsening LGBTQ+ dating culture. Despite those critiques and the emergence of challengers, Grindr still has a commanding position in gay dating apps.

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Teens are flocking to new photo-sharing apps. Are they safe?

IOL | May 22, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

After downloading the photo-sharing app Locket Widget, 23-year-old Amalu Susan Santhosh and her high-school-aged cousins have all but abandoned their group text.

Locket lets them view photos from one another right on their iPhone home screens without opening an app or typing a message.

“We might be too busy to text each other, but we wanted something where we could share everyday moments,” the Durham, North Carolina student said. Another plus: She never gets friend requests from strangers demanding nudes like she does on Snapchat, Santhosh added.

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The Era of Borderless Data Is Ending

NY Times | May 23, 2022

Company Listed: Google, Amazon

Every time we send an email, tap an Instagram ad or swipe our credit cards, we create a piece of digital data.

The information pings around the world at the speed of a click, becoming a kind of borderless currency that underpins the digital economy. Largely unregulated, the flow of bits and bytes helped fuel the rise of transnational megacompanies like Google and Amazon and reshaped global communications, commerce, entertainment and media.

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Social media is hurting kids. Why hasn't the government stepped in?

Las Angels Times | May 22, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

We make body image issues worse for 1 in 3 teen girls.

Teens blame Instagram for increases in the rate of anxiety and depression.

Those findings from the company’s internal research were among many alarming disclosures made public last year when former Facebook product manager Frances Haugen blew the whistle on the social media giant.

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Cwdf Calls for Protection of Women From Online Harassment, Abuse

All Africa | May 22, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

TANZANIA Civil Society Organizations Women Directors Forum (CWDF) has called for better regulations to protect women from online harassment and abuse.

CWDF Chairperson, Anna Kulaya said online or technology-facilitated Gender-Based Violence (GBV) is a form of gender injustice and discrimination that takes place in online spaces that have affected many people therefore it is high time to take appropriate measures to ensure everyone is safe.

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Online safety: making the internet safer by tackling harmful content

World Economic Forum | May 23, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

From the proliferation of health misinformation, child sexual abuse and exploitation, and violent extremist and terrorist content online, parts of the web can be dangerous.

Delivering safe and secure online experiences is essential for global businesses, civil society groups and individuals alike. Stakeholders from multiple industries and geographies agree there is an urgent need for deliberate global coordination to improve digital safety.

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New US Senate bill might push Google to break up ad business

Best Media Info | May 23, 2022