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May 24, 2022 T&S Newsletter

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D.C. attorney general sues Zuckerberg over Cambridge Analytica scandal

Washington Post | May 23, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

D.C. Attorney General Karl A. Racine (D) on Monday sued Mark Zuckerberg, seeking to hold the CEO of Facebook parent company Meta liable for data abuses and for misleading Facebook users about their privacy protections.

The suit, filed in D.C. Superior Court, alleges that Zuckerberg directly participated in decisions that enabled the Trump-allied political consultancy Cambridge Analytica to siphon the personal data of millions of users. Racine sued the company over its data practices in 2018 in a case that is ongoing, but he is now seeking to fine Zuckerberg personally over his role in the events.

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Amber Heard Graffiti Makes Netizens Ask if Women Get More Hate than Men for Abuse Charges

News18 | May 23, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

The Johnny Depp-Amber Heard trial has spilled over from the court room onto our social media feeds. Now, a graffiti of Amber Heard reportedly in Spain has opened a discussion on why most men accused of abuse do not face such public hatred. The art shows Amber Heard with a long Pinocchio-like nose in which she is saying: “You broke my nose, Johnny." The Pinocchio nose might be the artist’s way to show that Heard is lying. A Twitter user shared the photo and wrote: I have never in my life seen a man become the target of hate like this.

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Proxy Impact: Meta Shareholders to Vote on Resolution Asking Company to Combat Online Child Sexual Exploitation

Yahoo | May 23, 2022

Company Listed: Meta, WhatsApp, Messenger

In 2021 there were nearly 29 million reported cases of online child sexual abuse material (CSAM). Nearly 27 million of these—or 92%—stemmed from Meta platforms such as Facebook, WhatsApp, Messenger, and Instagram. Governments, law enforcement agencies, and child protection organizations have harshly criticized Meta's planned end-to-end encryption, claiming that it will cloak the actions of child predators and make children more vulnerable to online sexual abuse. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children estimates that Meta's plan to apply end-to-end encryption to its platforms, without first putting safety measures in place to stop CSAM, could effectively make invisible 70% of its CSAM incidents that are currently being detected and reported.

The link between child sexual abuse and the Internet is even more evident given the significant increase in social media use globally during the COVID-19 pandemic, which has resulted in a huge surge in CSAM. The number of Meta's CSAM reports increased 69% from its nearly 16 million reports in 2019, when shareholders first raised this issue with the company.

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T&S Policies & Regulations

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

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TechTalks: Metaverse a new frontier that needs clearer laws

The Straits Times | May 23, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

SINGAPORE - Two avatars - yours and your business partner's - confirm a million-dollar deal in the metaverse, except that you know nothing about the virtual conversation. Someone has hacked your avatar and stolen your identity in the metaverse.

This could be an actual scenario in the future in the metaverse, a term to describe immersive virtual spaces.

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11th Circuit blocks major provisions of Florida’s social media law

Washington Post | May 23, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit on Monday ruled it is unconstitutional for Florida to bar social media companies from banning politicians, in a major victory for tech companies that are fighting another appeals court ruling that allowed a similar law in Texas to take effect.

In a detailed, 67-page opinion, a three-judge panel of the court — all appointees of Republican presidents, including one named by Donald Trump — unanimously rejected many of the legal arguments that conservative states have been using to justify laws governing the moderation policies of major tech companies after years of accusing the tech companies of bias against their viewpoints.

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Meta Outlines Advancing Process for Creating Realistic Digital Avatars for the Next Stage of Connection

Social Media Today | May 23, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

While Meta has grand dreams of a metaverse future, where all of us will be interacting in wholly digital environments, and where we can be and do anything in entirely immersive worlds, there’s one significant impediment to that process as it stands right now.

Apparently, the metaverse renders legs obsolete. And while the current avatars are also functional, in a basic sense, if Meta really wants to get people engaging with digital items, like clothes and other customization elements, to make people more aligned with their virtual identity, it’ll need a better creation process, so that you can build the representation that you choose - down to the shoelaces in in your virtual sneakers.

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An appeals court finds Florida's social media law unconstitutional

NPR | May 23, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

A Florida law intended to punish social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter is an unconstitutional violation of the First Amendment, a federal appeals court ruled Monday, dealing a major victory to companies who had been accused by GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis of discriminating against conservative thought.

A three-judge panel of the Atlanta-based 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously concluded that it was overreach for DeSantis and the Republican-led Florida Legislature to tell the social media companies how to conduct their work under the Constitution's free speech guarantee.

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NY pension fund urges votes against Twitter, Meta directors after Buffalo massacre

NY Post | May 23, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli is calling for votes against directors at Twitter and at Facebook parent Meta Platforms at their upcoming annual meetings, saying both companies failed to enforce their standards against harmful content including from a mass shooting in Buffalo, NY, on May 14.

In letters seen by Reuters and sent to each companies’ boards ahead of events both scheduled for Wednesday, Thomas DiNapoli, who oversees New York’s pension fund, cited reports the companies did not remove video clips and screenshots of the shooter’s livestream, and his alleged racist manifesto, from their platforms.

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T&S Careers & Jobs

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Program Manager Trust & Safety Moderation

ROBLOX | San Mateo, CA

Posted: May 22, 2022

  • 4+ years experience in large-scale program management, technical program management, operations, or similar analytical roles, preferably in Trust & Safety organizations.

  • Expertise in using data to inform and support critical design and engineering decisions impacting moderation.

  • An understanding of how to build new, scalable operations across multiple vendors with localization requirements.

  • Experience working with senior management and executives.

  • Passion around building safer communities for users of all ages.

Policy Specialist, Legal Removals, Trust and Safety

Google Inc. | New York, NY

Posted: May 22, 2022

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent practical experience.

  • 3 years of experience working in internet technologies, related policy and regulatory environments and challenges affecting the internet, free expression, online safety, and content moderation.