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May 25, 2022 T&S Newsletter

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Remote learning apps shared children’s data at a ‘dizzying scale’

Washington Post | May 24, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

Millions of children had their online behaviors and personal information tracked by the apps and websites they used for school during the pandemic, according to an international investigation that raises concerns about the impact remote learning had on children’s privacy online.

The educational tools were recommended by school districts and offered interactive math and reading lessons to children as young as prekindergarten. But many of them also collected students’ information and shared it with marketers and data brokers, who could then build data profiles used to target the children with ads that follow them around the Web.

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What is Discord, the chat app used by the Buffalo suspect?

Washington Post | May 24, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

Before he allegedly killed 10 people at a Buffalo supermarket on May 14, the 18-year-old suspected shooter left a string of racist writings in online forum Discord, a popular voice, video and text chat app.

As early as November, the teen wrote messages on Discord documenting his plan to allegedly murder Black people in a mass shooting, according to a compilation of messages reviewed by The Washington Post. Discord has since said the messages were visible only to the suspect until he shared them with others the day of the attack.

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There is no point in teaching our children about politics while it is ruled by social media

CGTN | May 24, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

Leon Hady is a former headteacher, and founder of Guide Education, which has trained thousands of teachers.The article reflects the author's opinions, and not necessarily the views of CGTN.

A study found that online abuse of public figures has become so commonplace that many think that celebrities should be able to handle this abuse without complaint. Politicians have long had to suffer rigorous accountability from constituents. But, social media has caused the guise of accountability to mutate into an abusive free-for-all. The new generation of children is the first one born into this social-media era. Social media dictates the hows and whys of what our young people think.

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Kurt Zouma sent ‘grotesque’ racist abuse and death threats after cat-kicking video

Telegraph | May 24, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

Kurt Zouma received death threats after a video of him kicking a cat emerged, a court heard, as his lawyer claimed the level of hostility towards him in his native France means he is unable to return there.

The West Ham United defender, 27, pleaded guilty to two counts of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal after he abused a Bengal cat in a video which went viral online and prompted an RSPCA investigation.

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Instagram’s working on a Video Reaction Option for Reels

Social Media Today | May 24, 2022

Company Listed: TikTok, Instagram

The success of TikTok largely comes down to participatory trends, and the capacity for anyone to not only consume clips in the app, but to also engage with any meme or challenge with their own take.

Well, that and its highly attuned algorithm, which adjusts in real-time to your session preferences. But inviting more people into each trend is a key element in getting more users to open the app even more often, while it also expanded TikTok’s content pool, with sometimes thousands of related clips on a single trend that it can then feed to users who’ve engaged with that topic.

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Twitch ‘working on’ making ban notifications more specific

Washington Post | May 24, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

On a platform as large as Twitch, it can feel like there’s a new controversy every day. But many share a commonality: bewilderment over suspensions. Currently, when Twitch creators get suspended or banned, the company sends an email summarizing the reason, where the violation occurred and the length of the resulting suspension. But in the reason section, Twitch lists only which rule was broken and examples of violative conduct — not what the specific streamer reading the email did. That could soon change.

Twitch’s current policy leads to frequent confusion and drama. Sometimes, a streamer sincerely does not know why they’ve been sent to Twitch jail; in other cases, they hope to garner sympathy from fans by feigning ignorance. While Twitch has improved suspension emails over the years, streamers have continued to ask for case-specific details.

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The State of U.S. State Privacy Laws: A Comparison

Natlaw Review | May 24, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

In the continuing absence of Congressional action on a comprehensive U.S. federal privacy law, five states have now enacted their own laws. We previously provided a summary of the California, Virginia, and Colorado laws (available here), and Utah and Connecticut have since enacted new privacy laws. The Connecticut Act Concerning Personal Data Privacy and Online Monitoring(CTDPA) was signed into law on May 10, 2022 and is scheduled to take effect on July 1, 2023. The Utah Consumer Privacy Act (UCPA) was signed into law on March 24, 2022 and is scheduled to take effect on December 31, 2023. As reflected in the comparison chart below, the CTDPA and UCPA are similar to the recently enacted Colorado Privacy Act (CPA) and Virginia Consumer Data Protection Act VCDPA) in many respects, but there are some key differences among these laws and the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), which took effect in 2020 and was amended by the California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA).

On April 11, 2022, Virginia’s Governor signed three amendments to the VCDPA into law, although the law has not yet gone into effect. The amendments: eliminate a previously established Consumer Privacy Fund; make it simpler for businesses that obtain personal data about consumers from sources other than the consumers to comply with consumer deletion requests; and broaden the definition of non-profits that are exempt from the law.

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Appeals court rejects most of Florida’s social media censorship law

NY Post | May 24, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

Most of a Florida law that sought to stop social media companies from restricting users’ political speech violates the companies’ free speech rights and cannot be enforced, a federal appeals court ruled on Monday, agreeing with a lower court.

However, a three-judge panel of the 11th US Circuit Court of Appeals revived a part of the law requiring companies like Meta Platforms’ Facebook, Alphabet Google and Twitter to disclose the standards they use to moderate content on their platforms.

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DeSantis, GOP's Social Media Censorship Law Struck Down in Court

News Daytona Beach | May 24, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday struck down legislation pushed by Governor DeSantis which would pressure social media companies on their content moderation policies. It's the second time the law has been held as unconstitutional in court, following a similar ruling in June 2021.

Under the law, large social media entities like Facebook, Twitter, and others would have to publish their content moderation policies, specifically where it pertains to 'censor[ing], deplatform[ing], and shadow ban[ning]'. The grounds for the court's rejection is that social media companies are private entities who, under the First Amendment, have the right to dictate what speech is supported by their platform.

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Security Engineering Manager, Trust and Safety Detection

Google | New York, NY

Posted: May 24, 2022