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Spotify swoops in to buy Mark Little and Áine Kerr’s online safety startup Kinzen
Independent.ie | October 05, 2022
Company Listed: Spotify
Former RTÉ journalist Mark Little and Áine Kerr, a one-time political reporter with the Irish Independent, have sold their media startup, Kinzen, to music-streaming service Spotify.
Speaking to the Irish Independent, Mr Little declined to disclose the value of the deal, which he described as “brilliant”.
The Election Misinformation Blind Spot Nobody's Talking About
CNET | October 05, 2022
Company Listed: Social Media
Nearly 50 migrants, many from Venezuela, found themselves unexpectedly in Martha's Vineyard last month, part of a political stunt by Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis meant to protest US President Joe Biden's immigration policy. Some migrants said they'd been told they were being flown from San Antonio to Boston, where they could get expedited immigration papers, NPR reported. People in the group were also given a brochure in Spanish that falsely promised cash, housing and help with Social Security card applications.
DeSantis' act, which Texas authorities are investigating, provoked nationwide outrage partly, critics say, because it involved taking advantage of and deceiving people who don't primarily speak English.
Disinformation in Spanish is prolific on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube despite vows to act
The Guardian | October 05, 2022
Company Listed: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube
Last year, US lawmakers urged the CEOs of major tech companies including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to do more to combat disinformation spreading in Spanish, warning that inaccurate information on key issues such as vaccines and the presidential election was proliferating on their platforms.
“There is significant evidence that your Spanish-language moderation efforts are not keeping pace, with widespread accounts of viral content promoting human smuggling, vaccine hoaxes, and election misinformation,” the lawmakers wrote in a July 2021 letter. “Congress has a moral duty to ensure that all social media users have the same access to truthful and trustworthy content regardless of the language they speak at home or use to communicate online.”
Green groups ask social media companies to do more to address climate disinformation
The Hill | October 05, 2022
Company Listed: Facebook, TikTok, Google, YouTube, Twitter and Pinterest
In a letter addressed to the CEOs of Facebook, TikTok, Google and YouTube, Twitter and Pinterest, more than a dozen environmental groups called on the companies to improve transparency in their reporting and moderation of climate disinformation under the European Union’s Digital Services Act (DSA).
The DSA was passed in May 2022 and aims to create a safer and more open digital space for social media users.