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Twitter is asking users to enter their birthdate to view sensitive content

TechCrunch | October 11, 2022

Company Listed: Twitter

Twitter is ramping up its efforts to filter sensitive content to prevent users under 18 from viewing inappropriate material by asking users to verify their birthdates. The company said it’s slowly rolling out a feature to restrict sensitive tweets unless users have a birthdate attached to their accounts and they’re over 18.

Over the past few days, many users noted that Twitter is asking them to input their birthdates to see the contents of specific tweets.

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Twitter removes, reinstates health official's tweet challenging safety of mRNA vaccines

Weartv | October 11, 2022

Company Listed: Twitter

Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo was temporarily quieted by Twitter after he posted a tweet promoting data that he said indicated an increase in cardiac-related incidents among men who had taken the mRNA Covid-19 vaccine.

Twitter confirmed it initially took down Ladapo's tweet, reportedly for violating its coronavirus misinformation policies, but the platform reinstated the tweet following public outcry over the censorship.

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LinkedIn scams, fake Instagram accounts hit businesses, execs

Tech Target | October 12, 2022

Company Listed: Facebook, Instagram

Business owners with public social media accounts are easy targets for scammers who lift information to create fake accounts. The arduous process for removing fraudulent accounts leaves victims frustrated and vulnerable to further data privacy issues.

Victims say platform providers, particularly Facebook and Instagram, must improve their responses to reports of fraud.

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Iran’s protests pose a challenge for Washington and Silicon Valley

Washington Post | October 12, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

Calls for action have stirred up long-standing debates over the impact of the vast raft of U.S. sanctions on Iran, including those targeting tech companies offering services to Iranians online, as well as over the global responsibilities of Big Tech.

The issues involved — the unplanned outcomes of long-term sanctions and the inherent biases built into content moderation, among others — are not unique. But in the case of Iran, policymakers in the short term face few satisfactory options.

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