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October 14, 2022 T&S Newsletter

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What age should you give a kid their first phone?

Middle school is when more kids are getting devices like smart watches and phones

The Washington post | October 13, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

Your children could be ready for a smartphone or similar device anywhere from 10 to 14, or during middle school. A sixth-grader (typically 10 to 11 years old) could be a good start for considering a phone or a wearable.

There are valid reasons to go younger, like a child who commutes on their own or who splits time between homes. There are plenty of reasons to wait longer, ranging from not being ready developmentally to a phone exasperating existing issues.

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How Social Media Amplifies Misinformation More Than Information

The New York Times | October 13, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

It is well known that social media amplifies misinformation and other harmful content. The Integrity Institute, an advocacy group, is now trying to measure exactly how much — and on Thursday it began publishing results that it plans to update each week through the midterm elections on Nov. 8.

The institute’s initial report, posted online, found that a “well-crafted lie” will get more engagements than typical, truthful content and that some features of social media sites and their algorithms contribute to the spread of misinformation.

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Social media influencer who sexually violated teens sentenced to 9 years in prison

NZ Herald | October 14, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

A well-known social media influencer who preyed on two teenage boys, performing sexual acts on them while they were unconscious or asleep, has been sentenced to nine years imprisonment.

His family blew kisses to him as he left to serve his sentence.

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Fact-checkers say social media companies’ inaction on multilingual fake news fuels racism, threatens democracy

Yahoo News | October 13, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

Multilingual fact-checkers are fighting back against misinformation spreading via social media platforms in the lead-up to this year’s midterm elections.

But as false narratives continue to thrive online despite their efforts, these groups are now calling on top social media platforms to do more in combating misinformation in languages other than English.

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Turkey's parliament adopts media law jailing those spreading 'disinformation'

Reuters | October 13, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

ANKARA, Oct 13 (Reuters) - Turkey's parliament on Thursday adopted a law proposed by President Tayyip Erdogan that would jail journalists and social media users for up to three years for spreading "disinformation", despite deep concerns over free speech.

Lawmakers from Erdogan's ruling AK Party (AKP) and its nationalist allies MHP, which together have a majority, voted to approve the bill even as opposition MPs, European countries and media rights activists have called to scrap it.

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Only proper online regulation can stop poisonous conspiracists like Alex Jones

The Guardian | October 13, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

I assume every reader of the Guardian will cheer the news of a $965m (£860m) fine imposed on Alex Jones, the right wing American conspiracist. A Connecticut court fined him for disseminating the cruel lie that the 2012 Sandy Hook elementary school shooting was staged with