October 14, 2022 T&S Newsletter

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T&S Early Warning News

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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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T&S Policies & Regulations

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

Compare and review T&S Policies for dozens of companies here

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 actors by the anti-gun lobby. Justice is now done. Up to a point.

One of the most unfortunate pieces I ever wrote was to greet the internet in the 1990s as of benefit only to lawyers and pornographers. Wired magazine called me Neanderthal of the Year. I admit that among millions of other beneficiaries, I should also have added political maniacs. But the guilty parties uniquely let off scot-free by the Jones jury were the agents of his mendacity, the gold diggers of social media.

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From Disney+ To TikTok, Here’s World’s Worst Social Media Privacy Policies

Forbes | October 13, 2022

Company Listed: TikTok

Back in 2010, on April Fool's Day, game supplier Game Station updated its terms and conditions to require all customers to surrender their immortal soul. Of the 7,500 people placing orders that day, none noticed.

The prank highlighted the fact that users rarely read the small print. And these days, with companies keen to gather as much data on their users as they can, privacy policies often represent a bastion of incomprehensibility that can disguise serious issues.

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T&S Good News

Some of the good news in the T&S industry that leaders want to know

A guide to giving your child their first phone

The Washington post | October 13, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

The biggest milestone for teenagers used to be getting their driver’s license, opening them up to a new world of freedom and danger. For many, it’s now getting their first smartphone.

Unlike with a car — which comes with driving lessons, a learner’s permit and a big test to ensure road readiness — many parents buy the phone first, then try to teach their kids how to use it. It’s a risky approach, experts say. As easy as it is to give your child more freedom, it can be a brutal battle to claw it back when they’re misusing it or showing signs of overuse.

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T&S Careers & Jobs

T&S jobs posted recently, often within the last 24 hours, looking for top talent.

Check out all the recent T&S job postings here.

Software Engineering Manager, Trust & Safety

Snowflake | Bellevue, WA, USA

Posted: October 14, 2022

  • We expect our engineering managers to demonstrate a strong engineering background via their past experience both as engineers and as managers.

  • 7+ years of experience in building large scale distributed systems, some of which are in databases, security and/or privacy domains.

  • 2+ years of experience in managing and leading engineering teams to build services and framework in the above domains.

  • Strong track record of delivering large scale and resilient distributed systems and services.

  • Extensive and strong development experience in cloud environments, such as AWS, Azure, and GCP.

Senior Supervisor, Trust & Safety

Turo | San Francisco, CA, USA

Posted: October 13, 2022

  • 4+ years of investigations experience; preferably in vehicle crime, Fraud & Risk Management.

  • 2+ years of supervisory or management experience with high performing teams.

  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, drive and embrace change.

  • High level of ownership, responsibility and accountability.

  • Superb and dynamic communication, interpersonal, and investigative skills.


What is T&S?

Great question (and one the industry hasn’t fully agreed upon). Think of Trust & Safety as the organization that protects social media and Big Tech companies and users from online abuse. As long as users are able to generate content online, time has told us that a minority of these users will create content that is offensive, scandalous, fraudulent, disingenuous, misinformative, hateful, spiteful, and harmful. T&S fights this with flexible policies, resilient operations, and informed detections.

Is T&S interesting?

That depends. If you enjoy stopping bad actors and keeping good people safe, then you’ll love T&S. It requires understanding new technologies and staying on top of breaking issues across society and the world. It also pays Big Tech salaries (no coding skills required).

How do you get into T&S?

That’s the tricky part. The short answer is: not easily. Most T&S orgs are part of Big Tech and (as a result) pay extremely well, so jobs are highly competitive. If you don’t know someone in the industry who can help refer you in, then you can learn more about T&S policies, current events, issues, regulations, and jobs at to improve your hiring chances and start doing meaningful work that helps people.