October 17, 2022 T&S Newsletter

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How TikTok ate the internet

The Washington Post | October 14, 2022

Company Listed: TikTok

On the night Shelby Renae first went viral on TikTok, she felt so giddy she could barely sleep. She’d spent the evening painting her nails, refreshing her phone between each finger — 20,000 views; 40,000 — and by the next morning, after her video crossed 3 million views, she decided it had changed her life.

She didn’t really understand why it had done so well. The 16-second clip of her playing the video game “Fortnite” was funny, she thought — but not, like, millions-of-views funny. She wasn’t a celebrity: She grew up in Idaho; her last job was at a pizza shop. But this was just how the world’s most popular app worked. TikTok’s algorithm had made her a star.

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Co-founder of Trump’s media company details Truth Social’s bitter infighting

The Washington Post | October 15, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

Will Wilkerson, then an executive at former president Donald Trump’s start-up Trump Media & Technology Group, was at a Fort Lauderdale, Fla., coffee shop with company co-founder Andy Litinsky last October when Trump called Litinsky with a question: Would he give up some of his shares to Trump’s wife, Melania?

Trump Media, the owner of the fledgling social network Truth Social, had just been boosted by a huge merger agreement and a flood of investment that had made the stake worth millions of dollars. Trump had already been given 90 percent of the company’s shares in exchange for the use of his name and some minor involvement, leaving everyone else to split the rest.

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Trump critical of "U.S. Jews" in social media post

CBSNews | October 16, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

Former President Donald Trump wrote that "U.S. Jews have to get their act together" on his social media platform Truth Social Sunday morning, saying "no President has done more for Israel than I have."

"U.S. Jews have to get their act together and appreciate what they have in Israel - Before it is too late!" Trump wrote.

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Young LGBTQI+ people ‘nearly twice as likely’ to encounter hate speech online

Evening Standard | October 17, 2022

Company Listed: TikTok

More than two-thirds of young people have experienced bullying and harassment online or viewed distressing content, with young LGBTQI+ people nearly twice as likely to experience hate online, new research shows.

The annual Digital Youth Index study, carried out by internet firm Nominet found that 69% of young people aged between eight and 25 said they had seen distressing content online, with Reddit, Twitter, TikTok and Tumblr named as the most common places to see it.

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T&S Policies & Regulations

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

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Musk appeasement of Putin and China stokes fears of new Twitter policies

The Washington Post | October 14, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

Elon Musk’s recent pronouncements on major foreign policy issues are ratcheting up national security concerns about his takeover of Twitter, a global speech platform used by hundreds of millions, 75 percent of them outside the United States.

In the 10 days since Elon Musk agreed again to buy the social media platform, he has proposed solving the war in Ukraine by letting Russia keep territory and won praise from a top Chinese diplomat for suggesting China take control of Taiwan. On Friday, U.S. and Ukrainian officials were sent scrambling as news broke that Musk had asked the Pentagon last month to take over paying for his Starlink satellite communications service in Ukraine.

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A look inside TikTok's safety drives in Bangladesh

The Daily Star | October 16, 2022

Company Listed: TikTok

Bangladesh has always been an important market for the world's leading short video platform TikTok, as it connects millions of content creators and users across the country, and promotes creativity and joy.

It has been a rollercoaster ride since the beginning of TikTok's journey in Bangladesh. But the platform has always remained committed to generating awareness on matters related to minor safety, women empowerment, safe internet usage and responsible online and offline behaviour.

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Message regarding social media posts issued

Leicestershire Police | October 16, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

Temporary Chief Constable Rob Nixon said: "Over the past week, a number of social media posts were issued on our Leicestershire Police Stay Safe account aiming to raise awareness of hate crime. This was as part of National Hate Crime Awareness Week.

"While we recognise that people have strong and often conflicting views regarding this issue, we should not forget the seriousness of hate crime and the devastating crimes that as a country we have seen in the past which have happened as a result of hate crime.

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Turkiye’s New ‘Fake News’ Legislation: Philosophy And The Dangers Of Government-Mandated ‘Truth’

Forbes | October 16, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

Turkiye's new disinformation law, passed on 13 October, criminalises disseminating untrue information, punishable for up to three years. The legislation, does not describe what exactly would constitute untrue or false information and gives all discretion to courts to decide what is true what is not not only in the legal but also in the epistemological sence. That runs the risk of turning the courts into 'institutions of truth' in an Orwellian way.

The fake news legislation, would give authorities more ways to silence free expression and 'undesirable information,' which is especially worrying considering the already-weak independence of judiciary in Turkiye. This could have a chilling effect on free speech and critical thought in the country.

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T&S Careers & Jobs

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

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Director Trust & Safety Analytics

Confidential | United States

Posted: October 16, 2022

  • Showcase extensive experience leading analytics projects end-to-end and thriving in a multifaceted, fast-paced environment.

  • Experience with Python/R.

  • Show passion for getting into the details - write code, dig into data, iterate quickly and take action.

  • Previous experience in a marketplace or eCommerce business.

Policy Lead, Trust and Safety, YouTube

Google Inc. | United States

Posted: October 17, 2022

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent practical experience

  • 5 years of experience working in policy, AdTech, or a related field

  • Experience working with content or advertising policies in the Internet industry

  • Drive awareness and understanding of our product policies within Google and across our user base through research to set industry standards

  • Excellent written, presentation, and verbal communication 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.