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October 18, 2022 T&S Newsletter



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T&S Early Warning News

Get ahead of new stories that are impacting the T&S industry.


Social Media: Blessing or a Curse?

Daily Times | October 18, 2022

Company Listed: Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and Instagram


Social media is a revolution that has changed our lives in many ways-both positive and negative. It has eased connectivity in our lives but complicated many other social issues. The new media platforms, which include Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, and Instagram, have turned into powerful enablers of vast disinformation campaigns. Fewer efforts are seen on the part of administrators of these platforms in building honest and straightforward content moderation to control hate speech and disinformation on their platform against states, institutions and individuals.

A couple of days ago, news propped up that a 35 years old woman, mother of three children, committed suicide when a culprit uploaded and shared her doctored images on social media.

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Children's safety advocate, abuse survivor says advocacy efforts silenced on social media

The Bronx | October 18, 2022

Company Listed: Facebook


A well-known children's safety advocate Turned To Tara after losing her voice on social media.


Maria Trusa, who says she was sexually abused by her father's friend when she was 9 years old, started a campaign to spread awareness about sexual abuse but claims Facebook didn't approve.

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Xi Jinping’s crackdown on fandom and social media, explained


Vox | October 17, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media


Celebrity, in any country, comes with its fair share of hardship. In exchange for fame and stardom, stars give up normal levels of privacy; endure invasive scrutiny from fans, paparazzi, and the media; and mold themselves to inhuman standards of beauty and perfection in order to climb the ladder of success.


In China, however, those stressors pale beside the unique pressure of being a star in a hyper-consumerist culture that’s also tightly controlled by a state autocracy. Stars are expected to be poster children for the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) — to be wholesome, promote good values, avoid vice, and never, ever, get involved in a major scandal. At the same time, celebrities are virtually required to monetize their brands through sponsorships with huge corporations: The more products they can sell, the more they earn their spot on the A-list.

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Internet Freedom Falls Around The World, But US Starts To Improve


Forbes | October 18, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media


Internet freedom around the world has fallen for the 12th year in a row, according to new research.


The latest edition of Freedom House's Freedom on the Net report finds that human rights online deteriorated in 28 countries, with more than two-thirds of the world’s internet users living in countries that restrict free expression online.

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Ye Says Parler Deal Prompted by Instagram, Twitter Penalties


Bloomberg Law | October 18, 2022

Company Listed: Instagram and Twitter

Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, said he was motivated toacquire the conservative social media service Parler by his belief that existing platforms like Instagram and Twitter are too restrictive when it comes to user speech.

“When I got kicked off of Instagram and Twitter at the time, I knew it was time to acquire my own platform,” Ye said in an interview with Bloomberg News on Monday. “People had talked about it and mentioned this idea for years, but enough was enough.”

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Snapchat Sex-Predator Suit Dismissal Appealed to Fifth Circuit


Bloomberg Law | October 18, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

A minor alleging the social media platform Snapchat was negligently designed to allow underage teens to interact with adult sexual predators has appealed dismissal of the suit, federal court filings show.

John Doe alleged that when he was a high school sophomore, a teacher in her thirties lured him into a sexual relationship by using Snapchat to send him inappropriate messages and photographs.

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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


Online flashing could be made illegal in Ireland as new laws to ban unsolicited explicit images set to go.

The Irish Sun | October 18, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media


The Green Party minister plans to bring forward an amendment to the Online Safety and Media Regulation Bill which will include “online flashing” as harmful content.


The Minister wants to see flashing under the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Act 2017 extended to the internet and social media.

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Children should have separate sections in social media sites, says UK coroner

The Register | October 18, 2022

Company Listed: Meta, Pinterest, Twitter, Snapchat


UK coroner Andrew Walker has sent a report to Meta, Pinterest, Twitter, Snapchat, and the government itself recommending that adults and children each have their own parts of the platform to prevent harm to youngsters.


The coroner's report [PDF] comes after the death of 14-year-old Molly Russell in 2017, with Walker concluding that the social media content she saw – "concerned with self-harm [and] suicide" – had "likely contributed" to the child taking her own life.

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Android privacy settings to change now

The Washington post | October 17, 2022

Company Listed: Facebook, Amazon, Google and Venmo


Android is one of the most widely used operating systems in the world, and it’s full of settings and options to help keep your personal data safe. But trying to use all of those tools effectively can sometimes feel a little confusing — and that’s where the Help Desk comes in.


We started our Privacy Reset project with guides to help you understand how to protect your data on Facebook, Amazon, Google and Venmo, and now we’re expanding it to cover the settings you should change on your Android devices.

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T&S Good News

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


New Kids’ Privacy App Teaches Digital Privacy While Blocking Trackers


Gizmodo | October 17, 2022

Company Listed: Apple


There’s a law in the United States that says companies aren’t supposed to track young children, but they do it anyway. More than two thirds of the most popular kids’ iPhone apps collect and share personal information, according to a recent study from Pixalate. By some estimates, digital ad firms have collected an average of 72 million data points about every kid by the time they turn 13, the age legal data collection is supposed to start.

A new app from the security firm Disconnect aims to do something about it. Do Not Track Kids, which launched in the Apple App Store last week, blocks trackers across your entire device while teaching kids about privacy along the way.

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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.

Product Manager, Trust And Safety

Turo | New York, NY, USA

Posted: October 18, 2022

  • About YouBasic Qualifications:Bachelor’s degree in a technical discipline (Computer Science, Engineering, IT, Mathematics, or similar field)

  • 4+ years of customer-facing software product management experience owning product strategy, defining requirements, prioritizing roadmaps, and executing end-to-end delivery

  • Experience designing, building and shipping scalable products with world-wide impact

  • Strong analytical skills and demonstrated business judgment with the ability to use data and metrics to back up assumptions and recommendations

  • Proven ability to solve complex problems autonomously with strong, creative solutions all the way to detailed solutions


T&S FAQs

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 trustsafetyinstitute.com to improve your hiring chances and start doing meaningful work that helps people.