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October 26, 2022 T&S Newsletter

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Lawsuit claims Google knew its ‘Incognito mode’ doesn't protect users’ privacy

Washington Post | October 25, 2022

Company Listed: Google

It can be hard to keep track of all the lawsuits against Google.

The Department of Justice filed one in 2020 and might have another one coming soon. Texas has at least two. Arizona recently settled theirs with the search giant for $85 million. And Washington state and D.C. have lawsuits, too.

It’s not just governments. Video game maker Epic and dating app owner Match Group are suing Google, alleging anticompetitive behavior in how it runs its app store. The Republican National Committee is suing Google for sending politicians’ emails straight to spam folders.

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TikTok increasingly used as news source amid misinformation fears

Yahoo News | October 25, 2022

Company Listed: TikTok

An increasing number of US adults say they regularly get their news from TikTok, according to new research, despite growing concerns of the viral video app being a vector for misinformation.

A survey conducted by Pew Research Center revealed that more than a quarter of adults under 30 now consume news through the Chinese-owned social media giant, compared to just 9 per cent in 2020.

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Brazilian voters bombarded with misinformation before vote

ABC News | October 25, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

Brazilian voters are being bombarded by online misinformation less than a week before they pick their next leader.

People on social media say, wrongly, that the leftist candidate in Brazil's presidential election plans to close down churches if elected. There are lies that Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva wants to let men use public-school restrooms next to little girls. And they're falsely alleging that right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro has made comments confessing to cannibalism and pedophilia.

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Posts mislead on Australia's fuel resources as country faces energy crisis

Yahoo News | October 25, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

Australian politicians and social media users have shared the misleading claim that the country's energy crisis is a sham since Australia has "enough" fossil fuels to power up the country indefinitely. Soaring energy prices and widespread blackouts threaten Australia despite being one of the world's biggest coal and gas producers. Multiple experts say Australia's reliance on fossil fuels actually contributed to its energy crisis -- and warn the country's current energy mix leaves it vulnerable to future energy shortfalls.

"The idea that we are in an energy crisis is criminal," reads a Facebook post shared on October 11 by Josephine Cashman, who ran as a candidate for the right-wing One Nation party in the state of New South Wales.

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Have you seen US midterms misinformation on TikTok?

The Guardian | October 25, 2022

Company Listed: TikTok

Social media platform TikTok risks spreading election misinformation in the run-up to the US midterms, experts have warned.

The app’s US base has expanded since the 2018 midterms to 80 million monthly users, with increasing numbers of young people identifying it as their primary news source. Meanwhile, experts have said that the platform is not doing enough to combat misinformation ahead of the election.

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