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October 28, 2022 T&S Newsletter

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Big Tech is failing to fight election lies, civil rights groups charge

Washington Post | October 27, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

Two years ago, Silicon Valley’s biggest technology giants faced criticism from activists and voter suppression experts for not moving sooner to restrict Donald Trump’s accounts after his repeated false claims disputing the legitimacy of the 2020 election.

Now, a coalition of 60 consumer and civil rights groups says Meta, Twitter, TikTok and YouTube are just as ill-prepared to fight disinformation from politicians and other public figures whose public pronouncements about the 2022 midterms could undermine Americans’ faith in the electoral process or lead to violence.

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Women of color running for office face higher rates of violent threats online

Washington Post | October 27, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

Less than four hours after Kentucky state Rep. Attica Scott (D) announced last year that she planned to run for Congress, an email calling her a “slimey, ignorant c---” appeared in the inbox she uses for legislative business.

Scott’s team had been running posts on social media all day promoting her campaign, and she immediately recognized the threatening note filled with slurs as an attempt to silence her.

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West Yorkshire rise in arrests over online abuse and malicious communications

Telegraph | October 27, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

Ms Shah and her family had to flee their home in the middle of the night after Sundas Alam, made threats including “do you want a bullet through your window or a rifle in your head”.

Alam, 30, of Princeville Street, Lidget Green, was jailed for three-and-a-half years.

In the UK, two main offences cover online abuse – section 127 offences, which specifically relate to digital technology, and section one of the Malicious Communications Act 1988, which also covers 'old-fashioned' ways of communicating, such as letters and phone calls, but is often used for online harassment.

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What Teens Want Adults to Understand About Their Lives Online

The New York Times | October 27, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

To celebrate Media Literacy Week in the United States this week, an occasion dedicated to “amplifying the importance of media literacy education across the United States,” we asked students “What Don’t Adults Understand About Teenage Life Online?

As you might have guessed, teenagers told us they spend a significant portion of their lives online — most said somewhere between 16 and 62 hours a week. Where do they spend all that time? Apps like TikTok, Instagram, Snapchat and YouTube came up again and again, along with streaming platforms such Netflix and Hulu, as well as good old texting.

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TikTok’s Class Action Settlement Sparks Greater Privacy Concerns

Innovation & Tech Today | October 27, 2022

Company Listed: TikTok

TikTok users received financial compensation up to $168 Wednesday as part of a privacy data class action settlement.

ByteDance, TikTok’s parent company, agreed to pay $92 million to settle allegations it harvested personal data without users’ consent.

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UK government denies fresh delay to Online Safety Bill will derail it

Tech Crunch | October 27, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

The U.K. government has denied a fresh parliamentary delay to the Online Safety Bill will delay the legislation’s passage.

The legislation is a core plank of the government’s 2019 manifesto promise to make the U.K. the safest place in the world to go online, introducing a regime ministers want to will drive a new era of accountability over the content that online platforms make available.

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Meet the EU Law That Could Reshape Online Speech in the U.S.

Slate | October 27, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

When Kanye West made antisemitic comments on Instagram and Twitter earlier this month, Meta and Twitter responded by locking his account, reasoning he violated their community guidelines.

Crucially, the decision to freeze his account—temporarily halting his expression in those spaces—was made independently by the companies. No government actor was involved. The First Amendment generally precludes the U.S. government from limiting private speakers’ and companies’ ideas or controlling how social media firms govern their spaces.

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