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September 02, 2022 T&S Newsletter

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Twitter tests edit button as experts warn it could be misused

Washington Post | September 02, 2022

Company Listed: Twitter

At long last, Twitter is testing one of its most frequently requested features: the edit button.

The social media company announced Thursday that employees internally are testing the ability to edit a tweet shortly after it’s posted. The feature will expand this month to subscribers of Twitter’s premium service, called Twitter Blue, first in New Zealand and then in Australia, Canada and the United States.

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Online Platforms like Twitter Are Missing a Brutal Wave of Hate Speech in Japan

Time | September 02, 2022

Company Listed: Twitter

Immediately after Shinzo Abe was assassinated by a gunman on July 8, a rumor quickly spread on Japanese social media. It falsely claimed that the suspect was a “Zainichi Korean.” The term generally applies to descendants of Korean people who emigrated to Japan between 1910 and 1945—a period when Japan occupied Korea. They are the most targeted minority in Japan and suffer from virulent online abuse.

Last summer, online hate turned into real life violence. A 22-year-old man allegedly set fire to and destroyed seven buildings in Utoro—the ethnic Korean district of Uji, a city of some 185,000 on Japan’s main island Honshu. Although there were no casualties, the attack horrified Zainichi Koreans across the country.

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A Preschool Teacher's Disturbing Social Media Gets Him Barred from Job

Newsweek | September 02, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

A preschool teacher in Portland, Oregon, who is the recipient of thousands of dollars in donations after coming forward about contracting monkeypox, has been deemed a "serious danger to the health and safety of children" following the revelation of a disturbing social media history first investigated by Newsweek.

Marco Antonio Reyes Rojas was first featured on local television earlier this summer where he talked about the challenges of contracting monkeypox and needing to isolate. The 30-year-old Mexican-American, who is openly gay, shared photos of the pustules and rash he developed. He had previously been featured in the local press for his political advocacy on behalf of illegal foreign nationals living in the U.S. On social media, he blamed the United States for his suffering with monkeypox.

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Infodemics and misinformation negatively affect people’s health behaviours, new WHO review finds

WHO | September 01, 2022

Company Listed: WHO

Incorrect interpretations of health information, which increase during outbreaks and disasters, often negatively impact people’s mental health and increase vaccine hesitancy, and can delay the provision of health care, a new WHO review shows.

The authors conclude that the effects of informics and health misinformation online can be countered by “developing legal policies, creating and promoting awareness campaigns, improving health-related content in mass media and increasing people’s digital and health literacy”.

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Social media's role in spreading U.S. election disinformation in the spotlight

CSO Online | September 01, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

The 2008 and 2012 election campaigns of President Barack Obama displayed the power of social networks in delivering platform points and energizing the electorate. Pundits and technical analysts at that time (including me) characterized the effort as Obama’s campaign smoking their opponents on the social network landscape. This success was achieved through a better understanding of the social network medium the amplification provided through viral messaging.

By 2015, we saw Russia up to its hips targeting state election infrastructure and shaping the narrative via misinformation and disinformation. This included using personnel operating in the United States at the direction of the Russian government to affect the outcome of the 2016 presidential election. The FBI warned both major political parties of the Russian cyber actions targeting the election infrastructure, including their candidates and party infrastructure in 2015. By October 2016 we were seeing the publication of information from purportedly independent entities that was shaded or full-on mistruths.

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Meta forms ‘paid features’ unit as Apple’s privacy overhaul bites hard

Telecom TV | September 01, 2022

Company Listed: Meta

Meta, the digital giant formerly known (and still referred to by many) as Facebook, is infamous for, shall we politely say, its cavalier attitude to scooping up untold masses of data from its gargantuan virtual spreadsheet of users and ‘sharing’ them with third parties, no matter who they might be, as long as the ad revenues keep rolling in. Meanwhile, Apple, which has never been entirely without some monopolistic tendencies of its own, and which has been often behind schemes and efforts to further line its own capacious pockets, has made much of its policies and technologies that protect its users’ privacy and keep many spammers and hackers at bay. Both companies are locked in backbiting rivalry and their mutual antipathy has long been plain to see. Now influential US-based technology news site The Verge has reported that the recent changes Apple has made to the iOS operating system has been so encompassing and successful that it has wiped as much as US$10bn from Meta’s advertising revenues by protecting Apple device users from the pervasive advertisers as they lost access to the Apple user data they had exploited for many years.

In response, Meta is setting up a “product organization” group to look at where, when and how it can introduce “possible paid features” for the likes of Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp. You know what they say – “From tiny acorns are mighty money-making divisions grown” (or words to that effect). The new group is to be called New Monetization Experiences, and that says it all.

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California Data Privacy Law Nabs Sephora, Sets Stage for Future

Information Week | September 01, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

The recent first enforcement of the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) set the stage for domestic regulation of data privacy and how companies might navigate the collection and use of customer data, including its sale to third parties.

Personal care and beauty products retailer Sephora agreed to pay a $1.2 million fine in a settlement with California in response to a complaint filed by Rob Bonta, the state’s attorney general. The accusations claimed Sephora did not inform consumers that their personal information was being sold while allegedly starting on its website that it did not sell personal information. The complaint further alleged Sephora did not offer an easy-to-find link on the web or its app that customers could use to opt out of the sale of their personal information.

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Five new UK laws coming into effect from September 2022 and beyond

Irvine Times | September 01, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

Each month, parliament will consider proposed new bills and law changes with new rules surrounding driving, bereavement and more being considered in September.

Here is all you need to know about confirmed and potential law changes in September, and the months following, affecting areas across the UK.

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