T&S Early Warning News
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Washington state judge rules Facebook violated campaign finance rules
Washington Post | September 05, 2022
Company Listed: Facebook
A Washington state judge ruled Friday that Facebook repeatedly violated campaign finance rules requiring platforms to release information about political advertisers on their sites.
The court said that Facebook, which last year renamed itself Meta, repeatedly broke the state’s law requiring technology platforms make information about political ads available for public inspection in a “timely manner,” according to a statement from the Washington state attorney general’s office.
Twitter account Libs of TikTok blamed for harassment of children’s hospitals
Washington Post | September 05, 2022
Company Listed: TikTok, Twitter
Children’s hospitals across the U.S. are facing growing threats of violence, driven by an online anti-LGBTQ campaign attacking the facilities for providing care to transgender kids and teens.
Twitter has left up the account inspiring the attacks, despite its employees voicing concerns in internal Slack channels that it’s “only a matter of time” before the posts lead to someone getting killed.
Instagram removes Pornhub's Account
Tech Story | September 05, 2022
Company Listed: Instagram
Instagram has made the right decision by cutting ties with Pornhub, and now joins Visa, Mastercard, Discover, PayPal, Grant Thornton, Heinz, Unilever, Roku, and many other companies in rejecting to do business with Pornhub, a site infamous for monetizing the sex trafficking and criminal sexual abuse of countless victims including children,” Mickelwait told the Daily News in an email Saturday. “It is worth remembering that it’s illegal in the United States according to the Trafficking Victim’s Protection Act to knowingly benefit from a sex trafficking venture,” she added, urging other companies to do the same. “Now, it’s finally time for Google search, Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud, Microsoft Azure, and Reflected Networks to follow suit.
Instagram was right to remove Pornhub from its platform for violating its community standards given the increasing reports of Pornhub hosting child sexual abuse material, sex trafficking, filmed rape, and non-consensual videos and images. Instagram served as a distribution partner with this criminal enterprise, helping to push millions to their website, including children,” the group’s CEO, Dawn Hawkins, said in a statement Saturday.“We are grateful that Instagram has heard the voices of sexual abuse survivors who have been personally harmed by Pornhub’s insatiable appetite for profit,” Hawkins added.
Google has a plan to stare down fake news on Ukrainian refugees in Europe
Leader Telegram | September 05, 2022
Company Listed: Google
Alphabet Inc.’s Google is hoping an ad campaign can help prevent misinformation percolating about Ukrainian refugees who fled Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion from shaping public opinion.
Google is premiering a series of 90-second videos in Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic that will seek to educate viewers about how to avoid being manipulated, according to Beth Goldberg, the head of research at its anti-propaganda unit Jigsaw.
T&S Policies & Regulations
Regulatory news and policy decisions impacting the T&S ecosystem.
Facebook's $37.5 Million Location Tracking Settlement: Do You Qualify for a Check?
CNET | September 04, 2022
Company Listed: Facebook
Facebook's parent company, Meta, has agreed to a $37.5 million settlement to resolve a lawsuit accusing the company of violating users' privacy by tracking their movements without permission.
Plaintiffs in Lundy et al vs. Meta Platforms claim the social media platform collected location data even when users turned off their phones' location services setting, violating both California law and Facebook's own privacy policies.
Microsoft’s regulator-appeasing claims about Game Pass ring hollow
Washington Post | September 02, 2022
Company Listed: Microsoft
Microsoft’s unprecedented $68.7 billion purchase of embattled video game giant Activision Blizzard has antitrust regulators sniffing the scene with eyebrows raised, prompting a response this week from the tech giant. Activision Blizzard’s Call of Duty series, it said, will continue to launch on Sony’s PlayStation consoles as well as on Xbox, while Microsoft’s Game Pass subscription service will bring franchises like Overwatch and Diablo to other devices, including phones, via streaming.
That latter point — repeatedly emphasized by Microsoft — glosses over an inconvenient fact: Game Pass is itself a platform, one that allows users to access a rotating selection of hundreds of games to download and play for a low monthly price. In spreading it far and wide, Microsoft is not performing some act of selfless magnanimity. Instead, it’s setting itself up to come out on top in the next video game console war, one in which apps and services win the day, not specific devices. (A U.K. regulator argued as much in a decision published Thursday, which amounted to the first real public challenge to Microsoft’s planned acquisition).
Parler Returns to Google Play Store
NY Times | September 02, 2022
Company listed: Google
Parler, the social media service that attracted fans of former President Donald J. Trump, will return to Google’s Play app store on Friday, more than a year after Google suspended the app for content that incited violence.
A Google spokesman said the app had significantly increased its content moderation since the beginning of 2021. All apps in Google’s Play Store must have practices “that prohibit objectionable content, provide an in-app system for reporting objectionable” content, and remove or block abusive users who violate terms and policies, the spokesman said in a statement.
TikTok ban shouldn't be ruled out, James Paterson says
WA Today | September 04, 2022
Company Listed: TikTok
The government shouldn’t rule out banning TikTok and other China-based social media companies before a formal review of their alleged data-harvesting practices has been completed, Liberal senator James Paterson says.
Home Affairs Minister Clare O’Neil has asked her department to provide a briefing by next year on a range of options to tackle TikTok and other companies with questionable data collection practices, amid growing concern that staff in China can access the personal information of Australians.
T&S Careers & Jobs
T&S jobs posted recently, often within the last 24 hours, looking for top talent.
ByteDance | Mexico, MO, USA
Posted: September 04, 2022
You come with previous experience performing a Quality Assurance role in a Content Moderation / Content Quality / Safety environment.
You pay attention to detail and you are comfortable using data analysis to identify trends.
You possess experience in a BPO / call center/customer service environment.
Affirm, Inc | San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted: September 05, 2022
Must be proficient in asynchronous mode of communication–written tech specs, wiki, project plans, etc.
Excellent project management skills–high degree of organization and ability to surface critical information effectively.
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.