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September 09, 2022 T&S Newsletter

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Lord of the Rings stars speak out against racist ‘threats, harassment and abuse’

The Guardian | September 08, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

The cast of Amazon’s adaptation of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power have issued a statement condemning the racist abuse they have experienced since they began working on the mega-budget fantasy series.

“We, the cast of Rings of Power, stand together in absolute solidarity and against the relentless racism, threats, harassment and abuse some of our castmates of color are being subjected to on a daily basis. We refuse to ignore it or tolerate it,” read a message released via the show’s official Twitter account last night.

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Iran condemns two women to death for ‘corruption’ over LGBTQ+ media links

The Guardian | September 08, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

Two women have been condemned to death in Iran because of their links to the LGBTQ+ community on social media, human rights groups have reported.

Zahra Seddiqi Hamedani, 31, and Elham Choubdar, 24, were found guilty of a number of charges by a court in Urmia, in the Iranian province of West Azerbaijan, on 1 September but the details of their sentences only emerged this week.

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How a Snapchat feud led to 13-year-old Olly Stephens' murder

NY Post | September 08, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

The parents of a British teen Olly Stephens have opened up over the tragic death of their son.

Amanda and Stuart Stephens spoke with Erin Molan for her upcoming Sky News documentary, Haters Online: Erin Molan Fights Back, which will be available to stream on Flash.

The 13-year-old was stabbed to death in Reading, England, by two teen boys who recruited a girl to lure him to a field behind his house in January 2021.

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Meta Abandons ‘Responsible Innovation’ Team as Metaverse Development Continues to Ramp Up

Social Media Today | September 08, 2022

Company Listed: Meta

As Meta continues to build its next-level, more immersive social experience in the metaverse, now seems like the time that it really should be focusing on responsibility, and ensuring that it’s developing these new spaces with safety and security for all users in mind. Right?

I mean, if you’re asking people to spend more of their time in fully immersive, enclosed, reality-warping headsets, that seems like it’s going to have a more significant mental health impact than regular social media apps.

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T&S Policies & Regulations

Regulatory news and policy decisions impacting the T&S ecosystem.

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Data-Driven Online Ads Enter Spotlight as FTC Moves Toward Rules

Bloomberg Law | September 08, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

Industry and consumer representatives will weigh in at an event Thursday on potential new Federal Trade Commission rules governing the data collection that drives personalized advertisements online.

The agency’s public forum is part of its recently launched effort to regulate what it’s dubbed “commercial surveillance” by businesses such as Alphabet Inc. and Meta Platforms Inc. that gather information about people’s use of apps and websites, often for the purpose of targeting ads. The rules also would set standards for how data must be secured.

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Why Today's Businesses Need To Focus On Digital Trust and Safety

Forbes | September 08, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

It’s no secret that today’s websites and mobile applications suffer from security vulnerabilities and quality issues. As of July, roughly 56% of desktop and mobile users across multiple industries are affected by at least one third-party vulnerability. Meanwhile, mobile apps are regularly implicated in data-stealing schemes, mass credential theft, misinformation spread and worse. As key channels for communication and commerce, digital assets require more thorough executive oversight.

Organizations that fail to prioritize digital safety and trust are failing in their ethical responsibility to consumers. As they increasingly depend on digital channels to connect with their markets, they are also devaluing their brand and missing out on strategic benefits over the long-term.

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Meet the strangest alliance in tech policy

Washington Post | September 08, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

The push to rein in the tech giants is no stranger to strange bedfellows.

Progressive Democrats have repeatedly partnered with populist Republicans in recent years to target the likes of Google and Facebook through hearings and legislation, with team-ups featuring managers of former president Donald Trump’s impeachment and his ardent backers.

But a renewed campaign to let news publisher’s band together to negotiate better terms with digital platforms may mark the most unusual of those partnerships.

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UK's Truss Says She Will 'Tweak' Online Safety Bill

The Epoch Times | September 08, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

Newly appointed Prime Minister Liz Truss has confirmed that planned legislation to regulate online spaces will return, even as she signaled that it could be watered down in response to concerns about regulatory overreach and restrictions on free speech.

During her first session of Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons on Sept. 7, Truss announced the return of the Online Safety Bill saying that she wanted to make sure “we protect the under-18s from harm, but we also make sure free speech is allowed, so there may be some tweaks required.”

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