September 12, 2022 T&S Newsletter

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Mitigating Election Disinformation in Brazil

Tech Policy | September 11, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

It is well understood that for all the shortcomings of the tech platforms’ approach to elections in the United States, it’s much worse abroad, where often language and cultural barriers combine with fewer political and business incentives for firms such as Meta, Twitter, YouTube and TikTok to properly resource elections.

Now, just weeks before a general election in Brazil that will decide that country’s next President, there are signs that disinformation is rife on the platforms, with many observers concerned about the potential for violence.

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Why Did Instagram Pause This Play? Its Creators Still Don’t Know.

NY Times | September 11, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

It was hailed as France’s first “Instagram play.” In Marion Siéfert’s “_jeanne_dark_,” a 16-year-old character, Jeanne, goes live on the app to tell the world about her private frustrations — and as she films herself with a smartphone onstage, Instagram users can watch, too, and weigh in.

Yet in early 2021, a few months into the production’s run, Instagram started cutting off these live streams, citing “nudity or sexual acts.” Then the account tied to the play disappeared from the platform’s search results. For months, Siéfert and her team scrambled to understand why their work — which will have its New York premiere on Sept. 14, as part of the French Institute Alliance Française’s Crossing the Line Festival — was being repeatedly targeted.

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Twitter says whistleblower payment does not breach deal terms as claimed by Musk

Reuters | September 12, 2022

Company Listed: Twitter

Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) said on Monday payments made to a whistleblower did not breach any terms of its $44 billion buyout by Elon Musk, after the world's richest man cited the move as another reason to scrap the deal.

In a letter to Twitter on Friday, lawyers for Musk said Twitter's failure to seek his consent before paying $7.75 million to whistleblower Peiter Zatko and his lawyers violated the merger agreement, which restricts when Twitter could make such payments.

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Hate speech and disinformation surface in Serbia ahead of the 2022 Belgrade EuroPride

Global Voices | September 12, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

In Serbia, disinformation and hate speech toward the LGBTQ+ community and supporters of human rights have been noticeably on the rise as the capital Belgrade is about to host the 2022 EuroPride during this week.

The EuroPride is a pan-European and international LGBTQ+ event hosted by a different European city each year. In 2022 it is taking place in Belgrade from September 12–18, and consists of a series of events including a film festival, conferences, and a Pride Walk.

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T&S Policies & Regulations

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

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Regulators appear to be growing increasingly wary of banks and fintech startups getting too cozy

Tech Crunch | September 11, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

Welcome to the Interchange! If you received this in your inbox, thank you for signing up and your vote of confidence. If you’re reading this as a post on our site, sign up here so you can receive it directly in the future. Every week, I’ll take a look at the hottest fintech news of the previous week. This will include everything from funding rounds to trends to an analysis of a particular space to hot takes on a particular company or phenomenon. There’s a lot of fintech news out there and it’s my job to stay on top of it — and make sense of it — so you can stay in the know. — Mary Ann

At the end of last week, venture-backed robo-adviser Wealthfront snuck in an announcement that the deal in which it was to be acquired by Swiss banking giant UBS for $1.4 billion was scrapped. Instead, as TC+ editor Alex Wilhelm reported, UBS “invested $69.7 million in the company at a valuation that Wealthfront described as $1.4 billion.”

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Convergence: Califf, Humphreys call for collaboration in plenary address

Raps | September 11, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

Kicking off RAPS Convergence 2022, top regulatory officials from both sides of the Atlantic warned of political meddling and misinformation that undermines trust in public health and urged attendees to work together to advance regulatory science.

Robert Califf, commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and Tony Humphreys, head of the European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) task force on regulatory science and innovation, spoke virtually about some of the challenges and opportunities regulators have learned from their response to COVID-19. While they noted that scientists, industry and regulators across the globe came together to develop vaccines, drugs, and diagnostics, they also said they faced unprecedented political interference and misinformation.

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The problem with Facebook’s content warnings

Independent Australia | September 12, 2022

Company Listed: Meta

FACEBOOK’S ALGORITHM is considering two sponsored posts that feature the same chicken. In the first post, she is alive and struggling, confined in a tiny cage, on her way to her premature death. In the second, she is dead, beheaded and roasted. Can you guess which post was approved? It turns out that Meta, the parent company of Facebook, is deceiving its consumers in more ways than one.

There’s a strange and troubling disconnect between the food we’re happy to see on our plate and the true story of the living animal who eventually becomes that food — often under painful and distressing circumstances. A drumstick was once the leg of a living chicken who did not want to die. But Facebook only allows one of these images to be advertised. A clue: It’s the one intended to appeal not to your head or your heart, but rather to your stomach.

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T&S Careers & Jobs

T&S jobs posted recently, often within the last 24 hours, looking for top talent.

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VP, Product Security-Trust & Safety

Salesforce | Dallas, TX, USA

Posted: September 09, 2022

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent practical experience.

  • 10-15 years proven experience in product management, Trust & Safety, or similar experience.

  • Interest in solving Trust & Safety problems

  • Demonstrated success leading initiatives and aligning organizations across multiple product lines and influencing the overall direction of a product or a company.

  • Ability to translate product strategy for abuse mitigation into detailed requirements for prototypes and final product development by engineering teams.

  • Familiarity with information security frameworks and compliance

Trust & Safety Specialist

Clutter | United States

Posted: September 10, 2022

  • Bachelor's or Associate's degree (preferred - not required).

  • Availability to work on weekends required.

  • 1 year of experience in a customer-facing role (preferred - not required).

  • Passion for technology and respect for the process.

  • Self-starter, possesses flexibility to work in a fast-changing environment with flexible shifts and ambiguous situations.

  • Strong communicator who enjoys building rapport with customers and resolving complaints.

Program Manager, Trust and Safety

FOX Tech | United States

Posted: September 10, 2022

  • Experience in online social dynamics and communities.

  • Project management experience, particularly experience managing complex cross-functional initiatives with multiple deadlines and milestones.

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.

  • Strong quantitative reasoning and comfort with using metrics and data to inform recommendations and deliver analysis.

  • Comfortable collaborating across functions and teams to drive results.

Head of Trust & Safety

Instawork | San Francisco, CA, USA

Posted: September 10, 2022

  • Deep understanding of safety and/or fraud issues with a minimum of 5+ years experience managing Trust & Safety or risk mitigation functions.

  • Proven track record of scaling operations in a fast-paced, dynamic and global environment.

  • Detail-oriented with executive maturity, business acumen, and the ability to influence and communicate within all levels of the organization.

  • A team player who’s willing to get their hands dirty and help where needed.

  • Excellent leadership skills to motivate, develop, and retain talent.

  • Strong analytical skills, including working with large data sets to identify and solve business problems.

Managing Counsel, Trust & Safety

Adobe | San Francisco, CA, USA

Posted: September 12, 2022

  • This role is highly cross-functional and requires the ability to think big and influence others—you will work closely with teams and partners, including Legal, Security, Product, Engineering, Marketing and Customer Experience organizations.

  • J.D. from an accredited law school and an active membership in at least one state bar required.

  • 8+ years of relevant legal experience, including prior in-house or law firm experience.

  • 2 years of management experience.

  • Excellent legal and business judgment including demonstrated experience assessing information for risk mitigation opportunities.

  • Strong understanding of the regulatory landscape and experience with both domestic and international laws pertaining to content moderation, data disclosure, and child safety requirements.


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 to improve your hiring chances and start doing meaningful work that helps people.