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September 20, 2022 T&S Newsletter

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T&S Early Warning News

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Pentagon Orders Review of Its Overseas Social Media Campaigns

NY Times | September 19, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

White House officials told the military that they were concerned about its efforts to spread pro-American messaging on social media, prompting the Pentagon to order a review of secretive operations to influence populations overseas, U.S. officials said.

The review follows a decision by Twitter and Facebook over the summer to shut down misleading accounts that they determined were sending messages about U.S. foreign policy interests abroad.

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Gaming the algorithm: Social media platforms’ control of the public sphere has proved remarkably open to abuse

Columbia Journalism Review | September 19, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

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The term ‘disinformation,’ and riffs on tackling, stemming or combatting it, have become battlecries from political figures including former president Barack Obama ahead of consequential elections in Brazil and the United States.

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Nearly 20% of TikTok search results yield videos with misinformation, report says

ABC | September 20, 2022

Company Listed: TikTok

When a TikTok user searches the social media app for information on top news stories, ranging from Covid-19 vaccines to school shootings, nearly 20% of the videos presented as search results contain misinformation, according to a research report published Wednesday.

Researchers at NewsGuard, a journalism and technology tool that tracks online information, searched TikTok and Google this month for information on major news topics such as the 2020 presidential election, the Russia-Ukraine war and abortion to compare the misinfomation delivered by their search engines.

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‘One of the biggest problems confronting medicine today’: University of Chicago offers class on misinformation

Frederick News Post | September 20, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

Patients have long been told to turn to their doctors for accurate, trusted health information.

But in recent years, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, doctors’ voices have sometimes been drowned out by social media users who blast misinformation across the globe, leading patients to make questionable, and sometimes dangerous, choices about their health.

Now, a Chicago medical school is offering a new class aimed at better equipping doctors and other medical professionals to be heard: a course on how to battle medical misinformation. The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine began offering the class to medical students last year and recently developed a condensed version for nurses studying for their doctorates, pharmacy residents and senior medical students.

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T&S Policies & Regulations

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

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A landmark Supreme Court fight over social media now looks likely

Washington Post | September 19, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

Conflicting lower court rulings about removing controversial material from social media platforms point toward a landmark Supreme Court decision on whether the First Amendment protects Big Tech’s editorial discretion or forbids its censorship of unpopular views.

The stakes are high not just for the government and the companies, but because of the increasingly dominant role platforms such as Twitter and Facebook play in American democracy and elections. Social media posts have the potential to amplify disinformation or hateful speech, but removal of controversial viewpoints can stifle public discourse about important political issues.

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Court rules in favor of Texas law on social media regulation

Editor and Publisher | September 19, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

A federal appeals court Friday ruled in favor of a Texas law targeting major social media companies like Facebook and Twitter in a victory for Republicans who accuse the platforms of censoring conservative speech.

But the decision by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans is unlikely to be the last word in a legal battle that has stakes beyond Texas, and could impact how some of the world’s biggest tech companies regulate content by their users.

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California governor signs first bill aimed at keeping kids safe

USA Today | September 19, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

California will be the first state to require online companies to put kids’ safety first by barring them from profiling children or using personal information in ways that could harm children physically or mentally.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom said Thursday that legislators are "taking aggressive action in California to protect the health and wellbeing of our kids."

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T&S Good News

Some of the good news in the T&S industry that leaders want to know

Instagram Tests New ‘Nudity Protection’ Feature to Shield Users from Unwanted Images in DMs

Social Media Today | September 19, 2022

Company Listed: Instagram

When detected, the system can then blur the image, as Instagram notes – which, importantly, means that Instagram, and parent company Meta, would not be downloading and analyzing your emails for this feature, it would all be done on your device.

Of course, that still seems slightly concerning, that your OS is checking your messages, and filtering such based on the content. But Apple has worked to reassure users that it’s also not downloading the actual images, and that this is all done via machine learning and data matching, which doesn’t trace or track the specifics of your personal interactions.

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T&S Careers & Jobs

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