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September 21, 2022 T&S Newsletter

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T&S Early Warning News

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Trump’s ‘big lie’ fueled a new generation of social media influencers

Washington Post | September 20, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

Three days after the 2020 election, Kyle Becker, a former Fox News producer with a modest 15,000 Twitter followers, began tweeting feverishly about election fraud.

“BOMBSHELL,” he wrote on Nov. 6, sharing purported revelations that software glitches could have tipped millions of votes from President Donald Trump to challenger Joe Biden.

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UN Secretary General condemns hate speech, misinformation across social media platforms

Newsroom | September 20, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

The high-level General Debate of the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly opened on Tuesday in New York with Secretary-General Antonio Guterres calling attention to the use of social media to spread hate speech, misinformation, and commit abuse.

Guyana’s Head of State Dr. Irfaan Ali is among scores of world leaders who will also speak during the debate and he too had raised similar concerns in Georgetown ahead of UNGA, noting its debilitating effect on development.

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Anthony Edwards fined $40000 for homophobic abuse

Sportstar | September 20, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

Minnesota Timberwolves star Anthony Edwards has been fined $40,000 for using homophobic language in a post on social media, the NBA said Tuesday.

NBA league operations chief Byron Spruell said Edwards was fined for using "offensive and derogatory language".

Edwards, 21, had mocked a group of men in a video posted on his Instagram page earlier this month, referring to them as "queer ass".

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Submission to the Online Harassment and Abuse Task Force

Article 19 | September 20, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

The organisation made a submission to the task force on 19 September, highlighting a key area of concern: online harassment and abuse, particularly for women and LGBTQI+ human rights defenders, journalists and activists.

ARTICLE 19 has significant experience working on this issue globally, regionally, and nationally, primarily through analysis of existing and draft legislation; training and support to journalists and human rights defenders confronted with online harassment and abuse; multi-stakeholder coalition building; and advocating for strong regional and global policy and protections. Our work on standard setting is based on evidence that the right to freedom of expression and the rights to equality and non-discrimination are mutually reinforcing, and thus inform this submission.

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T&S Policies & Regulations

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

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Advisor to Europe’s top court backs antitrust watchdogs looking at privacy

Tech Crunch | September 20, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

A non-binding opinion issued today by an influential advisor to the Europe Union’s top court could foreshadow a major regional development at the intersection of privacy and competition regulation — or ‘privacy vs competition’ as it’s sometimes narrowly framed.

The opinion follows a referral to the Court of Justice (CJEU) related to an appeal by Facebook (aka Meta) which has been challenging a 2019 order by Germany’s competition watchdog (the FCO) against Facebook’s so-called ‘superprofiling’ of users. The FCO’s case argues that the tech giant’s combining of data on users across multiple services and websites — ergo, Facebook’s total denial of users’ privacy — is itself an “exploitative abuse” linked to its market power and therefore also an abuse of competition laws that the FCO is competent to regulate.

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TikTok Really Just Not That into US User Data

Techhq | September 21, 2022

Company Listed: TikTok

TikTok is a social media platform not controlled by US billionaires. It’s important to remember that, because right now, we live in a world of multiple overlapping data realities.

On the one hand, the US and China are absolutely mired in an increasingly bitter and petty data war – they each accuse the other of sending cyberspies and cyberattacks after each other’s citizens, organizations and governments, for the very logical reason that they’re both sending cyberspies and cyberattacks after each other’s citizens, organizations and governments.

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Online Safety Bill should go back to its original purpose of protecting young from harmful content

Telegraph | September 21, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

The death of Molly Russell in 2017 focused fresh attention on the activities of social media companies and their baleful impact on vulnerable young people. Molly was just 14 when she took her own life after viewing material about self-harm, suicide and depression, on sites such as Instagram and Pinterest.

An inquest is only now getting under way, with internet company executives expected to give evidence about whether their algorithms encourage dangerous online activity. Molly’s father Ian said he hoped the hearing will help produce the change that’s needed to keep people safe, to keep people alive.

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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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Senior Manager, Trust and Safety (Remote)

Vercel | United States

Posted: September 20, 2022

  • You will be comfortable handling sensitive data and working in pressurized situations, as well as working closely with Customer Success, Compliance, Legal, and Leadership teams from across the company.

  • Experience of more than 3 years building out and scaling a Trust and Safety team.

  • Experience working with internal teams and external collaborators on policy.

  • Experience working within a fast paced SaaS Company.

  • Experience setting out Key Performance Indicators and managing a team to achieve them.

Engineering Manager - Machine Learning (Trust and Safety)

Tinder | San Francisco, CA, USA

Posted: September 20, 2022

  • 2+ years of experience leading machine learning engineering teams.

  • Experience in designing and building highly scalable distributed ML models.

  • Ability to encourage, mentor and empower the team to go above and beyond.

  • PhD or MS in machine learning, computer science, statistics or other highly quantitative fields.

  • Prior experience in the Trust & Safety domain.

  • In-depth knowledge of deep neural networks, classification techniques, computer vision, natural language processing.


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.