Category Archives: Social Media

US Lawmakers See Path to Rein In Tech, but It Isn’t Smooth

“Facebook and Big Tech are facing a Big Tobacco moment,” Senator Richard Blumenthal, Democrat of Connecticut, said this week when a whistle-blower testified about how the social media company’s products harmed teenagers.

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Facebook hides data showing it harms users. Outside scholars need access by Nathaniel Persily, professor of law at Stanford Law School and director of the Stanford Cyber Policy Center

The disclosures by whistleblower Frances Haugen about Facebook — first to the Wall Street Journal and then to “60 Minutes” and Congress — ought to be the stuff of shareholders’ nightmares: When she left Facebook, she took with her documents showing, for example, that the corporation knew Instagram was making girls’ body-image issues worse, that internal investigators knew a Mexican drug cartel was using the platform to recruit hit men and that the company misled its own Oversight Board about having a separate content appeals process for a large number of influential users.

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Bolsonaro’s Ban on Removing Social Media Posts Is Overturned in Brazil

President Jair Bolsonaro had issued rules forbidding social networks from removing many posts that the sites considered misinformation. On Tuesday, Brazil’s Senate and top court killed the policy.

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Australian High Court finds media outlets are responsible for Facebook comments in Dylan Voller defamation case

The High Court of Australia has dismissed an appeal by some of the country’s biggest media outlets including The Sydney Morning Herald and The Australian, finding they are the publishers of third-party comments on their Facebook pages.

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Nazis and incels are using Gotye and MGMT to evade TikTok’s auto-moderators, report finds

The largest independent study of hate on TikTok has found anti-Asian and pro-Nazi videos are racking up millions of views, often using pop songs to evade the platform’s auto-moderators.

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