Facebook plans creation of board to review company's content decisions

(Sep 18, 2019) Facebook announced its plans to create an Oversight Board made up of individuals who will review the tech company’s decisions to take down content or leave it on the site, The Washington Post reports. About 40 people will be on the board as they offer a final ruling for users who seek answers on Facebook’s moderation choices. Facebook released a charter that outlines who will be on the board and the review process itself. “We are responsible for enforcing our policies every day and we make milli... Read More

Hong Kong seeks end to 'doxing' on messaging platforms

(Sep 12, 2019) The Global Times reports Hong Kong is still dealing with issues of "doxing" and hate speech on its messaging platforms. Claims of doxing surged in August, but Chinese Association of Hong Kong and Macao Studies member Tang Fei said there is no legal basis to shut down social networks, such as Telegram and LIHKG. The platforms are self-regulated and responsible for keeping users' personal information secure. "The existing laws can play a major role in supervising the networks and managing online g... Read More

FTC heralds $170M settlement as COPPA enforcement 'game changer'

(Sep 4, 2019) The U.S.Federal Trade Commission is heralding its settlement with Google and its subsidiary YouTube as a historic moment and a "game changer" for enforcement under the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act. In the largest COPPA settlement ever obtained by the FTC, "Google will pay a record $170 million to settle allegations by the Federal Trade Commission and the New York Attorney General that YouTube illegally collected personal information from children without their parents’ consent," the ... Read More

FTC touts historic YouTube settlement as 'game changer' for COPPA enforcement

(Sep 4, 2019) The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is heralding its settlement with Google and its subsidiary YouTube as a historic moment and a "game changer" for enforcement under the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act.  "Google will pay a record $170 million to settle allegations by the Federal Trade Commission and the New York Attorney General that YouTube illegally collected personal information from children without their parents’ consent," the FTC said in its news release Wednesday.  It's the larg... Read More

US Senate grapples with how to regulate AI

(Jun 25, 2019) At a hearing at the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation June 25, lawmakers aimed to determine what kind of government intervention, if any, is necessary for artificial intelligence given that companies are competing for "optimal engagement" from internet users, something that is often achieved through user manipulation and without their knowledge.  "While there must be a healthy dose of personal responsibility when users participate in seemingly free online services, ... Read More

Privacy risks in social media groups

(Jun 20, 2019) Bloomberg Law reports on how millions of people use social media platforms to seek health advice and support. The sticking point is that social media platforms avoid federal health privacy laws as long as they don’t offer medical services, which puts the onus on online group moderators to follow platform rules on privacy and redact sensitive information before posting. In the event a third party leaks the user’s personal information, the moderator might be held responsible before the social medi... Read More

Global Alliance for Responsible Media aims to enhance media ecosystem

(Jun 19, 2019) A coalition of organizations has created the Global Alliance for Responsible Media, a group that aims to enhance the media ecosystem through the creation of “actions, processes and protocols” to protect consumers and brands from safety concerns, Campaign reports. The alliance said it is “working [toward] a media environment where hate speech, bullying and disinformation is challenged, where personal data is protected, and used responsibly when given, and where everyone, especially children, [is]... Read More

Twitter clarifies rules for users

(Jun 7, 2019) As part of a push toward more transparency across its site, Twitter has streamlined its rules, making it easier for users to understand what is not allowed on the service. Directions for each rule are now written in 280 words or less, and new categories on safety, privacy and authenticity have been added, according to a Twitter blog post from Vice President of Trust and Safety Del Harvey. Rule pages now contain more information and step-by-step instructions on how to report tweets and how Twitte... Read More

Could the classroom help solve tech industry’s ethics problem?

(Jun 3, 2019) Many tech companies are working with a variety of ethics issues, ranging from the use of facial recognition to various content moderation issues. While these steps are promising, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Philosophy Professor Abby Everett Jaques believes more needs to be done, so she created a new class, Ethics of Technology, NPR reports. The class is designed to stress the importance of ethics to future computer scientists and engineers and is already having an impact on students by... Read More

Politicians meet to discuss how to protect individual privacy

(May 31, 2019) Politicians from Canada and 10 other countries will meet to discuss how to protect individual privacy and democracies in the age of social media, Global News reports. The purpose of the three-day meeting is to determine the best ways the government can prevent the unauthorized use of personal information by social media, spread "fake news" and manipulated election outcomes. The grand committee is hoping that if enough countries adopt the recommended standards, tech giants will no longer be able ... Read More