Emerging Media

New YouTube Policy Will Allow Users to Flag Inappropriate Content Targeting Kids

New YouTube Policy Will Allow Users to Flag Inappropriate Content Targeting Kids

YouTube recently announced that it will be implementing a new policy in its main app to age-restrict bizarre and disturbing videos that target kids. One such content shows a popular cartoon character named Peppa Pig drinking bleach and getting her teeth violently yanked out by a dentist. The new policy will also allow users to flag the inappropriate content as well. YouTube said that this should add an extra layer of protection and help weed out offensive content from the main app before they populate the Kids app. Source: TechCrunch

Malaysia Pushes for Better Understanding of Cyber Bullying

Malaysia Pushes for Better Understanding of Cyber Bullying

Malaysia has recently launched a nationwide survey under the Digi Telecommunications (Digi) DigiSAFE programme to get better insights into cyber bullying. According to the organizers of the programme, the aim is to use these insights to rigorously address the problem at school level and tighten resiliency strategies. Christian Thrane, Digi’s chief strategy and corporate affairs officer, says the programme has not only created awareness on the issue, but they were also able to gain valuable input from students in 460 schools around the country on their online usage and behavior patterns, as well as knowledge of cyber-safety. Source: Mis-Asia

Top UK Security Official Call on Social Media Companies to Block Militant Content

Top UK Security Official Call on Social Media Companies to Block Militant Content

Home Secretary Amber Rudd recently urged social media companies to come up with automated systems that would identify and block violent militant content before it gets published. Speaking at Washington think tank New America last Thursday, she said that the authorities are now locked in an “online arms race” with militants, which is why in addition to pursuing the development of artificial intelligence systems that can intercept the content, tech companies should look for more ways to address the problem. Rudd added that the Islamic State militant group is now struggling to get their content online, according to evidence held […]

Twitter Suspends Account Verification After Criticisms for Verifying White Supremacist

Twitter Suspends Account Verification After Criticisms for Verifying White Supremacist

Twitter announced yesterday that it will be pausing account verifications until it sorts out policy issues regarding the status. The social media giant was prompted to rethink its rules on the matter due to criticisms it had received when it verified the account of Jason Kessler, the organizer of the Charlottesville white supremacist rally which had left one protester dead. Kessler deleted his account after receiving flak for insulting the slain protester, but soon returned and was verified only 26 days after Twitter’s denouncement of online abuse and hate. In a tweet, Twitter’s support team said that verification is meant […]

Russian Regulator to Monitor Facebook Closely for Compliance with Law

Russian Regulator to Monitor Facebook Closely for Compliance with Law

Last Wednesday, Russia’s communications regulator Roskomnadzor said that it will be checking if Facebook had been complying with Russian law. The watchdog had already threatened Facebook with a ban last September, telling it that it had to store the data of Russian citizens in servers within the country. Now, the regulator has officially stated that it will be closely supervising the administration of Facebook and its processing of Russian users’ personal information. Critics, however, considered it as just another attack on social media as the country’s government seeks to gain more control over the Internet.   Source: Reuters

Indonesia Drops WhatsApp Ban Threat, Seeks to Purge Internet of Obscenities

Indonesia Drops WhatsApp Ban Threat, Seeks to Purge Internet of Obscenities

Last Tuesday, the Indonesian government said that it will allow messaging service WhatsApp to continue operating in the country. However, it also announced that it will be summoning executives of search engines and messaging services to order them to remove “obscenities” from the Internet. According to Semuel Pangerapan of Indonesia’s communication and informatics ministry, they dropped the ban on WhatsApp since it had already complied with the government’s wishes. He also called on providers, including Google, to “clean up” their network. Google has not yet issued a response. Minister of Communication and Information Rudiantara had already met with representatives from […]

Web Summit Chief Calls for New Rules on Tech Companies

Web Summit Chief Calls for New Rules on Tech Companies

Organizer of Web Summit Paddy Cosgrave recently gave his opinion on tech companies such as Google and Facebook, calling them “monopolies” that need to be regulated by new rules. Cosgrave added that the recent issue regarding Russia’s interference in the 2016 election showed the need for tighter legislation. He also pointed out that recent initiatives by European Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager will help level the playing field in the tech sector. Vestager is known to have imposed big fines on tech firms such as Google, Amazon, and Apple for tax and competition violations. Cosgrave’s Web Summit, one of the […]

Twitter Employee Deactivates Trump’s Twitter on Last Day of Work

Twitter Employee Deactivates Trump’s Twitter on Last Day of Work

The Twitter account of US President Donald Trump was temporarily taken offline after a Twitter employee deactivated it on his last day of work. The account was shut down for around 11 minutes, but has since been restored. Twitter initially said that the incident was caused by human error, but later confirmed that it was a deliberate action by an employee. Trump tweeted then after and said that it was proof that his tweeting was making an impact. Source: The Guardian

Millions of Americans Reached By Russian Election Propaganda on Instagram

Millions of Americans Reached By Russian Election Propaganda on Instagram

In the second congressional hearing on social media and the 2016 election last Wednesday, Facebook further revealed the extent of Russia’s interference using Instagram. Colin Stretch, Facebook’s general counsel, disclosed that around 120,000 Instagram posts by Russia-backed attackers were viewed by 20 million Americans during the election season, on top of the 126 million reached via Facebook. Senator Mark Werner pressed Stretch for failing to answer whether the accounts used to interfere with the recent French elections were the same ones involved in the US election issue. Senator Diane Feinstein additionally remarked that the tech companies who created the platforms […]

Google Confirms Russian Ad Buys Influenced 2016 Elections

Google Confirms Russian Ad Buys Influenced 2016 Elections

Google recently confirmed in its report that Kremlin-linked groups have indeed bought ads and used YouTube for its disinformation campaign in the US 2016 elections. Google revealed that there were two accounts associated with the Internet Research Agency which spent $4,700 on Google ads in last year’s election. However, the ads did not target specific states, nor users of a specific political leaning. There were also 1,108 YouTube videos associated to the campaign which got 309,000 US views during the run-up to the election. The search company also reported its plans to prevent such misuse of its platform in the […]

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