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Leaked Documents Show TikTok Tried to Suppress ‘Ugly’ Users

Social video platform TikTok, already embroiled in a political skirmish over potential national security risks related to its Chinese owner, ByteDance, is now taking on a more familiar form of criticism: concerns over its highly opaque content moderation policies. Read More >>

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Instagram AI Will Shame Users Before They Post Offensive Captions

In Instagram’s latest push to be one of the least toxic of the major social media services, the platform is launching a feature that warns users before they post something that could be offensive. Read More >>

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YouTube Aims to Match Advertisers with “Edgier” Content

YouTube’s experimenting with matching subject-appropriate advertising with YouTubers whose videos may not fit the bill of “family friendly content” according to the platform’s moderation policies. Read More >>

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Report: Parents of Child YouTubers Worry Getting Pushed to YouTube Kids Will Make Them Less Money

Earlier this month, the Wall Street Journal reported that YouTube was considering some drastic measures in response to growing criticism over its impact on children – which has included everything from a federal investigation into whether it illegally tracked kids to controversies over disturbing content aimed at children and the site’s use by paedophiles. Measures being considered by the company apparently included “moving all children’s content into a separate product, the existing stand-alone YouTube Kids app,” as well as disabling recommendation functions on videos aimed at kids, the Journal wrote. Read More >>

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Facebook Pilots Anti-Hate Speech Moderation Team Because of All the Nazis and Stuff

Four million. That’s the number of pieces of content on Facebook that the platform claims it took action against for containing hate speech from January to March this year, according to its most recent transparency report. (And to put a fine point on it, that’s just the content it actually caught.) In a press briefing yesterday afternoon, vice president of global operations Justin Osofsky teased a plan to pilot a subgroup of moderators who are specifically tasked with handling hate speech. Read More >>

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YouTube Finally, Explicitly Bans Dangerous Pranks and Challenges After Bird Box Fiasco

YouTube has changed its policies in an attempt to cut down on potentially dangerous challenges and pranks, Engadget reported on Tuesday, updating its rules to explicitly ban them from the site. Read More >>

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Tumblr’s Porn Ban Is Off to a Predictably Stupid Start

Yesterday Tumblr committed to making its social network, which is full of boobs, dongs, and teens openly fantasising about the two, a more child-friendly place. The announcement, shared via the Staff account promised a “better, more positive Tumblr” free of things like sexual acts, genitalia, and “female-presenting nipples.” Read More >>

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Giphy Is Back on Instagram and Snapchat After Claiming to Have Solved Its Racist Sticker Problem

Gif-sharing service Giphy is back on Snapchat after an incident last month involving an extremely goddamn racist gif that slipped past moderation filters, according to the Verge. Read More >>

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YouTube: What If We Just Inserted a Link to Wikipedia Under Some of the Conspiracy Videos

On Tuesday at tech festival SXSW, streaming site and Google subsidiary YouTube’s CEO Susan Wojcicki proposed one solution to the conspiracy screeds and “false flag” hoax videos that are slowly but surely taking over the site by gaming its algorithms. Read More >>

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YouTube’s New Moderation Team Stumbles Out the Gate

Following the mass school shooting which killed 17 people and wounded over a dozen others in Parkland, Florida this month, YouTube launched a campaign to use some of its 10,000 new moderators to somewhat thin out the ranks of the conspiracy peddlers and far-right nuts which have become rampant across the site. Though other tech companies have been pressured into such action over the past year, the matter was particularly pressing for YouTube—which yet again promoted virulent conspiracy theories speculating that the shootings were a hoax or that the survivors were “crisis actors.” Read More >>

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Reddit Bans AI-Powered Fake Porn

Following Twitter, Pornhub, Discord, and Imgur, Reddit has taken action to ban the posting of AI-generated fake porn—commonly called “deepfakes.” Read More >>

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YouTube Is Probably, Maybe Hiring Some People to Make It Less Welcoming to Child Predators

As you may have heard, YouTube is growing its content moderation team to 10,000 staffers. Sounds like progress! Of course, the move comes as a response to the ever-expanding gallery of horrors the site has unwittingly played host to over the years—most recently, various forms of child exploitation and predation—but let’s review the actual announcement from CEO Susan Wojcicki: Read More >>

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Google Gives 10,000 People the Worst Job in the World

Google is Doing Something about the latest scandal it finds itself in (YouTube/comments/paedophiles), revealing a plan to boost its video content moderation team to as many as 10,000 people. That's 10,000 people who will be watching awful YouTube content, day in, day out, like the millions of children around the world their paymaster profits from. Read More >>

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YouTube Says It Will Crack Down on All Those Creepy Videos Targeted at or Featuring Kids

Google, along with fellow tech giants like Amazon, Facebook, and Twitter has drawn increasing scrutiny this year over concerns that its “concentrated authority resembles the divine right of kings,” as the New York Times put it. In recent months, it’s faced stumbling blocks when it returned misinformation and conspiracy theories during crises like mass shootings and became embroiled in the ever-expanding Russian electoral interference scandal. But one particularly disturbing note concerned Google subsidiary YouTube and its YouTube Kids section, which everyone seems to have recently realised was promoting weird-ass, creepy content to children via algorithmically suggested videos and a seeming lack of moderation. Read More >>

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Twitter Says it Will Finally do Something About Those Hordes of Nazis

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey admitted on Friday that the company’s minimalist approach to moderation was not working, saying the site is committed to taking a “more aggressive stance in our rules and how to enforce them” in the wake of numerous high-profile public relations nightmares. Read More >>