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Digital News: September 8, 2020

Facebook Outlines New Measures to Protect the Integrity of the US Presidential Election (Social Media Today)

The US Presidential Election campaigns are gaining momentum, and the expectation is that it will be one of most divisive and volatile political battles in the nation's history.

And already, there have been accusations of questionable tactics, and concerns around the use of misinformation in order to gain advantage. Questions have been raised around the voting process itself, the use of image editing and 'deepfakes', and foreign interference already. And this is before we've really reached the main campaign period - over the next two months, you can expect there to be much, much more on this front, as the contenders seek to get an edge in the race.

Facebook knows that it'll caught be in the middle of this, just as it was in 2016, and along with the various new measures that it's implemented to better detect political misuse, and protect voters from such, this week, CEO Mark Zuckerberg some additional steps that it's taking in order to uphold the integrity of the 2020 US Presidential Election. Read more:

Apple Wants to Stop Advertisers from Following You Around the Web. Facebook Has Other Ideas. (Recode)

Sometime in the coming months, iPhone users will start seeing a new question when they use many of the apps on their devices: Do they want the app to follow them around the internet, tracking their behavior?

It’s a simple query, with potentially significant consequences. Apple is trying to single-handedly change the way internet advertising works.

That will affect everyone, from Apple’s giant tech rivals — most notably, Facebook, which announced today that it’s fighting back against Apple’s move — to any developer or publisher that uses ad technology to monitor what their app users are doing on the internet. Read more:

TikTok's Scrambling to Keep a Suicide Video from Going Viral (Gizmodo)

A video that shows a man shooting himself with a gun began circulating on TikTok this weekend, and the company has been racing to keep it from spreading further. But some users say the disturbing clip is still popping up in their feeds, sparking concerns about the efficacy of TikTok’s moderation systems.

A TikTok spokesperson confirmed to Forbes that “clips of a suicide” had been showing up on the platform Sunday evening after the video was originally livestreamed on Facebook. A Facebook spokesperson confirmed with Gizmodo that the video in question originated on its platform last month and referred to the man in the footage as “Ronnie” in an emailed statement. Read more:

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