The Social Media Fraud Mitigation Act works to prohibit the creation and use of fake social media accounts or profiles and the sending of fraudulent emails or other electronic messages. Visit the bill here.
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Preventing Suicide: A Resource for Media Professionals
The World Health Organization has offered guidelines for how the media can cover stories about suicide responsibly in an effort to temper this copycat effect. Visit the guidelines here. Visit a journal article from Washington University who extended the guidelines to mass shootings here.
Hartford, Connecticut “C4 Unit”
Using anonymously submitted tips from the public as well as those reported through major social media like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat (which all work closely with most local and federal law enforcement), the C4 Unit specifically is able to keep a watchful eye on the city through cameras and monitor posts. This is helpfulContinue reading “Hartford, Connecticut “C4 Unit””
Anonymous Reporting of Threats/Hate on Social Media
A lot of the commonly used social media apps and sites have ways to report abuse, threats, and hate speech, etc. although they each have their own way of doing it. Some generic advice involves reporting it even if you think it won’t amount to much because that report will still be linked to theirContinue reading “Anonymous Reporting of Threats/Hate on Social Media”
National Whistleblower Center
The National Whistleblower Center leads a campaign titled, Hold Social Media Companies Accountable. “Since 2016, NWC has been working to hold social media companies accountable for unchecked criminal activity on their websites, including terror and hate content, wildlife trafficking, and the sale of stolen antiquities.” Read more about the campaign here.
S.4066 The Platform Accountability and Consumer Transparency Act (PACT Act)
The bill would update Section 230, a part of the 1996 Communications Decency Act, by making platforms more accountable for their content moderation policies and providing more tools to protect consumers. It focuses on increasing transparency, accountability and consumer protection by requiring online platforms to explain content moderation practices in an acceptable use policy easilyContinue reading “S.4066 The Platform Accountability and Consumer Transparency Act (PACT Act)”
H.R.6586 Social Media Accountability and Account Verification Act
“This bill requires a social media company to remove a deceptive or fraudulent account or profile from its platform and to verify the creator of an account that is alleged to be deceptive or fraudulent. Specifically, a social media company must establish a means whereby a user may request the investigation and removal of aContinue reading “H.R.6586 Social Media Accountability and Account Verification Act”
S.299 Safeguarding Against Fraud, Exploitation, Threats, Extremism and Consumer Harms Act (SAFE TECH Act)
The SAFE TECH Act is a proposed bill that would limit Section 230, a part of the 1996 Communications Decency Act, that would make social media companies more accountable for enabling cyber-stalking, targeted harassment, and discrimination on their platforms. Some key points from it are making it clear that Section 230 does NOT apply toContinue reading “S.299 Safeguarding Against Fraud, Exploitation, Threats, Extremism and Consumer Harms Act (SAFE TECH Act)”