LA Times: Giant advertiser Unilever threatens to pull its ads from Facebook and Google over ‘toxic content’. “One of the world’s largest advertisers is threatening to pull its ads from social sites such as Facebook and YouTube if the tech companies don’t do more to minimize divisive content on their platforms. Unilever’s chief marketing officer, Keith Weed, will call on Silicon Valley on Monday to better police what he describes as a toxic online environment where propaganda, hate speech and disturbing content that exploits children thrive.”
BBC News: Twitch to ban users for ‘hate’ on other platforms. “Twitch has updated its guidelines so that abuse taking place on other platforms can contribute to a suspension on the streaming site. Directing ‘hate or harassment’ towards someone on Twitch using other services will be considered a policy violation.”
Engadget: YouTube will address ‘egregious’ acts by creators in new policies. “The massive backlash to Logan Paul’s Aokigahara forest video pushed YouTube to make a few changes in how it handles the content it hosts. The company took some specific actions against Paul himself, putting his original projects on hold and pulling his Preferred status, but it has also begun to tweak its policies and regulations overall. Now, in a blog post, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki says there are more changes to come.”
Mashable: Police charge 1,000 people sharing videos of nude teens on Facebook . “According to Danish police, two videos and a sexually explicit image involving two 15-year-olds were originally posted to Facebook Messenger, the platform’s private chat service. The video was then shared hundreds of times across the platform, and now, a total of 1,004 young people have been charged — and about 800 are male, reports Bloomberg. While the content was posted by someone within Denmark, it’s unclear if everyone accused of sharing it are from the country.”
TechCrunch: ECJ to rule on whether Facebook needs to hunt for hate speech. “Austria’s Supreme Court is referring a legal challenge over the extent of Facebook’s responsibility to remove hate speech postings to Europe’s top court for an opinion…. The case has clear implications for freedom of speech online. The original lawsuit against Facebook was filed by the former leader of the Austrian Green Party, Eva Glawischnig, in 2016, after she had sought to have what she claimed were defamatory postings removed from the site (and Facebook had refused to take them down).”
Reuters: Researchers find pop-up porn malware on Google game apps. “Security firm Check Point on Friday said it had discovered new malicious software on 60 gaming apps available to both children and adults at Google Play Store that displayed pornographic ads and tried to trick users into buying premium services.”
Polygon: YouTube removes Logan Paul from top-tier Google ad platform, YouTube Red projects on hold. “YouTube is beginning to punish Logan Paul in the wake of controversy. The company announced today that it will not move forward with a planned YouTube Red movie that Paul was supposed to star in. The Thinning: New World Order was supposed to be the sequel to Paul’s 2016 YouTube Red movie, The Thinning. A YouTube representative also confirmed to Polygon he is removed from Google’s top tier preferred ad program.” But did not kick him off entirely. I guess YouTube thinks there’s something redeemable about a vlogger who sees no problem filming and uploading a video featuring a corpse.