New York Law Journal: Something Old, Something New: Securities Enforcement in the Age of Social Media. “At a time when breaking norms has become the new normal, the recent battle between Tesla’s charismatic chief executive, Elon Musk, and the Securities and Exchange Commission’s regulatory enforcers captured the attention of the public. Musk’s seemingly deliberate use of Twitter to pick a fight with the SEC, combined with his track record of fostering paradigm shifts in several industries, suggested to securities lawyers and white-collar practitioners that we would soon see something new under the sun. It was not to be. Although Musk himself has earned a reputation for being incredibly innovative, the SEC’s case against him was not. We believe the absence of innovation provides an important opportunity to consider the road not taken, at least not yet.”
BBC: India man jailed for tweets about erotic temple statues released. “An Indian man has been released from prison after more than a month, for posting satirical tweets about erotic sculptures in a temple. In September, Abhijit Iyer-Mitra, posted a video in which he makes disparaging comments about the famous Konark temple in the eastern state of Orissa and the people of the state.”
Irish Tech News: New DCU Research Finds Social Media Used To Polarise Public Opinion Against Refugees. “Research by Dublin City University has found that far-right groups and political organisations dominated conversations on Twitter creating powerful anti-refugee sentiment during a key period of the refugee crisis.”
Politico: EU to ask Facebook, Twitter, Google for monthly ‘fake news’ reports. “The European Commission is planning to ask social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter and Google for monthly reports on Russian disinformation campaigns ahead of the European election next May, two EU officials told POLITICO.”
Washington Post: Facebook, Twitter crack down on AI babysitter-rating service. “Predictim, a California-based start-up, analyzes babysitters’ online histories, including on Facebook and Twitter, and offers ratings of whether they are at risk of drug abuse, bullying or having a ‘bad attitude.’ Facebook said it dramatically limited Predictim’s access to users’ information on Instagram and Facebook a few weeks ago for violating a ban on developers’ use of personal data to evaluate a person for decisions on hiring or eligibility.”
Lifehacker: How to See What Twitter Thinks Your Interests Are. “Twitter officially rolled out the way to see your interests (and customize them) in May, but the feature gained a lot of attention this week when people started sharing theirs online.” I took a quick dekko at mine and I must say Twitter got it much more right than Facebook, though it’s weird to have people listed as an interest.
CNET: Taylor Swift named ‘most influential’ person on Twitter in 2018. “Taylor Swift is the most influential person on Twitter this year, despite only tweeting 13 times. Social media analysis company Brandwatch released on Wednesday its annual lists of the top 10 most influential women and top 10 most influential men on Twitter. With an ‘influencer score’ of 98 points out of a possible 100, Swift is the outright winner. “