Weaponization of Social Media Confronted by International Community

Contrary to what we Americans may believe, we are not the center of the social media universe. The Internet is all over the world, so what happens in one little corner of the globe can affect all social media. Case in point, the weaponization of social media during the recent terrorist attacks on the mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. The fallout has been swift and still coming from the international community. Right, wrong, overreaching or not enough.

In our daily digest of tips and news, SoMe Slice we have several categories. The one titled “International Slice” was designed to showcase the interesting and fun or even funny things going on in social media in other nations. That was the plan. But almost every day the news hovers over controls, regulation, censorship, and weaponization of social media. People and politicians fear the abuse and misuse of the digital experience to benefit bad elements.

If you work in social media, you would serve yourself and your clients well to keep up with what is about to affect the cost of doing business on the digital highway.

This is what we covered last week on the International Slice beat.

AUSTRIA TAKES STEPS TO REIGN IN ONLINE HATE SPEECH

  • The proposed action involves forcing larger platforms (like Facebook and Twitter) to be able to identify/track down people who post hate speech anonymously. Forums covered by the bill would have to conduct authentication of their users. Think registration act. More

LUSH COSMETICS CLOSES SOCIAL MEDIA IN UK-

  • That is correct. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc. are all getting a goodbye kiss from the seller of handmade soaps, bath bombs, and other body products. The company says it was “tired of fighting with algorithms” and did not want to “pay to appear” in newsfeeds. It wants a more direct approach. More

EGYPT CONSIDERING STAMP TAX ON SOCIAL MEDIA AND ONLINE SEARCH ADS

  • No word on how it plans to collect the fees, but “companies using ads on social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter & Instagram, and search ads on Google, will have to pay 15-20% stamp tax.” That is according to a news article posted by MenaBytes website. More

ASIAN GOVERNMENTS CONSIDERING REGULATORY ASSAULTS ON SOCIAL MEDIA TECH GIANTS

  • Concern over the proliferation of fake news and weaponization of social media to alter opinions and affect elections has spread throughout the world. Governments in Asia are looking to fight back. And fight back hard. More

UNITED KINGDOM PROPOSING SOCIAL MEDIA CRACKDOWN LAW

  • Striking a balance between protecting society and supporting innovation / free speech is the topic of conversation. Penalties could range from “possibly using fines, blocking access to websites, and imposing liability on senior tech company management for failing to limit the distribution of harmful content,” according to a Reuters News article. More

The weaponization of social media is real. Do you think these reactions are right, wrong, overreaching or not enough?

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