What we've been reading - w/c 4th July


Each week, Alice puts together a round-up of interesting articles from the world of technology ethics. We post these on our social channels as well as sharing them on our blog.


Here’s her pick from w/c 4th July:


👉Instagram and Facebook begin removing posts offering abortion pills

[npr.org]


WASHINGTON — Facebook and Instagram have begun promptly removing posts that offer abortion pills to women who may not be able to access them following a Supreme Court decision that stripped away constitutional protections for the procedure.


“Yet, when the AP reporter made the same exact post but swapped out the words "abortion pills" for "a gun," the post remained untouched. A post with the same exact offer to mail "weed" was also left up and not considered a violation.”


Read more from npr.org here

July 2022 - 1



👉Singapore’s proposed online safety laws look like more censorship in disguise

[restofworld.org]



Seems like a lot of online safety bills are having huge implications for self-expression, privacy and freedom of speech. At Hattusia, we’re unsure that this is a necessary trade off.


Read more from restofworld.org here

July 2022 - 2



👉Fear, Uncertainty, and Period Trackers

[medium.com]



TL:DR; Period trackers are not the primary form of digital evidence likely to be used in abortion prosecutions today. If tracking your period is useful to you, you don’t need to stop tracking your period, although you may choose to switch to an app that collects less data and stores it locally, discussed below.


Read more from medium.com here

July 2022 - 3



👉How lax social media policies help fuel a prescription drug boom

[uprotocol.com]



The automation, volume and complexity of these advertising networks are part of the problem. “Social media advertisements operate at a scale that would have been unfathomable in the television era. Meta hosted over 10 million advertisers on its platform last year. In the fourth quarter of 2021 alone, TikTok removed 3.2 million ads from its platform due to policy infringements.


Read more from protocol.com here

July 2022 - 4



👉TikTok Is Flooded With Health Myths. These Creators Are Pushing Back.

[nytimes.com]



“Unqualified influencers posting misinformation far outnumber the experts debunking it, who are often harassed by other users for their efforts. “For every large creator who is genuinely evidence-based, you’ve got 50 or 60 big creators who spread misinformation,” said Dr. Idrees Mughal.”


Read more from nytimes.com here

July 2022 - 5



👉A reporter tried the AI Instagram wants to use to verify age.

[CNNBusiness]



This is a balanced article on Instagram’s new facial recognition technology to guess people’s age.


Read more from cnn.com here

July 2022 - 6






If you think we should be reading anything else please email hello@hattusia.com, and finally, thank you for reading, Sophie Ryan.



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