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Twitter will ban ‘deceptive’ faked media that could cause ‘serious harm’

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Twitter will ban faked pictures, video, and other media that are “deceptively shared” and pose a serious safety risk. The company just announced a new policy on synthetic and manipulated media — a category that encompasses sophisticated deepfake videos, but also low-tech deceptively edited content. In addition to banning egregious offenders, Twitter will label some tweets as “manipulated media” and link to a Twitter Moment that provides more context. This process will begin about a month from now, on March 5th.

The new rules apply to media that has been “significantly and deceptively altered or fabricated” by any means. That could include anything that’s been spliced, clipped, or overdubbed in a way that substantially changes its meaning, or any fabricated footage depicting a real person. Twitter isn’t banning this kind of altered media, but it may label it as fake and provide more context.

Twitter will crack down harder on manipulated media if it’s presented as truth or “likely to impact public safety or cause serious harm.” Content that meets one of these criteria will probably be labeled and may be removed; if it meets both criteria, it’s very likely to be removed. “Each of our rules is meant to prevent or mitigate a known, quantifiable harm,” said Twitter trust and safety VP Del Harvey on a call with reporters. “We think about the likelihood and severity of harm that could result and the best ways to mitigate that harm.”

Twitter proposed a manipulated media policy last year, and it based the new rules on comments it received after that announcement, as well as consultations with academic experts. Twitter head of site integrity Yoel Roth confirmed that the rules would apply to some high-profile misleading content — like a tightly cut clip of Vice President Joe Biden talking about race. “Selective editing and cropping is something we consider to be media manipulation,” said Roth.

Twitter will look at the accompanying tweet text and account information, among other factors, to judge whether something is misleading. “Our goal in making these assessments is to understand whether someone on Twitter who is just scrolling through their timeline has enough information to understand whether the media being shared in a tweet is or isn’t what it claims to be,” said Roth. Labeled tweets could be marked with a flag and a warning before other users like or retweet them. Twitter could also choose not to recommend them, and it could link people to a landing page with more information. If a user feels their tweet has been unfairly labeled, they can appeal the decision.

Facebook and YouTube (among other platforms) already provide fact-checking recommendations for potentially misleading content. But where those platforms often prioritize specific trusted sources like fact-checking sites or Wikipedia, Twitter is apparently taking the same approach it does with Moments — which feature a hand-picked selection of tweets from across the platform.

“The format that we’re using in our product to curate these sources is Moments,” said Roth. “While we’re talking to a number of potential partners who we think have specific expertise in the area of media authenticity, we wouldn’t just be looking to feature tweets from only a select number of partners.”

The manipulated media policy intersects with some existing rules; Twitter says the most common deepfake-style content is nonconsensual pornography, for example, which is already banned. It will also create some gray areas, though. Modified subtitles or a voiceover count as manipulation. But an inaccurate caption may not, although miscaptioned photographs — like a tweet claiming an anti-ISIS rally is actually pro-ISIS — are one of Twitter’s biggest misinformation vectors.

Like a lot of content moderation rules, this framework seems aimed at addressing specific high-profile problems on the platform, not running a scorched-Earth campaign against fake photos and video. Twitter is careful to say it “may” label misleading content, not that it will do so across the board. And it’s focusing on the overall site experience more than the intent of individual actors or the methods they use.

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Media Advisory: Premier Furey to Announce Additional Measure to Address Recruitment and Retention of Physicians – News Releases – Government of Newfoundland and Labrador

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The Honourable Andrew Furey, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, will announce an additional measure to address recruitment and retention of physicians today (Tuesday, August 16) at 2:15 p.m.

He will be joined by the Honourable Tom Osborne, Minister of Health and Community Services, Dr. Sohaib Al-Asaaed, Post Graduate Medical Education Associate Dean, and Dr. Mikaela Murphy, a second-year family medicine resident.

The availability will take place in Room M5M101, Faculty of Medicine, St. John’s Campus, Memorial University.

The availability will be streamed live on Facebook.

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Media contacts
Meghan McCabe
Office of the Premier
709-729-3960
meghanmccabe@gov.nl.ca

Laura Thomas
Health and Community Services
709-729-6986, 727-0341
laurathomas@gov.nl.ca

2022 08 16
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Media Release – August 16, 2022 – Guelph Police – Guelph Police Service

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Male arrested in theft of watches

A Guelph male has been charged in connection with the theft of more than a dozen watches during a break and enter last month.

Police were called July 6 to a business in the area of Silvercreek Parkway North and Woodlawn Road West. An employee had arrived to work to find a rear window smashed. Approximately 12 to 15 watches each valued at $150 were stolen.

A suspect was identified through surveillance video and arrested Sunday morning. A 66-year-old Guelph male is charged with break and enter. He will appear in a Guelph court September 23, 2022.

Arrest made following assault

A Guelph male faces assault and weapons charges after another male was attacked in the parking lot of a south-end business.

On July 9 two males known to each other were involved in a verbal altercation in a parking lot on Stone Road West. During the altercation one of the males was struck twice in the head with an object believed to be a flashlight. This caused a laceration which required stitches.

A suspect was identified and on Monday turned himself in to the Guelph Police Service. A 26-year-old Guelph male is charged with assault with a weapon, possessing a weapon for a dangerous purpose and failing to comply with probation. He will appear in bail court Wednesday.

Gassing up stolen car leads to charges

A Cambridge male who pumped gas into a stolen car in Guelph has been arrested.

On June 2, a male attended a gas station on Speedvale Avenue West driving a stolen Kia SUV. He pumped more than $49 in gas and attempted to pay using several prepaid credit cards, but was only able to cover $7.28 of the cost. The male said he would get another credit card from the vehicle but instead sped away without paying the remaining amount.

The male was identified via surveillance video and arrested Monday.

A 37-year-old Cambridge male is charged with possessing stolen property over $5,000, theft under $5,000, occupying a stolen motor vehicle and driving while suspended. He will appear in bail court Tuesday.

Total calls for service in the last 24 hours – 206

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Media are invited to attend the Mentor-Apprentice Program workshop in Yellowknife on August 17 – Government of Northwest Territories

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The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) is hosting a training workshop for Mentor-Apprentice Program (MAP) participants in Yellowknife. Media are invited to attend the last workshop taking place in the Yellowknife area, where they can experience the language program firsthand and talk to MAP participants and organizers with the Indigenous Languages and Education Secretariat.

The session will take place:

Yellowknife – Dene Kedǝ, Dëne Sųłıné, Dene Zhatıé and Tłı̨chǫ languages

Location: Aurora Tours.net /Aurora Teepee Lodge (Ingraham Trail – KM 12.4)

Date: August 17, 2022

Time: 10:15 -11:45 am

To attend one of the sessions, please RSVP to ecepublicaffairs@gov.nt.ca. High-resolution photos will be provided upon request for media use.

MAP is a way of learning a language where a fluent speaker of the language (a Mentor) teaches a language learner (an Apprentice) through immersion. The goal of the program is to have Apprentices improve their ability to understand and speak their language and help with the revitalization of Indigenous languages in the Northwest Territories.

For media requests, please contact:

ecepublicaffairs@gov.nt.ca

Public Affairs and Communications

Department of Education, Culture and Employment

Government of the Northwest Territories

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