Ahead of Inauguration Day, Snap and TikTok Embrace Fact-Checking

Sam Blake

Sam primarily covers entertainment and media for dot.LA. Previously he was Marjorie Deane Fellow at The Economist, where he wrote for the business and finance sections of the print edition. He has also worked at the XPRIZE Foundation, U.S. Government Accountability Office, KCRW, and MLB Advanced Media (now Disney Streaming Services). He holds an MBA from UCLA Anderson, an MPP from UCLA Luskin and a BA in History from University of Michigan. Email him at samblake@dot.LA and find him on Twitter @hisamblake

Ahead of Inauguration Day, Snap and TikTok Embrace Fact-Checking

Snap and TikTok have been preparing for Inauguration Day.

Snap, where President-elect Joseph Biden's team has launched an augmented reality lens to take users to the ceremony, has devoted an internal task force to conduct "regular proactive sweeps" of its platform to ensure that its content is factual ahead of the inauguration, a company spokesperson said. TikTok, meanwhile, has updated its community guidelines around the event.


"TikTok stands firmly against hateful behavior and violence, both online and off," a spokesperson for the company said in a statement. "Content or accounts that seek to incite, glorify, or promote violence or violent groups violate our Community Guidelines and will be removed."

After the invasion on the Capitol by Trump supporters, local and federal authorities have been on high alert and taken unprecedented security measures. Social media sites where the Capitol attackers organized have also beefed up their moderation efforts in an attempt to stem violence and slow the spread of misinformation.

Parler, a popular site among right-wing extremists, took a hit when Apple, Google and Amazon forced it off their platforms. Some experts, however, say it may be too late.

All content on Snap's Discover and Spotlight — the only two Snap features that can be seen by all users — is moderated before it can appear on feeds, a Snap representative said.

Snap is also working with its media partners including Reuters, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal, to provide users coverage of the Inauguration.

TikTok is now redirecting hashtags like #stormthecapitol, #patriotparty and #threepercenters to its community guidelines page. #Stopthesteal and #QAnon have been redirected to the guidelines since last year.

TikTok also works with third-party organizations like PolitiFact and Lead Stories to fact-check content on its platform. The company said that sponsored content supporting or opposing a political leader or issue — including Inauguration Day — is in violation of its advertising policies.

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Regard Raises $15M for AI-Powered Software That Help Doctors Diagnose Patients

Decerry Donato

Decerry Donato is dot.LA's Editorial Fellow. Prior to that, she was an editorial intern at the company. Decerry received her bachelor's degree in literary journalism from the University of California, Irvine. She continues to write stories to inform the community about issues or events that take place in the L.A. area. On the weekends, she can be found hiking in the Angeles National forest or sifting through racks at your local thrift store.

Regard Raises $15M for AI-Powered Software That Help Doctors Diagnose Patients
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Culver City-based health care startup Regard, which uses AI-driven software to help physicians accurately diagnose patients, has raised $15.3 million in Series A funding.

Pasadena-based Calibrate Ventures and Colorado-based Foundry Group led the investment in Regard, formerly known as HealthTensor. Other investors that participated in the round include TenOneTen Ventures, Susa Ventures, Brook Byers of Byers Capital and Dropbox CEO Drew Houston. The new funding will be used to grow Regard’s team and customer base, the company said in a press release.

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This Week in 'Raises': Regard Secures $15M, MaC Venture Capital Raises $203M for Second Fund

Decerry Donato

Decerry Donato is dot.LA's Editorial Fellow. Prior to that, she was an editorial intern at the company. Decerry received her bachelor's degree in literary journalism from the University of California, Irvine. She continues to write stories to inform the community about issues or events that take place in the L.A. area. On the weekends, she can be found hiking in the Angeles National forest or sifting through racks at your local thrift store.

This Week in 'Raises': Regard Secures $15M, MaC Venture Capital Raises $203M for Second Fund
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This week in “Raises”: A local healthcare startup secured funding to help grow the team and deploy its software to more physicians and hospitals, while Black-led, seed-stage venture capital firm surpassed its goal for its second fund.

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How Braid Theory Plans to Build the Blue Economy from the Port of LA

Keerthi Vedantam

Keerthi Vedantam is a bioscience reporter at dot.LA. She cut her teeth covering everything from cloud computing to 5G in San Francisco and Seattle. Before she covered tech, Keerthi reported on tribal lands and congressional policy in Washington, D.C. Connect with her on Twitter, Clubhouse (@keerthivedantam) or Signal at 408-470-0776.

How Braid Theory Plans to Build the Blue Economy from the Port of LA
Photo courtesy of the Port of Los Angeles.

San Pedro-based Braid Theory is one of the growing number of accelerators in the country looking to grow the so-called blue economy, which spans a range of ocean-related industries and is estimated at $2.5 trillion a year.

The accelerator is accepting online applications until July 18, with its second-ever program kicking off in August.

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