Auquan's Weekly Wrap | 3rd- 9th December: What you might have missed
Major car brands including Volkswagen and Ford linked to labour abuses in the Uyghur region.
Automobile Labour Abuse
The authors of the report say every major car brand — including Honda, Ford, Volkswagen, BMW — is at high risk of sourcing from companies linked to abuses in the Uyghur region. It is expected that the CBP will begin detaining shipments of automotive products at U.S. borders and requesting that importers prove no connection to the XUAR.
- Global Car Supply Chains Entangled With Abuses in Xinjiang, Report Says
- REPORT: Automotive Supply Chains and Forced Labour in the Uyghur Region
- New Evidence Shows Car Makers Should Exit Uyghur Region in China
Content Moderators: Explicit Content Lawsuits
Image-based sexual abuse is a growing concern. A former TikTok moderator is suing the company after claiming it failed to protect her mental health after "constant" exposure to traumatic video content. The lawsuit alleges that TikTok failed to meet industry standards designed to reduce the impact of content moderation. Colombia’s Ministry of Labor also launched an investigation into TikTok content moderator Teleperformance on traumatic working conditions and low pay. Tiktok and Bumble have also partnered with StopNCII to help delete and block intimate images and videos of people shared without their consent.
- How Bumble and TikTok are fighting non-consensual intimate image abuse
- TikTok moderator sues over 'psychological trauma'
- Facebook moderation system favours ‘business partners’, says oversight board
Rising concerns around Zantac containing potential cancer-causing impurities started in 2018. The drugmakers GSK and Sanofi have repeatedly asserted that Zantac does not cause cancer, citing scientific consensus. The ruling on Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Robin Rosenberg knocked out about 50,000 claims in federal court saving billions of dollars in payouts.
- GSK, Sanofi shares soar as Zantac litigation fears abate
- Zantac Study Finding Increased Risk of Cancer Results in Supplemental Expert Reports
- Pharma stock investors brace for billions in heartburn drug litigation charges
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