advertisement

Breaking the morning show mold. Bursting the Beltway bubble. TUNE-IN TO RISING, now available as a podcast. Activision Blizzard reportedly settled its federal sexual harassment case for $18 million on Tuesday, but the gaming company is still facing a number of lawsuits, including from a California regulatory agency.  

The settlement in the case brought by the U.S. Equal Employment and Opportunity Commission (EEOC) was approved by U.S. District Judge Dale Fischer. It will create a fund for employees who experienced sexual harassment and discrimination, pregnancy discrimination and retaliation, according to reports.  

Those who choose to be part of the EEOC settlement will waive their rights to be part of the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing’s (CDFEH) lawsuit against the company on issues of harassment, retaliation or pregnancy discrimination, The Washington Post reported. 

advertisement

For other claims, such as pay inequity, which is not covered in the EEOC settlement, employees who opt into that settlement can still continue with the California suit, according to the Post. 

Read more here.  

ATTORNEYS GENERAL PUSH FOR SAFETY FEATURES

A bipartisan coalition of attorneys general from 43 states and territories wrote a letter to Snapchat and Tiktok Tuesday expressing “concern that the companies are not taking appropriate steps to allow parents to protect their kids on the platforms.  

Parental control features are particularly essential on the platforms given their Discover and For You sections which the attorneys general argue propagate disturbing sexual content and explicit drug use to youth.  

We urge you to enhance your content moderation to screen out such content on your platform and to empower greater parental control. Parental control apps can give parents additional tools to try to help filter out much of this type of content, the attorneys general wrote.   

Spokespeople from the companies did not immediately respond to requests for comment.  

Executives at Snapchat and TikTok have previously defended their safety measures at a Senate hearing in October on childrens safety.  

BITS & PIECES

An op-ed to chew on: The next step: Push the Russians back  

Lighter click: the double exclamation point, always 

Notable links from around the web: 

VIRTUAL EVENT ANNOUNCEMENT

The Hills Future of Defense SummitWednesday, March 30 at 1:00 PM ET

Russias invasion of Ukraine has shifted the national security landscape both at home and abroad. What are the Pentagons top priorities today and how are they planning to meet future needs? What emerging technologies and innovations are most vital to securing our strategic priorities? Join The Hill and a standout lineup of defense officials, policymakers, and experts on Wednesday, March 30th. Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks, Robert Gates, James ClapperJames Robert ClapperThe Hill’s 12:30 Report – Biden raises eyebrows with Putin commentsThe Hill’s Morning Report – Biden: `No’ policy for Russia regime change Issa lays groundwork for House GOP probe into Hunter Biden laptop storyMORE, Army Secretary Christine Wormuth, Navy Secretary Carlos Del Toro, DARPA Director Stefanie Tompkins, Rep. Adam SmithDavid (Adam) Adam SmithThe Hill’s 12:30 Report – Biden raises eyebrows with Putin commentsThe Hill’s Morning Report – Biden: `No’ policy for Russia regime change Support in both parties grows for providing air power to UkraineMORE (D-Wash.), Rep. Mike RogersMichael (Mike) Dennis RogersOnce the smoke clears, what’s next for Ukraine and Russia?The Hill’s Morning Report – Biden: `No’ policy for Russia regime change Defense & National Security US says Russia committed war crimes in UkraineMORE (R-Ala.) and more sit down with The Hills Steve Clemons. RSVP today to save your spot.

One last thing: Russia accuses US  

Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday accused the U.S. of attacking the country’s critical infrastructure and network systems in a massive cyberattack, claims the U.S. government has called false and part of Russia’s disinformation campaign. 

In a statement posted on its website, the Russian ministry said the U.S. has targeted “state institutions, the media, critical infrastructure facilities, and life support systems” with allegedly thousands of attacks per day. 

Emily Horne, a spokesperson for the National Security Agency, told The Hill the claim was false. 

“The United States Government has not engaged in the activity described by Russia. Moscows statements to the contrary amount to disinformation,” said Horne. 

Read more here. 

Thats it for today, thanks for reading. Check out The Hills technology and cybersecurity pages for the latest news and coverage. Well see you Wednesday.