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The reality of being an integrity worker, UK regulation stutters and content filters come to TikTok

The week in content moderation - edition #167
Footballer Alex Scott, kicking the ball at her feet with arms aloft, playing for England in 2014
Alex Scott playing for England in 2014 (courtesy of James Boyes via Wikimedia under Creative Commons 2.0 - colour applied)

Hello and welcome to Everything in Moderation, your carefully curated digested of content moderation news and analysis, delivered every Friday. It's written by me, Ben Whitelaw.

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New and emerging internet policy and online speech regulation

Some significant regulation news out of the UK this week: the Online Safety Bill is set to be delayed. The bill was due to be passed in parliament next week before Westminster goes on summer recess but, according to Politico, it is now expected to be dropped, ironically, in favour of a government vote of confidence in itself. It's notable because the new Conservative leader and Prime Minister may have different ideas for the bill and at least one candidate has said it will be scrapped if she wins.

The change of schedule provides some time to take stock of the much-criticised bill and I recommend this thread from Professor Paul Bernal on the free speech implications, this report from Matthew Lesh and Victoria Hewson of the Institute of Economic Affairs on how it threatens innovation and this blog post from my go-to UK policy person Heather Burns on well, what a complete and utter nightmare the bill is.

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