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A "conceptual framework" for the future, Oversight Board changes and DSA deadline

The week in content moderation - edition #192
Now House Judiciary Committee chairman Jim Jordan speaking at the 2018 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC)
Current House Judiciary Committee chairman Jim Jordan speaking at the 2018 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) by Gage Skidmore licensed by CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

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New and emerging internet policy and online speech regulation

The House Judiciary Committee, which considers US legislation relating to legal proceedings, this week subpoenaed five technology companies as part of its investigation into allegations that conservative voices were suppressed o their platforms. CEOs of Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, Facebook parent Meta and Microsoft were asked to produce documents “referring or relating to the moderation, deletion, suppression, restriction or reduced circulation of content” by March 23, it was reported by NBC News and others.

If you need help understanding where this is coming from, maybe this will help: Committee chairman Jim Jordan used his letters to praise the so-called "Twitter Files", the documents released by a number highly partisan media figures and called "a distraction" by experts. A reminder that moderation is politics and politics is moderation.

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