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Equipping moderators to do their job, grievances in India and Spotify launches safety council

The week in content moderation - edition #163
Equipping moderators to do their job, grievances in India and Spotify launches safety council
Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher at TechCrunch 50 in 2008 (courtesy of TechCrunch50 - red colour applied) 

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New and emerging internet policy and online speech regulation

Nigeria has announced plans to regulate social media companies by sharing a draft of a new code of practice. It includes a number of familiar platform provisions, including appointing a designated representative in the country, providing a compliance mechanism to avoid publication of prohibited content and supplying timely information to the government on accounts and content that violate Nigerian law.

The wider context here is that Nigeria has not been hesitant to come down hard on platforms in the past; you'll remember that Twitter was banned for seven months in 2020 (EiM #143) after deleting a tweet from President Muhammadu Buhari (EiM #115). The move towards legislation is likely to exacerbate tensions that, according to TechCrunch, have yet to subside.

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