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How to determine a 'dangerous organisation', age checks on Instagram and Marwick's model

The week in content moderation - edition #165
Filipino soon-to-be president Bong Bong Marcos standing on a stage at Uniteam rally at Riverbanks, Marikina, in March 2022
Bong Bong Marcos giving a speech at Uniteam rally at Riverbanks, Marikina, in March 2022 (courtesy of Patrick Roque via Wikimedia - colour and crop applied)

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New and emerging internet policy and online speech regulation

The Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe vs Wade has made women's reproductive rights (and I can't believe I'm having to write this) "the newest content moderation minefield", according to CNN.

Information about abortion clinics posted to Instagram has already been labelled as sensitive while hashtags relating to abortion pills have been restricted, in signs that platforms are struggling to react to the decision. Andy Stone, the infamous Meta spokesperson (EiM #131) called them "instances of incorrect enforcement", which is both better and worse than "technical glitch" (EiM #67).

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