Hello and welcome to Everything in Moderation, your weekly whistle-stop tour of the big stories in content moderation and online safety. It's written by me, Ben Whitelaw.
What a week. Between the Musk/Ye love-in, the fallout between Meta and parts of the Indian media and Birdwatch taking off in the US, there's been few like it since I started writing EiM back in 2018. I've done my best to make sense of it all in 1400 words. If you find today's edition helpful, consider becoming a supporting member or petitioning your organisation or institution to do the same.
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Here's what you need to know this week — BW
New and emerging internet policy and online speech regulation
The big story of the week comes from India, where a row has erupted between Meta and independent media outlet The Wire about its reporting of the takedown of a satirical cartoon mocking a leading politician from the BJP, India's ruling party. I won't go into the ins and outs here — Newslaundry has a comprehensive chronology — but safe to say that the story that will have serious implications for Indian media and technology regulation whether the documents on which the reports are based are found true or otherwise [if you want to share more information about what happened, drop me a line in confidence].