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The week in content moderation - edition #171
Screengrab of Snap's VP of Global Public Policy, Jennifer Stout, at a congressional hearing in October 2021
Snap's VP of Global Public Policy, Jennifer Stout, at a congressional hearing in October 2021 (screengrab via CSPAN)

Hello and welcome to Everything in Moderation, your one-stop shop for content moderation and online safety news and analysis. It's written by me, Ben Whitelaw.

This week marks the fourth anniversary of the first edition of EiM which, frankly, is crazy. If you've been here from the start, you'll have noticed that the newsletter has evolved into an early warning system of sorts, designed to help people working in online speech and content moderation stay ahead of threats and risks by keeping them up-to-date about what is happening in the space. I hope you feel that it delivers on that.

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Here's this week's round-up — BW


New and emerging internet policy and online speech regulation

Kenya's recent threat to ban Facebook following its failure to remove hate-filled ads in the country is a reminder of "the false choice between safety and content platform banning", according to an op-ed from Julie Owono, executive director of Stanford's Content Policy & Society Lab (CPSL). In an interesting and important piece, the Oversight Board member says it is:

"urgent to demonstrate that it is possible to propose a content moderation that doesn’t renounce fundamental rule of law and democratic principles".

She also urges platforms to work with civil society organizations and governments to find "context-specific solutions", of which there are too few, especially outside the US. My read of the week.

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