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The great podcast moderation problem, 'Facebook's chief fixer' and another dislike button

The week in content moderation - edition #156
Nadine Dorries, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, walking into Downing Street
Nadine Dorries, the minister with the ultimate responsibility for the Online Safety Bill, goes into Downing Street in November 2021 (Simon Dawson/No 10 Downing Street)

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In today's edition, there's a mix of the practical and the political as well as an interesting job role that caught my eye. I hope you enjoy it — BW

Policies - emerging speech regulation and legislation

The podcast ecosystem "can and should employ far more robust content-moderation measures", according to a detailed review from the Brookings Institute. Analyst Valerie Wirtschafter and fellow Chris Meserole noted in a blog post how Spotify and Google Podcasts lack "easy-to-use' mechanisms for user reporting" (with gifs to prove it) and advocate for clearer language in their moderation guidelines. For example, Apple's current creator guidelines prohibit "mean-spirited" content, whatever the hell that means.

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