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The adult content fightback, Meta achieves climate consensus and dropping a Grade

The week in content moderation - edition #175
The adult content fightback, Meta achieves climate consensus and dropping a Grade
Protestor at pro-Palestine march in 2009 (courtesy of Romain Guy via Flickr - colour applied)

Hello and welcome to Everything in Moderation, your globally-minded content moderation and online safety week-in-review. It's written by me, Ben Whitelaw.

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New and emerging internet policy and online speech regulation

Last week's newsletter hit inboxes just too late for me to include arguably the most important policy audit report to emerge since the 2018 Myanmar assessment: the long-awaited impact assessment of Meta's moderation on Palestinian digital rights and Arabic users.

The report is worth reading in full but catalogues countless incidences of over-enforcement of Arabic content which harmed "the ability of Palestinians to share information and insights about their experiences as they occurred". Individuals interviewed by BSR, which conducted the analysis, went as far to say that Meta "appears to be another powerful entity repressing their voice that they are helpless to change", something I have catalogued in previous editions of EiM (EiM #112, #135).

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