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Inside the Oversight Board, Roth on app stores and third party moderation under threat?

The week in content moderation - edition #182
A video call featuring Oversight Board member Helle Thorning-Schmidt presenting at a 2021 conference
Oversight Board member Helle Thorning-Schmidt presenting at a 2021 conference courtesy of Nordiske Mediedager licensed by CC BY-SA 2.0 via Flickr

Hello and welcome to Everything in Moderation, your global content moderation and online safety round-up. It's written by me, Ben Whitelaw, and supported by good people like you.

Today's newsletter touches on all the meaty, difficult, hard-to-resolve topics that makes content moderation such a fascinating issue to follow — transparency, accountability, labour rights, and the rule of law to name a few. I've linked to relevant past editions of EiM to help to give further context to this week's developments.

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Here's everything you need to know in moderation this week — BW


New and emerging internet policy and online speech regulation

The Oversight Board, the independent-but-Meta-funded council created two years ago, aims to take a "more visible, consequential" role in the way Facebook and Instagram moderates speech, according to a long and detailed profile in Wired.

There are lots that we know in there — not least that Meta has implemented less than a quarter of the Board's recommendations — but also a number of details which I had missed: platform algorithm expert Renée DiResta being denied a spot on the board because "they were going in a different direction"; the difficulty getting access to Crowdtangle to conduct investigations and the furore over Facebook's u-turn on seeking a Ukraine advisory (EiM #153). Steven Levy, who writes the story, even sits in on the investigation of the Xcheck debacle (EiM #129) so chances are you'll learn something new. My read of the week.

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