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Moderation data for researchers (finally), starting an 'Instarrection' and three thorny cases

The week in content moderation - edition #169
Moderation data for researchers (finally), starting an 'Instarrection' and three thorny cases
Close-up of a ripped face mask on the ground (courtesy of Ivan Radic on Flickr via CC BY 2.0 - colour applied)

Hello and welcome to Everything in Moderation, your Friday review of the past week's content moderation news. It's written by me, Ben Whitelaw.

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Warning: today's edition is very platform-heavy. Thanks for reading — BW


New and emerging internet policy and online speech regulation

This week's most significant regulatory development comes from New Zealand, where five of the world's biggest tech companies have agreed to "actively reduce harmful content" through voluntary self-regulation. Google, Meta, TikTok, Amazon, and Twitter agreed to sign up for the Aotearoa New Zealand Code of Practice for Online Safety and Harms, which has been shepherded by non-profit Netsafe over the last year.

Like mandatory regulation that we've seen employed by other countries, the code of practice means that signatories have to publish an annual report and will be fined if they fail to adhere to its rules. However, critics have called it "a Meta-led effort to subvert a New Zealand institution" and said that NZ Tech, which will oversee the code, "lacks the legitimacy and community accountability to administer a Code of Practice of this nature". All eyes on this one.

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