Parallel Session 4: Content Moderation Trends and Challenges

06 Feb 2020
13:15-14:30
Commandant's Lounge

Parallel Session 4: Content Moderation Trends and Challenges

This parallel session will focus on observed trends and challenges with content moderation
policy adopted by the most used platforms by citizens. With the increasing demands from
governments and others that companies regulate their platforms, activists and other users
are beginning to struggle to have a voice on their most-used platforms. Accounts of legitimate
users have been suspended or restricted for making a legitimate expression, which content
moderation tools, policy, and/or algorithms, developed by platforms find offensive or
violating its rules. This debate around content moderation is often framed as an opposition
between freedom of expression on the one hand, and the idea that harmful content should
be removed on the other. To what extent are companies poised to
respect democratic norms and counter authoritarian demands? How do platforms work to protect such critical voices within a democratic society?