We’ve seen the adoption of speech policies in lots of countries over the past three years and, in the last few weeks alone, we’ve had word of incoming legislation in Hungary, Brazil (EiM #99
), Poland (EiM #98
) and China (EiM #97
). The outcome of all of this? The ‘splinternet’
. As The New York Times explains
, the term is used to describe an internet comprised of many smaller internets with rules drawn at country’s borders. If you’re a fan of the open web, it’s not a good thing. Expect to hear the term a lot more.
Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Twitter, Discord, Pinterest, Reddit, Shopify and Vimeo have joined forces to set up The Digital Trust & Safety Partnership
, a new association
to develop best practices for handling harmful content and behaviour online. There isn’t much information on its website but the press release notes that it has been advised by Alex Feerst, who led Trust and Safety at Medium and is someone I hold in high regard. Let’s see what it does next.