Why does moderation need transparency
? In some ways, it’s an argument that has been won (see: platform transparency reports, government committee appearances) and yet there’s a lot more to consider. So this piece
by Mark MacCarthy, a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, is a welcome addition to work already published on the subject.
Content moderation is often seen through a US lens so its good to see IFEX
convene eight experts from around the world in this interactive
about public spaces, regulation and the need for transparent, human rights-approved processes.
Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer, gave a one line response — ‘I’m fine with this’ — after Turkey requested that the platform censor the posts of the People’s Protection Unit
, a Kurdish militia group. Her email, published this week by ProPublica,
demonstrates the dangerous ease with which governments can use court orders to insist on takedowns and the unwillingness of Facebook to challenge those orders.