Keeping the Neighbourhood Safe: How Does Social Media Moderation Control What We See (And Think)?

Alternative Law Journal (2018) 0(0)1-6

U. of Adelaide Law Research Paper No. 2019-88

Posted: 9 Jul 2019

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Melissa de Zwart

University of Adelaide - School of Law

Date Written: 2018

Abstract

This article will address the issue of the growing reach, influence and potential accountability of Facebook and other social media platforms as a source of news and current affairs and shaper of social views, political opinions and norms. It will consider the recent release by Facebook of its guidelines on content moderation and its own assessment of how it is performing against its targets with respect to detection, classification and treatment of content. It will review a recent decision regarding President Trump’s Twitter feed and conclude that greater transparency regarding moderation practices is required.

Keywords: data, cyber-security, democracy, digital, freedom of speech, media, online/cyber law

JEL Classification: K1

Suggested Citation

de Zwart, Melissa, Keeping the Neighbourhood Safe: How Does Social Media Moderation Control What We See (And Think)? (2018). Alternative Law Journal (2018) 0(0)1-6; U. of Adelaide Law Research Paper No. 2019-88. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3415305

Melissa De Zwart (Contact Author)

University of Adelaide - School of Law ( email )

Ligertwood Building
Adelaide 5005, South Australia SA 5005
Australia

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