Expanding the Debate About Content Moderation

Forthcoming, Internet Policy Review

27 Pages Posted: 10 Jul 2020

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Tarleton Gillespie

Microsoft Research, New England; Cornell University - Department of Communication

Patricia Aufderheide

American University - School of Communication

Date Written: May 19, 2020

Abstract

In this paper, nine scholars consider how to expand research on Internet platforms’ content moderation. We consider research on encrypted platforms such as WhatsApp; on short-lived but briefly popular platforms; on cloud computing platforms and throughout the infrastructure. We address the implications of content moderation for civic action in open societies, content moderation as regulation, for our political lives, the quality of our cultures and daily lives; and opportunities and for regulatory approaches.

Keywords: social media, Internet platforms, content moderation, censorship, democracy, regulation

Suggested Citation

Gillespie, Tarleton and Gillespie, Tarleton and Aufderheide, Patricia, Expanding the Debate About Content Moderation (May 19, 2020). Forthcoming, Internet Policy Review , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3629185

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