The Bipartisan Case for Labeling as a Content Moderation Method: Findings from a National Survey
53 Pages Posted: 29 Oct 2021
Date Written: September 14, 2021
Social media companies have increasingly been using labeling strategies to identify, highlight, and mark content that may be problematic in some way but not sufficiently violating to justify removing it. Such labeling strategies, which are now being used by most major social platforms, present a host of new challenges and questions. This report, based on a national survey conducted in the U.S. in summer 2021 (N = 1,464), provides new insights into public preferences around social media company policy and interventions in the media environment. It is often assumed that there are highly polarized views about content moderation. However, we find relatively strong, bipartisan support for the basic strategy and general goals of labeling.
Keywords: social media, communications policy, fact checking, digital platforms, law and technology
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