Trans Content Moderation Scholars - Comments to Oversight Board

5 Pages Posted: 9 Nov 2022

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Kendra Albert

Harvard Law School

Oliver Haimson

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor

Date Written: August 10, 2022

Abstract

The case before the Oversight Board is an archetypal example of the harm that transgender people attempting to use social media face. In it, two trans people did not violate site policies yet were harmed not only by their images and speech being silenced, but also by the site limiting their ability to crowdfund money for surgery. It is not an isolated incident. In aggregate, both “neutral” policies that are disproportionately enforced against trans users and policies that target trans users have the effect of limiting trans people’s abilities to post content related to their marginalized identity, thus silencing their participation in the public sphere. Issues for transgender users on online platforms cannot be solved by magical thinking around equitable enforcement; they require a deeper reimagination of how bodies are understood and regulated.

Suggested Citation

Albert, Kendra and Haimson, Oliver, Trans Content Moderation Scholars - Comments to Oversight Board (August 10, 2022). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4216597 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4216597

Kendra Albert (Contact Author)

Harvard Law School ( email )

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Oliver Haimson

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor ( email )

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