Expanding the Debate about Content Moderation: Scholarly Research Agendas for the Coming Policy Debates

Gillespie, T. & Aufderheide, P. & Carmi, E. & Gerrard, Y. & Gorwa, R. & Matamoros-Fernández, A. & Roberts, S. T. & Sinnreich, A. & Myers West, S. (2020). Expanding the debate about content moderation: scholarly research agendas for the coming policy debates. Internet Policy Review, 9(4). DOI: 10.147

30 Pages Posted: 8 Jun 2023

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Tarleton Gillespie

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

Patricia Aufderheide

American University - School of Communication

Elinor Carmi

University of Liverpool

Ysabel Gerrard

University of Sheffield

Robert Gorwa

University of Oxford - University of Oxford, Department of Politics and International Relations, Students

Ariadna Matamoros Fernandez

Queensland University of Technology

Sarah T. Roberts

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

Aram Sinnreich

American University - School of Communication

Sarah Myers West

New York University (NYU)

Date Written: May 25, 2023

Abstract

Content moderation has exploded as a policy, advocacy, and public concern. But these debates still tend to be driven by high-profile incidents and to focus on the largest, US based platforms. In order to contribute to informed policymaking, scholarship in this area needs to recognise that moderation is an expansive socio-technical phenomenon, which functions in many contexts and takes many forms. Expanding the discussion also changes how we assess the array of proposed policy solutions meant to improve content moderation. Here, nine content moderation scholars working in critical internet studies propose how to expand research on content moderation, with implications for policy.

Suggested Citation

Gillespie, Tarleton and Aufderheide, Patricia and Carmi, Elinor and Gerrard, Ysabel and Gorwa, Robert and Matamoros Fernandez, Ariadna and Roberts, Sarah T. and Sinnreich, Aram and Myers West, Sarah, Expanding the Debate about Content Moderation: Scholarly Research Agendas for the Coming Policy Debates (May 25, 2023). Gillespie, T. & Aufderheide, P. & Carmi, E. & Gerrard, Y. & Gorwa, R. & Matamoros-Fernández, A. & Roberts, S. T. & Sinnreich, A. & Myers West, S. (2020). Expanding the debate about content moderation: scholarly research agendas for the coming policy debates. Internet Policy Review, 9(4). DOI: 10.147, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4459448

Tarleton Gillespie (Contact Author)

Cornell University - Department of Communication ( email )

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Microsoft Research, New England ( email )

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Patricia Aufderheide

American University - School of Communication ( email )

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Elinor Carmi

University of Liverpool ( email )

Ysabel Gerrard

University of Sheffield

Robert Gorwa

University of Oxford - University of Oxford, Department of Politics and International Relations, Students ( email )

Oxford
United Kingdom

Ariadna Matamoros Fernandez

Queensland University of Technology ( email )

Sarah T. Roberts

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) ( email )

Aram Sinnreich

American University - School of Communication ( email )

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Washington, DC 20016
United States

HOME PAGE: http://https://www.american.edu/soc/faculty/aram.cfm

Sarah Myers West

New York University (NYU)

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