Protecting freedom of expression in content moderation on social media
In today’s world, dominant tech companies hold considerable power over what users can say, read and watch online. Social media companies’ content moderation practices have a huge impact on public debate, but they are often opaque and unaccountable. Increasingly, these content moderation practices are impacting users’ human rights, including the right to freedom of expression.
This is why we’re calling for the creation of the Social Media Council. A new transparent, inclusive, independent and accountable mechanism to address content moderation problems using international human rights laws as the basis.
We want to make sure that decisions on content moderation are compatible with the requirements of international human rights standards, and are shaped by a diverse range of expertise and perspectives.