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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. and Myers West, S. (2020). Expanding the debate about content moderation: Scholarly research agendas for the coming policy debates. Internet Policy Review, 9(4), doi: 10.14763/2020.4.1512


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.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License (Germany) which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. Copyright remains with the author(s).
Publisher Keywords: Content moderation, Platforms, Internet policy, Social media, Regulation
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
Departments: School of Arts & Social Sciences > Sociology
Date available in CRO: 04 Oct 2021 10:48
Date deposited: 4 October 2021
Date of first online publication: 21 October 2020
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Available under License Creative Commons: Attribution 3.0.

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