APC joined dozens of other organisations and researchers to call on social media companies to enable future research and analysis about the “infodemic” side of COVID-19 by preserving information about what their systems are automatically blocking and taking down.
While social media sites tend to respond slowly or not at all to misinformation on their platforms, during the COVID-19 pandemic, many have taken steps to address and stop the spread of misinformation, as well as to steer users towards reliable sources of information and support.
Recently there have been a flurry of proposals to “regulate the internet”, which in practice boils down to more narrowly regulating online content. In order to suggest a principles-based approach to regulation, this issue paper highlights positive and negative aspects of some recent initiatives.
The legal, political and social environment is having a significant impact on the political activity of Palestinian youth on the internet. Many have had their content removed from online platforms, experienced harassment, or were interrogated in relation to what they posted on social networks.
Content moderation online is currently done by most social media companies through a mix of automation (or what is sometimes referred to as artificial intelligence or AI) and human moderators. Automation deals effectively with certain kinds of content – but it is not a foolproof system.
How we organise around shared causes and beliefs has changed with the internet. This piece looks at how the internet allows leadership to be decentralised, and responds to the idea that the age of influencers is necessarily a bad thing.
Amin, an Iranian queer feminist and writer, became the victim of an online defamation campaign that left her with no recourse. In an interview with GenderIT, Amin spoke about the consequences of this defamation on her life, and the cost of ignoring this all too prevalent form of online violence.
TikTok is a wildly popular short video platform and has led to myriad forms of creative and playful expressions. This piece explores videos from Sri Lanka in relation to heteronormativity, gender, and how the boundaries between the personal and public are blurred.
The Call is a collaboration with the French government and a global call to a meeting in Paris on 15 May, which seeks to "bring together countries and tech companies in an attempt to bring to an end the ability to use social media to organise and promote terrorism and violent extremism."
APC joined African Freedom of Expression Exchange (AFEX) members and other organisations that work to promote freedom of expression offline and online across the globe to express deep concern about the shutdown of social media platforms by the government of Chad over the past 11 months.