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Thursday, June 13 • 5:15pm - 6:30pm
Complicit or Neutral? Social media content moderation in conflict areas

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Social media companies take pride in their self-proclaimed neutrality: they are free and open platforms for all. Despite such claim, we -digital rights advocates- know it is often not the case. Yet, their mishaps and ill-designed policies are discussed among activists, journalists and policy-makers in either in the context of democracies or authoritarianism. But how do social media and tech companies behave in the context of conflict and occupation? The session questions the position of social media companies, most notably Facebook, by examining their content moderation policies in conflict areas and how they affect politics on the ground, become complicit in human rights violations, and deepen oppression and political asymmetries. Sharing examples from the Occupied Palestinian Territories and Myanmar, the session further discusses how to establish an accountability framework and mechanisms for social media companies when they become complicit in political conflicts.

Thursday June 13, 2019 5:15pm - 6:30pm BST
L'Escale (Laico)