In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, with physical distancing measures adopted all around the globe, digital tools have become even more crucial to answer social, economic and profesionnal needs. Social media platforms such as Facebook or Twitter played an essential role in transmitting sensitive either political or scientific information produced by reputable authorities or by non-official sources, sometimes acting with malicious intent.
In order to better understand how the governance and the content moderation policies of those platforms evolve to face the proliferation of fake news, especially in regard to the public health crisis, as well as the intense and violent polarization of the digital public space, with the large scale Black Lives Matter protests and the acceleration of the American presidential campaign, the Chair publishes its first thematic focus dedicated to the “Infodemics”.

Check out interviews of evelyn douek, Dominique Boullier, Amélie Heldt, Serge Abiteboul and Jean Cattan as well as four contributions by Florence G’sell and Rachel Griffin on the Chair’s website.

9 July 2020

Social media and content moderation in times of Covid-19

by Rachel Griffin As countries around the world went into lockdown to control the spread of Covid-19, the importance of […]
9 July 2020
Facebook logo and gavel

What could Facebook’s Oversight Board mean for online expression?

by Rachel Griffin On the 6th May, Facebook announced the first 20 members of its new Oversight Board. This body, […]
9 July 2020
Online hate speech

How public pressure forced Facebook to change its policies on hate speech

by Rachel Griffin The growing Black Lives Matter protests have put pressure on all companies to publicly take action against […]
9 July 2020
Donald Trump reading fake news

How Twitter started to control what public figures say online

by Florence G’sell For the first time, on the 26th May 2020, Twitter decided to flag two of Trump’s tweets […]
9 July 2020

Rethinking social media regulation: 3 questions to Serge Abiteboul and Jean Cattan

Serge Abiteboul is a member of the board of the French telecommunications regulator ARCEP. He is also a senior researcher […]
9 July 2020
Dominique Boullier

Governing social media in the Covid19 crisis: 3 questions to Dominique Boullier

Dominique Boullier is a professor of sociology at Sciences Po Paris. He is a former director of the Sciences Po […]
9 July 2020
evelyn douek

How can social media platforms better prevent fake news? 3 questions to evelyn douek

Evelyn douek is a lecturer on law and S.J.D. candidate at Harvard Law School, and Affiliate at the Berkman Klein […]
9 July 2020
Amélie Heldt

Platforms and their content moderation responsibility: 3 questions to Amélie Heldt

Amélie P. Heldt is a legal scholar and PhD candidate with the University of Hamburg. She is a Junior Researcher […]