Platforms and Online Content

Online platforms are an essential part of the modern-day economic and social activities. After the measures taken against the Covid-19 pandemic all over the world, they became even more crucial for the daily lives of people living in countries with widespread internet connection. Given this ever-increasing role, online platforms raise challenging questions concerning governance and regulation. In fact, addressing the problems such as dissemination of false, hateful, manipulative, or criminal content, and tackling unfair economic practices are pressing priorities for policy makers.  

In this dossier, the Chair investigates the issues relating to the governance and regulation of online platforms by looking into the legislative proposals, public policies, administrative and judicial decisions surrounding them. 

9 July 2020

[ARTICLE] 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

[ARTICLE] 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

[ARTICLE] 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

[ARTICLE] 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

[INTERVIEW] 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

[INTERVIEW] 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

[INTERVIEW] 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

[INTERVIEW] 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 […]