Greater transparency and accountability curb online hate speech and deception

A new report by the Transatlantic High Level Working Group on Content Moderation Online and Freedom of Expression urges the adoption of a flexible regulatory framework to curb online hate speech, violent extremism, and viral deception. The group calls for greater transparency and accountability from digital platforms, as well as a redress system for promptly dealing with user complaints. 

Illustration of a person in an open sea with sharks circling their sailboat, which is rendered as a smartphone or tablet instead of boat.
Image: From the “Freedom and Accountability” by the Transatlantic Working Group, courtesty of APPC.

The report, “Freedom and Accountability: A Transatlantic Framework for Moderating Speech Online,” is the culmination of a yearlong investigation by members with diverse perspectives, including legislators, government officials, tech executives, civil society leaders, and academics from North America and Europe. 

The COVID-19 pandemic, global protests against racial inequality, and early attempts at election interference underscore both the extent to which the public relies on digital companies for information, communication, and connection, and the fertile online ecosystem that enables the viral spread of hatred, violence, and manipulated information.

The Transatlantic Working Group is a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center (APPC), in partnership with The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands and the Institute for Information Law (IViR), which is affiliated with the Faculty of Law of the University of Amsterdam. The TWG is also supported by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Read more at Annenberg Public Policy Center.