Research Center Events

Who Moderates the Social Media Giants?

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Date: Thursday, June 18, 2020
Time: 12:00PM - 1:00PM
*Virtual, by invitation only

Join the NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights for an hour of timely discussion and audience Q&A on one of the most pressing issues facing the social media industry and its billions of users: How are Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube carrying out the crucial function of content moderation? This question has come to the fore in recent weeks, as the social media companies have faced increased scrutiny over how they regulate content.

The program will begin with a discussion about the platforms’ choice to outsource content moderation—and the consequences that flow from that decision. From there, we will branch out to examine such issues as President Trump’s recent executive order attempting to limit platform discretion to moderate content and the broader question of the future of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.
Justin Hendrix, moderator
Executive Director, NYC Media Lab and R Lab

Paul Barrett
Deputy Director, NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights
Author of a new report, “Who Moderates the Social Media Giants? A Call to End Outsourcing

Dipayan Ghosh
Digital Platforms and Democracy Project, Harvard Kennedy School
Author of a brand new book, "Terms of Disservice: How Silicon Valley Is Destructive by Design

Sarah T. Roberts
Assistant Professor of Information Studies, University of California, Los Angeles
Author of the pioneering 2019 book, "Behind the Screen: Content Moderation in the Shadows of Social Media"

Register for the event here