Happy end of exams everyone! My paper examined the possibility of introducing regulation to protect free speech on Twitter. One issue I came across in my research which I thought was quite interesting was Twitter’s policy of labelling certain accounts as “state-affiliated media.” I wanted to share a brief opinion piece on the subject: https://readpassage.com/twitter-should-label-cbc-bbc-and-others-as-state-affiliated/ […] Read More
Hi all! Please check out my presentation if you are interested in content moderation issues. I hope you will enjoy it. I provided the links to interesting articles/my resources in the slides, some are in the comments section. To listen to the presentation, I believe you need to download it. Presentation: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1NXZN4pH0c5TKhYk_AEtFwyVTkeXVvky6/edit?usp=sharing&ouid=101239288767819880199&rtpof=true&sd=true In addition, here […] Read More
Hello everyone. Here is my (Julian) presentation on the use of Digital Rights Management technology. The presentation can be found here: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1fF14vXgP7fWej6ZfiYeuFWs9iUfddOmI/edit?usp=sharing&ouid=101272977211671000707&rtpof=true&sd=true Here is a transcript of the presentation: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1UqKNYD_IjZRayXaj8YAXp6GY56AbbJuRSoWum-dbS0U/edit?usp=sharing Let me know if you have any thoughts on how laws on DRM should be used to balance the interests of content creators and consumers. […] Read More
My paper examined the possibility of introducing regulation to protect free speech on Twitter. One issue I came across in my research which I thought was quite interesting was Twitter’s policy of labelling certain accounts as “state-affiliated media.” I wanted to share a brief opinion piece on the subject: https://readpassage.com/twitter-should-label-cbc-bbc-and-others-as-state-affiliated/
As the writer points out, Twitter has not yet applied this label to any Western media sources. In fact, it seems built into Twitter’s policy that it does not intend to do so: Twitter has stated that state funded media that still has “editorial independence, like the BBC in the UK and NPR in the US” will be exempt from the label.
In theory, I would agree with the author of the piece that the “state-affiliated media” label could be beneficial in providing some extra context for Twitter users who are unfamiliar with a news outlet. Yet in practice, it seems that Twitter’s reluctance to apply the label to Western media outlets might, as the author argues, give the impression that Western media outlets “have no connection with their governments.”
A potential issue here is that Twitter will, in effect, create an unequal playing field for news sources that come out of countries that are allied with the West and news that comes from non-allied countries. In spite of concerns about misinformation or state propaganda, we should also grapple with the implications Twitter’s practice will have on domestic perceptions of US foreign policy objectives. Where the US government has interests in other countries, coverage of issues arising from those areas could be unduly biased in favour of the American viewpoint if Twitter has free reign to label foreign accounts.
One other issue is the scope of the policy. Twitter is focusing on state-funded media, but what about corporate-funded media? Amidst criticism of Elon Musk taking over Twitter, some have pointed out billionaires are a common feature of the media landscape, such as Jeff Bezos owning the Washington Post, or Mike Bloomberg owning Bloomberg news. If Twitter is ultimately concerned about editorial control over content, it seems odd that their policy avoids dealing with corporate interests.
Please check out my presentation if you are interested in content moderation issues. I hope you will enjoy it. I provided the links to interesting articles/my resources in the slides, some are in the comments section. To listen to the presentation, I believe you need to download it.
In addition, here is the link to the Evelyn Douek’s recent talk. Per Mike Masnick (techdirt), “it would be helpful for anyone who wants to opine on content moderation to not just understand what Douek is saying, but to really internalize it.”
Please find attached my paper on whether the CRTC RT decision would survive an appeal. RT can appeal the CRTC under s.31(1) of the Broadcasting Act, or bring a Charter challenge regarding freedom of expression. Using the post-Vavilov framework, I believe the CRTC decision would likely survive all of these challenges. Let me know what you think.
Amazon banned some Twitch streams that were promoting Russian propaganda. They are removing streams providing information Russian Misinformation. Amazon claims that the number of harmful streams is low and they have been removed. The story was brought forward by the Tech Transparency Project. Both articles can be found below.
I saw this in the news this week and thought it’d be interesting to share. The federal government has introduced legislation that would require platforms like Facebook and Google to compensate news organizations for the profits they make off of having their news content on their platform. Bill C-18 will require the CRTC to decide which outlets qualify to receive a share of the profits. Apparently, 450 private news outlets have closed down in the last year as internet giants eat up 80% of their online ad revenue. This bill is designed to help struggling news organizations but a lot of the details remain murky. There are concerns these internet giants will tweak their algorithms to privilege certain news outlets over others in an attempt to continue to maximize their profits. The minister in charge of this file has stated that there are fines worked into the bill that the CRTC could utilize to prevent a situation like this. It will be interesting to see how this bill will be applied if it becomes law.
To read more about the bill check out the news story below:
I found a recent article about how Bill C-11 may negatively impact Youtube creators income. This is because “the proposed legislation that would force YouTube and other streaming platforms to actively promote Canadian content risks downgrading the popularity of that same content abroad.”
In the article, Geist says proposed law, known as Bill C-11, would make platforms including YouTube and TikTok “force-feed Canadian content” that people might not usually choose to watch, rather than curated content matched to their preferences.
You can give it a read here: https://www.ctvnews.ca/politics/youtube-warns-federal-bill-could-hit-digital-creators-earnings-from-abroad-1.5835119#:~:text=Geist%20says%20proposed%20law%2C%20known,content%20matched%20to%20their%20preferences.
I found another interesting read regarding anonymity on online platforms and whether regulations should be put in place to stop anonymous internet users. This article discusses the pros and cons of allowing anonymous users and why ultimately, regulating anonymous users would not be beneficial.
You can find the article here: https://theconversation.com/ending-online-anonymity-wont-make-social-media-less-toxic-172228