Regulation and Policy

This collection takes a two-pronged approach to regulation, including the tech platforms’ own policies and practices. First, it discusses the business practices and regulatory environments that contributed to the current online misinformation environment. It then turns to assessments of recent policy changes at the social media platforms, the role(s) of traditional media, and governmental responses. 

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Latest News on Regulation and Policy

As we enter the third decade of the digital century, Tom Wheeler says that for too long, digital entrepreneurs have written the rules for the digital economy that all the rest of us have to live by. The public has had little to no say over how personal information is collected and used, and we […]

Instagram says it’s removing posts supporting slain Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani to comply with U.S. sanctions laws. The Facebook-owned social media platform is one of the few Western social media companies still operating in Iran — and journalists and free speech advocates are warning it could be going too far in censoring some posts. Facebook […]

Lawmakers have become increasingly concerned about the potential havoc that manipulative media such as “deepfakes” could wreak on American society. But the steps they’re willing to take to address the issue remain unclear. With the presidential election coming up later this year, researchers have raised alarms about the urgency of addressing deepfakes and other forms […]

Congratulations, you’re a child again! Or at least you will be one as far as YouTube is concerned any time you happen to see a video designated as being “for kids.” YouTube announced that change in a corporate blog post today, as the platform continues to try and thread a particularly tricky needle. YouTube (and the creators […]

Facing growing scrutiny over censorship and security concerns, TikTok is borrowing a few pages from a playbook now standard at many American tech giants, in an effort to earn the trust of US users and lawmakers. The Chinese-owned video app said in October it would invite outside experts to review some of its content moderation […]

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