On February 8th, coinciding with the Safer Internet Day, the Consulate General of France and the Content Policy & Society Lab, a project of the Democracy and the Internet at Stanford University, co-organized a multistakeholder seminar on the theme Online Content Regulation: the way(s) forward in 2022.
The seminar was the opportunity to gather EU Diplomats in San Francisco and their Tech Advisors, Representatives of 14 Content Platforms, as well as Stanford academics, to discuss upcoming EU content regulation, US debates on content regulation, and the self-regulation initiatives by companies and platforms.
General Takeaways from the meeting:
Specific Takeaways on the Digital Services Act
The scope of the DSA is wide : hosting services, intermediaries, online platforms like marketplaces, app stores, social media platforms, etc. The new EU legislation proposes new rules that are proportionate and allow scaling of smaller platforms in the European Single Market. The main objective of the DSA is to:
Participants discussed a number of other proposed acts:
Speakers and participants looked also at the Digital Trust and Safety Partnership (DTSP) that aims to help company members be ready for content moderation crisis, by focusing on standards and processes, not on content. The organization recently initiated the development of the SAFE framework, the “first ever attempt to articulate current industry efforts to address online Content and Conduct-Related Risks”. This framework will serve as the basis of auditing mechanisms, conducted by third-parties. Participants noted too the various efforts by platforms to increase transparency, including the work of the Facebook Oversight Board, and Twitter's publishing of an archive of removed content and a paper on their transparency effort.