Online Content Moderation and Free Speech

The workshop "Content Moderation and Free Speech in Social Media" took place on October 18 and 19, covering both theoretical and empirical perspectives. One focus was placed on understanding user and stakeholder perspectives on what constitutes content deserving moderation. Discussions extended to potential solutions for promoting a healthier online discourse, incorporating insights from research and real experiences of industry practitioners. The agenda (available here) included sessions on topics such as TikTok moderation controversies in South and Southeast Asia, ideological biases in YouTube content moderation in the United States, platform regulation policies, citizen preferences for regulating online hate speech, a CERN-like initiative to explore the information environment, and a discussion on the future of "free" expression in academia. The workshop concluded with a panel discussion featuring Benjamin Brake, Friedrich Enders, Andreas Franck, and Ruth Appel.