Everything in moderation


This report from UK think tank Demos looks at platforms, communities and users in a healthy online environment.

It is barely an oversimplification to characterise current debate on Internet regulation as a fight over the things people see, and the things they don’t. The systems of curation and moderation that dictate what is and isn’t permitted are the machinery most responsible for the health of online spaces. It follows that the ways they work are the subject of intense government scrutiny.

This paper argues that the principle and practice underpinning most major platforms have failed to create healthy online spaces, and that current attempts by states to regulate these spaces will in all likelihood fall short of addressing the root causes of this failure.

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