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Shadow Banning and Content Filtering on the Social Web

Announcement

Washington, DC, July 17, 2018 – Not a grey hair in the US house gallery today. Right now on Twitter / Facebook / YouTube, livestreaming video from House Judiciary on the topic of social web channels Facebook, Google, Twitter and YouTube, newsfeeds, algorithms, hacking and shadow banning. Kudos to @HouseJudiciary for streaming ‘Facebook, Google and Twitter: Examining the Content Filtering Practices of Social Media Giants’

Key Links
https://judiciary.house.gov/hearing/facebook-google-and-twitter-examining-the-content-filtering-practices-of-social-media-giants
https://judiciary.house.gov/press-release/house-judiciary-committee-to-hold-hearing-on-social-media-filtering-practices/

http://judiciary.house.gov
https://www.facebook.com/housejudiciary
https://twitter.com/HouseJudiciary
https://www.c-span.org/search/?searchtype=Clips&sort=Most+Popular&programid[]=507720

Witnesses
Facebook: Ms. Monika Bickert, Head of Global Policy Management
YouTube: Ms. Juniper Downs, Global Head of Public Policy and Government Relations
Twitter: Mr. Nick Pickles, Senior Strategist, Public Policy

Panel
https://goodlatte.house.gov@RepGoodlatte
https://lofgren.house.gov@repzoelofgren
https://hankjohnson.house.gov
https://gohmert.house.gov@replouiegohmert
https://jacksonlee.house.gov@JacksonLeeTX18
https://marino.house.gov@RepTomMarino
https://bass.house.gov
https://teddeutch.house.gov
https://labrador.house.gov

Questions

  • Who is reporting on the hearing?
  • How do platforms distinguish bots from real people?
  • How many strikes does a bullying, conspiracy theorist get?
  • What are the solutions?

Embedded Tweets

Headlines
https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/tech-news/house-republicans-float-online-conspiracy-theories-hearing-about-social-media-n892206
https://www.politico.com/story/2018/07/17/facebook-infowars-alex-jones-congress-726301
https://techcrunch.com/2018/07/17/facebook-strikes-policy/
https://www.rawstory.com/2018/07/conservative-fantasy-judiciary-dem-rips-apart-gopers-holding-hearing-facebook-bias-instead-trump-treason/

Mentioned: Protect Your Election
https://protectyourelection.withgoogle.com
https://protectyourelection.withgoogle.com/intl/en

Mentioned: Section 230
https://www.eff.org/issues/cda230
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Section_230_of_the_Communications_Decency_Act

Related
http://www.pewinternet.org/2018/06/28/public-attitudes-toward-technology-companies
https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2018/01/activist-says-twitter-shadow-bans-conservatives-dont-believe-it/2/

Announcement: Washington, D.C. — On Tuesday, July 17, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. the House Judiciary Committee will hold a second hearing to examine social media filtering practices. The hearing will specifically look at concerns regarding a lack of transparency and potential bias in the filtering practices of social media companies. The hearing will also examine the role of competition law in addressing these concerns.

Witnesses for next week’s hearing are:

Ms. Monika Bickert, Head of Global Policy Management, Facebook
Ms. Juniper Downs, Global Head of Public Policy and Government Relations, YouTube
Mr. Nick Pickles, Senior Strategist, Public Policy, Twitter

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) issued the following statement in advance of the hearing.

Chairman Goodlatte: “The advent of social media has made it possible for people to connect across continents, explore vast amounts of information, and share meaningful dialogue with friends and strangers. However, this same technology can be used to suppress a particular viewpoint and manipulate public opinion. I am pleased that the leading social media companies have agreed to send content management experts to answer questions on their content moderation practices and how they can be better stewards of free speech in the United States and abroad.”

Background: In April, the House Judiciary Committee held the first hearing in a series on social media filtering and policing practices. This hearing focused on what metrics social media platforms use to moderate content, how filtering decisions are made, and whether viewpoints have been silenced on some of the most popular and widely used platforms.

Buzzwords

Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Algorithm

Bias

Data Portability

Deep Dive

Fake News

Filter Bubble

Shadow Banning

Technology

Transparency

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