Regulating (abuse on) Social media: a new approach?
IIC UK CHAPTER EVENT
11 decEMBER 2018
hosted by the Institute for Advanced Legal Studies (IALS)
Russell Square, London
In order to consider how harm on social media might be reduced while respecting fundamental human rights, panellists explored an evolution towards a functioning, common sense policy and regulatory approach.
The panellists first described the work of the Carnegie Trust which, rather than seeking to find a way to regulate how online platforms deal with individual cases of social media harm, proposes instead to monitor the platforms’ ‘duty of care’ as implemented through specific processes put in place to mitigate the risks posed by online harm and remove inappropriate content, from fake news to bullying.
Other panellists raised a number of questions about the idea, notably to call for a holistic approach to dealing with online harm, such as also including wide awareness raising, and also referencing parallel work such as the London School of Economics’ Truth, Trust and Technology Commission report.
Generally the panel and audience agreed that a heavy-handed, rushed content regulation for social media (as proposed by some in the UK) was not the answer and few regulators with the appropriate toolkit could be envisioned; but the idea of mandating and monitoring a ‘duty of care’ was widely seen as an interesting way forward which deserved further discussion: so we are looking forward to a likely follow-up discussion on this ‘hot topic’ at an IIC UK Chapter event in 2019.
Early Career Researcher, Information Law and Policy Centre, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies
Associate Professor, Research Director and Programme Director in the Department of Media and Communications, LSE
Executive Director at Open Rights Group
Professor of Internet Law, University of Essex, UK
Director of Public Policy, EMEA, Snap Inc.
Trustee, Carnegie UK Trust