When American Companies Moderate Global Content

America exports many things, but its content moderation standards may be the most important. Activists and concerned citizens the world over use social media as a microphone to connect, mobilize and push for change – which makes the content rules that online platforms set and enforce enormously influential in shaping the global discourse.

However, because these rules are often designed based on U.S. sensibilities and priorities, they can have an adverse impact on globally marginalized communities. Platforms can also be subject to pressure from governments, including those with poor human rights records, to crack down on dissent and opposition.

In this session, Promise Institute Assistant Director Jess Peake spoke with Marwa Fatafta, MENA Policy Manager at Access Now, about the effect that the decisions of American platforms have on censorship of activists in the Middle East and North Africa, and how such actions impact fundamental human rights, censors dissent, and erases history.

Speaker: Marwa Fatafta, MENA Policy Manager at Access Now
Moderator: Jess Peake, Promise Institute for Human Rights