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SXSW Interactive 2015

Facebook, Twitter & The Future of Free Speech

Online platforms are now the town square for creativity and social and political connection. This means that many of the most important decisions about content, access, and speech are now concentrated in the hands of a few private actors. When does art cross the line and get flagged on Facebook? Which tweets are staying up or coming down? How much censorship is just too much or not enough? Who should be the deciders? And how do you get your voice heard when you think content should be taken down or put back up? Join policy experts from the top platforms, the ACLU's Nicole Ozer, and Professor Jeffrey Rosen from the National Constitution Center to discuss what’s happening now and the future of free speech.

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Takeaways

  1. How do the largest online platforms address community standards and content policies and what is the impact on creativity, art, and political and social discourse?
  2. Who should be the deciders on censorship? The companies, the courts, the user community?
  3. When you think content should be taken down or put back up, how do you get your voice heard? Is there a process?
  4. Can a platform be neutral?
  5. Many of the most important decisions about online content, access, and speech are concentrated in the hands of a few private actors. Will they have even more power in 2024?

Speakers

Organizer

Nicole Ozer, Technology and Civil Liberties Policy Director, ACLU of California

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  • Event: Interactive
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Content and Distribution
  • Level: Intermediate
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