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SXSW Interactive 2016

Google, Twitter & Reddit-Takedowns, Tools & Speech

What’s the future for content distribution, creativity, and social and political connection? Many of the most important decisions about content, access, and speech are now concentrated in the hands of a few private platforms like Google, Twitter & reddit. When are current events too violent? When do posts cross the line into harassment? What’s the right balance between takedowns and user tools? 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 the policy experts from Google, Twitter & reddit and the ACLU's Nicole Ozer to discuss what’s happening now and debate the future of content distribution and free speech.

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  1. Can a platform be neutral? Should it be neutral? Or should a platform craft content policies and enforce rules to influence social norms?
  2. What is the impact of content policy on creativity, art, and political and social discourse?
  3. How and why does content get taken down, put back up or filtered? Who should be the deciders and what input should users have?


  • Nicole Ozer, Technology and Civil Liberties Policy Director, ACLU of California
  • Jessica Moreno, Head of Community, reddit
  • Juniper Downs, Senior Counsel, Google
  • Matthew Zimmerman, Head of Safety Policy, Twitter


Nicole Ozer, Technology & Civil Liberties Policy Director, ACLU of Northern California

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