Who should be responsible for stoping the spread of problematic content on digital platforms and how?

TUT  RE 17

Name: Xuan Wang, Xinyi Ma, Yizhe Ji, Shaoliang Chu

  • Governments across the world have started designing new frameworks to regulate online platforms.
  • The coming era of regulated internet governance will require tech companies to adapt and develop new risk-management processes and tools.
  • Ultimately, complying with the new regulations will require a shift towards a culture of responsibility.

“NPR, PBS NewsHour and the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion that a poll they conducted this month showed little consensus when it asked people to choose who should have the “main responsibility” for addressing the question: 39% pointed to the media, 18% to technology companies, 15% to the government and 12% to the public.” (Tardáguila, Funke, & Benkelman, 2020).

Weeks before the first votes of the 2020 presidential election, Americans report a high level of concern about how secure that election will be and worry about the perils of disinformation.

Almost two decades after the rise of online platforms, governments across the world including in the European Union, the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia, have started designing new frameworks to regulate these services (. Debate and controversy has been rife, including the recent Congressional hearing of the Facebook whistle-blower Frances Haugen and Apple’s reversal of its plan to scan images and videos on its devices to detect child sexual abuse material (CSAM). Increased regulation will have important implications both for these businesses and for wider society.

The network platform shall fulfill the main responsibility, improve the management system, clarify the internal audit and disposal process, and shall not provide a dissemination platform for illegal and irregular information, nor interfere with the normal presentation of information or interfere with the online communication order.


How online platforms must respond to a new era of internet governance (2021). https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2021/10/how-online-platforms-must-respond-internet-governance/

Neely, B. (2020). NPR Poll: Majority Of Americans Believe Trump Encourages Election Interference. https://www.npr.org/2020/01/21/797101409/npr-poll-majority-of-americans-believe-trump-encourages-election-interference

Tardáguila, C., Funke, D., & Benkelman, S. (2020).Who’s ‘mainly’ responsible for curbing disinformation? https://www.poynter.org/fact-checking/2020/whos-mainly-responsible-for-curbing-disinformation/