Should governments regulate digital platforms


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In March 2018, the Canadian House of Commons Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics began its investigation into the “personal information breach involving Cambridge Analytica and Facebook.”


The Canadian Commission’s final report (December 2018) includes several potential regulatory responses to the issue of misinformation and disinformation on social media platforms. One of the recommendations is to require social media companies to be more transparent in disseminating material online, including clear labelling of automated or algorithmically produced content. Other recommendations include an obligation for social media companies to remove illegal content, including false information and more investment by social media companies and governments in digital literacy programs and public awareness campaigns.

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Extremists use video game chat or gameplay to spread hate, and the inclusion of extremism in everyday conversations is a path to radicalisation. Gaming and media platforms use policies that cite zero tolerance for hatred and violent extremism, and both say they proactively remove any content that violates the guidelines. The government is also in talks with industry bodies to discuss steps to address the use of the gaming space by extremists.

Xingyao Liu, Ryan David Andriesz, Juncheng Zhang, Christy Chow


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