Giving Users More Control of Social Media Content Moderation

Social media content moderation has stirred controversies for a number of years. “Fake news” on social media has been decried as a threat to democracy. Politicians pressured social media companies in the run-up to the 2020 election, and cries of misinformation have been frequent in the policy debate over COVID-19.

Concerns with political bias by social media companies go back even further, to at least the 2012 presidential race, when Facebook chose to allow the Obama campaign better access to Facebook’s social graph than it did the Romney campaign. These concerns have continued with worries that content moderation is in effect censoring certain viewpoints.

Read Dr. Jamison’s complete blog post at AEI.