Proposals for Improved Regulation of Harmful Online Content

This paper presents seven proposals for how internet companies can more effectively address harmful content on their platforms, protect freedom of expression, and provide a better experience for their users.

We study dangerous speech and ways to counteract it.

People don’t commit violence against other groups - or even condone it - spontaneously. First they must be taught to see other people as pests, vermin, aliens, or threats. Malicious leaders often use the same types of rhetoric to do this, in myriad cultures, languages, countries, and historical periods. We call this Dangerous Speech. Violence might be prevented by making it less abundant or less convincing. We work to find the best ways to do this – while protecting freedom of expression.

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Proposals for Improved Regulation of Harmful Online Content

This paper presents seven proposals for how internet companies can more effectively address harmful content on their platforms, protect freedom of expression, and provide a better experience for their users.

Counterspeech: A Literature Review

Every day, internet users encounter hateful and dangerous speech online, and some of them choose to respond directly in order to refute or undermine it. We call this counterspeech. Only a few studies have attempted to measure the effectiveness of counterspeech directly, and as far as we know, this is the first review of relevant literature.

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DSP Joins 14 Organizations Urging GIFCT to Respect Human Rights

The Dangerous Speech Project and 14 other organizations called for GIFCT, the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism, to respect human rights and address concerns about censorship, transparency, and overreach.

New Reports Highlight Extensive Problems in Content Moderation

While the last few weeks have featured internet companies instituting new policies, promising to make small changes, and taking new...